2 There are less than 9 weeks left until your exams. Revision TechniquesThere are less than 9 weeks left until your exams.How should you be using your time?
3 Revision Techniques But do they really work? Suggested techniques: Spider diagramsMnemonicsRevision guidesHighlightingRevision timetablesOnline revisionBut do they really work?
4 Revision TechniquesResearch shows that the following are ineffective :Highlighting/underliningUseful for starting more effective techniques but often means you focus on one concept at a timeMnemonicsUseful for specifics, but little use for long passages or chunks of information.Re-readingSummarisingSurprisingly, no more effective than re-reading. Mind Maps are better as they include links between concepts.
5 Revision TechniquesResearch shows that the following are of moderate use:Self-explanationExplaining to yourself how a problem was solved.Elaborate questioningExplaining a point or factChanging practiceSwitching between different types of problems
6 Revision TechniquesResearch shows that the following are really effective:RepetitionGoing over facts/points several timesDistributed learningSpreading study out a long timePractice testingSelf testing to check knowledge
7 Revision Techniques Repetition Your brain remembers things by making links between neurons.These links are strengthened every time you go over the information so the memory gets stronger and easier to access.
8 Revision Techniques Distributed learning Spreading out revision over a long time means you can repeat the work more often.It is better to do little and often than to cram just before the exam.The mock exams is where this process should have started.This is the time to write a revision timetable to make sure all subjects are equally covered.
9 Revision Techniques Practice testing Read through your notes, then make flashcards of the critical concepts and test yourself.Testing yourself can include completing relevant past paper questions and then checking against the correct answers.Then test yourself again!“Students who can test themselves or try to retrieve material from their memory are going to learn that material better in the long run” Prof Dunlovsky, Kent State Uni.
13 Revision Techniques DON’T Leave it to the last minute Revise all of one subject and move on to anotherWaste time revising the things you already knowPut off getting started by completing displacement activitiesRevise late at nightRevise for hours at a time
14 Revision Techniques DO Start early – NOW! Revise little and often Take regular breaksLook after yourself – eat properly and get plenty of sleepWrite a revision timetableTest yourself over again – including lots of past paper questions
15 Revision Techniques DO Ask for help! Your teachers are here to help and give advice.Remember, they have taken exams before and helped hundreds of other pupils to suceed.