Five weird and unusual revision techniques you (probably) haven't tried

Revision can quickly get dull, repetitive and boring so here's five ways to make revising a bit more interesting and unusual.

1. Put sticky notes EVERYWHERE

Make yourself revise whether you're having a shower or making breakfast by placing sticky post-it notes everywhere you can. Some say this is a great way to remember bite size information, such as equations, rhymes or Mnemonics.


2. WrittenKitten

> This cool app helps motivate you to write more with cute pictures of kittens, what could be better? For every 100 words you write - and that's an amount you can increase if you so desire - it'll show you a brand spanking new photo of another kitten.

3. Use interpretive dance

Apparently* this one works, and if you do it when no one else is at home then only you are going to know if it doesn't! Channel your revision with some interpretive dance, give it a try with the Quadratic formula or your favourite trigonometry function (for the record, ours is tangent).

* So we've been told

4. Lock up your gadgets

Similar to WrittenKitten, but slightly more costly, this is another incentivisation technique that will encourage you to do work in return for a reward of your choosing. Pick up a kitchen safe (approx £30 at the time of writing), which will keep whatever you put in locked up until a set time. Use it either to avoid temptation by locking away your favourite gadgets until you're done your revision or assignment, or place a reward of your choosing inside, such as your favourite snack, that will become unlocked once you're done.

Kitchen safe

5. Compose a song

You probably know that if a song is catchy enough you'll probably never forget it, usually to the point of it driving you crazy. Fortunately you can use this technique to help you revision by turning your notes to songs, such as this handy three minute ditty about the elements of the period table.

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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