Revision techniques, exams and how to improve your memory

We have created the ultimate guide to revising and improving your memory. As a student, using this guide, you can significantly improve your performance during your course and in your exams.

1. Introduction  

Studying for exams – let alone just cramming in as much information as you can from lectures, books, and notes – may seem overwhelming to students. The bad news is that this task is not over as soon as you finish school or get your university degree. Today's employers are focused on the knowledge society where what you know is one of the key determinants for job success. Information and knowledge accumulation and even tests are still the norm.

You may wonder what it takes to build up storehouses in that gray matter that you can recall at a moment's notice whether it is the high pressure situation of a test environment or something you need for work. The good news is that you can – if you know what tools to use and how to employ them. These tools focus on the human brain's ability to tap into an incredible memory capacity.

The problem is that most of us feel like we have the memory of a goldfish rather than the formidable ability of the elephant when it comes to memory recall. Research has proven that all of us can train – or, for some of us, retrain – our brains to employ extraordinary techniques for at-will memory recall and develop an encyclopaedic quantity of information, facts, and data –both vital and trivial (in case we get the spot on that upcoming game show!).

Think of the brain as another muscle in your body. It needs to be exercised and regularly worked out in order to do what it has really and truly been designed to do. And like other muscles in your body, it cannot be worked out the same way day in or day out because it quickly gets bored when it is not being pushed to do something different. Using this muscle in a different way by tapping into things like visualisation, imagination, and various learning methods will help it (and, hence, you) more readily acquire and recall information regardless of it is related to softer subjects like language, literature, and art or if it requires memory recall of dates, places, and people or if it pushes you to the analytical side of your brain to understand and deliver scientific, maths, or technology-driven data. This ebook has been designed to help you better understand the available learning and memory tools that can help you revise for your exams and even take in more information at a faster rate – after all, we all seem to have more to do between school and maybe even a job. With so much on the brain already, we wanted to provide you with tips and tools that you could quickly employ for maximum information accumulation and, more importantly, memory recall. The ebook has been divided into smaller chunks that allow you to grab the tools at will and/or build on those areas that need the most work. These include: • Speed Reading • Note Taking • Memory Recall Tools • Visualisation and Imagination Tools • Subject-Specific Memory and Study Tips • Presentation Tips • Revising Strategy for Exam Success Are you ready to exercise your mental muscle? Let's begin.

Speed reading