• Keep your notes tidy and complete. If you miss a class, get the notes from a friend or ask your teacher what you missed.
  • Organise your notes into different sections, e.g. vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, speaking, reading, listening, writing. This will make it easier to find the section you need to revise for the exam.
  • Look through your notes regularly, not just the day before the exam.
  • Use different coloured pens and highlighter pens to help you focus on the most important things you have to learn.
  • Make summaries of your notes. Include the most important things in your summaries. Write short summaries on small cards that you can carry around with you and read them on the bus or when you have some free time.
  • Make mind maps, visuals and diagrams.
  • If you don’t understand something in your notes, ask a classmate or your teacher to explain it to you.


Do you make mind maps or diagrams?  Do you find these useful for remembering your notes?  Tell us what you do.


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Dunno4 31 August, 2016 - 09:00

I want to say that tips are wery useful.
Unfortunately I had never use it before.
I hope they will help me in the next exams.

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Mariamffa11 2 February, 2016 - 13:22

No, I don't make notes. :D
I just read the chapters from the book and answer questions.
I go through each question and study the part which it is about from the book, then answer.
This is what works for me. :)

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rina123 8 January, 2016 - 03:48

I don't usually use mind maps because I don't get use to it. But I do use diagrams and sometimes visuals. Visuals make me remember better.

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bruada3006 16 May, 2015 - 20:04

I have downloaded today a software about mind mapping... I believe I use this software for these exams! It's easier to remember and maybe simpler to transport with me on the bus or the public library...

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then 16 February, 2013 - 12:40

Thank you, LearnEnglishTeam for the short and sweet tips!
We can also use make use of softwares such as Microsoft OneNote for categorizing notes and there are plenty of free organizers and note taking softwares available in the web.

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Sizar Torres 26 August, 2012 - 22:04

These are all pretty true!
My notes which I wrote in my notebooks helped me a lot when I was having the final examinations of 12th Grade.

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