What revision technique is best?

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I have tried so many ways to revise for my upcoming GCSE exams: writing it out over and over again, flash cards, posters around my room, recordings.... However, I cannot find one that helps me out the most. What could you suggest?

Posted Tue 24th May, 2011 @ 21:35 by Aidan Waples

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Every one has a different style of learning, i like to be creative and make power points, spider diagrams, flash cards and things like that :)

Just try different things and see what you like best, there is no point revising if you are just  going to be bored stiff, it has to appeal to you in some minute way :L

Answered Tue 24th May, 2011 @ 21:59 by Beth C
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Everyone has their own unique style of learning and knowing what yours is could really benefit you when it comes to revising. some may prefer to listen to someone telling them and they take all of it in, some may have to write it again and again to get it into their head, and some people may have to do "hands on" so they understand it. so it depends. read sentence by sentence, then write it in my own words so i can understand it.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 13:20 by Ni'keisha Brown-Kennedy
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Test yourself all the time and what I find helps me with GCSE history (I know this sounds really lame but..) I make songs up that way whenever I can't remember a certain fact or something I just think of the song and there you have it

Then again that might not be your style - what kind of a learner are you - that might help you find out the best way to revise

Answered Tue 24th May, 2011 @ 21:40 by lbennetts
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Thanks Laura :)

Answered Tue 24th May, 2011 @ 21:45 by Aidan Waples
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S'alright ;)

Answered Tue 24th May, 2011 @ 21:46 by lbennetts
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For me, I like teaching my class mates, it helps me understand better by making them understand, but also making powerpoint and like pictures with annotations is also a fun way of revising

Answered Tue 24th May, 2011 @ 22:15 by Lamise Hassan
Edited by Lamise Hassan on Tue 24th May, 2011 @ 22:15
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I like to do practices first, and then see which areas I need to work on. I practice as I revise.

It actually really depends.

Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 09:11 by saraht
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For my revision, I basically just put everything into manageable bullet points (e.g. they won't go over 2 lines on a word document). If they do I will then start a new bullet point so I don't have to remember a lot for each bullet.

So look at this. This is my A2 Geography revision for an exam. The topic I am currently revising is water conflicts. Just as an instant example (the rest of my revision notes will follow the same):

Physical factors affecting water Supply - Climate

  • The distribution of water globally is related to the Earth's climatic zones
  • Regions near to the equator receive high levels of annual precipitation while some tropical areas suffer recurring drought
  • Rainfall may also vary with seasons
  • Equatorial areas such as the Amazon lowlands have two distinct wet periods of weather per year
  • Monsoon lands of Southeast Asia have only one distinct wet season
  • High mountainous areas with snowpack hold vast reserves of water, some of which is released during the summer

What I will then do is recite the bullet points out loud. I will start by reading out the first bullet point 3 times. I will then cover it up/not look at it and try to recite it out again 3 times. If I get it right I will read the bullet point 2 times and then cover it up and recite it 2 times. Finally, If I get it right all the time again I will read it 1 time and then recite it without looking at it again. I will leave a space of 30 seconds between each recite due to the fact that I don't just want it to stay in my short term memory - I want it to be there half an hour later. I will do this for all the bullet points, and after I have completed all the bullet points correctly, I will try to write every single thing out for it. As a way of prompting my memory, I will put the number of bullet points next to the title (in this case 6) so I can work my way through and be able to write them all down without forgetting it/having to look back at my notes. I also bold key words in order to help prompt my memory too.

Once I've completed a whole section I will write it all out and if I get anything wrong, I will go over it and then complete the mini-test again for the section.

I find it a really good technique - I cannot revise from mind maps etc. I could revise from them at GCSE but I cannot do mind maps for A level.

Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 13:48 by Christopher Cartwright
Edited by Christopher Cartwright on Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 13:49
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Like Beth C said, everyone has a different style, but it helps to know what type of learner you are- there are 3 options:

  • Kinaesthetic:you need to be active when learning
  • Visual:you need to see things to learn them
  • Audiatory:you need to hear things while learning
Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 17:59 by Nyanda Foday
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My old teacher said to hang up revision sheets around the house so if you are walking by or are on the toilet then you can still read and remember!!

Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 18:16 by Veena
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Thanks for all your help guys! :)

Answered Wed 25th May, 2011 @ 18:42 by Aidan Waples