Presentation on theme: "Agenda What is revision? The three steps to successful revision"— Presentation transcript:
1 Agenda What is revision? The three steps to successful revision Getting OrganisedSome revision techniquesUsing past papers
2 What is revision?“The looking back over of one's (previously learnt or written) notes in preparation for a test or examination”
3 How to be a successful ‘reviser’.. How do you get:From here..To here...?
4 Three steps for revision (1) Get organised(2) Fill gaps in your knowledge(3) Prepare answers using past papers
5 1. Get OrganisedResearch suggests that some students do better than others at A levels because they:Start their revision earlieruse better techniques for learning workGet help from othershave a planned revision timetable - which they stick to
6 1. Get Organised Work out where you are going to work When you are going to work (yes, that weekly schedule again!!)Start early (6 weeks before your exam!)Get all the notes/textbooks/revision guides you need BEFORE you startGet your ‘revision pack’ ready - highlighter pens, coloured pens / pencils, index cards, folders, stickynotes, paper, coloured paper, ruler and rubber
7 How to start your revision timetable 1. Get a copy of the specification (you should have this already, but if not you can get one from or2. Work through the specification and colour the different topics/sections:RED –Really not sure (will need to spend a lot of time)AMBER -Not too bad, some parts to go overGREEN -Understand no problem3. Plan to Spend more time on Red topics than Amber, than Green
8 How to start your revision timetable 4. Factor in time to revise each topic at least twice5. You learn best at the beginning and the end of a revision session – so allow planned 5/10 minute (timed) breaks
9 Example Revision Timetable Surface learners can replicate information learnt in a slightly different contextDeep learners understand what is going on – it has clicked, they have made the connections with prior learning and gained a greater understanding
10 Step Two: (3) Prepare answers using past papers (1) Get organised(2) Fill the gaps in your knowledge(3) Prepare answers using past papers
11 Start with the ‘helicopter’ view Stand back from the course and develop an overviewLink topics and themes together – draw a spider diagram or mind mapIdentify the specific aspects of each topic you are not sure about – start with theseA single neuron can simultaneously receive signals from thousands of other neurons....
12 How to remember thingsThe strength of a memory and how easily it is retrieved depends upon the strength of the initial inputWhen several senses are simultaneously involved the message is received through a number of channels in the brain and stand better chance of remaining prominent
13 Key Principles Use colours – different colours for different subjects Don’t rely on ready-made meanings and notes – you have to understand itUse many different inputs and methods – your notes, different textbooks, internet (reliable sources)
14 Revision Techniques (1) Flash Cards (Coloured) Questions and answers Consolidate key factsList of key definitionsSummarise a topic into your own wordsTry and consolidate each subject down to 10 cards. Then go over and over them.
15 Revision Techniques(2) Use diagrams or mnemonics
16 Revision Techniques (3) Display key facts where you will see them - Write out key definitions or important words.- Every time you see them think about what they say- Change the facts every couple of days
17 Revision Techniques (4) Explain a key concept to someone When you explain something to some one else, you have to get it clear in your head firstYou have to be clear and concise
18 Revision Techniques (5) Location Learning Associate key facts with locations (e.g. Journey into school.Getting into car represents electrons leaving the battery having gained energy driving down the park represents the electrons transfering energy to a lamp in the circuit.....
19 Step Three: (3) Prepare answers using past papers (1) Get organised(2) Fill the gaps in your knowledge(3) Prepare answers using past papers
20 Practice Answers Fill in gaps in different colours (using notes) Answer with no notesFill in gaps in different colours (using notes)Focus on gaps – LEARN and then TEST again
21 Look After Yourself – Get Into Control Practice AnswersTime yourself doing questionsUse mark schemes to identify key words, techniques- see where marks are allocatedLook After Yourself – Get Into Control