Ef­fec­tive cram­ming

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NO uni of­fers? UK UCAS Clear­ing 2017 opens now. Have you (or your chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, friend, friend’s chil­dren and such) ever thought of study­ing in the UK? Feel­ing over­whelmed with ques­tions and un­sure of how to go about ap­ply­ing? Feel­ing stressed with­out any of­fers and re­jec­tion by the uni­ver­si­ties?

Have no fear, JM Ed­u­ca­tion Group is here – UK UCAS Clear­ing pe­riod is avail­able from July to Septem­ber. It isn’t too late to sub­mit your ap­pli­ca­tion to study in the UK for this Septem­ber. DO you have fi­nals next week? Here are some tips that will help you learn quickly.

Skim through the text­book and high­light im­por­tant ideas. This should con­sist of head­ings, sub­head­ings and cer­tain im­ages, not ac­tual blocks of text. For ex­am­ple, if you’re study­ing An­cient Egyp­tian His­tory, you might high­light: the Nile, the Pyra­mids and the Cleopa­tras.

Sur­vey: Turn the high­lighted parts into exam ques­tions:

Ba­si­cally, you imagine what the essen­tials are. Don’t bother with iden­ti­fy­ing answers yet, just think what is likely to come up. For the Nile ques­tions might in­clude: how long is it, where does it flow, and what’s spe­cial about this par­tic­u­lar river.

Take a look at the text and find answers to your ques­tions. Just high­light them and then move on. For ex­am­ple, you’d be look­ing at in­for­ma­tion that says the Nile is 6,853km long, moves through 11 coun­tries, and it over­flows its banks once a year, de­posit­ing rich soil that helped Egypt be­come a huge agri­cul­tural power in the An­cient World.

Look at the text: Con­vert your high­lighted text into notes:

Make cards but write in bul­let notes and make mnemon­ics so it’s easy to re­mem­ber all the points. For the Nile ques­tion, you need an im­age of the Nile with 6853, so you re­mem­ber the length.

Now take your cards and go through them. Me­morise them un­til the facts sink in and you’ll start to think about the ac­tual con­tent.

Go through the cards:

UK UCAS Clear­ing pe­riod is avail­able from July to Septem­ber.

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