Yo!! for those of you students (or not) who’re taking AP tests, there’s this channel called Crash Course that has a bunch of AP-related series. each video’s between 10-15 minutes long and a lot of students use them as review or catch-up on stuff that their class skimmed over/stuff they didn’t understand or missed. Here are the ones that I know are for sure AP courses:
For subjects like history, geography, business and even the sciences like biology and chemistry, a lot of content needs to be memorised! These are just a few of my tips on how to memorise all of the information you need before your exam.
Repeating over time- In the best scenario, studying for a test three weeks ahead is the most optimal way to study. Usually, the process is memorising chunks two weeks before and doing past papers the week of. However, more often than not, this doesn’t end up happening because the weeks get hectic/busy so the max time before a test is probably 1.5-2 weeks. The next few points are more catered to that time period!
Palm cards- This I feel is the most common way of memorising things, by putting information on palm cards and taking them around with you to study on the train, bus, or wherever you go. The cons of this is to make sure that you don’t copy the information onto them in a passive way. You learn it over again when you write it out so make that opportunity count!
Teach content to others- I have learnt over the past few years that this is one of my favourite ways to memorise- give a family member, friend or anyone (even your pets) the notes and teach them the topic, point by point. If you can’t explain a topic in a simple way where the other person can understand, it indicates that you haven’t learnt the information properly or enough to explain it in a test situation.
Film yourself- Another of my personal favourites, read over your information one palm card/paragraph/page at a time, turn on your phone camera or photobooth (on Mac) and film yourself talking like you’re in a Youtube video. If you do this a lot, it really helps because it’s almost as if you’re talking to someone else, and speaking it out loud helps you memorise.
Writing out notes- It’s best to actually type out/write out notes as you go in class, but before tests I usually handwrite them out again. This emphasises this in your mind and you can also ensure that you have learnt everything that is on the syllabus. Making them pretty is a plus!
Watch videos and Podcasts- Youtube has so many great videos on any topic. My favourites are Khan Academy (most subjects) , Crashcourse (science and history), Lisa Study Guides (English), Stated Clearly (Biology) and Eddie Woo (Maths). If you’re a visual/auditory learner, these really help because it feels like you are learning the lesson again.
Active textbook reading- Read over the text books and annotate/highlight. However, you need to ensure that you are actually reading the text, not just highlighting the words.
I hope this helped anyone who has trouble memorising, good luck with all of your exams!
You’ve heard of TEDx Talks, now get ready for TED-Ed! These videos range from philosophy and history to science and riddles! They even have a few videos on writing! Most all videos are done in five minute animations with narration and also include links to full lessons in the descriptions of the videos. Watching this channel for hours on end will only scratch the surface of what is offered!
This one you’ve probably already heard of, but it’s worth checking out! Since CrashCourse has been online for years now, they now have several very interesting videos to watch, ranging from psychology to sociology and physics to film history. They also have videos centered around literature and astronomy and so much more. My personal favorite has been the mythology videos! The videos are made weekly in a series format, so you could watch one lesson a week or binge watch the whole class once it’s done.
If you’re not so into the lecturing-style the above channels have, then a great place to check out is Overly Sarcastic Productions. These videos are actually made by two college students hoping to teach their favorite subjects in a humorous way! They have videos ranging from literature to history to mythology, as well as some videos on religion and philosophy. And most all of these videos are done in adorable animation and are quite easy to follow, and they stand the test of watching multiple times!
If you’re looking for something even more casual and without any sort of curriculum, if you’re just looking to watch some educational videos just for the fun of it—I highly suggest NerdyAndQuirky! This channel is chock full of “Cool History,” ranging from art to debunking myths as well as video essays and some social commentary. Also, get ready for the puns!
Hogwarts houses as Studyblrs (AKA studyblr moods I’ve gone through)
Gryffindor: Vanilla lattes, incense, mahogany desk. Crams at the very last minute, cites the reason for being that they have photographic memory and don’t need to study all that much. Facetimes their friends from that one class that’s a pain in the butt in order to finish the online homework. Uses Khan academy and Crashcourse to help when their in class notes don’t elaborate. Attends all of the office hours, and ends up on a first name basis with the professors. Makes flashcards when they’re bored of traditional studying from the textbook.
Hufflepuff: Scented candles, lemon water, crisp bed sheets. Posts aesthetic photos of their layouts and spends 15 min. on Tumblr before actually studying. Forms study groups once every week to review for an exam. Explores their campus by finding a new study place every other day. Religiously believes in taking breaks. Spends allotted time studying, then goes out with close friends to relax. Is secretly one of the smartest kids in the course, but either doesn’t know it or doesn’t flaunt it.
Slytherin: Chai or black tea, classical or electronic music for background, well lit libraries. Studies a little bit every single day for that large exam. Prefers to do assignments alone, until halfway through the term when they realize that they don’t get a topic. A bit afraid to ask for help, but after realizing the free tutors have trouble too, feels more confident that what they’re struggling with is actually hard. Swallows their pride and goes to the professor for help. Uses Eisenhower square to prioritize their work. Uses all of the resources they can to get an improved grade. Treats themselves to sweets when they get their targeted grade.
Ravenclaw: Ice water, natural lighting, instrumental jazz. Religiously believes in the Pomodoro technique. Ends up studying for longer than the Pomodoro timer says, because they end up getting lost in the reading material. Uses their breaks to do productive stuff around the apartment. Wants to do more research on a topic briefly mentioned in the textbook, but realizes that if they do so, then they will go off on a research tangent and end up finishing the assignment at 2:00 AM. Does the tangent research anyways, because DAMN this is interesting.
(This is kinda for a pretty serious study session, so if you’re opting for a 45 minute study plan then this isn’t for you, sorry)
First things first, find a place to sit.
You may have already created a perfect study space for you, but sometimes it isn’t enough to get “into” the studying part.
Find a spot where you think you can spend some quality time for the day, and collect every possible thing that you might need to study.
Textbook first, followed by your class and handmade /digital notes + paper and pens and highlighters and midliners and whatever floats your goat tbh. Make sure you have all the content that you need to study with you.
Clear up your study space.
Get rid of everything that’s not going to be required. This includes all those other books on your desk, your planner (if you haven’t included anything about your study session in it) and anything that is taking up unnecessary space. Your study area needs to look as neat and motivating to you as possible.
Keep a tiny water bottle nearby, along with some nuts or maybe junk food. You know you won’t transform into the perfect student overnight, it’s okay to enjoy a bit.
Getting “into your element”
First of, determine your test’s portion. Sometimes the entire chapter isn’t included in the exam, only a part of it is. Know what part you’re supposed to study.
The textbook is your bible. My teachers always say that no matter how many reference books and notes I refer to, the best information I can get is using the textbooks. So open them (for real) and see for yourself.
Tick the topics you are going to cover in the textbook.
Start reading the textbook, and by reading I absolutely do not mean skimming through it and considering it done. You know it doesn’t work that way.
Underline stuff you find important with a pencil. You obviously can you highlighters as well, but what happens then is that whenever you refer back to your textbook it’s this big mess of neon and it will make reading difficult for you. Use a pencil, make boxes around subtopics, underline phrases, make doodles to explain stuff, go crazy. Studying can be fun if you want to have fun doing it.
This is what my textbook looked like after “actively reading” through my textbook.