Exam essentials: Using memory tips tricks and techniques

This article was first published on 18 March 2019

'There's so much to learn. How do you remember it all?'

Trying to remember lots of facts perfectly in an exam can be a bit of a challenge. That's where memory techniques come in.

Here are our top three tricks:

  • Use a mnemonic (for example: Naughty Elephants Squirt Water, will help you to remember the points on a compass)

  • Put facts you need to know on sticky notes and place them around the house. The more you see them, the more chance you have of them 'sticking' in your memory

  • Explain a topic from start to finish to a willing listener (or just explain it out loud to yourself!)

Grace and friends discuss the use of memory techniques and how they can help when revising

Let's Recap

Memory techniques can greatly increase the amount of information you can remember.

If you are having difficulties remembering formulas, facts and dates, try these tips to give your memory a boost:

  1. Make up a mnemonic. This is a sentence or phrase in which the first letter of each word represents a word you are trying to remember. The sillier the better! For example: Naughty Elephants Squirt Water could help you remember the points of the compass

  2. Test yourself, either by using online quizzes, having your mates test you, or answering past exam questions

  3. Post sticky notes up in areas you often look at: a mirror, cupboard door, the front of the fridge

  4. Explain a topic out loud, either to yourself or others

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