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How I ranked 1st at Cambridge University - The Essay Memorisation Framework

How I ranked 1st at Cambridge University - The Essay Memorisation Framework

Ali Abdaal

The Essay Memorization Technique

There are two stages to this method:

  • The creation stage: the objective is to generate high quality essay plans for every possible title that you could receive in an exam.
  • The memorization stage: transfer all of these essay p...

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There are aspects questions to keep in mind at this stage:

  1. How you decide what essay titles to choose and prepare.
  2. How you plan the essays.
  3. How you make sure your essay plans are high quality.

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  • Explore the subject and find essay titles that cover the entire breadth of the syllabus.
  • Keep in mind past essay titles.
  • After you've covered those up (and gained a deeper understanding of the subject), put yourself in the shoes o...

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  • Start with a question.
  • Use Google to get as much information as you can about that particular question (articles, review papers, everything that could answer your question). Keep all the information in a research document.

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The three things that count:

  1. Structure
  2. Actually answering the question
  3. Adding your personal touch, the elements that spice up the whole thing.

The introduction is the essential part be...

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The objective of this stage is to transfer all your essay plans into your brain so that you can use them later during the exam.

Useful techniques:

  • ANKI flashcards
  • Spider diagrams
  • A retrospective revision timetable.

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  • These flashcards are blocks of content that can insert into the essays you have planned. They also work for essays you have not prepared in advance: you have blocks of knowledge in your head that you can put into your new essay.
  • Everything that is in your ANKI is ...

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  • Using the memorized content blocks of the ANKI flashcards, you can build spider diagrams.
  • You have the whole structure of the essay and the keyword in your diagram.
  • Follow the same process for all your essay title. Put a date on ...

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This is the last step towards effective memorization and it involves systematic spaced repetition. You can do it by using a retrospective timetable.

This technique involves creating a spreadsheet that starts with a list of subjects, topics or essays that you have put toget...

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