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1 Revision and Examination Techniques
Learning Environment Learning Styles Revision techniques Examination Techniques General advice

2 Exam Techniques ‘The truth about exams’
They provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your abilities. Exams are not designed to catch you out. Examiners like giving marks to people who do what is asked of them. Exams can be completed in the allotted time. Everyone’s memory is sufficient.

3 Effective learning environments??

4 Learning environment Minimise distractions by trying to keep an area for learning that is Organised Not cluttered Equipped with everything you need Peaceful Free from interruptions (mobile, Facebook) Alternatives Local Library With friend

5 Before you start Have you got all your notes?
Do you know the topics you need to revise? Have you decided how you are going to revise?

6 Do you know the topics you are going to revise?
Revision checklists Textbook Exam board details Ask your teacher

7 How are you going to revise?
Revise in chunks. You would not eat a whole elephant at once! You would break it up into chunks, wouldn’t you.

8 How are you going to revise?
How do you learn? Different learning styles e.g. Visual Auditory Kinaesthetic

9 Visual Learners Prefer to see how to do things
29% of us prefer to learn by storing images in our brains. Possible revision techniques: Use pictures, mind maps, computers, diagrams, flowcharts, key words, posters, timelines Videos Mind maps. Use colour and highlighters to help the brain remember. Write information in bullet points or as key words on “post-its” – (they come in different colours). Careful layout of notes

10 Auditory Learners Learn by listening and speaking
34% of us prefer to learn by storing sounds in our brains. Possible revision techniques Talk over the work with someone else Tape notes and play them back Listen to music while revising – no words Repeat their work out loud in funny voices. Make up rhymes or raps about work. Get someone to ask you questions about the work.

11 Kinaesthetic Learners
Learn by doing 37% of us prefer to learn by movement or touch. Possible revision techniques Key word cards put their notes on cards or “post-its” and sequence them (perhaps rank the cards in order of importance or make into sentences). walk between notes or “post-its” that are on the floor or on the walls. walk around while reading. stand up – stretch or exercise – at least every 20 minutes. draw pictures, mind maps – run a finger between the words on the map, say each one out loud. squeeze a sponge or stress release ball while working.

12 How are you going to revise?
2) Suggested strategies Mindmaps Mnemonics Journey technique Rhymes/ songs Flow diagrams Cue cards Sound recordings Repetition

13 Mind maps Information can be seen quickly and act as a visual aid
Guidance in pupil organiser – title in centre, branches for separate points Put around the house for regular revision

14 What Was Collectivisation?
Sell grain abroad= buy industrial machinery 1941=98% farmland collectivised Feed industrial workers Kulaks protested- forced to hand over food Increase grain production NEP had not worked Grain exports increased Reasons Results Modernise farming methods What Was Collectivisation? =famine million died! Eliminate kulaks= ‘Real’ communism 25,000 workers sent to the countryside Key Features Join kulaks and batraks together How? Who? What? Use farming machinery Modern facilities- hospitals When? Where? 1927 Kolkhoz= farms grouped together Russian farmland

15 Mnemonics Encoding information in a memorable phrase
Using vivid, positive, humorous phrases My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas

16 Rhymes or songs Helps to remember knowledge in sequence
Learn by repetition E.g. In 1954 the Supreme Court made a clear decision Miss Brown could go to a white school as her father was wishing In 1955 a 12 month bus boycott led by Luther King Ended bus segregation with the Supreme Court agreeing In 1957 the president stepped in at Little Rock And mobs, Governor Faubus and segregated education he did stop The peaceful protests continued into the 1960s And resulted in desegregated facilities

17 Flow diagrams Use colour
Encourages you to summarise notes to put in diagram

18 Cue cards Cards with key word or question on one side and answer/ definition/ formula/ short list on reverse

19 Sound recordings Use revision notes or booklets to make recording
Listen whilst travelling Make mind maps/ diagrams while listening Or Read revision notes out loud

