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Keep it in Your Head at Exam Time

Keep it in Your Head at Exam Time

Written by Lysette Offley

When you’ve learned some new information, to keep it in your head, you need to revisit it regularly, and ideally, according to the Learning Cycle.

Here’s the best way to do that:

When you’ve created your revision notes, turn the page over. Now – think of a question that you could ask yourself that would test whether you know the material on the other side.

When you’ve done that, put it to one side.

Have a break and come back to this page a few hours later and preferably after you’ve slept on it.

Now, while looking at the question side of the paper only, try to answer it by saying the answer out loud, or by drawing/writing what you’ve created on the other side, demonstrating you know everything on the reverse side.

(Don’t glimpse at the other side first, because all you’re doing then is testing your short-term memory and that’ll be no use to you when it comes to the exam. Many people make this mistake when revising and then wonder why they can’t remember as much as they thought they would.)