Tips on Becoming Geo-Savvy - Revising for Geography Exams

As the world becomes more geo-centric with global becoming local, it is even more important to understand who we are as groups and communities and what we represent. Whether you are in school or not, geography is important. But, of an immediate nature is the idea that you have a geography class and you need some help in revising for the upcoming exam. While it may seem like it is just about naming places and people, learning geography involves so much more. And, if you only look at studying with that in mind, you miss out on an incredible amount of important facts and knowledge that can help you navigate our globalising community and become more socially responsible in life when it comes to our fellow citizens of the world.

But, enough of the soap box about the importance of geography. Let's get down to the nuts and bolts of what is still a large part of geography exams – knowing places, including countries, cities, capitals, etc. For students with memory deficiencies and recall challenges, it always helps to have some assistance from a specific type of memorisation technique that can help fill in these gaps.

Beyond just relying on the traditional ways to memorise information, here are some ideas that you can put into effect to help you become a whiz at recalling important geographic information:

In looking for some other ideas that might help specifically for geography exams, you may want to consider Paired Associate Learning (PAL). These are actually flash cards that work well with pictures or visuals on one side and factual information on the other, such as vocabulary words, terms and definitions, country and city names, etc. PAL involves the pairing of words and ideas so that a connection is made by the student wherein they are faced with a known or an unknown stimulus as well as a known or an unknown response. There are two steps involved:

There are other ways to study for geography that can help with critical information retention:

These all provide action-oriented ways to learn about geography and provide a varied way to approach the information. This will keep your brain interested in the process, which also helps to further embed it in your memory banks. 

Now, so far most of the memory techniques related to revising for specific subject areas have been straightforward. What happens when the subject matter becomes more technical and difficult to follow like maths, science, and technology? The upcoming chapters of this e-book will help you understand how to approach and revise for these subject areas by utilising some of the memory techniques mentioned here as well as delve into some other tips and tactics to take the stress out of your upcoming exams.

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