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1 Ideas and techniques to help you get the most from your revision time

2 What is revision? It means actively looking over work on an ongoing basis: 1. To remind you of things you have forgotten 2. To make links with other learning so you have the bigger picture 3. To reinforce learning 4. To identify what you don’t know 5. To check understanding

3 Why revise? It reduce panic – gives you control and confidence It means that exams reflect what you can do, not what you didn’t bother to do! It can help identify problem areas Achieve better results!

4 Where to start? When to do it? Work out how much time you have – being realistic. Don’t forget to factor in a bit of free time also! Take into account your ideal time day of work – work out when you will best revise Break it down into manageable “chunks” e.g. ‘revising French verbs’ sounds more manageable than ‘revising for GCSEs’

5 Hints for an ideal revision area

6 Get the basics right Do you know what you need to do? What will be actually tested in the exam? (Revision list) What day is the exam? (Exam timetable) When does the exam start and how long is it? Do you have the materials to do it? Exercise books, textbooks, folders Revision guides Access to internet (websites) If there are any gaps ask your subject teacher….

7 Learning Styles V isual A uditory K inaesthetic Symbols Text




11 V isual Learners Visual learners have a preference for seen or observed things e.g: Images Pictures Charts Diagrams Record information in words and symbols Colour Work from lists

12 V isual Learners What can they do to revise? Create cue cards and arrange them in order Hang notes on walls/doors/near desks… Re write notes/different subjects/topics in colour Create models/charts/tables/mind maps Use highlighters Use visual mnemonics

13 A uditory Learners Auditory learners have a preference for: Listening Hearing an explanation of something rather than reading about it Talking/discussing But, they are easily distracted by noise!!!!!

14 A uditory Learners What can they do to revise? Download and listen to podcasts Record notes and play them back Discuss with friends Say facts over and over again Make a song Remember who said it!

15 K inaesthetic Learners Kinaesthetic learners have a preference for: Physical experience Trying things out Physical repetition e.g. flashcards

16 K inaesthetic Learners What can they do to revise? Copy notes over and over Go on interactive revision sites Simultaneously talking-walking, walking- reading Move hand and feet in rhythm Construct things whilst studying

17 What about all 3 learning styles? Revising can become boring! Your brain can feel like it is going to explode if you create another cue card or listen to that podcast again! Mix the INPUTS!!! – use more than one revision technique e.g. Create cue cards Stick them on the wall Walk around the house with them Talk them over with your family

18 Examples of revision strategies…

19 Final Advice It doesn’t need to be a marathon session; little and often is usually best. Recognise your own emotional state - if you are tense or worrying about something else, it might not be a good time to work. Don’t be afraid to STOP if it isn’t going well. Try to work out what the difficulty is and when to come back together later. Ask! Work smart or work hard?!

20 Useful websites - lots of advice about revision - advice for parents about education - you can watch videos aimed at teachers and pupils online – there are revision programmes/ literacy and numeracy programmes on each week.

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