There is a difference between revising effectively and just learning new information. Successful revision should focus on how you answer exam questions.
To maximise revision time, young people need to put in effort, that is efficient and effective. In the Me Power Academy, we call this the E3 method.
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How the ‘E3’ method supports revising effectively
To apply ‘focused Effort’ you need to be activated, know exactly what you want to revise, and have techniques to maintain your concentration.
As well as effort, you also need to organise your time Efficiently. This involves planning exactly what you need to revise and when; and where you will revise. You should also reflect on how your revision is progressing.
You also need to make sure that your revision is Effective. This means ensuring that what you learn, helps you secure better exam grades. Many young people spend too much time reading and making notes and not enough testing themselves under exam conditions.
How a long-term goal helps revising effectively?
Revision feels easier if you understand how exam success will help you achieve your big, long-term goals. Young people could create a poster for their rooms which shows their target grades and how these contribute to a successful journey through education and life. Then they can plan what they need to revise, and monitor their progress. The Me Power Academy has a helpful format for this.
The power of planning
We suggest using Me Power techniques like a Focused Timeline and revision Will Power Stories to boost daily revision productivity.
It is also important that young people plan for a good night’s sleep, regular exercise breaks, and healthy snacks. Hunger can be a distraction. Improving sleep, diet and exercise will charge the brain, reduce stress and increase learning.
Young people should also plan their revision so it includes lots of repetition and testing of knowledge under exam conditions. This might mean they spend approximately 50% of revision time reading and making notes, and the other 50% testing their knowledge with exam style questions.
How does spaced learning contribute to revising effectively?
Spaced learning boosts revision performance. Significantly, research shows we learn more if learning is broken into small chunks and repeated regularly.
For example, a young person might spend 20 minutes revising history, 20 minutes revising Physics, then the next 20 minutes revising Maths. That is a one-hour block of time. If a young person repeats this six times and then spends 20 minutes reflecting at the end of the day and 20 minutes planning at the beginning of the day, they are breaking down their daily revision in 20 blocks of 20 minutes.
We call this version of ‘spaced learning’ 20:20, but you can adapt it so that it works best for your young people. For example, the system would also work with 15, 25 and 30 minute blocks of time.
Me Power helps everyone to be healthy, happy and at their best in our challenging world. Significantly, this also includes modules on revising effectively. Above all, users tell us they experience quick results.
It was created by Dr. Jon Finn and the Tougher Minds team. Tougher Minds is an award-winning consultancy. Most importantly, they help young people succeed in education and improve their lifestyles.
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