Based on feedback from students, it offers a series of short tutorials in ‘how to study’ along with the space, revision materials and study resources for students to revise effectively.
Research has shown that ‘memory is the residue of thought’. We have to actively think about the stuff we are revising in order to remember it. Therefore, our sessions show students how to ensure they are active in their revision.
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Start by creating a topic checklist
For each subject, make a list of the major topics you have covered. This will form your route map for revision. If you find this difficult, ask your subject teachers for help or look at the exam board specification
For each subject, look at the topics and decide what order you want to tackle them in.
Create a trial timetable to find out how much revision you will be able to do.
Make a list of your exam subjects.
Choose a structure for your timetable, adding all your commitments including teacher led revision, clubs, time to complete coursework and time to relax.
Ensure you balance time between subjects
Review the plan at the end of the week and create the next one.
Look at your revision timetable to find out the subject.
Look at your checklist to see which topic is next.
Set a timer for the session so you know when you will get to have a break!
Put your phone in a different room.
Don’t leave social media tabs or apps open. If watching videos, use full screen to avoid clicking.
It is ok to get up and walk around when reading or testing yourself.
- Start from the end
For each exam, you should know: how many papers you have to take, how many questions you have to answer, what choice of questions you have (if any), what type of questions are asked, how long the exam is and when it is.
When working through past papers, you can write complete answers or outline answers using revision cards or notes. Writing an outline answer means putting down the main ideas and points without writing full sentences or all the details. This is a good way to practice essay/ longer answer questions.
- Use Past Papers
When working through past papers, you can write complete answers or outline answers using revision cards or notes.
Writing an outline answer means putting down the main ideas and points without writing full sentences or all the details. This is a good way to practice essay/long answer questions.
Write your own revision notes bringing together all of the most important points, trying to reduce the amount of information to a more manageable amount.
Choose a topic or part of a topic that you want to revise. Look at ‘bite-size’ chunks of work and don’t try working with too large a topic at a time
Read through the notes you have on that topic; this may include looking at your folders, notebooks, textbooks and revision guides. As you are reading, ask yourself, ‘Do I understand this?’
When you feel you have understood the topic, go back and pick out key words and phrases that trigger off your memory. Also, pick out any important diagrams, tables, graphs and formulae. It’s best to do this in rough to start with. Try the Cornell system.
Read through the rough notes you have just written, check they contain the important points and vital details and then write them out neatly.
Make sure you: Use your own words, make sure they are well spaced out, make them interesting by using colour, boxes, circles, underlining etc
- Condense into flash cards
Draw a margin down the left hand side of the card, about 3 cm from the edge. This is useful for adding extra notes when you need to.
Always write the subject in the top right hand corner of the card.
Always put a title at the top of the card.
Develop your own method for numbering the cards.
Don’t be afraid to scrap a card and rewrite it if you are unhappy with it.
Cards covering the same subject/ topic should be kept together. Use a treasury tag or elastic band tied through a hole in the left hand corner of the cards (make the hole with a hole punch!)
Carry a pack of revision cards with you. You can read them on the bus, in the car, during odd spare moments at home or in school. After reading a revision card, try to recall/ picture the information in your mind. Ask friends, parents, siblings and anyone else who is willing, to test you using your revision cards.
- Use your flashcards
Create and use flashcards for events + impacts; facts; key terms; dates + events; theories + thinkers; formulae; quotations.
Choose a set of index cards of the same colour.
On one side of the card, write something you need to know (key word/ character/ question).
On the other side, write the answer.
- Use technology
Create a revision PP or a set of quizlet flashcards for events + impacts; facts; key terms; dates + events; theories + thinkers; formulae; quotations.
On the first slide, write something you need to know (key word/ character/ question).
On the second slide, write the answer.
Use index cards, PP using pairs of slides, quizlet Flashcards work well for events + impacts; facts; vocabulary; dates + events; theories + thinkers; formulae.
For the revision cards that you are having difficulty remembering, add some of the ideas to post its to stick round your house as a ready made memory journey.
- Create podcasts
Read through your revision notes on a topic.
Then, write a script for a short revision podcast on this topic.
Record your podcast – you could use Audacity or Garageband if you want to be able to edit – or simply make a voice recording and save it.
Listen to the podcast a week later, then a month after that.
- Test a friend
Organise a quiz with a friend who is studying the same topic.
Read through your revision notes on that topic and, as you do, write down 5 questions with answers to ask one another.
- Watch revision videos
Find some useful revision videos (eg Mr.Bruff for English revision)
Watch the video through once.
Then watch a second time while making notes.
Read through the notes you have written.
Cover the notes and try to rewrite what you have just learned.
Then watch the video again to check you have not missed anything important. If you have, add it.
You can then add these notes to your revision notes for that topic.
- Explain formulae
Choose a formula that you need to know.
Read your revision notes relating to it to make sure you understand how it works.
Write out an explanation.
Use it to explain the formulae to someone else.
- Explain a process
Choose a process that you need to know.
Read your revision notes relating to it to make sure you understand the order in which it works.
Create a diagram (eg flow chart) which explains this.
Use it to talk through, explaining the process to someone else.
- Recall a topic
Read your revision notes through, and as you do this, try to recreate the whole topic in your mind
Place the notes face down
Write out, or in the case of mind map/ diagram notes, redraw what you can remember
Compare what you have written down to what is written in your notes and check for anything you may have missed out.
If you have left out some important details, test yourself again.
- Recall a list
Learn the first two on the list until you can write them out from memory
Add a third word and learn them all until you can write out all three
Add a fourth and so on
- Teach someone else
Read through your notes
Then explain what they mean to someone else.
Then turn the notes over and see how much you can recall by writing down the key points.
Write a plan for how you would teach the topic to a beginner/ fellow student/ expert and what you would add in for each
- Reorganise Create a diagram or chart to represent a topic OR Create a mind map. Write the main topic in the middle of the paper and draw a ring round it
For each key point, draw a branch out from the main topic
Write a keyword or phrase on each branch
Build out further branches and add details, adding diagrams, pictures and symbols where you can, highlight links and connections.