Memory Tips & Tricks To Use When Revising

Many pupils think that revision means reading over absolutely everything learned about a subject over the course of the year. This is totally ridiculous  it’ll take far too long and it simply won’t help. Teaching pupils different revision techniques at an early age will be invaluable to them throughout their education. Here are some tips to teach your pupils on how to revise.

Condense Notes

Revision doesn’t mean cramming everything into a couple of weeks before the start of exams; it can be an on-going process all year round. Teach pupils to condense their notes while everything is still fresh in the head
these notes will be much easier to refer to, therefore pupils will be more likely to revise more often as they won’t feel they have to wade through masses of work to find what they need.

Organise Notes

There are lots of different ways to organise these condensed notes.

  • Colour coding will make material more accessible. A different colour for each topic will make it quick and easy for pupils to find what they are looking for.  The colours could also act as cues. Personally I’d put all the daunting science experiments in green
    my least favourite colour! Come revision time, I would see the green, realise what the green represented and note that as an area that needs work. The colour can act as a memory cue during an exam.
  •  Index cards are small and handy – they can be carried around by pupils for revision on the move! Clear and concise revision cards only need one word or short sentence that is crucial to a topic. These can jog the memory and make pupils able to recall vast amounts of information on a topic. Looking at these just before entering an exam hall can fill your pupils with confidence.
  • Mind maps help condense all the important facts about a topic into one place. Back in school I used to produce a simple mind map with black writing on white paper. Each day I would pick one point from it, and focus on that only. Once I decided I knew that point well, I would colour it in. It’s a great tip to build up a pupil’s confidence about a topic, because as the sheet gets brighter and more colourful, they will realise they are learning more and more.
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Revise Socially

Encourage your pupils to get together with a group of friends for revision sessions
this can make revision less boring, providing they stick to it and don’t go off track! Whilst in groups, there is a high chance that at least one person will know the answer to a question someone is stuck on. By teaching someone else something, pupils are able to realise just how much they actually know about a subject, which can do wonders for their confidence!

Tests and Questionnaires

Encourage parents to help their children revise by regularly quizzing them on what they have learned. Not only will pupils be able to see their problem areas that need more work, they will also realise what they know well and put that to the bottom of their revision list..

Each individual will have their preferred methods, depending on how their memory is best enhanced.

  • Visual
    pupils learn best from visual reminders, such as colour coding, mind maps, flow charts and index cards.
  • Aural
    listening and talking about things helps some pupils, so setting up group revision sessions and oral quizzes will help.
  • Reading
    practise examinations and reading through notes on mind maps and index cards is beneficial for some pupils.
  • Kinaesthetic
    some pupils will prefer the hands on approach, so hanging up posters and acting out things will help.

Encourage pupils to try a variety of these methods to see which works best for them.

You could also try holding revision sessions in class, focusing on a different method each week. By catering for all the different learning preferences in the classroom you will engage and motivate pupils.

Does anyone else have any top tips to jog your memory during revision? Leave your comments below.

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