Tim Sheinman, is a teacher of over ten years, who has taught revision classes for large national companies.
Easter revision classes can be seen as a last ditch attempt to get a subject back on track before the exams. However, they actually the last stage in a process of learning that began two years earlier – revision and consolidation. While no revision session can completely compensate for a lack of learning, these tips can help you get the most out of these extended classes.
#1 Come ready to revise, not re-learn
I have taught students at my sessions with little basic knowledge of their subject. Sadly, three days is not enough to cover the basics and will not greatly help. Rather students will typically go over established subjects, picking up on details and going over concepts. All pupils will have some areas that they did not understand the first time round and need some help with. However, these cannot be too great in number of the student will run out of time. Thus, make sure you are up on all the areas of the syllabus before attending and don’t expect to be re-learning anything.
#2. Know how you revise best
Easter revision is usually the last taught components before you are on your own. Thus you will need to be making revision materials on the fly. Think about your style, do you work best with mind maps, flashcards, diagrams etc. Have all the right tools to make these materials as you go and don’t expect the teacher to tell you how or when to do this.
#3. Know your weaknesses
Revision sessions are almost always taught by a teacher who doesn’t know you personally. They can spent a lot of valuable time trying to work out your areas of need, so why don’t you give them a hand. Come with a list of tasks you need to accomplish, or areas you need to brush up on. This will make their job far easier and ensure quicker progress.
#4. Be ready to test, test and test again.
Exam technique is just as important as subject knowledge and any good teacher will be putting you through a great deal of practise papers. Make sure that as you get your marks back to query your mistakes and try to improve a little each time. It can be easy to put a bad paper down to singular errors, but these add up over time. I once had a student who did well in his mocks, because they happened to contain the areas he knew. When the exam came around he got less lucky and had a lot of trouble. Try and correct each small area as you go.
#5. Make a plan for following up.
Easter revision classes give you a blueprint for further revision. They have likely shown you areas of weakness for further work, so make sure these go into a clear plan. The sessions will act as a starter for consolidated revision afterwards, rather than an end in themselves.
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