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Revision tips

Ideas for revising alone

  • Dictate your notes into a recording device and listen back to them
  • Write notes and diagrams on post-its and stick them somewhere you'll notice every day
  • Mind map your topic
  • Memory challenge - look at the labelled version of a drawing or a piece of text for 30 seconds. Cover it up and try and draw or write what you saw. Compare the two pictures or notes. Whatever you didn't include is what you need to revise more
  • Concept map - write key words onto A£ paper, link them with arrows, write over the arrows how the two words are linked
  • Invent a mnemonic or acrostic for remembering dificult concepts
  • Draw diagrams/pictures from your notes
  • Write descriptions of diagrams
  • Answer questions from the revision guides


Ideas for revising with others

  • Put key words and definitions on to separate cards, turn them all over and mix them up. Then, try to find the pairs by turning them over
  • Get pieces of A4 paper with key topics written on the top. Each person writes something about the topic on the paper and passes it on to another. Keep passing until the paper is full.
  • Talk-Listen-Repeat. Face a partner and talk on a subject for 30 seconds. Now swap. Repeat trying to get more key words into the 30 seconds
  • Using marking criteria, first person writes an E grade answer, next person truns it into a D grade and so on
  • Each person writes a list of 10 questions on the topics they find the hardest (including the answers) - then test each other
  • Pictionary - draw pictures which represent key words, others guess what they are
  • Paper in a bucket - write topic key words on scraps of paper and put them in a bucket - each person picks one out and has to describe the key word without saying the word
  • Back-to-back - one perosn can see a diagram or picture on a topic and must describe it without saying what it is to the other person who cannot see it. The other student draws what is being described.
  • Post-it note game - guess who? Post-it note on forehead with key word - students ask yes/no questions to work out who it is
  • Jeopardy - give answers and others have to come up with the question
  • You're the teacher - each student has 20 minutes to prepare a 'lesson' on a topic which is delivered to the rest of the group