Adapted from Human Givens No 1 2013 Dunlosky et al. Improving student’s learning with effective learning techniques. Psychological Science in the Public Interest.
Researchers have found that the best way to get good results in exams is to spread out your studying over time and to make sure that you quiz yourself on what you have learned.
They looked at ten common learning techniques and found that many of the most popular were of next to no benefit either in remembering information or passing exams. Some of these are the most common and are being recommended by teachers.
The most useless ways to revise are: highlighting and underlining, summarising, keyword mnemonics, use of imagery for memorising text and re-reading.
You may think you are doing something by adopting these, but you are kidding yourself!