Memory Tricks

Ever go blank in an exam? Learn how to memorise information and access it when you need it.


There are little tricks you can use to retain and recall tough information.


memory tricks

  • Repetition, repetition, repetition: the more you go back over something the better you’ll remember it.
  • Write things out: this helps you get your head around it.
  • Read things out to yourself: the more you say it the better.
  • Learn key words and phrases: if you have these you can build around them.
  • Use acronyms: take the first letter of a set of words you need to learn and form a word with them. This will help you recall the words later.
  • Use acrostics: the same as acronyms, only this time make up a silly sentence with the first letters. Once you have the first letter you will remember the full word.
  • Use rhyme: rhyme complicated sentences and you’ll never forget them.
  • Use pictures: draw little pictures around words or put steps to learn into a picture. Close your eyes and you will see the picture and the words inside.
  • Use visualisation: Visualise yourself doing the thing you are trying to remember.
  • Use stories: put what you need to learn into a story.
  • Use flash cards: a question on one side and the answer on the other can be a great help.

For more study tips, read Shortcuts to Success: Study and Exam Skills for Leaving Certificate by Irene Togher.

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