Preparation Techniques ….
• How do you learn best?
• Your preparation style should apply to your
learning style if possible but there are lots of
ideas to try…
Ultimately your brain is a visual
Use lots of colour and a
• Try converting your notes into:
– Mind maps
– Spider diagrams
– Flow charts
– Graphic Organisers
– Revision Cards
• Converting information helps you recap it and
take it in – think about the Brain!!
•Give you good over-views of
•Use different colours 4 arms.
•7 words per line max.
•Pictures for each arm.
• One central idea.
• Key words/ideas coming off it.
• Good for individual lessons
•Puts all the key information in one
•‘Boxes’ should relate to contents.
The Nature of God
What is a miracle?
3 types of miracles with examples:
How is God
s of God
•Especially good for ‘arguments’.
•Allow you to order thoughts in a ]
Does God exist?
Flash Cards …
• These should be as colourful and pictorial as all
your other notes.
• Keep the amount of info as small as possible.
• Especially good for key words.
• Making these is a revision activity and they can
also be used in testing.
• Learning the topic material is important but
equally important is knowing how much you have
ACTUALLY taken in.
• Testing can be done in a number of ways:
– By Yourself (Self-testing)
– By your Peers (Peer-testing)
– By a teacher.
• All of these are ways of traditional “marking” and
can be useful.
How do we learn?
10 per cent of what we read
20 per cent of what we hear
30 per cent of what we see
50 per cent of what we both see & hear
70 per cent of what is discussed with others
80 per cent of what we experience personally
90 per cent of what we TEACH to someone else
Thought Showers/Concept Maps
• Following your revision of a topic write the
title in the middle:
– Jot down as many of the key terms as you can
over a 30 sec period.
– Try an link the ideas with lines/explanations..
• FOR EXAMPLE:
Scientific Views of
Re-create revision notes
• Complete your revision session.
• Take a plain piece of paper and try to recreate
the revision notes (e.g. mind map, etc.) for a
• Look at the notes again.
• Fill in the rest in another colour pen.
• Either complete practice questions and email
me them to mark and give you feedback on:
• Use the feedback (the bits you missed) with
one of the other ideas.
• Write out questions on little cards with
answers on the back:
– Set yourself a target (90% right, over half, 15
– Compete with a friend.
– Collect a pile of the ones you don’t know to go
– ‘Spot test’ yourself.
• Think about the area in which you revise!
– Tidy areas are more effective.
– Drink plenty dehydration a HUGE indicator of
– Take short breaks.
– Make a timetable.
• Put your notes up it is proven that things
constantly in our periphery vision sink in!