If you are writing matric – then this is probably too late for you – but for the rest of us, it might help.
- Do some exercise before you write you exam – according to scientists, exercise boosts brain and memory power. They reckon 20 minutes of exercise before you write your exam can help a lot – try hula hooping!
- If you read something out loud (okay – don’t try this in the library where you are supposed to be quiet) you are 50% more likely to remember it, than if you read it quietly to yourself.
- One of the best ways to make sure that you have learned and understood something – is to explain it to somebody else. Ask one of your parental agents, a sibling or a friend to hear you out.
- Create mental connections – Steve Jobs famously said “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something”. Worth a try hey?
- Draw diagrams to help you see the information. This creates a visual memory in your mind – which is easier to remember than just words.
- Make yourself flash cards for a quick memory buzz. Then you can quickly test your knowledge of key concepts, definitions, quotes and formulas using these flashcards. You can look at them when you wake up in the morning – or while you eat your breakfast.
- Take short study breaks. After 45-50 minutes – take a 10 minute break. If you study for longer than this your focus is diminished.
- Strangely or not – they recommend changing the places where you study. Don’t always sit at your desk or the dining room table. Sometimes you will learn more if you go and sit under a tree outside!
- Do not stay up all night before an exam studying. Getting a good night’s sleep will reinforce all the stuff you have learnt during the day.
- Study in a group. This can help you gain extra knowledge or insights.
- Reward yourself for studying with a treat. For every so many pages you read (out loud) you can allocate yourself one smartie (because… you are becoming a smartie pants of course!).
Good luck in the exams!
Cool career of the week: chemistry teacher
A chemistry teacher can inspire students to explore chemistry by challenging them to create an effective, eco-friendly cleaning solution.