“But Sir!!! I just don’t get … maths / science / French / history / geography … (delete as appropriate) … I’m not great at it … at all!!”
Making the most of revision Research now shows that the lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success The secret? … painful and demanding practice and hard work What it takes to be great
Making the most of revision The first major conclusion is that nobody is great without work. It’s nice to believe that if you find the field where you’re naturally gifted, you’ll be great from day one, but it doesn’t happen. There’s no evidence of high level performance without experience or practice. The best people in any field are those who devote the most hours to what the researchers call "deliberate practice." It's activity that's explicitly intended to improve performance, that reaches for objectives just beyond one's level of competence, provides feedback on results and involves high levels of repetition. No substitute for hard work
Making the most of revision Revision is about repetition
Making the most of revision Revision is about planning Timetables are important Must be realistic otherwise you won’t stick to them (but must be a bit ambitious too – remember success is all about hard work) https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/
Making the most of revision One Hour Revision Special 0-25 mins New revision 25-30 minsActive break 30-45 mins“Old” revision 45-50 minsRelaxing break 50-60 minsReview your new revision
Making the most of revision How to avoid the big errors Studying things I already know Prioritise
Making the most of revision Eat the big frog first
Making the most of revision The Brain Expressive Brain Receptive Brain
Making the most of revision The PACE Ladder Positive Active Clear Energetic Start at the bottom
Making the most of revision Brain gym activities for specific tasks Reading (internally or out loud)Cross-crawl, brain buttons, thinking cap, Earth buttons, space buttons, balance buttons Hand-eye co-ordination for writtenLazy 8s, brain buttons, double doodle, arm activation, energy yawn SpellingThinking cap, cross-crawl, arm activation Maths (columns and lines)Double doodle, Earth buttons Concentration and comprehensionThinking cap, hook-ups, arm activation Getting on with tasksCross-crawl, thinking cap, arm activation Effective listeningHook-ups, thinking cap, cross-crawl Structuring / organising workDouble doodle, thinking cap, Earth buttons Memory – learning new and retrieving old knowledgeThinking cap, Lazy 8s Understanding directions, homework, exam questionsBrain buttons, thinking cap, hook-ups, Earth buttons Test taking (relaxing the butterflies)Water, cross-crawl, hook-ups, double doodle, brain buttons OrganisationWater, thinking cap, brain buttons “Thinking”; silent speech and inner visionCross-crawl, thinking cap, brain buttons FocusThe owl, arm activation, calf pump Creative thinkingCross-crawl, double doodle, thinking cap
Making the most of revision Brain gym exercises The Thinking Cap Hold the top of each ear and gently uncurl the outer edges of both ears from top to bottom at the same time. Repeat at least twice more. Good for increasing listening ability, short-term memory and abstract thinking skills. The Positive Points Action: Gently hold the forehead with one hand, or use two fingers of each hand to touch the frontal eminences of the forehead, half way between the eyebrows and the hair line. What it does: Calms and aids thinking by bringing energy and attention to the frontal lobes.
Making the most of revision Brain gym exercises The Double Doodle / Lazy 8s With a pencil or pen in each hand, simultaneously doodle with both on either side of a line of symmetry which runs down the page, creating a mirror image. Double doodles can also be done in the air ‘conducting’ along to a piece of music. Good for improving balance and co-ordination as well as reading, writing and comprehension.
Making the most of revision Active methods of revising Annotation Mind mapping Flash cards Teaching others Storyboard Pictures Past papers and mark schemes Web sites, media, study support What do you know about these? Advantages Disadvantages
Making the most of revision Annotation Storyboard Mind mapping Talking it through