Effective Revision Strategies
At Phoenix, we are aiming to develop students ability to learn effectively away from the classroom.
We believe that learning is a lifelong skill, and more research is being shared about how to revise and learn new knowledge.
There are 6 key learning strategies that we promote which are found below:
For effective learning to take place, studying needs to be completed in smaller chunks and over a longer period of time. 5 hours over a longer period of time, is better than 5 hours altogether. This strategy can cause students to forget some material, but this is a good thing as when you retrieve the information again it can strengthen your long-term memory.
Spaced Practice PowerPoint
Retrieval practice involves recreating something you have learnt in the past from your memory. After a period of time, your mind needs to “retrieve” this information again. For this to be effective, some time needs to be passed between learning and retrieving. This should be done without the use of notes or books to really allow your memory to strengthen. This strategy can be used to recall what you learnt last week, last term and last year.
Retrieval Practice PowerPoint
This strategy involves explaining and describing ideas with many details. In addition, elaboration is making connections amongst ideas that are being learnt to your own experiences and memories. This may involve asking questions to yourself such as how and why do things work. Integrating new ideas with your own experiences help learning and makes it easier to bring to your mind at a later point.
This strategy means that you should not be studying one topic for too long, but you should aim to mix it up and switch between topics to allow practice of different skills. There is less chance of you forgetting this knowledge/skill as you will revisit it again at a later point. However, spending too little time on a topic can also be negative. Please refer to the poster and PowerPoint slides to support you with this learning strategy.
There are some skills and knowledge that are difficult and hard to grasp. Finding examples of the learning can help them stay in your memory more effectively. Teachers do this in lessons so that students can vision these better in lessons.
Dual coding is combining words with images. This can be in the format of diagrams, cartoon strip, timelines etc. This way you have the information in two formats – visual and words. When looking at your dual coding materials, ask yourself, how are the words describing what is in the visuals and vice versa.
Dual Coding PowerPoint(Credit to learningscientists.org)