1. Take a Break

It’s true that the more time you spend on something the better you will recall it- but ‘little and often’ is the key rather than cramming it all in at the last minute.

2. Avoid Simply Just Repeating

I know, it can be appealing to sit with your notes open and simply read, read, and re-read them with the hope that the information will stick, but this won’t do you any good in the long run. This sort of repetition requires very minimal processing that does not access the meaning of the content at all but only accesses the information in a very superficial way which has proven not to be helpful when it comes to recalling.

3. Study, Test and ReTest

Once you have revised a topic remember to go back and repeatedly test yourself to ensure you can recall the information accurately. Challenging yourself to repeatedly remember information you have memorised optimises your recall ability.

4. Keep Motivated

Staying motivated during your studies can be challenging, but doing so will enable you to invest more time and focus into grasping the content’s meaning during revision.

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5. Don’t Stress Out, but Don’t Fall Asleep!

Your memory efficiency is best when you are not too stressed or too relaxed. Try to make sure you keep that middle ground.

6. Make it Meaningful

Look carefully at your notes. What links can you make between concepts/topics/theories? How else could you organise this information?

7. Re-code

Transform your notes into another format- try making a mind map, voice recording your notes or even talking to yourself in the mirror!

8. Find a Friend

Whether it’s face-to-face or over a virtual platform, find a study buddy. Having a study buddy is a great way to share your understanding and gain new ways of thinking that you may not have thought of before.

9. Deeper Processing Strengthens Recall

Reading over your notes and rewatching lectures is simply not enough if you don’t understand the meaning of the content. Ensure that you understand the meaning of what you are revising.

10. Match the Content

It can often seem more comfortable to revise on your bed, but this is not a good idea. You might fall asleep! Make sure you make your study space mirrors the exam environment to ensure your concentration levels stay high.


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