How to revise

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How to revise

  1. 1. How to revise!
  2. 2. Remember! <ul><li>Different strategies work for different people </li></ul><ul><li>Learning styles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>visual, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>auditory, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>kinaesthetic (practical) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You need to use a range of strategies! </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What strategies can you use? <ul><li>Flash cards </li></ul><ul><li>Practice questions </li></ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Revising with / testing friends </li></ul><ul><li>Labelled diagrams </li></ul><ul><li>Writing notes </li></ul><ul><li>Writing lists </li></ul><ul><li>Underlining in notes </li></ul><ul><li>Star diagrams </li></ul><ul><li>Mind maps </li></ul><ul><li>Mnemonics </li></ul>
  4. 4. Writing notes <ul><li>It is better to rewrite notes than to simply read through work </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t rewrite everything, you need to cut down on the amount of information </li></ul><ul><li>Do make sure you have enough detail! </li></ul><ul><li>Summarise! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Writing lists <ul><li>Lists are a good way of remembering information or advantages / disadvantages for a topic </li></ul><ul><li>Write lists as bullet points </li></ul><ul><li>Use small pictures to help you e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>SCHOOL UNIFORMS </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages Disadvantages </li></ul> No pressure to wear the latest fashions  Lack of individuality
  6. 6. When writing lists……. <ul><li>If you use a colour (e.g. green for good and red for bad) use the same colours every time </li></ul><ul><li>5 points is a good number to remember </li></ul><ul><li>Little drawings are a good way of helping you remember points, even a silly drawing will help! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Using numbers! <ul><li>You may be able to remember numbers more easily than names. If this is the case try to put figures with points where you can. </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. ‘Higher salaries’ would become ‘Higher salaries, factory workers can earn 3 times the wages of farm workers’ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Using labelled diagrams <ul><li>An excellent way to learn especially for visual learners! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Underlining in notes <ul><li>Its difficult to remember a page of notes if they are all the same font and colour </li></ul><ul><li>Use colour / different sizes for heading / key points </li></ul><ul><li>Underline key points or draw borders round them </li></ul><ul><li>like this! </li></ul><ul><li>Use diagrams, lists and pictures to break up pages of notes </li></ul>
  10. 10. Mind maps <ul><li>Like a star / spider diagram but contains much more detail and demonstrates links between material more clearly </li></ul><ul><li>Can have whole topic on A3 page </li></ul><ul><li>World cup example </li></ul>
  11. 11. Revising with friends <ul><li>ADVANTAGES: </li></ul><ul><li>can talk about the work </li></ul><ul><li>can test each other </li></ul><ul><li>easier to remember facts if spoken out loud </li></ul><ul><li>DISADVANTAGES </li></ul><ul><li>Too easy to talk about something more interesting instead! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Exam questions <ul><li>Use past questions as you revise to make sure you have the notes / case studies necessary to get full marks </li></ul><ul><li>Test yourself under exam conditions </li></ul>
  13. 13. Mnemonics <ul><li>Use the first letter of a series of words to create another word </li></ul><ul><li>The sillier the better! E.g. Chap rut (glacial erosional features) </li></ul><ul><li>C orrie R ibbon lake </li></ul><ul><li>H anging valley U shaped valley </li></ul><ul><li>A rete T runcated spurs </li></ul><ul><li>P yramidal peak </li></ul>
  14. 14. Revision cards <ul><li>Put separate topic / case study on each card </li></ul><ul><li>Keep topics together </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try to put too much information on each card </li></ul>
  15. 15. Revision card example <ul><li>Population pyramids </li></ul><ul><li>Transitional stage: </li></ul><ul><li>Decreasing death rate </li></ul><ul><li>Gradually decreasing birth rate </li></ul><ul><li>Longer life expectancy </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. Brazil </li></ul>
  16. 16. Practical learners <ul><li>Post-it notes </li></ul><ul><li>Walk around </li></ul><ul><li>Use the rooms space e.g. one side of the room for good points, the other side for bad points </li></ul><ul><li>Make shapes with your hands </li></ul><ul><li>Make something (a mobile, a tower) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Auditory learners <ul><li>Record your notes (and listen to them!) </li></ul><ul><li>Speak aloud </li></ul><ul><li>Tell someone else what you have learned </li></ul>
  18. 18. Visual learners <ul><li>Use pictures, video </li></ul><ul><li>Use coloured pens / highlighters </li></ul><ul><li>Remember white space </li></ul><ul><li>Form a ‘mental picture’ to try to ‘see’ the whole topic e.g. First World War causes…. How do they all link together? How do they link with what happened next? </li></ul><ul><li>Use mind maps </li></ul>
  19. 19. Other points! <ul><li>DON’T leave it all until the last minute </li></ul><ul><li>Organise yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Plan a revision timetable </li></ul><ul><li>Take breaks when revision e.g. 5-10 minutes every hour </li></ul><ul><li>If you are worried speak to someone! </li></ul>
  20. 20. Task! <ul><li>Take the newspaper article and summarise the information using one of the methods outlined in this presentation. </li></ul>

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