Revision Techniques

Not sure how to revise or need a change? Take a look at the revision techniques below to help.

RAM BAM (read a minute / bullet a minute)
Reading through notes without a purpose is DULL and ineffective. Set yourself a target of SCANNING (not close reading) a page or two in a minute. Close the book and then write in a minute (or a bit more) ALL that you can REMEMBER.

POST-ITs / REVISION CARDS
Cover your house in them. Put them in the loo, on the ceiling, on the back of the cereal packet, by the mirror, anywhere you will see them. Writing them out is revision and just seeing them is too. See the example below.

An example of a revision card with note on.

Use revision cans to summarise important information

TEACH THE PARENTS or THE CAT
You will learn more by teaching somebody else, because the act of explaining it to them will make it stick in your brain.

REVISION MIND MAPS
They are more colourful and you’re not behind before you’ve started. There is an example below to get you started.

An example of a mind map

An example of a mind map

BLANK SHEET
Choose a revision area and write for as long as you can on a blank sheet. You’ll be amazed what you remember. And it’s a revision task that makes you think. Do it in the exam room too, before you open the paper, and see how much actually turns up in the exam questions.

JIGSAWS
Turn your notes into cards that you can sort and match. Make revision a “doing” activity.

FLICK and PICK
If you have a large book, revision or novel to revise, flick the pages and then pick a page to RAM BAM. Even better, get a parent to flick the pages and to start reading and then you stop them to say what it is about.

THE PEN AND THE BRAIN
Work with another student. If you want to learn the most you have to do all of the talking whilst they do all the writing – you tell and explain. You could do this writing an essay or completing a maths exam paper.