Revision – what seems to work

By Matt Smith



We often tell our students that they should be revising, but I feel some of them just do not know how to while others revise using ineffective methods.  Below is a great blog that highlights some key research into what works and what does not when it comes to revising.

The two key things that seem to come out from this are:

  1. As teachers we need to incorporate “how to revise sessions” into our    lessons as we cannot assume students know what works.
  2. Simple re-reading and highlighting does not work. Much more effective methods include doing exam papers (with mark schemes), flash cards, mini quizzes, listing 10 facts about topic x from memory, linking subject content to a stimulus image and more. The message should be that testing/retrieval practice is good and low risk/varying/fun tests all help.

The full blog can be read here.



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