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How I ranked 1st at Cambridge University - The Essay Memorisation Framework

🎬 Check out my FREE 36-video online class on how to study for exams - In this video, I talk through the Essay Memorisation Framework that I used to win the top exam results prize in my 3rd year of Medical School at Cambridge University. I was studying Psychology as my intercalated BA, and using this method I created around 50 essay plans and committed them to memory. This video explains how. Enjoy xx TIMESTAMPS 00:34 - General Overview 01:21 - The Creation Stage --- 01:50 - Deciding what essays to plan --- 02:30 - How to plan the essays --- 04:57 - How to make the essay plan really good 08:10 - The Memorisation Stage --- 08:36 - Anki flashcards to memorise content blocks --- 09:50 - Spider diagrams to memorise entire essays --- 12:49 - The Retrospective Revision Timetable to systematically use active recall and spaced repetition (more info here: 14:10 - Wrapping Up MY FREE ONLINE COURSES: 🚀 Productivity Masterclass - Principles and Tools to Boost Your Productivity - 🎬 Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X - From Beginner to YouTuber - 🎓 How to Study for Exams - An Evidence-Based Masterclass - 😃 How to be Happier - Stoicism Masterclass - TOOLS OF THE TRADE: 🎥 My YouTube Camera Gear - ⌨️ My Keyboard - Wireless Coral mechanical keyboard (Cherry Blue) - 📝 My favourite iPad Screen Protector - Paperlike - 🎒 My Desk Accessories + Todo List - Ugmonk - 📚 How I remember what I read - Readwise - 🎵 Where I get my Music (amazing for YouTubers) - 🌐 My website platform (Ghost) - OTHER RECOMMENDED COURSES 📔 Effortless Output with Roam Research - 📓 Building a Second Brain - 🎙My weekly podcast - My brother and I host a weekly podcast where we discuss happiness, creativity and the human condition. You can find it by searching “Not Overthinking” on any podcast app (eg: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts etc). BE MY FRIEND: 💌 Sign up to my weekly email newsletter - 🌍 My website / blog - 📸 Instagram - 🐦 Twitter - 🎮 Twitch - WHO AM I: I'm Ali, a junior doctor working in Cambridge, UK. I make videos about medicine, technology, productivity and lifestyle design. I also have a weekly podcast with my brother (, and I write a weekly email newsletter that contains some quick thoughts + links to interesting things ( 🌍 My website / blog - GET IN TOUCH: If you’d like to talk, I’d love to hear from you. Tweeting @AliAbdaal directly will be the quickest way to get a response, but if your question is very long, feel free to email me at I try my best to reply to things but there sadly aren't enough hours in the day to respond to everyone 😭 PS: Some of the links in this description are affiliate links that I get a kickback from 😜
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