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Objectives • Understand the importance of revision • Find a revision style that suits you • Learn how to plan and manage revision
Fail to Prepare… … Prepare to Fail! • Revision when done correctly shouldn’t be difficult. • Revision can, however, be time consuming, so it’s important you start revising sooner rather than later.
What is Revision? Being Active – Not just Reading!!!! Revision means “Seeing again” Discovering what information may have slipped your memory Planning Being Selective Practising answers
Procrastination This is one of the Biggest problems for students Procrastinating means to put off or delay doing something. . . Remove distractions: - Turn your phone off - Log out of Facebook - Use watching TV or other distractions as a reward!
Revision Environment Good Bad ü Do your tidying in advance, so you can’t use it as an excuse for not revising!
Revision Time Table Plan out your time, make space to revise
Time to test your memory … 24 Words 60 Seconds to Remember them
BLT sandwich Tiger pear powder Peter Pan birthday party Green Nephew Yoga Elephant Africa Recycling Study Skills candyfloss whippersnapper Strawberry salty procrastination blood oak tree bottle i. Phone School Fire
Remember any? How many did you get?
24 Words 1. BLT Sandwich 2. Tiger 3. Pear 4. Powder 5. Peter Pan 6. Birthday Party 7. Green 8. Study Skills 9. Candyfloss 10. Whippersnapper 11. Salty 12. Procrastination 13. Blood 14. Oak tree 15. Bottle 16. Africa 17. Recycling 18. Strawberry 19. Fire 20. i. Phone 21. School 22. Nephew 23. Yoga 24. Elephant What technique did you use?
Revision Techniques Revision/ Q&A Cards Summary/Comparison Table or Grids Mind maps
Revision Techniques Posters Teaching Someone Mnemonics
Revision / Q and A cards • • Summarise key information into bullet points Put Q on one side and A on another Use blank postcards/ post-it notes or special cards from stationers Read your cards through regularly Helpful Hint – Stick them around your bedroom (or house) so you see them regularly!
Summary / Comparison Tables or Grids Great way to compare or evaluate competing theories, grammatical rules or themes … Strengths Theory 1 Theory 2 Theory 3 Weaknesses Comments
Posters / Mind Maps If you can make things stand out on the page, they will stand out in your mind! Helpful Hint: Use different colours!
NEXT TASK…. . What's Missing? ? Study this group of pictures for 30 seconds…when I move onto the next slide, one of the pictures will be missing! Raise your hand if you can tell us which picture has disappeared…
3… 2… 1…
How Did You Do?
Teach Someone Thinking it through is effective revision Fill in the gaps in your knowledge as you identify them Teach a topic to a fellow student or a friend It can be more fun revising in groups!!
Mnemonic Devices Visual Image Mnemonics: are clues of any kind that help us remembering, usually by associating the information we want to remember with visual image, a sentence, or a word… Acrostic Acronym Rhymes and alliteration, poems Chunking
A Bactrian Camel D B Visual A Dromedary camel
Acrostic My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto Never Eat Shredded Wheat? Never Eat Cake Eat Salmon Sandwiches And Remain Young NECESSARY Roman Numerals: I Value Xylophones Like Cows Do Milk I V X L C D M 1 5 10 50 100 500 1000
Rhymes and Alliteration I before E Except after C Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November; All the rest have thirty-one Excepting February alone: Which has twenty-eight, that's fine, Till leap year gives it twenty-nine. Principle vs. Principal Your principal is your pal A rule can be called a principle
Acronym Where each letter in a word stands for another word. Can make things easier to memorise! PEN – Proton, Electron, Neutron NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Now its your Turn - WWW? BRB?
Task Imaginary 14 letter word 30 sec to memorise
30 Sec to Memorise XBMWSTAMTVPHDX
Chunking Could you remember all the letters? 14 letters exceeds the capacity of your short term memory If you can’t remember it in the short term, you wont remember it in the long term! term Probably Not!!!!
Chunking X BMW STA MTV PHD X 01202962999 01202 962 999
The Exam Question Words in the question may throw you off completely…but don’t panic! Step by step process: 1. Highlight the command words in the question 2. Pick out the key words to help you understand the question 3. Plan your answer, making sure you’ve answered the command word DESCRIBE EVALUATE COMPARE CONTRAST EXPLAIN
VAK Learning Styles Visual The Questionnaire I remember things better if I write them down When I think of spellings I picture them in my head I have to look at someone when they speak to me I find it difficult to concentrate when there’s a noise I like looking at maps and pictures I am not very good at remembering jokes I like to doodle and make notes when I learn something new I am good at thinking of ideas in my head I remember people’s faces I like to make lists When I get a new idea I like to write it down or draw a picture I learn a practical skill best by watching someone do it I love doing crosswords and word searches Number of Ticks for Visual
Auditory I remember things better if I hear them I like to discuss things before I start to work I work better if I’m not alone I would rather hear new things than read about them I sometimes look out of the window even though I am listening I don’t like working on more than one task at a time I remember people’s voices I love telling jokes I like learning the words of songs and rhymes I like reading and writing poetry I remember things by ‘hearing’ them in my head I find it hard to picture things in my head I like reading out loud Number of Ticks for Auditory
Kinaesthetic I hate listening to instructions – I’d rather have a go I don’t like sitting still I use my hands to describe things I like to walk around when I’m working My desk looks messy to everyone else but I Know where things are I like to talk out loud when I’m working I like to work on projects and designing things I like to plan my work in my head before I begin I hate checking my work after I have finished I sometimes take notes but I never use them I like to act and do drama I don’t mind noise when I work It sometimes takes me a while to get started on a new project Number of Ticks for Kinaesthetic
Learning Styles Methods and Resources • • Write out notes using different coloured pens Draw diagrams and charts Use timelines Re-write facts, formulas, information, notes and pin them around your room Use pictorial reminders Use highlighters Visually organise your notes into columns, page sections and forms Use maps Auditory • • Discuss facts, concepts and ideas with a friend Do homework in a group Listen to tapes or record notes Walk around and talk through your notes Use rhymes and songs to memorise facts, times-tables etc. Give presentations and speeches to yourself Read aloud Use auditory reminders Kinaesthetic • • Make models Take plenty of study breaks – Kinaesthetic learners need more breaks than visual or auditory Move around while learning something new Hold a stress ball Write notes on post-it notes and arrange them into topics Use body pegs method of revising key points – attach a key word to a part of the body with an action Label diagrams Re-enact information Go on site visits Visual • •
Summary ü ü Plan Use different revision techniques Have fun with your revision Seek help!: Don’t go it alone. They say a problem shared is a problem halved. ü Relax: Don’t panic! Start revising early and stay calm
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