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10 Weirdest And Worst Revision Tips On The Internet

04/23/2014 12:18 pm 12:18:26 | Updated 23 April 2014
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After scouring the internet for 'weird revision tips' two thing become extremely clear:

1) We have way too much time on our hands
2) Not many of them are that weird.

Honestly. No, honestly. They're mostly suggestions like "Treat yourself with a piece of chocolate in revision breaks". Yeah you lunatic! Eat chocolate! That's what weirdos do! Don't have two pieces though; you'll probably get sectioned. Our personal favourite "weird tip" was: Quiz yourself. Wow, that's pretty out-there. Using questions as a way of finding out how well people have learned a set topic? Who could have thought of something as kooky and screwball as testing people to find out what they know? Well, except every exam writer on every exam board in almost every country since, you know, ever.

Still, after careful research (googling) we found some pretty strange and some pretty useless ideas being suggested. Some of this stuff makes Wayne Rooney look bright and Sarah Palin look sane. Well, almost.

So we did what anyone would do. We collected them, tried a few of them out (we got some strange looks) and chose the 10 strangest for you to see below. Don't try these at home, at least if you want to learn anything. Or if you want people at home to respect you. In fact, if you want genuine revision help this probably isn't the article for you.

In fact you should probably head to one of these places:

However, if you want entertainment and to laugh at some of the stupid ideas the people of the internet have come up with this is the right place for you:

  • 1 1) Grow a Wisdom Beard
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  • We love the logic that growing a beard makes you smarter. Unfortunately there is no truth behind the Wisdom Beard theory. If there was the Amish would rule the world. The Amish do not rule the world.
  • 2 2) Talk about your revision to your friends
    W.D. VANLUE/FLICKR
  • This method actually very good for retaining information. However, it isn't very good for retaining friends. Trust us, the last thing in the world your friends want to talk about after a hard day's revision is YOUR REVISION.
  • 3 3) Put it in a rap
    NELROJAR / NELSON ROJAS A./FLICKR
  • This is a well known revision technique. Reciting information aloud helps memorise it and rapping it is supposed to be a fun way of doing that. But there seems something inherently wrong about using rap for educational means. Rap fought hard for it's street cred. TuPac didn't die so you could badly rhyme "Socrates" and "philosophies". At the very least don't try this if you are: tone deaf, older than 25 or generally uncool.
  • 4 4) Put it in an interpretative Dance
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  • Like putting it in a rap but worse
  • 5 5) Sustained Drinking
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  • If there was any proof to this theory we wouldn’t even be writing this article. In fact we’d be sitting in our Knowledge Palace (pub) soaking in memory juice. Alas this seems too good to be true. Also it’s important to note the difference between sustained drinking and heavy drinking. A night’s heavy drinking doesn’t increase a person’s memory; as anyone who has ever watched a drunk guy do Karaoke knows.
  • 6 6) Do (almost) nothing
    ASECONDHANDCONJECTURE/FLICKR
  • We shouldn't have to tell what's wrong with this. The theory seems to be that if you read through your notes in the morning you can spend the rest of the day doing whatever you want and the knowledge will sort of just sink into your brain. Ummm..... no. Sorry.
  • 7 7) Pray
    THEALIENESS GISELAGIARDINO²³/FLICKR
  • See above. Yes, one theory floating around is to pray. If this does work it raises way more questions than it answers. But we don't think we're going to risk it.
  • 8 8) Stand on your head
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  • Apparently this will increase blood flow to your head and... and... yeah don't do this
  • 9 9) Mnemonics
    BEYOND THE TRAIL/FLICKR
  • Mnemonics, like the famous "Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain" one for colors of the rainbow, is probably the most useful one on this list. But it still leads to some pretty odd phrases; "King Philip Came Over For Great Soup", "Old Tabatha, And Her Cat, On Her Boat", "Rasputin Juggles Cats With Grace". And only one of those was made up by us.
  • 10 10) Emotionally tramautise yourself
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  • This is an intense technique but it could work. Let's be honest, you'll never forget what you were thinking about right before you walked in on your parents. I'm not saying try to walk in on your parents. But do you want that First or don't you?
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