20 Repetition Regular repetition of knowledge will strengthen it
Will enable you to prioritise what you need to learn again E.g. review notes before sleeping

21 General guidance You can’t rewrite all of the notes from your 2 year courses – summaries needed Use a variety of revision techniques – your memory will be more efficient Highlight key parts or ones that are more difficult to remember Keep persevering with the more difficult work

22 General guidance Don’t spend too long revising. There is the law of diminishing returns. If you just sit down to revise, without a definite finishing time, then your learning efficiency falls lower and lower, like this:

23 General guidance If you decide at the beginning how long you will work for, with a clock,then, as your brain knows the end is coming,the graph rises towards the end.

24 How can you improve this even more?
If you break up a 2-hour session into 4 shorter sessions, each of about 25-minutes, with a short planned break between them, then it is even better. Compare the next 2 graphs: One solid session 4 shorter sessions The yellow area shows the improvement.

25 How often should you revise?
Look at the graph below. It shows how much your brain can recall later. It rises for about 10 minutes …and then falls.

26 However, if you quickly re-revise after 10 minutes,
then it falls more slowly! This is good. Analyse the new graph:

27 Even better, if you quickly re-revise again, after 1 day,
then it falls even more slowly! Good ! Analyse the new graph:

28 And even better still, if you quickly re-revise again, after 1 week,
then it falls even more slowly! Great! Analyse the new graph:

29 10 minutes 1 day 1 week …and then 1 month.
So the best intervals for ‘topping-up’, by reviewing or briefly re-revising are: 10 minutes 1 day 1 week …and then 1 month. Revise – Make notes in your preferred learning style Repeat – Go through everything again, concentrating on what you still don’t understand Review – Every week, spend some time going through everything you’ve done in the past week

30 Practice Questions For helping with timing
Use past papers questions to test your understanding. These are often found at the exam board website, together with the mark scheme, e.g. Questions are often found in revision guides, but be careful they match the exam board and specification you do.

31 Dos – before the exam Go to bed reasonably early
Make sure you know where your exam is Arrive 10 minutes or so before exam Don’t eat too much before exam Make sure your pen etc is working Bring a spare pen

32 What to take to the exam? Pen Pencil Rubber Sharpener Ruler Calculator

33 What not to take to the exam?
Mobile phone Ipod/MP3 player etc Food You can fail this exam and all your others if you are found with a mobile phone in the exam, even if it is switched off or in your bag.

34 STYLE OF QUESTIONS A variety of question styles will be used such as:
Multiple Choice Tick Box "Choose from a list" "Short answer" Those requiring description, explanation or discussion Longer open ended questions

35 COMMAND WORDS Command words are used to instruct you on the type of answer expected from a question. They are not used to trip you up but are designed to get the correct answer, therefore you need to understand what is required from different command words. A variety of command words may be used.

36 COMMAND WORDS Examples include: The next slide explains these words
State/Give Outline Describe List Explain The next slide explains these words

37 COMMAND WORDS Make sure you understand what the question is asking you to do. It may be useful to underline the command word on the exam paper just so you’re clear what they are asking. Account for Explain why something is the way it is. Analyse Explain your view of why the main points of an idea, text or process are important. Do not just describe. Calculate Show the method and obtain a numerical answer. Compare Write about the differences and similarities. Conclude Make a decision after thinking something through. Contrast Show the differences between two things. Criticise Analyses and make a judgement or give an opinion Do not just be negative, give a considered view. Define Give a brief explanation of what something means. Describe Say what something or someone is like or give an account of events. Discuss Explain the advantages and disadvantages of something, and give your opinion. Evaluate Make a judgement about the quality of something, taking the evidence into account. Explain Give reason WHY something is as it is or HOW it operates. Give reasons for Explain using words like because to make clear WHY things happen. Identify Point out the required features or reasons. Interpret Explain what you understand to be the meaning, or what someone else intended the meaning to be. Justify Give good reasons for. Summarise Give the main points of an idea or an argument.

