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Why? Many students think reading=revision. Active revision methods are seen as harder but they’re also much more effective. Varied tasks that involve doing something with the knowledge work much better than passive methods like reading and listening.
The MORSE Code Active revision uses some or all of these ideas:
Mnemonics Mental tricks and shortcuts Kids love them Subject-specific How I Wish I Could Calculate Pi Naughty Elephants Squirt Water Often of limited use but provide a good link to organising a list of facts.
Organise Students should make links between facts Use lists, categories or groups Mind or concept maps e.g. bubbl.us or www.mindmeister.com Venn diagrams to show similar/different Card sorts can be used in all kinds of ways
Energy Resources FC Solar Tidal Hydro Wave Wind Geothermal Biomass Fission Oil Coal Gas
Rehearse/Repeat Use a variety of methods to practise facts, methods and understanding e.g. cover, write out, check It’s the ideas not exact words that matter Fill in printable blanks to test recall
Summarise/Shorten Writing summaries forces kids to evaluate their notes and decide what matters. Make revision cards or PowerPoint slides. Many electronic versions e.g. quizlet.com PowerPoints can be saved as jpegs to a mobile phone then viewed as a slideshow. Define a concept in a text or tweet.
Wave properties f = frequency (Hz) amplitude = height Transverse/longitudinal EM, mexican / sound Wave Equation v = f λ Speed=freq. X wavelength (m/s) Hz) (m) EM Waves transverse all travel at same speed c=300000000m/s Heat vsEM vs nuclear RMIVUXG Radio Microwave Infrared Visible Ultraviolet X-Ray Gamma Properties of EM Heating Alternating current Ionisation (damage) RMV UX CCIR γαβ
Extend Using what they know in a new way Using past/practice questions is very useful, but rather than just attempting them: Write a markscheme. Write explanations for your answers. Produce a hints/prompts sheet. Marking a teacher’s ‘wrong’ answers, with feedback in red.
Extend creatively Challenge students to come up with something different If this is the answer what is the question? Write a song/concrete poetry Make a dance sequence (hand gestures?). Create a wiki/blog post. Script (and record) a podcast/video summary. Speed-date, testing classmates using what they’ve produced for 2 minutes then move on.
MORSE Mnemonics – mental tricks and shortcuts Organise – making links between ideas Rehearse– practicing facts and methods Summarise – choosing main concepts Extend – using knowledge in new ways Doing not reading, acting not listening Effective revision is a process not a product
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