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Exams and Study Skills

Test taking strategies


"Chunking" means to break something bigger into smaller pieces. You probably already do this when you remember information such as your student number.

Did you know that the average person can only remember 5-7 pieces of information at a time? (Test it out and try it yourself.)  

Here's an example: Medical students break down long words into pieces and add imagery (method one technique above) to help memorize.  For example, the “trigeminal nerve” is broken down into a triangular gem with five teeth and nervously chewing.  (The trigeminal nerve is the fifth cranial nerve and responsible for motor functions in the face such as chewing)