Want to ace your exams? Here are some tips from Openhouse

Exams. Ew. If it was up to Openhouse, we would never test how much you've learnt through an exam. But the reality is that you have to give exams. So to make life a little easy, we have a few exam tips and tricks for you to prepare better. Say goodbye to all nighters before an exam.

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Mind map

A mind map is a visual diagram to represent ideas linked to a central concept. There is no mind map without a central node. Take the following example. The central node is the structure of an atom and the three branches are structures three scientists came up with.

A mind map can help you organize a lot of information in an organized layout. It works in line with your brain's natural way of doing things.

You can try different forms of mind maps, like a tree or a computer network. You can also use coggle.it or Miro to make your mind maps.

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Mnemonics

Mnemonics are used to create patterns of association that help in remembering something. A mnemonic could be a word, a sentence or a poem that helps in retaining information.

There are four types of mnemonics.
 

  1. Acronyms - Take the first letter of different words and make a new word out of it. You have an acronym! For example, VIBGYOR is an acronym.
     

  2. Acrostic - An acrostic is a phrase in which one of the letters (usually the first) of each word represents another word.
     

  3. Jingle - Make a poem of the concepts to remember it better.
     

  4. Visual mnemonics - Visual mnemonics work by associating an image with characters or objects whose name sounds like the item that has to be memorized. For example, using knuckles to remember the number of days in each month.

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Explainer video

This learning tool takes inspiration from all the influencers and the content creators out there. Create a 60 second video to explain a concept using a diagram or while doing an activity.

 

Cheat sheet

Okay, this isn't the cheat sheet you carry with you into the exam hall. It's the cheat sheet you look at on the way to the exam in your car.

Think of everything you want to revise before an exam - formulae, definitions or key concepts and put them down.

You can use Canva to make a cheat sheet.

Flowchart

A flowchart is a visual diagram to understand the sequence of events in a topic. Once you've thought about the topic you want to create a flowchart on, ask yourself - Where does the flowchart start and where does it end? Are there any interconnections between multiple steps in the flowchart?

A flowchart can help you quickly revise the whole chapter in a concise manner. Use Miro, coggle.it or Lucidchart to make your flowcharts.

Memory palace

A memory palace is an easy way to remember something by finding spatial associations. Think about important parts of a topic and different locations at home which you can associate with those parts.

Shoot a 60 second video going to those locations and explaining how you associate with it.

Use these tools to prepare for your exams. And when you do, tag us on Instagram openhouse.community!

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