After a particularly stressful day at work, sometimes I have to console myself with a wonderful fact. That fact is that (bar an unexpected career change) I DON'T EVER HAVE TO SIT AN EXAM AGAIN. I don't have to endure the stress of spending hours of my time frantically cramming, not sleeping, and then several hours frantically splurging all those obscure facts back up again. In those grim days, I was the classic example of the person doing everything possible other than actually revising: colour coding, mind-mapping, notecards - even the classic trick I believe came from Neighbours of spraying your notes with perfume, then wearing the same perfume to your exam as an aide-memoire. Boy, did our exam hall reek of CK One. So, it goes without saying, that had these PageCUES been around in the 90s, I'd have definitely snapped them up.
Designed by Angela and Mark Gilbert, they are coloured sets, made of card, with each set containing 10 different 'cues' - or bookmarks - that you can slot onto a page. Each set is based around a different and theme - choose from architecture, woodland, parklife or food - and each cue has a different cue black and white illustration. There's a pizza, an ice-cream sundae and a coffee, for example, illustrated in the food set. The science bit behind the design is that looking at the visual of the cue will help you remember the context on the page. That argument alone would have been enough to convince me to spend £3.80 on one of the sets.
However, as I said above, I DON'T EVER HAVE TO SIT AN EXAM AGAIN. I'm still sold on them though. You could use them to mark favourite recipes, poems or pictures and they look pretty attractive in their own right - the architecture set inspires foreign adventures, the woodland set is all cute squirrels and deers, while I love the little characters in the parklife set pictured above. I'm willing to bet that, back in the days of revision hell, seeing images of happy people enjoying themselves in a park might have tipped me over the edge. In these blissful, post exam days, however, I feel they're the perfect accessories for some of my most loved and thumbed through books.