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Copy of APAS

Revision and Exams Workshop

Revision Methods

on 13 February 2015

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What is my learning style?
What revision methods can I use?
Planning my revision
Planning my time effectively
Time management
Outline of session:
Planning your revision..
How should I plan my revision sessions?
Everyone has different preferences on revision but the basic pattern of successful revision activity is likely to be very similar..
Understand your exams

Finding out what I am
being assessed on and how.

exam questions.
Organising my
course materials

Organising my notes.

Finding out what’s
going to be useful.
Creating revision

Making summary notes.

Making revision cards.

Making mind maps.

Making diagrams.

Learning and testing

Reproducing my revision
Materials from memory.

Testing myself.

Answering exam questions/
doing past papers.
You have less time than may think..
...so start now, go easy on yourself and do some prep!
What is my
learning style ?

Before we look at revision, lets firstly
establish what type of learner you are…

There are three types of learning style:
Learning Style Activity
Read each statement in sections 1-3 and if you feel that this describes you make a tally chart on a piece of paper divided into 3 sections.

For example:

Section One:
‘I remember things better if I write them down’ - tally 1 point

Then count up the ticks for each section! Easy..

I remember things better if I write them down

When I think of spellings I picture them in my head

I have to look at someone when they speak to me

I find it difficult to concentrate when there’s a noise

I like looking at maps and pictures

I am not very good at remembering jokes

I like to doodle and make notes when I learn something new

I am good at thinking of ideas in my head

I remember people’s faces

I like to make lists

When I get a new idea I like to write it down or draw a picture

I learn a practical skill best by watching someone do it

I love doing crosswords and word searches
Section One
I remember things better if I hear them

I like to discuss things before I start to work

I work better if I’m not alone

I would rather hear new things than read about them

I sometimes look out of the window even though I am listening

I don’t like working on more than one task at a time

I remember people’s voices

I love telling jokes

I like learning the words of songs and rhymes

I like reading and writing poetry

I remember things by ‘hearing’ them in my head

I find it hard to picture things in my head

I like reading out loud
Section Two

I hate listening to instructions – I’d rather have a go

I don’t like sitting still

I use my hands to describe things

I like to walk around when I’m working

My desk looks messy to everyone else but I know where things are

I like to talk out loud when I’m working

I like to work on projects and designing things

I like to plan my work in my head before I begin

I hate checking my work after I have finished

I sometimes take notes but I never use them

I like to act and do drama

I don’t mind noise when I work

It sometimes takes me a while to get started on a new project
Section Three

Add up how many ticks you have for each section.

Section One – Visual
Section Two – Auditory
Section Three - Kinaesthetic

You will probably find that you will have ticks in all 3 Sections but where one is predominant that will be indicative of your preferred learning style.

Although we all have different ways in which we like to learn, the most effective way to learn is to use all three strategies, using our sight and visual memory, our hearing and our aural memory, and by doing and using our physical
..eyes down
...so what type of learner are you then?
The three types of learner..
Learners prefer visual prompts such as diagrams, charts and pictures.
Learners prefer
Listening prompts
such as key words, stories, anecdotes and jokes.
Learners prefer
practical prompts such as activities with the opportunity to move around.
Use coloured highlighter pens.
Draw sketches.
Use mind-maps.
Use Flow charts.
Use diagrams.
Use flash cards.
Try to associate what you are learning with an image, picture it in your mind or draw it.
Listen to music.
Record key points on. tape and play them back
Try making up a rhyme to help you remember facts.
Explain what you have learned to someone else.
Read aloud.
Get involved in group discussions.
Take frequent study breaks.
Use a hands on approach.
Vary your activities.
Make studying physical by walking around or go on an exercise bike.
Use computers.
Make a model that illustrates key concepts.
Revision strategies for your learning style
I use index cards or
blank postcards: I
summarise one topic on
a single card
I have a fantastic software package
on my computer which enables me
to create mind maps and spider diagrams – in colour, with notes. Brilliant!
My mum bought me a roll of wallpaper
lining paper so that I had loads of space
to scribble things down
I can’t revise without highlighter
pens – they make text stand out
for me, and it’s less boring than
just black and white
I like to use coloured paper.
I remember things better by
remembering the colour
I have a small tape recorder
so I read notes (sometimes
from a revision guide) into it
and play them back when I’m
doing other things
How should I revise?
We asked some students how they
revised. This what they said:
Look at the following list of some of the most common ways of revising. Which have you tried before?
Turning text into pictures or pictures
into text
Using different coloured paper or
Creating spider diagrams
and mind maps
Making revision cards
Learning material in different places
Making numbered lists
Making up rhymes
Learning with or teaching other
Recording yourself and listening
back to it
Activity One
Making revision cards
Revision cards are among the most popular revision resources.
The idea is that you summarise some information on a single blank postcard or note card (front and back if necessary).
Write questions on one side and answers on the other – then test yourself or ask someone else to test you.
Write key names or terms on one side and a summary of what they wrote or the definition on the other side.
Write the advantages of
something on one side
and the disadvantages or
criticisms on the other.
Write about something in reasonable detail on one side and use the other side to summarise its key points as a short list (no more than five points).
Discuss a subject with a few friends and decide what sort of cards would be most useful. Divide the subject up into sections and make each person responsible for making revision cards for one or more sections. Meet up when the cards are made and revise from the cards together, for example by testing each other.
Now try the activity
David Sangster

When is your birthday?

