I’m sure you are reading this, thinking what a strange thing to aspire to be. Perhaps you have aspired to be an astronaut, vet or a superhero. Not me. I aim to be a human version of a post-it note.
What does that mean? Well a post-it note is what you use to remember something, it is there stuck to your desk or monitor to remind you to complete that task. I am a human version of that.
I aim to give you mental hooks memorable enough to stay in your mind for your exam. These take many different forms, from acronyms/mmenomics to remember models in order, talking about stories to help you remember different concepts (I feel that the story of my cat getting leprosy to explain insurance is one of my best – don’t worry she is cured!), to hand movements and dancing to help bring certain topics to life. I’m happy to make a fool of myself if it means that you pass your exams.
If you aren’t studying with me (you must be crazy haha!) then you need to be your own post-it note. Use the techniques I go through above – personalise things, create stories and make the material mean something to you.
Perhaps also look at Memory Palaces. A Memory Palace is a place in your imagination where you store mnemonic images. The most common type of memory palace involves making a journey through a building, town or city that you know well. Your home is a great example. Along that journey there are specific locations that you always visit in the same order—these locations are called loci, which is Latin for “places.” In each location, such as your hall, living room and kitchen you remember certain facts. This helps you memorise larger amounts of information.
Get in touch and let me know what you use as your mental post-it notes!