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    as you know I sat a wonderful course with RHS and was due to sit exams end of June, I bottled the exams - mainly down to recalling latin etc.

    I know my weakness is recall, I know garden stuff and should pass but given a quiet room full of people and a bit of paper - well, I just turn to mush and don't even remember who I am, let alone why I'm there

    At least, that is how I have managed to condition myself

    Anyhow, darling Teacher had said in June 'no worries, you can sit it in February' - so that was (is) my plan. She pinged me yesterday to say 'here is the course work list for this year leading up to the Feb exam - please feel free to come along and sit in on any you wish, to help you refresh'

    That's really kind and lovely isn't it

    Now, how to condition myself to regurge all the words onto the paper
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    You've convinced yourself that you can't remember Latin names. You need to now convince yourself that you can!

    What we do at school (I'm sure I'm teaching you to suck eggs here), is to write some phrases down and stick them around the house.

    eg, when you get your coffee, you see a Post-it saying "limnanthes douglasii", with a little photo or drawing of the plant if that helps.

    Repetition, repetition, repetition
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    and do you do brainstorming / mind maps ?

    that can help if you "go blank"
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    The best ways of memorising stuff to recall........

    repetition [like when we were taught the times tables]
    mnemonics [making words from the first letters of the things - Enid Blyton's girls used to remember number plates this way]
    loci [walk through a familiar journey and 'place' the thing and it's word in key positions]
    mind maps put the main topic in the middle of the page and try and map out everything you can remember, what is missing is what you need to re-learn]
    numbers - assign the things to a number
    visualisation - visualise things that resemble the word and make stupid pictures in your head - this might work with the latin, it depends on how creative you can be

    I've got 5 exams in the course that I've just signed up for; she was keen to keep telling me it is hard and competitive......but I love exams and always have done.


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    I remember reading a book by Alan Titchmarsh where he made learning latin names his bedtime reading - he did something like 5 or 10 a day?

    Only real advice I can give is the old one of write the names out every day for a week and then get someone to test you. The words will stick!
    The weeks and the years are fine. It's the days I can't cope with!

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    Do they have copies of old exam papers you could use for revising? That way you would have an idea of exactly what you should be trying to remember, there might not be as many Latin names as you think. I can sometimes remember the name but haven't a clue how to spell it so maybe looking through a plant encyclopoedia (can't spell that either!) & then trying to remember & write down a list of say 5-10 names at a time may help.
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    Oh piskie I so know how you feel I am exactly the same in exams so didnt do any when at school, left when I was 15 ( you could back then ) have never done anything that involves taking exams ever again. I so wish I could and envy people that can and have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SueA View Post
    then trying to remember & write down a list of say 5-10 names at a time may help.
    Stick to 7; any more and you forget. [probably why I only put 6 ways up earlier ]

    Chunking: stick to memorising 7 +/- 1 things at a time; any more and you will forget.

    If you have say, 50 things to remember; group them into sets of 7 and learn each set. Use mind maps to recall them.


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