Studying and Memory
When you study, you make memories. When you make memories, you learn. It is a process that takes place over time (no last minute cramming now). Your goal is to learn the material deeply (long-term memory) and create well used pathways in your brain for you to easily access that information during a test or exam.
Your memory is not a storage closet. It's a process.
On a conscious level, memories are pictures you see in your mind and the feelings you get from them. On a biological level, they are your neurons lighting up like sparks from a fire as they deliver messages to each other. When a series of cells are connected several times in a similar manner a memory is created.
That memory could be a psychological theory. The definition of authoritarianism. The causes of WW1. Just the sort of things you might study.
You are generally able to recall about 50% of new material you learn. In 24 hours, it goes down to 20%.
The key is to review and repeat. Look at the information below for tips and tricks on how to learn and remember what you learned.