When revising for your driving theory test, it can seem like there’s an overwhelming amount of information to remember. True, if you want to pass your theory test first time you’ll need to put in the right amount of preparation. After all, with a multiple choice exam and a hazard perception test rolled into one it isn’t the sort of thing you can pass on luck alone.
Memory tricks are a great way to improve your chances of passing your theory test, so here are 5 top tips.
1. Get Brain Training
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You might think that you have a terrible memory, but a lot of it comes down to brain training. If you never have to remember a phone number, shopping list or information for exams, then your brain won’t be accustomed to retaining large amounts of knowledge. In this case, your first step is to unleash the memory powers of your brain. You can download apps for your phone with daily exercises, or buy a puzzle book that can give it a workout on your lunch break or bus journey. You’ll be amazed at the progress you can make if you regularly train your brain.
2. Study Wise
Studying isn’t a one size fits all approach to learning information. Some people work better at night, some first thing in the morning. Some people can cram last minute, whilst others prefer to prepare well in advance. Work out what method suits you best, and optimise your study time by working around this. Try to take regular breaks between studying and test yourself often to check that you’re retaining the information.
3. Health Kick
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Your health and diet is closely linked to your brain power when it comes to studying. Lack of sleep, exercise or fresh food can all affect your ability to learn, so try to look after yourself in the run up to your driving theory test. Oily fish, vitamin-packed veg and whole grains are all foods that boost your brain power. Meanwhile regular exercise and a good night’s sleep will all put you in a better place to remember the Highway Code and concentrate on your theory test.
Eating well and studying effectively are all very well, but those random stats and facts can be difficult to remember even when you’re on top form. If you’re struggling to nail those important bits of information, try to create associations that will help. Poems, stories and mnemonics are all effective ways to etch those tricky gobbets into your brain, and ask your instructor or a family member to help you come up with some associations if you can’t think of any yourself.
5. Last Minute Memory
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No we’re not advising you to leave everything to the last minute. However going over your notes or taking a mock theory test on the morning before your exam is a great way to refresh your memory. You might know the information deep down from your weeks of preparation, but this last minute revision will shoot the stats straight into your short term memory for the real thing. This will only work if you’d done the right amount of learning beforehand, so be sure to do the preparation and practice in the run up to the big thing to complement this method!
Improving your memory takes effort from all angles, so if you’re serious about passing your theory test first time you’ll want to combine all five of the methods above to succeed. Learn how you study best and look after your health and notice the difference with your memory when it comes to learning your Highway Code.
An informative guest blog post written by the team at Book My Theory Test Online, a service aimed at helping learner drivers to ace their theory test.