Put a simple piece of information and/or a picture on one side of the card, and a full explanation/definition on the other. This is particularly useful for revising:
There are also some fantastic flashcard Apps on the Appstore and in the Android Marketplace – free and paid. Some even allow you to draw pictures. Just search for ‘flash cards’.
Put the main point (E.g. ‘human reproduction’) in the middle of the sheet. Coming out of this, put subdivisions for this topic. Include pictures, diagrams, colours, arrows to connect things.
This is great for forming your PEE structure for paragraphs/ Essays (Point/Evidence/ Explain).
How does it work?
Studying HISTORY? Try it out for yourself…
Create a layered mind map for one of the Paper 1 unit topics (e.g., causes of World War 2).
Studying MATHS? Try it out for yourself…
See the example below. Can you do the same for algebra in shapes?
Highlight your notes in terms of how confident you are with different parts.
Once you’ve done this, you can apply other revision strategies to the things you have put in pink/red.
Write short, sharp notes about things you find it hard to remember, and stick them in places where you know you will look (light switches, the kettle, by the toilet roll….).
Come up with a colour-coding system for your notes. For example: key words are in one colour, case studies in another, positive/negative points in another. You can also apply this to mind maps or revision cards.
Other students have done GCSEs in the past, and many of them are creative geniuses! There are a huge array of revision videos available, many of which include memorable songs.
Writing these for yourself can help you to remember sequences of information, especially when they need to be in a particular order.
Do your revision with someone else who wants to revise the same thing. You can help each other out if you’re stuck, and test each other.
Write a summary of each section of your exam; condense an entire set of notes into one A5 set of bullet points, for example.
Record yourself saying key things and play them back. Mobile phones all have a voice-recorder function, so you can listen to them wherever you like.
Make an A5 piece of paper that contains a really concise list of things that you absolutely cannot forget. Take this with you on the day of the exam so that it’s the last thing you see before you go into your exam.
Set reminders in your mobile phone; this is ideal for remembering small bits of simple information, like dates and names. If the same reminder goes off seven times, it will become a part of your long-term memory. You can have several reminders going at a time.
Developing the right vocabulary for each subject is absolutely crucial. Without it, understanding exam questions is really hard, and writing answers that give top marks is also really hard. It is therefore a good idea to have key word lists, revision cards and conversations that involve these keywords. The school has prepared many resources for you on Quizlet.
This method was developed in 1949 at Cornell University and is useful in helping you to break down larger pieces of text, selecting the most important information to focus on.
How does it work?
Studying FOOD TECHNOLOGY? Try it out for yourself…
Use the examples to see Cornell Notes in action. Apply the Cornell note taking method to information about food hygiene.
Did you know that when information is presented alongside relevant images, it becomes much more memorable?
How does it work?
Studying ENGLISH LITERATURE? Try it out for yourself…
Dual code key quotes from ‘A Christmas Carol’. This strategy really helps with quote analysis too, because you can start to visualise what effect each word has on the reader! Take a look at my example below – Dickens clearly used the adjective “wolfish” to present Ignorance and Want as animalistic and savage.