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  • 1. How to revise!
    • Different strategies work for different people
      • You need to use a range of strategies!
  • 2. What strategies can you use?
    • Flash cards
    • Practice questions
    • Internet
    • Revising with friends
    • Labelled diagrams
    • Writing notes
    • Writing lists
    • Underlining in notes
    • Star diagrams
    • Mind maps
  • 3. Writing notes
    • It is better to rewrite notes than to simply read through work
    • Don’t rewrite everything, you need to cut down on the amount of information
    • Do make sure you have enough detail!
    • Summarise!
  • 4. Writing lists
    • Lists are a good way of remembering information or advantages / disadvantages for a topic
    • Write lists as bullet points
    • Use small pictures to help you e.g.
    • Advantages Disadvantages
     No pressure to wear the latest fashions  Lack of individuality
  • 5. When writing lists…….
    • If you use a colour (e.g. green for good and red for bad) use the same colours every time
    • 5 points is a good number to remember
    • Little drawings are a good way of helping you remember points, even a silly drawing will help!
  • 6. Using labelled diagrams
    • An excellent way to learn especially for visual learners!
  • 7. Underlining in notes
    • Its difficult to remember a page of notes if they are all the same font and colour
    • Use colour / different sizes for heading / key points
    • Underline key points or draw borders round them
    • like this!
    • Use diagrams, lists and pictures to break up pages of notes
  • 8. Mind maps
    • Like a star / spider diagram but contains much more detail and demonstrates links between material more clearly
    • Can have whole topic on A3 page
    • World cup example
  • 9. Revising with friends
    • can talk about the work
    • can test each other
    • easier to remember facts if spoken out loud
    • Too easy to talk about something more interesting instead!
  • 10. Exam questions
    • Use past questions as you revise to make sure you have the notes / case studies necessary to get full marks
    • Test yourself under exam conditions
  • 11. Revision cards
    • Put separate topic / case study on each card
    • Keep topics together
    • Don’t try to put too much information on each card
  • 12. Revision card example
    • Population pyramids
    • Transitional stage:
    • Decreasing death rate
    • Gradually decreasing birth rate
    • Longer life expectancy
    • E.g. Brazil
  • 13. Other points!
    • DON’T leave it all until the last minute
    • Organise yourself
    • Plan a revision timetable
    • Take breaks when revision e.g. 5-10 minutes every hour
    • If you are worried speak to someone!