Revision Techniques Booklet

The revision techniques document below is designed to be used with both staff and students.

The document covers a wide range of revision techniques aimed to help different learners, revise as they go through the course. There is a wide variety of revision techniques, explaining what the student need to do and the intended outcomes. These include mind maps, presentations, past papers, flash cards, quizzes, memory games, note taking, poster, check lists, revision notes around the house and mnemonics.

Using the booklet with Staff

I hold staff meetings where the teachers go through the different techniques and link them to the different assessment tasks in their subjects, looking at the best ways to revise for each part. The teachers then share the information with the students. Staff are encouraged to use the revision techniques throughout the course with their classes, incorporating them into their lessons and homework activities, as well as using them to help students prepare for formative assessments.
Using the booklet with students.

I have used the revision techniques with students in my weekly DP core class. The aim is for students to try the techniques and find which ones suit their learning style and / or can be matched for the different types of assessments they face in each of their subjects.

Techniques such as audio presentations are quick and easy to set up. Every student in one class studied economics. In one lesson I put students into pairs and gave each with a part of an unemployment unit to create an audio presentation on. After 20 minutes each pair was able to share their presentation with others, uploading them straight onto each other`s phones. This is a good example of revising as a team as each student left the room with 8 different 2-3 minute audio presentations on economics on their phone. I shared the videos with the class` economics teacher who uploaded them on to the Schoology website.

I have asked students to practice the different way of revising for homework and then discuss the pros and cons of each one in the following class, which allows them to see the wide range of revision techniques and choose the one that suits their learning style.

The techniques in this booklet allow students to review the content they have covered in each of their subjects, as well as practice the skills they will be tested against in their exams. This will ensure the students are as well prepared as possible when it comes to the day of the exam, confident in the subject knowledge and what each type of exam question is asking of them.

This booklet goes through the process and learning outcomes of 12 different ways to revise for exams, helping students understand which way works for them and suits their learning style as early as possible to make the most out of their revision time.

They may find that different techniques work for them for different subjects / types of exams. This will not only help them remember important information, but also make revision seem a positive activity, often resulting in a new product that suits how they learn, and less of a chore.

Where applicable, I have created YouTube videos to accompany some of the techniques which can be found below.

The process and outcomes of the following revision techniques are explained in the booklet:

  • Getting your work in order
  • Past Papers
  • Presentations (visual and auditory)
  • Mind Maps
  • Revision Posters
  • Flashcards
  • Quizzes
  • Checklists
  • Memory games
  • Note taking
  • Revision notes around the house
  • Mnemonics

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Revision Techniques Videos

Different revision techniques work for different students. This page contains 9 videos on different revision techniques. Each video explains the method and learning outcomes of each one. A 'Revision Techniques' booklet accompanying the videos can be found here. All of my teaching and learning videos can be found on my YouTube channel: Teaching and Learning

Contents

  1. Past Papers
  2. Mind Maps (Inspired by Tony Buzan`s website)
  3. Visual and Auditory Presentations
  4. Mapping resources
  5. Flashcards
  6. Quizzes
  7. Revision Posters
  8. Checklists
  9. Memory Games

Video 1: Past Papers.

This is a video for students and teachers explaining how to get the best use out of past papers to help you revise for exams. 

Video 2: Mind Maps

This video explains how to create and use Mind Maps to help you trigger your memory when revising for exams.

Video 3: Visual and Auditory Presentations

This video explains the range  benefits of making videos and auditory presentations, both for yourself and / or with class mates to help you revise.

Revision Activity 4: Mapping Resources

This video shows you how to map your revision using the subject guide / specification as a starting point, going on to log the resources you have for each topic and sub topic, and creating revision materials.

Revision Activity 5: Flashcards

This video explains how to use Flashcards to help you with your revision. The process of using both paper and electronic flashcards in a variety of different ways is explained, along with the benefits and learning outcomes.

Revision Activity 6: Quizzes

This video explains how to incorporate quizzes into revising for your exams, showing how to create and use them to help with revision, both on your own and with peers.

Revision Activity 7: Revision Posters

The video gives an example of creating a revision poster from a textbook, explaining the best ways to design a poster to ensure it helps you with your revision. The benefits and learning outcomes of revision posters are discussed.\

Revision Activity 8: Checklists

This activity explains how to use checklists to help you plan what to revise and checking your progress to give guidance on what to focus on. The benefits and learning outcomes are discussed.

Revision Activity 9: Memory Games

This activity show how to use a range of memory games such as pelmanism, scrambled letters, card sorts and who am I? to help you with your revision. The process and learning outcomes are discussed.

Holiday Revision Planner

I share this document with students to help them with their revision throughout holidays and study leave before the exams.

The planner advises students to:

● Spend two sessions a day on revision.

● Choose two sessions that best fit in with a schedule that works for them.

● Each session is 1 hour long, meaning they are doing 4 hours revision per day.

● Have a 10-minute break after every hour.

● Use the revision booklet to help you create active revision materials.

I have introduced this planner into DP Core classes and followed it up with students on a one to one basis. The planner and its strategies are also shared with parents at a revision workshop.

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Term Time Revision Planner

I share this document with students to help them build revision into their term-time schedule (before study leave).

The document can be shared as a Google Doc, so students can copy the page on a weekly basis.

The document advises students to:

  • Aim to do two 15 minute slots a night on top of your homework / time spent putting your work in order.
  • Spread subject out across the week.
  • Make revision active. Use the revision help book to create materials that suits their learning style and go over them in the slots.

The slots should be based on revision strategies that suit the student`s learning style. Examples of revision strategies can be found in the revision booklet and video section above.

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