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

Spider Diagrams

  • 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 each page.
  • Use 1 page for each essay.
  • You have to draw your essays from memory; if there are things you don't remember, actively work on those.
  • This is a great way use active recall to ensure you know everything for the exam.
  • Before the exam, you can browse through your diagrams.

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