Why Do You Forget Concepts? What Can You Do To Remember Them Better

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Why Do You Forget Concepts? What Can You Do To Remember Them Better

Why Do You Forget Concepts? What Can You Do To Remember Them Better?

There is always a particular fear and tension that clouds on top of students when exams are nearing. As they get promoted, their complexity increases. If and their pressure to understand and perform well does too.

Learning Concepts

Why do exam stress and fear creep up on students? Why is there a psychological feeling of forgetting concepts? What can be done to relieve yourself from this stress and pressure?

Here are some theories that are related to the lack of concentration and forgetfulness:


When your mind is preoccupied with criticism from friends and family, the pressure to perform well increases, this, in turn, creates stress. If you have some movie/web series released recently, you want to watch them. You will not be able to concentrate and hence, not retain the information you are supposed to.

Stress and Pressure

Overload of Information:

When you have been overloading yourself with a lot of information in a limited period of time (or constantly studying) for long hours the night before your big exam, you tend to get tired after a point, and so does your body, which affects your energy and willingness to retain more information.


When you are in a noisy environment, it gets challenging for you to concentrate and take things in. Even though it would seem as though you have understood the concepts and are ready for the test, you actually may not be. There is a high probability that you have forgotten the concepts.


Some children like to listen to music or watch TV/videos and solve maths problems or revise. Little do they know this multitasking is reducing the quality and speed of learning.

Multi Tasking

Ebbinghaus-Forgetting Curve:

There is an idea called the Ebbinghaus- Forgetting Curve. Hermann Ebbinghaus was a German Psychologist who coined this term and theory within the year 1885 in his book Memory: A Contribution to psychonomics. He was the primary psychologist who systematically studied memory and learning.

Like many of his peers, Ebbinghaus’s scientific method consisted of conducting a series of in-depth tests on himself. He created many three-letter words, or “nonsense syllables”, as he called them, like “wid”, “zof”, and “qax.” The psychologist then tried to memorise lists made from these words and determined how long he could remember them after different time intervals. He plotted his leads to a graph that we all know today because of the forgetting curve.

Most forgetting happens within the first hour of learning. After a day or two, we typically forget around 75% of what we have learned. Without any additional work, we’ll quickly forget most of the content of a course. For example, a week later, it’ll be as if the training had never occurred. But fortunately, even though we don’t remember all of the details, we will still retain some of the concepts. Hence revisiting the topic will help us remember them better.

Ebbinghaus- Forgetting Curve

Now, we have talked enough about the problems, and perhaps you could relate to them. So, l. Ifet’s overcome these challenges to face the real world.

To help children retain and understand concepts better, here are some tips:

  • VAK- Visual Auditory Kinesthetics
    Identify your strength and combine all three elements (VAK) to facilitate understanding accordingly.
  • Some children need visual aids to understand the concept or to relate to it. Video classes or animated explanation of concepts can help
  • Some have good hearing power and can retain information once heard. You can buy Audio Books to understand the concepts better.
  • Some students need to live the concepts to understand them. So taking notes while studying will help a kinesthetic learner.

VAK- Visual Auditory Kinesthetics

Plan Ahead

Ebbinghaus said, if you study the concepts in a distributed and planned manner, the amount of information you retain will be better when you revisit these concepts the day before your big exam.


Explain the concepts you learned to yourself, either in front of a mirror or using boards(black/white/green/digital) to teach yourself


Quiz yourself on the topics you studied and see how well you think you did.


How would you explain this to a 5-year-old?

Once you have finished, choose a topic and imagine explaining the concept to a 5-year-old. If you succeed in using simple terminology, you can pat yourself back because you have understood the concept totally and completely.

Ebbinghaus Technique:

  • Ebbinghaus suggested two techniques for overcoming the forgetting cycle: mnemonic techniques and repetitions.
  • The Mnemonic Technique is associating the concepts or topics with something easy to remember and learn.
  • The Repetition Technique revisits the topics every once in a while, so our brain remembers them for longer. But these repetitions must be adequately spaced out. Repeating new facts many times within an hour does not help overcome the forgetting curve. At the same time, if the information has been repeated too infrequently, retention and recall will fail.
  • These specific time intervals between multiple learning sessions are essential. They permit the brain to recover between repetitions and consolidate the training. We can recall information and ideas better if we learn them within the course of several spread-out sessions.


Make up acronyms to remember the headings under your topics. Make up a poem or a song that helps you remember the points under your concepts or remember the titles. For example, the first 20-elements in chemistry can be memorised using- Hi Hello Little Beggar Boy Could Not Often Find Never Name Mug All Silicone Pens Should Close Army Killed Captain.

Periodic Table of Elements

Answer the following questions… “Why do you want to learn?” / “What is the benefit of learning to you?” And then give in your best efforts. Kick out all the distractions unapologetically.

Anytime you think it is the best time for you to study, open your books and study. If something works for your friends, it doesn’t need to work for you too. Try different methods, techniques, and tools for studying, and stick to the ones you think work best for you.

Good Luck!!

Happy Studying!!! 😄

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  1. The most common reason why students forget is because the material is under learned. To remember something, it must first be learned, that is, stored in long-term memory. If you don’t do what is necessary to get information into your long-term memory, you have under learned the material and forgetting is normal.

    Some more points from my end :
    Write it down, say it aloud. As soon as you’ve jotted something down and the brain has acknowledged that word or phrase, a connection has been made
    One thing at a time. Concentrate. …
    Train your brain. …
    Apply the 80/20 principle.
    Learn your way. …
    Teach other people.

  2. Wespend an entire semester going over various subjects and investing hours upon hours into learning the material, only to find that we will forget the material a few hours after finishing our final exams.

    To Remember something you should try these points

    1 Convert words to pictures.
    2 Use rhymes.
    3 Work specifically on names.
    4 Use mnemonics
    And etc.

  3. It help me to remember my study and I am actually doing scheduled tasks very neatly.
    I will keep learning and follow steps from blog

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