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Top revision tips for parents


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Roding Valley High School exam success. Advise for parents to help them prepare their children for the examinations.

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Top revision tips for parents

  1. 1. Top Revisiontips for Parents or Guardians Why do we need to revise? All of us forgetthings,andsome of us forgetthingsquickerthanothers! Typicallywe forgetover50%of knowledge within24 hoursof learning somethingnew. Regularrevisionallowsustorememberthingswe have learnedby revisitingthemuntil theyare committedtolongtermmemory (shown below).
  2. 2. Revisionis fundamentallyabouttwo things: 1. Memory 2. Recall There are twotypesof revisers:
  3. 3. Revisionplanning In order for revisionto be effective,some keyrulesshouldbe followed! 1. Childrenneedto planrevisionand have 2typesof revisiontimetables - For a School Day - For the Weekend/Holiday/StudyLeave 2. The timetable needstobe realisticandfocussedonwhatyourchild needs! 3. Work on a 3:1:1 Ratio(forevery30 minutesof worktheyneed10 minutesof ‘play’and10 minutes of rest) 4, Childrenneedtohave aspace to revise withoutinterruptions. 5. No phones/tablets/computers School day timetable Day 5pm 6pm 7pm 8pm 9pm Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Weekend/Holiday/Study leave timetable Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00
  4. 4. Structuredrevision Interleave revision Whenwe structure our revision,itisbettertointerleave topicsas opposedtoblockingtopics. “Blocking”yourrevision –focusingonone topicfor a longtime then movingonto the nexttopic– isinefficient. “Interleaving”yourrevisionis far more effective. Interleavingand chunking • For interleavingtowork,youhave tobreakdownyour revision into“chunks”. • It isno good putting“Biology”intoyourrevisioncalendar –you needtobe specific It’sbestto deal witheach elementortopicof the course.E.g. Day 5pm 6pm 7pm 8pm 9pm Monday Physics: Forces English Lit: Poetry Maths: Trig. Tuesday Physics: Energy French: reading PE: Muscles Wednesday English Lit: Poetry Geog: Volcanoes Thursday Physics: Forces English Lit: Poetry Geog: Plate tectonics Friday
  5. 5. How shouldmy childrevise? 1. Flashcards Because a flashcard issmall,youneedtoboil downyourlearningtoa key,easily-revisedsummary. How to use flashcards? 1. Write keyquestionsonone side of the card 2. Write the answerson the otherside of the card 3. Testregularly! 4. Adda tickeach time yougetit right,anda cross eachtime you have to turn overto check 5. Aimto getten ticksnexttoeach question! Organise your flashcards: Your childwill buildupanarray of flashcards,itisimportantto colour code themto classifybytopicor examsection. P.S.It alsoworkswithpost-its!
  6. 6. 2. Mnemonics Mnemonicsuse the initial lettersof agroupof wordsto helpremember theminorder.Theyare reallygoodforremembering sequenced information.Here are some examples: 3. FLORIA FLORIA is a technique thatprovides“hooks”forinformationinyour memory.Lookat the listof words below for40 seconds,thensee which youremember: SHOE GARDEN GOOSE MUSIC TAYLOR SWIFT CAR HERB WORM SPIDER MAN BOXING WATER GLUE HERB TURTLE Nowtry for yourself usingthe FLORIA techniquedetailedbelow:  Put the mostimportantinformation FIRSTandLAST  Whenpreparingrevisionmaterials,think abouthowyoucan make keyinformation OUSTANDING  REPEAT importantfacts  Make keyinformation INTERESTINGusingimages,mnemonics, stickingiton a post-itinan unusual place,associatingitwitha personor event.  Make linksbetweeninformationsothe ASSOCIATION leadsyou fromone fact to another
  7. 7. 4. Mindmaps A greatway to organise yourrevisioninawaythat worksfor you!  Start withthe theme inthe middle of the page.  Developyourmainidea.  Each sub-branchmustrelate to the branch before it.  Use onlykeywordsandimages.  Keywordsmustbe writtenalongthe branches.  Colourcode the branches.  Make thingsstandout onthe page so theystandout inyour mind.  Designimagesyoucanrelate to whichwill helpyouremember keyinformation Mind mapscan be a mixture of textandimages: Mind mapscan be mostlytext: Mind mapscan also be mostlyimages:
  8. 8. 5. Cornell Notes OriginallycreatedinAmerica,thismethodencouragesyoutosummarise keypointsanduse themto create examquestionsforyourself. Thismethodcan be usedto capture keyinformationinalessonandcan be usedlongafteryou finishyourGCSEs! Next steps Q. Nowthat you r childhas completedtheirnotes,howdotheykeepitall inthere? A1. Theyshoulduse PQRST. PQRST isa self-testingtechniquetobe usedonce youhave reviseda section.It’salsohelpfultohave someone else torevise with –a friend, familymemberetc.Here’showitworks…  P Preview– Read throughsectionheadings.Readthe final summaries.If you’ve usedflashcardsthiswill help!  Q Question– Turn each sectionheadingandsubheadingintoa question  R Read – Read yourquestionsandthenanswerfromthe text. Mark or highlightthe keywords/points  S Say – Say your answerandexplainyourkeywordsaloudto yourself orexplaintosomeoneelse.  T Test– Go over the questions andtestyourselfagaindayslater– whatcan youstill recall toanswereachof the questionsthatyou wrote? A2. Askyourchild‘Why?’ One of the bestwaysto supportrevisionistoask your childto explain why an ideaor conceptistrue. Rather thanjust learningfactsbyheart, askingyourchild why theyare true will help themrememberand understand ideasorfacts.
  9. 9. Developing Examtechnique Nowthat yourchildhas the knowledge,theyneedtogetusedtoexam questions! Findingpastpapers – findoutwhichexamboardis usedbyaskingyour childor yourchild’steacher.The three mainexamboardsusedatRVHS are shownbelow: • AQA: guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes • OCR: • EDEXCEL: topics/exams/past-papers.html RevisionMaterial and Practice Testing • English– Mr Bruff • Maths – CorbettMaths • Science – Tassomai • General – -