Students in key stage 3 need to know how to revise in order to prepare for linear exams in Key Stage 4 and 5. If they do not learn how to revise effectively their transition into Key Stage 4 will be more difficult. Revision should take place for every STEP Assessment - these are used by teachers to measure student progress and to plan, so it is crucial that students do revise so that the assessment is an accurate portrayal of what a student can do.
School has used assembly and registration time to explain the importance of revision and to give the students strategies to develop. So far we have covered revision clocks, mind maps, Cornell Notes and flashcards. Below are links to these strategies:
What do these strategies look like?
Mind Maps - good for overviews of a topic, helps you to learn the key facts. They should contain key words and include colour and pictures to help the brain remember the key facts.
Flash Cards - These are great for students testing each other and for students learning key terms and facts.
Revision Clocks - Great for self testing and for condensing large pieces of knowledge
Cornell Notes - Students find taking notes difficult and often end up copying lots of text, this method helps them to condense their notes effectively, so they are better able to remember the key facts.