Teachers always grapple with how to help their students recall and revise their subjects. Indeed, it is true that revision is probably the best way to imprint facts and concepts in one’s mind. But, unquestionably, revision has been boring for the most part. Here, we give you our revision strategy that works like a charm when preparing for tough examinations. Word of caution: this is for the strong hearted and strong willed.
Tip 1: Recapitulate and help them revise often
It may sound cliché, but it’s scientifically proven that revising regularly exponentially boosts the retention capacity of a student. Have a look:
Tip 2: Help students make good notes
Quite simple, right? Not really. Teachers must encourage students to make notes from a 200-page book, and condense that to be 10 pages long. Then, have the students condense it further, to be 5 pages long. While you do this, ensure that the students’ notes continue to make sense and that they cover all important aspects in the 200-page book. This requires patience and a sound understanding of the subject, so in the process, the students will learn tons as well as become more organized.
We understand that making notes is a craft, and not all students can slip into it easily. So, for starters, teachers must motivate students to make legible and self-made notes in their notebooks while they are being taught. Students could leave a margin for scribbling down topics that they didn’t understand, or topics that they would like to explore further. Students must also be encouraged to use a pencil or colored pen to underline important keywords, which they come across in their second reading of the notes that they took down in class. Didn’t we say these tricks are for the strong-willed?
Tip 3: Advice to revise just before bedtime
This obviously cannot be enforced, but students must try this out since it definitely works. Timely and sound sleep is very important to consolidate the memory. The best thing to do before you go to bed is to go through some flashcards or review your mindmaps. This would create a conscious memory, which is cemented by the deep sleep. To further enhance their memory, we ask the students to try & recall the information shortly after you wake up.
Tip 4: Teach them how to teach!
Encourage students to form little groups, and teach each other concepts from the subject. This is otherwise known as “group studies”. Teachers can also encourage students to explain topics to the class. It could be a contest, where students explain things to the best of their ability to the class. In case they make mistakes, teachers may point it out politely or call up another student to clarify the mistake. Teachers must make it a point to give bonus points if the students conduct quizzes on the subject. These methods are bound to make revision more exciting and certainly nowhere close to being mundane!
Tip 5: Solve question papers
That’s right, the best way to revise for a test is to write tests. Encourage students to take up as many mock tests as possible. This will not only prepare them for the stress of examinations but will also help them recollect facts and figures better, in the future.
Studying a subject can be fun, revising it is said to be tedious. But, not anymore. The responsibility of making revision efficient and fun for the students lies with us the teachers and parents. Revision of any topic is the time of fine tuning one’s knowledge on the same. It is also the time for pursuing the subject to the next level, so as a post script, we would recommend that teachers must encourage students to read widely on any given topic. Not only will this arouse interest in the subject as a whole, it will also help students to understand and revise the subject better.
We believe our tried and tested tips will definitely help your students revise and organize their knowledge better. More importantly, these will help students prepare for exams in the most stress-free way!