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Memorising Key Facts:

With exam season creeping up, I thought I’d list a few tips/tricks on memorising key facts:

  • Locations: place little flashcards/post-its with the information you want to learn in different areas of your house/bedroom (like in the images above)- try to place them in areas that you look at a lot (clock, laptop). Maybe make a rule with yourself that whenever you use/look at the location, you have to read out the card a few times; for example whenever I open the drawer in the image above, I have to read out each flashcard- this way the facts will become almost routine and you’ll soon remember them with little prompting.
  • Colour: use colour to help memorise facts. For example, highlight each piece of information in a different colour, or write it on a different coloured post-it. This way you’ll stat to associate that fact with the colour and it’ll be easier to remember. This works especially well if you have synaesthesia like me!
  • Frequency: make sure you’re looking at the information frequently. This works well if you use the technique in the images as you’ll be frequently glancing at it and it’ll become familiar pretty quickly. It’s also good to put information as your laptop/tablet/phone background because you look at it a lot! You could also carry flashcards around with you and look at them when you have the chance (on the bus, in the queue at the shops, whilst eating, etc). You could also write a key word on your hand- this works especially well if you’re trying to remember how to spell it.
  • Tricks: use any little trick you can think of! For example, mnemonics- such as ‘My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets’ for remembering the planets in the solar system, or ‘King Phillip Came Over From Great Spain’ for remembering the taxonomy order. You can also make your own up- usually rude ones are the ones that people remember the best! Maybe try making up a story or song that involves the things you’re trying to remember too.
  • Association: maybe try to associate a fact with something else. For example, maybe if you go to a certain place, try to learn a fact there and then when you think of the place you’ll think of the fact too. This works with food, actions, objects- basically anything!
  • People: try learning with people! You could ask a family member or friend to help you memorise a fact or phrase by saying it to you a lot, or by turning it into a sort of inside joke. For example, I like to get my mum to test me on chemistry because she has no clue what any of it means so says stuff wrong and has to get me to explain things- somehow this just helps me remember things even better.
  • Youtube: try finding a video about the thing you’re trying to remember. There are vast amounts of (often terrible) student-made and teacher-made educational videos on youtube. Find one about your thing and you’ll end up remembering it, usually because the video was so hilariously bad. Some of the best ones are music-based, for example: Transition metals song (payphone), Solubility rules (call me maybe), Photosynthesis song, All about that Base.

Please add to this with any techniques you have, and also feel free to message me if you need any help! :)

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New episode! - An introduction to: Insect Orders 

We’ve all seen insects, right? Scuttling along the forest floor, buzzing between flowers, or simply basking in the sun. But what are the different types and how are they classified? Phil gets to grips with taxonomy and illustrates some common critters you might see on your travels.