Brain Hacks That Can Get You To The Dean’s List

Every good student dreams of achieving success in their academic exploits. They want to prove that they can reach their dreams in life by doing well in school and making their parents proud. What better way to show this than by getting to that dean’s list?


Speak Loud While You Read

It is widely believed that you’re 50% more likely to remember something if you speak out loud the text that you’re reading rather than just simply reading it over and over again. Now this tip might make you sound crazy but there’s no harm in trying it out. Just make sure you’re not in a public place like a library or a café when you do it.

The possible reason behind its effectiveness is that it caters to two of your senses: sight and hearing. One example on this is you’re more likely to memorize a song when you hear it rather than when you simply read the lyrics.

Create a “Memory Place”

Our brain normally has a hard time remembering lists. Do you recall a time when you went to a store to buy a few things, let’s say, 6-8 items, and then you tend to forget quite a few of them? You end up creating a shopping list for yourself just to avoid forgetting a few things.

There’s one brain hack people use called a “memory place”.

The idea is to relate the things you’re trying to remember to a place you know well. Here’s how you can do it: Let’s say you’re trying to remember names of 5 Philippine Historical Figures: Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Juan Luna, Emilio Aguinaldo, Lapu-Lapu. Now, for you to remember them well try imagining them in places quite familiar for you:

  • Jose Rizal = Bedroom
  • Andres Bonifacio = Living Room
  • Juan Luna = Bathroom
  • Emilio Aguinaldo = Kitchen
  • Lapu-Lapu = Front Yard

This may sound like a tedious additional step in your studying efforts but you’re be surprised at how you remember all those lists better in your head. So just try to associate your each factor in your list with a vivid memory of a place and landmark and apparently you’ll end up remembering things better in your head. It’s fun and imaginative, if you ask me.


Despite being advisable nonetheless, this part doesn’t mean that you should get a tutor. Apparently, it’s easier to retain or understand something you studied is by teaching it to someone else. That way, you force your brain into fitting the information well enough to be passed on to another person. If you don’t have anyone to teach as of the moment, you can try it on a room of figurines or stuffed toys just like how you would play as a kid. The practice of it will be all the same.

Have Your Own Personal Study Playlist

Studies have shown that music can help you in your studying efforts. Listening to the right type of music can lead to more productivity in studying by elevating your mood. Classical music is calming and harmonious making it probably the best option to listen to while studying. You can also try listening to sounds of nature such as ocean waves or rain while studying. While this is not exactly music it is relaxing and you will feel like you’re in world of your own.

There are actually more ways you can improve on studying and a lot rely on your personal preference rather than actual fact. Bottom-line, it is always important to keep yourself focused and don’t lose track on getting to the much coveted dean’s list of your school.

This can prove to be difficult especially if you’re in one of the top engineering schools in the Philippines, but here are some sure fire ways that you can hack your brain into retaining knowledge and information that will most possibly get you to the top of that dean’s list!


About the author:

Katrina is your average gal living inside the metro who has passion for writing, travel and photography. She admires nature at its finest and always wanted to become one of them. Dreaming to have the Cinderella life one day, humming with the birds, dancing with the clouds.

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