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Creating a revision strategy for students

Creating a revision strategy for students 


Each student will have their own preferred style of revision, hence why there is no ‘one size fits all’ method.


Discovering their own learning style is important for effective revision that benefits the student and their performance on tests. Study and preparation for exams is often disregarded, for the following reasons:


·       Students are intimated by the size and attention required for the task.

·       Students are often distracted.

·       Students don’t actually know how to revise effectively.



Packing lessons full of information and help, relating to planning an effective revision strategy will help students to decide how best they learn, and what motivates them the most. We all know how important revision is to succeeding in exams and assignments so prompting students to explore different methods of revision is essential.


Mind Maps - Mind maps can be a great way of understanding connections between certain topics. These can be incorporated easily during lessons, whether it’s completed individually, or as a group. Adding colours and images is a great tool for enhancing understanding, whilst also creating more aesthetically pleasing maps.



Past exam papers - Past papers is a common method used, and no doubt is it an effective method too. Past papers prepare students for the exams in a way that no other method does. They replicate the types of questions, number of marks etc. that the student will have to face in the exam. Students can complete these past papers in an exam environment, preparing them for individual thinking and intense concentration. Students can actually see how well they would have done after their past paper, highlighting key areas for improvement in both knowledge and technique. This method is also measureable, allowing students to compare their results with previous papers completed. This encourages students to evaluate their progress.


Time Management – A good method to inform students of when preparing for an exam is timed question response. This will help students to dedicate the right amount of time to a particular question depending on the mark available. This can be talked about in class and practiced individually.


Study Sessions – A good method to promote to students is partnered study sessions. This is where a group of two or more students have an open discussion about a number of topics to test themselves, the group and fill in any knowledge gaps. Explaining topics can help students to understand topics further, rather than receiving information.


Quiz A quiz can be both fun and rewarding for students. This opens up a new method for study and testing themselves. During class, quizzes can be laid out as a class quiz, or individual quiz. Students can also create small quizzes for partners or to test themselves at a later date. Actually, creating a quiz can be more effective for learning than answering a quiz as you are taught to think about answers more and research topics to ensure answers are correct.


In conclusion, helping students to explore the best method for learning is very important. Methods will vary among the class and there is no right or wrong answer! Encourage your students to put together a revision plan, incorporating a range of different strategies to exercise different parts of the brain.