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Unique and Unusual Studying Strategy Technique: Study By Writing With Paper on the Walls!

These photos show an idea of an effective study technique to help prepare you for exams or tests: taping blank pieces of paper to walls, and then creating a giant poster.

It is great because you can always expand it further (once I ended up removing my mirror and a bookcase so I could keep on going around the room) and constantly looking at the information even when you aren't studying means some of the information may have planted itself in your head without even any conscious effort. After using this technique, during the following test I would often read questions and be able to visualise where the information was on my wall before plucking the correct answer out of my head

Sticking many pieces of paper together and putting them on your wall can be a great way to revise information for a test!

Sticking many pieces of paper together and putting them on your wall can be a great way to revise information for a test!


  • It's like a giant poster- you can view all the information at once.
  • The novelty is great fun! I had a blast 'writing' on the walls. It made studying more enjoyable.
  • You can link information together with other relevant pieces, and draw arrows or whatever you like. Having everything in one piece gives you a lot of freedom, as opposed to a book where you would need to turn the pages.
  • It looks impressive
  • You are constantly reminded of the test, and the need to study for it.
Beware! You could lose control of your wall...

Beware! You could lose control of your wall...


  • Seeing all the information at once can be overwhelming.
  • Your arm can get sore if you write on the paper when it's already on the wall.
  • Your neck can get strained if you look upwards too much.
  • It can become bigger than you intended it to be.
  • You are constantly reminded of the test, and the need to study for it.
... As it grows bigger and bigger.

... As it grows bigger and bigger.

TIP #1

Don't use paper that's too thin

Always make sure that the paper isn't too thin (or the textas too powerful) to leave marks on your real wall. A good way to test this before jumping in with both feet is by putting up a singular piece of the paper you are intending to use in a well-lit area, and drawing a line with each marker you will be using. Remove the paper and see if there are any marks on your wall.

TIP #2

Use scented markers

My intelligence is often in question. It definitely was at the start of my first wall-papering, when I couldn't find any textas and decided to use permanent markers instead. I didn't do too well on that test, because whenever I tried writing on the wall, the sharppie fumes would give me a headache. I eventually went out to the newsagent and bought some jumbo scented textas for little kids. They had the same line thickness as sharpies, so I could still read it from a distance, plus they had the added bonus smelling like fruit instead of dangerous chemicals. They made the writing even more enjoyable!

TIP #3

Draw Pictures

By drawing relevant pictures on your wall, you will be able to remember more information, and i you need to quickly locate information on your wall it will help you.

For example, as part of a psychology exam, I needed to know about William James, a guy who described consciousness as like a stream. So I wrote his name in a stream on my poster (I think you can actually see it in the pictures). In the test, knowing that I had written his name in a stream made me remember more information about him, and also about things that were near him on the poster.

TIP #4

Don't use glue

This one seems like a bit of an obvious one to me, but thought I'd include it anyway, because you never know. Stick the pieces of paper together with sticky tape or blu-tack, not glue sticks, so that when it's time to take the information off your walls, no ugly marks get left behind.

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I personally suggest using clear sticky tape, because it provides a flatter writing surface than blu-tack.

TIP #5

It only needs to make sense to you

Don't worry if nobody else understands your symbols and pictures, or if your spelling is off. Don't fret about putting the information in grammatically correct sentences, or if your writing isn't perfect. The only person that needs to be able to understand it is you.


hectordang from New York on March 16, 2012:

This idea works well with jigsawing. People can just divide and conquer something like an article. Each group creates a poster on the section they're responsible for, and all the groups will go around and around to view the posters once everyone is complete with it. It's a nice way to divide the labor and to get everyone learning.

Jessicapotter24 from Los Angeles, California on June 30, 2011:

Great idea!! I haven't tried this out but i do write down everything on notes and papers and file them up. When I glance through them, i can easily remember all that I have learnt. Creating images do help a lot as it did in my case. I can easily recollect the images than the lengthy description. Once done, the description follows smoothly. Nice article, enjoyed reading it!! Will try implementing it soon and let u know the results!!!

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on June 25, 2011:

This is such a great idea - wish I had thought about this years ago when I was studying! But I do have young nieces and nephews who are at school and I think they would really enjoy this way of study. Really enjoyed this informative and interesting hub.

Alem Belton from New York on June 21, 2011:

The first comment is correct, many savants or geniuses do use this method. Unfortunately the minute you use this technique to factually piece together things that the government has told you that do not make sense, you are then automatically transformed from genius to conspiracy theorist. And once that title sticks to you, most people will ridicule or pass judgement on your theories, no matter how much sense they make. That is of course until your theories prove true, then you are once again a genius. Ah, the circle of life.

"Perception is the key to the acceptance of reality."-tHErEDpILL

On another note, it appears that you were studying philosophy and or psychology at the time. I'm curious, how did you do on the test?

Bima.Purnawan1 from Republic of Indonesia on June 21, 2011:

Amazingly many savant or genius thinkers use this method, plus using a wall that is made of glass to develop ideas. In the movie, A Beautiful Mind, Russell Crow portrays a genius Nobel Prize winning Mathematician that is also plagued with serious mental challenges. He uses this technique throughout the movie.

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