You probably know well the traditional techniques and strategies to revise such as repetitive note taking and revision posters etc., however these have been proven not to always be the most effective revision methods for some people.
So here I wanted to introduce you to some of the newer and more modern methods of revising and studying for exams that have been developed by experts and therefore could be tried out by you.
To find out more about these types of revision methods and actually more techniques I recommend reading books such as 'how to become a straight a student: the unconventional strategies real college students use to score high whilst studying less' and 'study smarter, not harder'.
Bear in mind, as said above some of these techniques may work better for some pupils more so than others, perhaps being dependent on what type of learner you are also as to the kind of subject that you are carrying out.
Cheating Your Memory
The following is a good little strategy if you have to link a lot of things to a certain topic, it is rather simple to understand but a bit harder to put in practice, but if done correctly it should prove easy to memorise particular details of sequences.
Step One: You first identify a place in your mind that you know very well e.g. your home.
Step Two: You then try and think of some easy image that is related to the point you want to memorise, for example if you wanted to memorise the advantages of setting up a business and 'flexibility was one' you could think of someone carrying out Yoga.
Step Three: You take a little route in your mind and your house and memorise the route.
Step Four: One by one you implement the images into the house, so at the front door you imagine that someone is doing Yoga therefore you associate that with it being flexible, you could then in your fridge find a treasure chest to indicate potential rewards and so on.
Step Five: Repeat the route over and over in your head and name the things you see as you go along, and you should find then it comes faster and faster to you as you are following the route around your house quicker and quicker.
Combine Multiple Revision Techniques
Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic
Not so much an actual revision technique more to go along the lines of proving that 'mixing up your revision' helps you recall information better when you are in an exam situation.
It has been proven that if a student just writes notes down and re-reads them over and over again, they are only likely to recall 20% of that information. Then when they mixed up the revision within the same time period with activities such as revision cards and making them act out or even sing the notes, they could recall information of up to more than 50%.
So here 'Effective Study Skills for Exams' is an article you can have a look at where you can choose a few of the activities that you like the look of and run with them and see how they are working out for you.
Argue With Your Teacher and Peers
I know this might sound rather silly but it is a really great technique for you to recall information fast and present it in a way that is suited to counter the argument that they have just made.
Arguing works on a whole range of levels.
First, you are forced to quickly give an opinion on a subject matter that is backed up by evidence and reason, that is presented in a concise way.
Second, you are learning potential counter-arguments and counter-arguments to the counter-arguments and so on, which you can use in an essay question that you have come across. You are also exposing yourself to new ideas that you might have missed.
Third, by arguing you are presenting your brain with a new way to recall information, as it is more confrontational than even just presenting your information and certainly different to writing it out.