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We all have been there. The clock seems to start ticking more loudly than it was a minute ago. The pencil is so sweaty that it falls to the desktop and rolls to the floor with a loud clatter. Someone is tapping a staccato rhythm on the floor. Your mind starts to grasp for the words to a song that matches the beat. Wait! I'm here to take a test! The words are blurring. Maybe I'm going blind. You cover one eye to check for loss in both eyes. Man, that test proctor's hair is weird. It reminds of me of Great-Auntie Edna ...

One of the best ways to improve your study skills in remembering the details of a historical event is to make up a silly or ridiculous visual in your mind. For example, if you are trying to remember that the American Civil War was fought between 1861 to 1865 and that the Confederacy's President was Jefferson Davis, while the Union's President was Abraham Lincoln, you can create a silly image in your head of Jefferson Davis riding a surfboard wearing a shirt with a "C" on it while racing Abraham Lincoln on another surfboard wearing a black top hat with an "U" on it. Picture Davis's surfboard having a cool graphic of the numbers "1861," while Lincoln's surfboard has "1865" printed on it. If you need to know more details for an essay question, you could add to the picture. You could have Davis holding a paper in his hand, which says "secession," and Lincoln could be holding a copy of "The Emancipation Proclamation" in... read more

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