38 Tips for Answering Questions
1. Read the question twice. Q1. Give two ways customers could find out more about the activities shown in figure 1 (2 marks) . READ it, READ it again!

39 Tips for Answering Questions
2. Underline the command words and key words in the question before you start. Q2. Describe the methods that were used to carry out an investigation of a leisure area Q2. Describe the methods that were used to carry out an investigation of a leisure area

40 Tips for Answering Questions
3. Look at the number of marks available and think if it is possibly a mark per point or level answer. Q3. What is meant by the term in-bound tourist (2 marks) Q3. Using figure 4, explain the factors which a family would need to consider when planning their route by car from Belgium to the lake district (6 marks) This is worth 2 marks and so the examiner will be looking for a short straight forward answer. You will need to say two things. This is worth 6 marks and so you will be expected to give a longer answer and it will be marked using levels. You are always aiming for the highest level and so should give the differences, explain them and give examples.

41 Tips for Answering Questions
4. Use the space given as a guide for how much to write. Q4. What is a heritage coast (3 marks) A place by the sea ______ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Heritage coasts cover most undeveloped parts of the UK coastline. It is a national project which aims to protect unspoilt parts of the coastline from tourism. The Pembrokeshire coast is an example This answer uses all the space and tries to say at least 3 things about the place for the 3 marks available. This answer is clearly too short, lots of lines have been left empty.

42 Tips for Answering Questions
5. For longer questions take time to think and plan your answers (spider diagrams) Q5. Chose one tourist town and describe a suggested programme for visitors to have an interesting day Shopping Oxford street, covent garden Visit historic sites Tower of London, Buckingham palace Museums e.g Science museum, British museum London Transport use the underground, or ferry in docklands on Thames, or do a bus tour Food Go to the river and have food. Or take a picnic into Regents park Words in bold are the plan you would write!

43 Tips for Answering Questions
Attempt every question. If you are stuck on a question leave it and come back to it later. Make a guess if all else fails (never leave blanks, you can’t lose marks for wrong answers but a guess may gain you some marks). If you can’t remember all the details, write as many as you can and guess the rest. Lucky guess!

44 Tips for Answering Questions
Do not rush. People always finish early. It is better to plan and answer properly than make silly mistakes and then sit waiting for the end.

45 Good Body = Good Mind Eat healthy food Drink plenty (water!!)
Get lots of rest

46 Revision Timetable These are useful and effective tools that can help you prepare for exams and achieve the grades you deserve. Some people prefer A4 sized daily or weekly timetables whilst others prefer larger wall sized charts that cover a month long period. Tips on making a revision timetable: When compiling a schedule try to be as realistic as possible. Do not try to overburden your day with an agenda that you have no real chance of completing. Make a list of the subjects that you need to revise for between now and your exams. Work out which subjects have the most content that needs to be revised. Concentrate on those specific topics that you are weak on. Break down major revision subjects into smaller parts, this can help you make your studying more precise. Ensure that you include break times during the day, these are important to help you unwind and to make sure you don’t burn yourself out. Do not leave your most difficult or hardest subjects till the end of the day. Instead try to get these out of the way early on. After completing a revision period cross it off from your timetable. This will help to instil a sense of accomplishment. At the end of each week assess your performance and change your plans accordingly. Keep your timetable flexible and be ready to change it if circumstances change. Most experts suggest studying in slots of 40 minutes and then taking a break before your next session.



49 Websites Useful addresses (subject specific websites can be found on individual subject pages) - A very well regarded site that contains a lot of information and activities - School work support. You can talk to others about revision topics and contact teachers to answer your questions within 24 hours. - This site will give you lots of exam practice using past papers. All you need is your personal ID. This gives you free access to this service. – This is the edexcel site. There is a useful tips page for students and parents. – An access site to other more subject specific materials. Exam Boards -

50 Fun It’s vital when you are revising that you don’t get overworked, as this will lead to stress Have a good balance between socialising, relaxing and working Plan your revision sessions, and down time

51 Good Luck!

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