Teach Tip Tuesday: 5 tips to help students revise

We are fast approaching the exam part of the term and revision is very much in our minds and the minds of our students (well we hope it is anyway.) So what can we be doing to help our students prepare and revise for their upcoming assessment?


Here are 5 Tips to help your students revise and prepare for their assessment. 

1. Start early and often

We tell students to start revising at home early but are we helping them. Revisit content regularly throughout new content perhaps have a question in your lesson starters or maybe as a brain break in the middle of the lesson, it could also be an exit pass question.

2. Use games to engage students during revision time. 

I posted some digital game ideas a few weeks ago you can find that here.

3. Give students a revision quiz or practice test. 

A bit old school I know but it can help students to identify where their weaknesses are to help focus their personal study. It also provides students with a set opportunity to pressure themselves to remember.

You can also do this electronically using your school based online classroom or google forms.

4. Get students to construct concept maps or diagrams. 

Concept maps and diagrams can be helpful to help students visually link ideas together to make them easier to recall during assessment. Concept mapping also has the added benefit of allowing students to see the many links between the concepts they have studied and they can use this to draw out ideas with higher level questions that ask for compare and contrast, evaluate, discuss etc.

5. Help students create songs and rhymes to recall basic facts and processes. 

Rhymes, songs and other mnemonics can help students to be able to recall basic facts and processes in stressful situations. Indicating to students that this method could be used to recall the series of facts of the process helps students to create their remembering tool.

Remember that revising is not something that we are innately good at. It is a skill that needs to be learnt and therefore one that we need to help our students learn and help them determine which strategies work best for them.

What strategies do you use with your students to assist their revision? Please share in the comments below or on our facebook page.


About cmcaton

I am a Secondary Teacher and Head of Department Mathematics in Education Queensland. I am passionate about the development of pedagogy that engages the 21st century student and love to explore their implementation in the classroom. Disclaimer: The thoughts on this page are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employer.
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