The three techniques being tested are flash cards, mnemonic devices and self examination. I used these techniques to prepare for my first biology exam. I will go over flash cards for an hour every other day starting 2 weeks prior to the exam. I will begin to memorize the mnemonic device up to a week before and I will start reviewing the practice test that was made available by the instructor three days before.
On this exam following the use of these study methods, I made a B. I feel like these techniques worked very well for me and they made me feel very confident heading into the exam. The exam was very trivial with the concepts it was using so the flash cards helped greatly to remember the definitions that went along with each vocabulary word. We had to also learn the classification system of livings things in the correct order which I found a great mnemonic device for. The classifications are as follows: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species. The mnemonic device I found for this was King Philip Came Over For Good Soup. I remembered this perfectly on the exam and the few questions that were asked about the topic I got correct. I felt very confident in the use of this device. And as for the practice tests that was given, it made me feel very comfortable with the format and the types of questions that were going to be asked. Overall the combination of these techniques really boosted my confidence heading into this exam. My grade was one of the best grades I have made on an exam in a good while so that made me feel really good. I believe that all three helped greatly but the two that helped the most was the practice test and the mnemonic device. The flash cards helped a lot but not as much as the others, it was still useful though. I believe I will be looking for mnemonic devices to things more often because that really stuck with me and I have not been as confident in a subject in a long time as I was with the material I used this for.