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Tips for better exam notes

When you are at the end of the semester, revision becomes a lot easier when you have good exam notes. Here are a few tips that will help you get excellent results.

Box it up

The eye reads long sentences, but the mind does not remember them well. Keep your notes concise: think Post-It notes. If you are typing notes in Microsoft Word document, make little boxes or just use half a page.

Bullets hit home

Revision is about taking an ocean of subject, understanding it and then condensing it. Read, understand and summarise the main points in a few pithy sentences or facts. If you present them as bullet notes, you will remember them better.

Number the bullet notes

If you have five things to remember about working with dementia and three things to remember about the invasion of Iraq, you will find it easier to manage your memory. This is especially true when it comes to knowing whether you have all the points.

Acronyms work

Make an acronym to help you reconstitute a list in the exam hall.

For example – How do you remember names of the planet in order

My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies

(Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto)

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