How to take exam notes

Take notes! Use techniques that suit your style of studying. Read about some good ways to memorize information for exams.
  1. Use diagrams and charts if you retain visual information better. Some people are visual learners; others prefer reading, writing and/or verbal learning.
  2. Scribble notes on post-it stickers or even plain paper and hang them beside your study area, or in areas where you spend most time or carry them around with you. When you feel like testing yourself, revise the information and look to your notes to see if you memorized it correctly.
  3. Graffiti your mirrors with important points to memorize, using whiteboard markers. This way you have key information staring back at you everyday leading up to your exam. It’s not a proven method, but Pogojo decided to throw it in anyway, given how much time we like gazing upon ourselves!
  4. Acronyms are great when “chunking” a set of points that are related, but be sure to KISS! Keep.It.Simple.Stupid. You aren’t stupid, but that’s how the saying goes.
  5. Stories are useful depending on what you try to memorise, but going back to basics, My Very Excellent Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pies and she is a nice mother, because her pies help me remember the order of planets in our Solar System - Mars, Venus, Earth, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. It’s silly for some people, but it works for others.
  6. Use a mind map, which is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.
The elements of a given mind map are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts, and are classified into groupings, branches, or areas, with the goal of representing semantic or other connections between portions of information. Mind maps may also aid recall of existing memories.

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