Do you remember everything you learn from a university module?

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ScutigeraChris
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I've just received 81% for a history assignment on the collapse of the Soviet Union. Whilst I can remember the abstract details, like how a combination of nationalism, unsustainable economic and political policies, Chernobyl and external factors like the collapse of communism in the Eastern Bloc and Reagan's influence but I can't remember the finer details. Is this normal or am I just not learning the information properly?

Likewise I cannot remember the bulk of what I read or what I learn in lectures. I'm a good researcher and I've been told that I'm very knowledgeable but little things like the names of policies, certain dates etc I can't recall without consulting books or notes. Is this normal too?
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sounds like the same problem i have.
i was starting to think im the opposite of spongy
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i don't even learn it in the first place
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(Original post by ScutigeraChris)
I've just received 81% for a history assignment on the collapse of the Soviet Union. Whilst I can remember the abstract details, like how a combination of nationalism, unsustainable economic and political policies, Chernobyl and external factors like the collapse of communism in the Eastern Bloc and Reagan's influence but I can't remember the finer details. Is this normal or am I just not learning the information properly?

Likewise I cannot remember the bulk of what I read or what I learn in lectures. I'm a good researcher and I've been told that I'm very knowledgeable but little things like the names of policies, certain dates etc I can't recall without consulting books or notes. Is this normal too?
Wow you nailed it!

You can't be expected to remember everything but being able to write about key theorists and theories, policies, dates, quotes are important.

You sound incredibly knowledgeable. Have you tried setting yourself exam style or essay questions and writing down the key facts, figures and theories you could use in bullet point form? That helped me remember things more clearly.
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This is why careful note taking, and selective revision notes, are important - ie. when you get round to revision, a simple bullet point should prompt your memory for more detailed stuff from your original notes on a topic. You can't 'remember' everything but you can train your head to file stuff away for when you need it later.

For instance, you list 6 bullet points for the causes of America's entry to WW2, not the detail, so that when you sit down in an exam you can quickly jot down those points and use them as the basis of an answer because these phrases/words remind you of all the other, more complex stuff.

A good book for help with note taking and revising for exams : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Studying-His.../dp/1403987343 Probably available in your Uni library, if not its worth buying a copy.
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Once the exam finishes my mind clears everything I've learned (which isn't a lot)
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