I received a question regarding strategies I have used, suggested in the past, or if I have any “original” strategies to suggest. At the moment I cannot think of any original strategies in particular, but I polled a couple of friends and I have a list of the non-traditional study methods that my friends and I have used.
- Analogies (fictional – tv series, movies, books)
- Analogies (based on real life experiences)
- Short songs/nursery rhymes
- Altering song lyrics
^This can actually be quite amusing and border on fun
- Identify your weak areas, take time to understand the rules, write them down in your own words, and read them aloud
- Group Study/Discussion (these days, very easy to do over the internet and great for people that lean towards auditory learning or have a keen memory for discussions)
- Puns or “Punning” (For example pairing a rule with its term or issue that gives rise to it; ex: Gross Negligence)
- When in doubt, do what has worked for you thus far. Let’s face it, part of the reason people are asking or wondering about alternate methods is likely due to the volume of material that must be memorized, the fact that the exam is painfully long, perhaps not passing your first time, etc. However, you have come this far and gone through how many years in the world of academia that – in my opinion – you should let practice exams, essays, and questions reveal if you need additional help or alternative methods to remember something. As they say, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.