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Revision techniques


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Revision is the essence of confidence.
Revising your studies enhances memory.
Different techniques have different advantages.
Here are a few.

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Revision techniques

  1. 1. Revision The Essence of Confidence Devised and Designed By Ms. Shubha Baldota Counselling Psychologist Study Skills, Soft Skills and Life Skills Trainer Founder, Education Friendly, Nashik, Maharashtra, India
  2. 2. Advantages of Revision • Memory Enhancement • Builds Confidence • Relieves Exam Stress • Increases Speed of Writing • Decreases Exam Phobia - Repeated revision ensures that you will not go blank during exam. • Different revision techniques have different advantages.
  3. 3. Frequency of Revision • Revision must be done as many times as you study. • It means that revision must follow every time you study. • Revision must be done every day. • Before you start your studies today, revise what you studied yesterday using the brief notes you had made. • At the end of the week, revise the whole week’s studies.
  4. 4. Different Techniques of Revision • Mind mapping • Flow Charts • Spider diagrams • Fishbone diagrams • Zigzag method • Deep processing
  5. 5. Different Techniques of Revision • Group discussion • Audio Revision (Listening to your own voice) • Practice tests • Time saving revision slips • Bedtime revision
  6. 6. Mind Mapping – Tony Buzan What is a mind-map? -It is a powerful graphic technique. -It consists of a central word or concept around which 5 to 10 main ideas are drawn and around each of these main ideas further related ideas are drawn. -This technique Is extremely useful in recall of information. As such, this is a very important learning tool, indeed !
  7. 7. What do you need to make a mind-map? • Blank unruled paper, • Coloured pens and pencils, • Your brain and • Your imagination
  8. 8. 7 steps to making a mind-map: • Start in the centre of a blank page. • Use an image or picture for your central idea. • Use colours through out ! • Connect your main branches to the central image and connect your second and third level branches to the first and second levels. • Make your branches curved rather than straight lined. • Use one key word per line. • Use images through out.
  9. 9. Uses of Mind Maps • Note making • Creative writing • Studying in group • Memorizing • Before giving a talk or presentation • Most importantly, retrieving information.
  10. 10. Zigzag Method • This method is suitable for revising lists. For example: • Historical dates • Mathematical formulae • Chemical signs and formulae • Scientific names of animals, • Geographical facts and figures • Word meanings • Idioms and phrases and so on…
  11. 11. Zigzag Method • This is a very simple yet extremely effective technique. My favourite technique since childhood ! • Revision with this technique is done in zigzag pattern. That is why I call it zigzag technique. • For instance, if you have to learn a list of 100 facts/figures/words/names, etc. by heart, learn 10 today, revise them tomorrow and learn 10 more. Then, revise the 20 the next day and learn 10 more. Revise the 30 next day and learn 10 more. Revise the 40 next day and learn 10 more and so on… • So simple! Is it not? • Research has proved that an individual is more likely to remember a list of items when rehearsal is spaced over a long period of time.
  12. 12. Deep Processing • This technique is useful when you have to learn, understand as well as apply something. • Deep processing means asking the question “Why?” at every step or stage. • For example, if you wish to remember a tricky mathematical formula, analyze in your own way and understand every constant, variable, sign or symbol used in it. Such as,…
  13. 13. Deep Processing • (a-b)³ = a³ - 3a²b + 3ab² - b³ • Why a³ ? Because ‘a’ is multiplied with ‘a’ three times. • Why the minus sign thereafter? Because b carries a minus sign. But , then why no minus sign next? Because –b * –b becomes +b² and so on… • The deeper you go, the longer you remember. • This technique is useful for revising definitions also. • Analyzing a definition helps in memorizing the crux of the definition.
  14. 14. Group Discussions • Group discussions are very effective when conducted in a disciplined manner and are focused on a subject or topic. • During discussion absolutely no chitchatting should be done. • Group discussions help clarifying concepts and enhancing memory.
  15. 15. Practice Tests • Solving papers involves writing and as you know writing is a good revision technique. • Practice tests not only build your confidence but they help you revise the studies. • Practice tests also make it clear what topics you need focus on more. • Thus, these tests help you select your revision material and manage the time more effectively.
  16. 16. Revision Slips • You may make small revision slips for carrying in the pocket. • On these slips you may write those concepts or facts which you find difficult to remember. • For instance, you may write difficult mathematical formulae, chemical formulae, definitions, points of distinction, etc. • Whenever you have spare time you can take out a slip from your pocket and revise. • These slips include the zigzag revision slips.
  17. 17. Bedtime Revision • This technique is useful for difficult topics, such as, lengthy definitions/answers or answers which have many technical words to remember. • You just need to read such answers or topics carefully just before going to bed. • Do not do any distracting activity thereafter. • The subconscious mind will ponder over those topics while you are sleeping. • Continue this practice every night. You will be amazed at the results. • You will find that you remember these topics better than the easier ones.
  18. 18. The Difficulty Faced in Revision is Only One – • BOREDOM To deal with boredom: –BE CREATIVE !!! Use the graphical tools. –Remind yourself that YOU HAVE GOT TO DO IT ! –The best thing to do is remind yourself of the advantages. –And if the boredom still persists, remind yourself of the disadvantages of “not revising”.
  19. 19. Advantages of Revision • Memory Enhancement • Builds Confidence • Relieves Exam Stress • Increases Speed of Writing • Decreases Exam Phobia - Repeated revision assures that you will not go blank during exam.
  20. 20. Thank you !