Revision. For students, it's a laborious period spent with multiple highlighters and an avalanche of books and worksheets. Most students really struggle to immerse themselves in a good revision period and they show a real disliking to undertaking it even though the benefits are so important to their exam results. Getting a student to properly revise is by no means an easy challenge for any teacher so how do teachers get their student's engaged with revision and how can teachers enable students to fully benefit from the time they spend revising?
One of the first hurdles student face whilst revising is the fact that they simply don’t know what strategy works for them and how they can best apply it. Rebecca Alber brilliantly outlines 4 excellent revision strategies that have students enthusiastically engaged in their revision compared to feeling unwilling and unmotivated to even attempt it.
One of the biggest challenges students and teachers face with revision is the time it takes for to memorise content, improve exam technique and obtain high-quality feedback. With this in mind, teachers should encourage students to undertake a Revision Power Hours which combines all of the above making it a powerful revision strategy.
So many teachers encourage students to summarise texts, highlight key information and continuous re-reading. If that works for some students then, by all means, let them stick with that. However, what other effective strategies are there? Shaun Allison outlines some exceedingly effective tactics that he has tried with his year 11 students.
As always, The Guardian Teacher Network offers fantastic pieces of actionable advice and in this blog, their pool of education specialists discuss their top tactics for teaching effective student revision.
Good revision requires good resources and TeachIt has a number of innovative, eccentric and unique revision aids to help students revise.
Near enough everything in the world right now is online or mobile orientated especially with current pupils. From creating interactive mind maps, flashcards and even creating SMS stories, you can truly take revision into the digital age.
Ask any student if they would willingly revise. We can guarantee that the answer will be a pretty solid no. With that being said, Dean Jones from Firth Park Academy has identified a need to bring new life and a fun edge to revision which he outlines in this post.
Rachel Hawke is quite right when she says 'I find that it gets difficult to think of new and engaging ideas as the lessons continue and students learn in different ways'. With this in mind, Rachel has put together an interesting article on the new revision techniques she uses with her students.