How to remember and recall

Tip – do not just read and re-read your notes – it is hard, boring work and doesn’t help you remember well.

Try to make the best use of your time by developing your study skills and time management strategies. Try all or some of the following:

  • Summarise the key facts on one side of A4.
  • Read around the topic and add to your notes.
  • Make lists of subtopics.
  • Scribble down ideas to include in answers.
  • Invent your own exam questions.
  • Write outline answers to questions.
  • Write plans for exam questions.
  • For each topic you are revising draw up an introductory paragraph that you can adapt in the exam. Include some key facts/theories/writers/ideas/arguments to show your knowledge.
  • List your points on a large piece of paper.
  • Try to write what you know about a topic in 100 words.
  • Reduce information to key words.
  • Practise techniques for planning your answers in the exam.
  • Write bullet points (key phrases and names/dates) on Post-its. Put them in places where they will jog your memory – like a mirror or kitchen cupboard.
  • Get up, move around explaining all you can recall.
  • Draw diagrams.
  • Use mind maps; number rhyme systems; mnemonics. Find out more on Peter Russell Mind Maps or Alamo Community College Mnemonics.

Tip - Think about how you will tackle the exam. Have a plan.

Where can I get more help with revision?

The Learning Development Centres can help you with your revision.

You may also find the following guides on the Improve your Coursework website useful: