I am hoping to start a thread to gather unconventional methods and creative ways to retain study material, specifically for the CCNA. I tend to build vivid, and even vulgar imaginations or analogies to help myself to remember various material. At University, even if most considered inappropriate, I found that the most vivid means of analogies made a significant impact on the volume I was able to retain for exams. I have attempted the CCNA a number of times and tend to come up short due to over-thinking my answers and I am curious if anybody has alternative ways to memorize the material. Obviously it doesn’t have to be vulgar, but studies have shown that the more vivid and creative you can come up with have a tremendous impact on long-term memory .
I feel that I have been going about the material wrong because I find myself practically rewriting the topic notes verbatim in my notebook (which is a complete sham and waste of time). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I feel that I understand the material but find myself over-analyzing every question I am challenged with which leads me to miss easy questions that would have allowed me to pass.
Thank you all for your input. It really means the world to me!