1. Write your notes in Times New Roman
Fun font fact: it’s the fastest one to read. Courier may make stuff look cooler, but you’re doing yourself no favours in the long run. If you need to read things QUICK, keep it classic.
2. Chew a unique tasting gum while you revise
Then chew it again right before – or during, if allowed – your exam. Believe it or not, it jogs your memory (and also calms you down – double-win!)
3. Make Haribo your study buddy
Nothing like placing sweets at the end of large chunks of reading to make you whizz through it!
4. Switch up your location
Get out of your bedroom, because when you revise in different locations, your brain re-learns the information all over again, making memory recall stronger.
5. Hit YouTube
Didn’t listen enough in that lecture? Author John Green and his bro Hank run an amazing YouTube channel called CrashCourse – offering easy to understand mini guides to literature, biology, history and more! Watching videos or documentaries on a topic will help you store information on a deeper level than just reading.
6. Use digital index cards
Website and app Quizlet allows you to make your own editable flashcards digitally and it automatically creates tests for you to make sure your info is sinking in – OR you could just look through thousands of other people’s flashcards if you CBA to do your own…
7. Create a mnemonic
A mnemonic is a way of assigning a rhyme or acronym to information to make it easier to recall. Wikipedia has tonnes of academic examples of mnemonics you can use – or you can get creative and invent your own!
8. Block distractions
When you’re on a revision deadline, Facebook notifications are the last thing you need on your mind. SelfControl is a free app that allows you to block any websites that distract you so you can crack on with the task at hand.
9. Structure your time properly
Learn the famous Pomodoro revision technique – revise for 25 minutes then take a 5 minute break. After four 25 minute work periods, you can then take a 20 minute break. The technique aims to boost your focus and prevent mental fatigue – AND allows for plenty of snacking time. Win.
10. Say it out loud
Rather than just reading the information you need to memorise, say the key bits out loud. You might feel a bit awkward at first, but research has shown that it boosts your memory recall by up to 100%! Not a bad stat.
11. Make your notes easier to revise
Go easy on the frantic scribbling and use the more organised ‘Cornell Method‘ when you’re taking notes in lectures – it’ll make things a LOT easier to digest and remember when you read back over them.
12. Record your lectures
That way you can actually digest the information properly unlike when you’re taking notes in class. You can use an app like Audacity to replay the lectures at double speed if you don’t have a spare hour to burn.
13. Get ambient
Turn off the music and turn on the ambient sounds – Noisli is a great site for this. Background noise such as sea, rain or coffee shop chatter can boost your concentration, whereas listening to music with lyrics whilst revising can actually impair the memorisation process.
14. Save the tough stuff for bedtime
Sleep experts claim that studying the most challenging material right before you go to sleep makes it easier to recall the next morning.
15. Go for a walk before the exam
It’s been proven that taking a 20 minute walk before an exam can boost your cognitive performance by up to 10%, according to research conducted by Dr. Chuck Hillman of the University of Illinois. Get moving!
[Feature Image Source: The Irish Times]