How to memorize dozens of course pages?
Our website gives you tricks for cardboard and techniques to make the most of your classes the day of your exam.
Learn … but first understand
The goal is not to make you a robot who only repeats courses superficially. On the contrary, it is to give you learning techniques that will simplify your revisions.
If it is important to know how to memorize, you still need to understand the content of your courses. Of course, if you are only asked to spit out a list of vocabulary words, there is no need to go further. But in other cases, you have to be able to apply what you have learned. For example :
The formulas of mathematics: once you know them, you have to know how to use them at the right time, and wisely
The dates of historical events: you have to know the main ones and put them in context during a dissertation
Maps and sketches of geography: you must solicit your visual memory to remember places, flows, and different graphic elements
You have to start by reading and rereading your lessons, making cards, rewriting or even drawing your lessons … so you can memorize them and then practice. Once you have mastered the base, the training will have to be done in “real conditions”: annals, typical subjects, etc. Testing your experience in similar circumstances will allow you to pinpoint your gaps, and further refine your revisions program.
Organize your courses
This may seem obvious, but to be effective, you will have to start by organizing the best your courses. They must be up to date, complete, and sorted. This may push you to work more efficiently and easily.
Clear the essential elements
Learning by heart is good, but avoid spending time on “unnecessary” passages, it’s even better! It is necessary to take a step back on the entirety of a matter to distinguish what you absolutely must know from what has no chance (or almost) to fall the day of the examination.
Distinguish key information
There are several types of content that you can learn to memorize. The best known is the learning of lists (vocabulary lists in foreign languages, lists of authors …). For that, it will be necessary to extract these lists of the course, and to rehash them.
There is also the rote learning of definitions (or quotes, dates, formulas …). Again, write them separately. Make separate cards for these different elements.
Make your memory work
For this, read regularly your revision sheets. The ideal is to choose the right moments (for example, in the evening before sleeping, or at the lunch break), where your brain is 100% available. You can also have post-its in strategic places (glass of the bathroom, toilets, cupboard of the kitchen, fridge, headboard).
Test your achievements
To progress, the best is to regularly (for example, once a week) test your skills. This can be done by reciting in front of a loved one, a mirror or making oneself short interruptions.
In this way, you will be able to identify which are the subjects where you are the most powerful, and in what subjects you are not. Give priority to time where you are bad, but also keep your memory where you are good.