A ‘Sharing best practice’ post by Sarah Fox (Food Technology)
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‘I’m looking forward to revising for my exams!’, said no student ever.
Revision is a fact of life for students preparing for exams and for many it may seem like an insurmountable obstacle. Building revision time into your scheme of work, teaching students effective and efficient revision strategies and lots and lots of exam practice will all help but the fact remains – revision is about hard work.
Once students have faced the fact that revision is a necessity if they wish to achieve their best results, then offering them support, encouragement and resources is the teacher’s next job.
One of the ways in which you can do this is to provide them with a ‘Take-Away Revision Bag’.
In the bags go…
- ‘What is the examiner looking for from each question?’ guides
- ‘How to answer different types of exam questions’ guides
- Revision booklets
- Past papers
- Pen and Pencil
- A highlighter
- Blank revision cards
- A personal message from me
Once students have been given their take-away bag they can add to them, or use them to keep all their revision materials and notes together in one place.
Students then bring elements of the bag to each lesson to use.
The bags also mean they are able to work through different tasks at their own pace and plan their own revision.
I am then able to use the time gained from having pre-planned the revision activities to analyse their exam answers to target further revision on required topics or to focus on the needs of individual students.
The students were delighted by their revision ‘gift’ and it gave them a lift when undertaking the hard work that was being demanded of them.
Why not offer your students a take-away!