As we near exams and we see the stress mounting in our students as they try to cram information into their brains, perhaps suggesting some of these tools to them might help? Scientists from all over the world entered a competition to try and find the most effective study techniques in order to memorize 80 words. Oh and did I mention the words were in Lithuanian?
From the “mind palace” made popular by BBC’s Sherlock (I can’t remember if that was in the original, but I doubt it. I seem to recall Sherlock believing that the mind comprised a finite place and real estate was valuable enough not to fill it up with inane facts like the earth is round…) to taking study breaks, to skipping around various topics like you’re in a buffet, I think there might be something for everyone!
What is the easiest way to study? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick… fast.