Updated: Jul 24
On a hot and blistering Sunday afternoon in the UAE I had a eureka moment. Like so many great ideas, it was genius in its simplicity and obvious in hindsight. It was the 'pop-quiz' study method, and it's been one of my favourite study methods ever since!
The idea is very simple: As you read/study from a textbook, turn all the dense and waffly and heavy text into a 'rolling pop-quiz'.
Otherwise said: Make up questions based on what is written and write your own answers to them with help from the textbook.
This is the beginning of an example I made using the AQA 9-1 Physics GCSE textbook:
You revise actively rather than passively when reading the textbook.
You force yourself to extract useful information only.
You compile a sensational list of questions to revise from—in a 'look-cover-check style', later on.
You begin to second-guess the kind of questions that can be asked in an exam.