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, past or present, who would it be with and why?

Q1 - 26th November

Q2 – New York, United States of America
- I have never been and it’s the one place I have always wanted to visit – shops, museums, architecture, movies.

Q3 – Bruce Springsteen, Singer-songwriter, NY, USA, alive.
- I love his music, have all his albums and I have seen him live.
- He is a very interesting man with views on music, other culture and politics.
Write questions on one side and answers on the other – then test yourself or ask someone else to test you.
Five things to do with Mind Maps
Stick them up somewhere in your house where you sit and dream – maybe your bedroom walls or ceiling – even the toilet!
Illustrate some of the points on your mind map with some silly pictures – they will help you remember the point.
Spend some time learning the mind map, turn the paper the other way up and see if you can remember it well
enough to copy.
Use mind maps to plan essays – put the title in the centre, then have one branch for each key point and use further branches to develop those points.
Get together with a friend and make mind maps together using lots of colour and pictures.
use the
biggest sheet
of paper you
can get
colours can
make them
easier to
Diagrams for revision
Flow Diagram
Spider Diagram
Starting to plan your time
Answer these questions to help you get started:

• How long can you learn effectively without a break (let’s call this a ‘learning chunk’)?
• Which times of day are you better at revising?
• How many subjects do you need to revise for?
• Are any of your exams more important than the others (do you want to prioritise them)?
• What other commitments do you have which prevent you from revising?
• When do you want to start?
• What is the minimum amount of time you want to revise for each exam?
• What is the maximum time you think you want to revise for each exam?

How much time do you realistically have? – Time Management
You can use this information to work out a revision timetable.
We all have 168 hours each week but some of us use this time
more efficiently than others.

As a student, there are many demands
on your time. These include the usual daily living demands,
such as sleeping, grooming, preparing and cleaning up meals,
running errands and earning money, and relationships.

In addition to the hours required by these activities, being a full-time
student will take up as much time as a full-time job.

Most people have had the experience of being so busy that they
don't get everything done, but not knowing where all the time went.

Try to assess how your time is being used and identify areas you
may want to adjust if you are finding that you don't have enough
time for some essential activities, like studying.
Using the list below, add up how much time you spend
doing various everyday tasks over 7 days.
Then see how much time is left...

How many hours per week do you:

spend sleeping?
eating meals, preparing food, clearing up?
part-time work or commitments?
in lessons at college?
socialising - going out with friends, watching tv, online such as Facebook, Twitter etc..
and any other activities.

Where did it all go?
Revision Podcasts
Download to your
mp3 player or PC
Other resources
Have a look
Using the internet for revision
We’ve decided
when and where to meet, how often
and for how long
But how do we go
About organising our revision?
How can revision
be a social activity?
How is it best to check
how my revision is going?
What is the best way of using
the internet for revision?
Know your learning style
Try different revision methods to suit you and the subject
Think about what you need to revise
Plan your revision and the time to do it
Be realistic and don’t over-complicate things


Revision Planner
How to work out a revision timetable:

• Enter the exam dates in your diary, planner or calendar
• Enter your intended revision start date
• Enter your other commitments
• This should reveal the times when you are free to revise –
ideally at least some of these will be times when you are at
your most effective
• Divide these times into ‘learning chunks’
• Remember to leave some gaps for breaks, food, fun and sleep
• Allocate particular subjects/exams to each learning chunk,
taking into account the maximum and minimum times you
want to spend on each subject
• Check that you have covered each exam/subject adequately
• You should also make sure that you revise in a sensible order
– no point preparing for the last exam first!
• Amend your revision plan as you go along – this is why it’s
sensible to use a pencil

Don’t over-complicate it and be realistic!
Exam preparation
You can access an array of resources to
help you with your exams on our Moodle page
Pre-revision checklist
This is a huge mountain to climb..
Your exams..
Your future opportunities lie here
Understand your exams

Finding out what I am
being assessed on and how.

exam questions.
Organising my
course materials

Organising my notes.

Finding out what’s
going to be useful.
Creating revision

Making summary notes.

Making revision cards.

Making mind maps.

Making diagrams.

Learning and testing

Reproducing my revision
Materials from memory.

Testing myself.

Answering exam questions/
doing past papers.
List topics
to revise for each subject
Target the difficult time consuming first
Are there
in your notes?
Are they in some sort of
you know
where they all are?
A lack of preparation
an acceptance or expectation that you might just fail because of it..

would anyone want to fail?
Revision Checklist:

My notes - sort them out ready to be revised
Difficult topics - tackle now.. ask the teacher
When do I plan to revise - 'soon' can become 'never'..
Use planner sheets - be realistic
I have 6 exams, six weeks to revise - block it and plan it - you have time!

Links - www.getrevising.co.uk
Methods of revision - whats my plan?
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