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Exam Results

As I’m sure you’re all aware, because I’ve mentioned it so many times, with my so regular updates and gripping articles, (okay, I’ll stop with sarcasm, I really do need to update more!), I’ve been studying my AS-levels this year. Well, I now have my results!

Art And Design – A

Chemistry – A

Physics – A

Mathematics – A

YES. I got straight A’s! I’m so happy, as I never thought I’d get an A in Art, and I was convinced that I’d have gotten a really low grade in Physics.

So, ur, that’s all I really have to say for now, but I’ll try to think of something extremely interesting to post next time.

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WikiHow, Or Why You Don’t Need To KNOW Any More

If you’ve never heard of WikiHow, then you’re missing out. Seriously, this is the only website you need if you want to know anything from how to make an iced green tea, or where to start if you’re new to palmistry.

With over 120,000 articles, there really is a massive bank of articles to read through, which allows you to learn anything, or get a background knowledge of almost anything , and is one of the reasons why, in our new internet-centric world that’s developing in the Western culture, you don’t need to know anything at all. There’s no longer any need to memorize how to say, wire a plug, or clean a toaster, or really anything at all, because it’s all there on the internet, if you’re lacking the knowledge to do something, it’s on the internet ready for you to digest, and then directly copy from. No need to remember how to do it, or even remember where you found this information, because you can bookmark the page for future reference. Really, the whole internet is like a giant “For Dummies” book, letting you learn whatever whenever however. How-to videos, articles, picture guides, on everything from the every-day to the downright obscure.

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How To Actually Revise

After my post, How To (Not) Revise, maybe it’d be useful to give some ideas on how to actually revise. I’m probably not the best person to tell you about how to manage your time effectively, or anything like that, as at the moment, I am writing this instead of revising for my Physics AS exams. Oh well.

  • Flashcards

This is one of the most common techniques for revision, but instead of writing out hundreds of cards that you need to carry around with you, why not type them on the computer? I use Anki to revise flashcard-y material. Just open it up whenever you have a spare couple of minutes and see how well you do. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you learn!

  • Understand And Link

This may seem like common sense, but if you understand and link pieces of information together, then they make more sense, and you’ll remember them. For example, I used to find integration difficult, but as soon as I realized that it’s just the reverse of differentiation, and that you can use both to jump between equations for area, line and gradient, it made a lot more sense.

  • Mnemonics

The poster boy of remembering techniques, I don’t actually find this one that useful. There are only a few examples that I find it useful for, and that’s oil rig, (oxidation is loss, reduction is gain), and SohCahToa, trigonometry.

  • Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

I’ve used this a couple of times to remember stuff, and it’s quite useful, but I’ve never really remembered or learnt the information, it seems to push my mind into cyclical thinking of the phrases over and over again, so I’d use it just before a test, for some last-minute stuff, remember it, write it down right at the beginning of the exam, and then I have it there to refer to later.

  • Mental House

This idea always fascinates me, but I’ve yet to use it, even though maybe I should, especially with my impending AS Level exams coming up. The basics is that you visualise an area that you know really well, your house for example, and then go around, hiding or placing the items that you need to remember around. Then later, you go around the route and find them and in theory, you should remember them.

I hope that if you have exams coming up, your revision is going well! If you have any other revision strategies, I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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