Study Tips

6 alternative study tips

By this stage of the school year, study and revision might be feeling like a never ending slog.

So we’ve come up with some slightly funkier ways to revise that might just refresh your exam time mood.

  1. Have a post-it note frenzy

Write facts, figures, informational titbits, equations, anything useful at all really on a stack of post-it notes and stick them everywhere.

You could have them in your room, on your desk, on mirrors, doors and windows, in the kitchen, on the stairs, on the shower cubicle, back of the toilet door -anywhere you’ll see them.


  1. Record yourself


Why not have a bit of fun with your revision and sing your revision notes to the tune of your favourite songs. Or have a go at rapping (it really doesn’t matter how good or how terrible you are, in fact the worse you are, the funnier and more memorable it might be).

If you’re not up for that then you could just record yourself reading out your revision notes.

Not only could it help cement some of the facts, but you could listen back to them over and over, even when you don’t feel much like studying anymore. You might find that information is subconsciously seeping into your brain.


  1. Mind maps

If note taking isn’t your thing and you’ve tried but the information still isn’t sinking in – try using more visual revision methods.

Mind maps is an easy one to try. Use a blank sheet of paper, put the main topic in the centres and then “branch” out to subtopics. Then focus on each subtopic and add more detail by adding more branches.

Using different colours and images on the map could help even more.


  1. YouTube Tutorials

Search on YouTube for videos and tutorials about your subjects and topics.

Although it’s probably not the best idea to use this method as a complete revision model, it might just add a bit of interest to your study schedule, and if you stumble across some really good ones – they could make all the difference.

You could even share them with your cohort if you think they’re epic.


  1. Smell of success

You know how certain smells bring up a vivid memory? Well maybe that could help you study, and if doesn’t work at least your study area will smell nice.

Studies show how smells affect our emotions and moods, which in turn impact on our learning abilities and motivation.

You could try using rosemary to increase your memory and alertness, and have a sniff of lavender when you’ve finished studying to help you relax.  If you don’t like the smell of either of them, then you could try:

Bergamot for calming, lemon for increased accuracy, cedarwood for improved focus, peppermint for alertness and memory, rose for reducing anxiety, or jasmine for helping you sleep.

You could use candles, diffusers, essential oils, even fresh products.


  1. Make up mnemonics

Mnemonics are memory strategies to help you recall large chunks of information.

Do you remember in primary school trying to remember the order of the colours in the rainbow? Using the phrase ‘Richard of York gave battle in vain’ to remember the sequences of ‘red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet’.

It could help. According to Dennis Congos at the University of Central Florida, there are 9 types of mnemonics, they include:

Music  – make a song or jingle using any type of music you choose for any list of items e.g. “ABC” song

Name – the 1st letter of each word in a list of items is used to make a name of a person or thing. E.g. Pvt. Tim Hall = Essential amino acid (Phenylanine, Valine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Isolucine, Histidine, Arginine, Leucine, Lysine).

Expression/Word – the first letter of each item in a list is arranged to form a phrase or word. E.g. In English, the 7 coordinating conjunctions are For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So = FANBOYS. Or Kings Play Cards OFairly Good Soft Velvet for classification of life = Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species, Variety.

Model – a visual representation is constructed to help with understanding and recalling important information. E.g. pyramid model, circular sequence model or pie chart.

Ode/Rhyme – puts information in the form of a poem. E.g.
I before e except after c or when sounding like a in neighbour and weigh.

Or,  in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

As well as Note Organisation, Image, Connection and Spelling Mnemonics.


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