This week, Vice-Principal Gethyn Bennett presented a special assembly to Year 11 on getting their revision on track before the exams begin.
Mr Bennett began by reminding the students that there are only 14 weeks to go before the first exam for all the students. For some subjects like Art and Art Photography, it is only nine weeks until the examinations.
The main part of the assembly presented suggestions and tips on how to revise and get the best from revision sessions. The first piece of advice was to start revising – especially if you haven’t started already! “There are a lot of topics to learn across all the different subjects and the sooner you start the better,” said Mr Bennett. “Little and often will help you cope with how much there is.”
One suggested approach is to use the ‘Four Steps to Success,’ which are: Understand it, Condense it, Memorise it and Review it. Breaking subjects down into themes, main ideas and details will help understanding. Mr Bennett showed an example of how this could be done with a topic like genes from biology.
Another approach could be to use mind maps. Mind maps can be constructed using the same concepts of themes, main ideas and details to make subjects manageable.
Understanding the structure of each subject will really help to memorise it. It is possible to use techniques like memory palaces, keywords or Mnemonics. Mr Bennett said: “Everyone is different, so find what works for you.”
The final step is to review! “You need to do this for 10 minutes the next day, then for five minutes a week later and then for two to five minutes two weeks later.”
Over the next few weeks details will be given out about subject revision sessions, planners and other material to help with organisation. They will also be available from the Year 11 Learning Zone.
- Start revising
- Four Steps to Success: Understand it, Condense it, Memorise it and Review it
- Understanding triangle: Theme, Main ideas and Details
- Memory techniques: Mind Maps, Memory palaces, Mnemonics…
- Review, review and review!