Tim Benton Revision Seminar
Please see this link for notes from the Tim Benton Revision Seminar (March 2017)
GCSE POD – GCSE Revision Materials
Please see this link for instructions on how to use GCSE Pod.
Year 11 Support/ Revision Sessions 2017/18
AT LEAST 3 LUNCHTIME SESSIONS AND AT LEAST 3 AFTER SCHOOL SESSIONS SHOULD BE ATTENDED PER WEEK, IF POSSIBLE.
Chemistry (Triple) 1:10-1:40
RE – RB
Physics (Triple) – DG
RE (12th April, 19th April, 26th April) 3:35-4:45
History – AJ
|Geography – DD|
*Music – At least one lunch or afterschool session should be attended per week if possible.
**English – Identified pupils must attend one English session per week, this should ideally be the session when their teacher is available, however, if this is not possible due to other revision session commitments they should attend the alternative session.
*** Maths Set 1 (JS) – Pupils should attend one session per week, Mr Slater is available on the days identified above.
Summary of Key Points from Tim Benton Presentation (2016)
We encourage you to try different revision techniques to discover which ones prove to be the most effective for you. Listed below are a few ideas Tim Benton recommended. Variety is crucial – make sure you see it, hear it, say it, do it!
Put all the relevant information for a particular topic area on a mind map. Try to memorise it all. Use pictures and colours. The next night try to reproduce the same map from memory. Fill in all the missing details that could not be remembered. Continue this over several nights and more will be remembered each time.
Write key facts on post-its and place them around the bedroom/house. Keep reading them!
Write key facts on revision cards. Keep reading them. Ask friends/parents to test these facts.
Draw key facts on posters. Place these around the home. Familiarity will help learn the facts. Make posters with questions you can’t answer; cross them off as you feel confident about answering them. Put Revision Timetables up on your wall.
Use Tech Wisely
Switch off phone or put on silent when working. Only check it in your breaks. Dictaphone key points on your phone and add to music playlists. Downloads to phone, eg literature books. Revision apps. Use Bitesize, MyMaths, S-Cool, etc.
Engage the Heart so the Head will learn
Occasionally work in friendship groups to break up the monotony.
Mnemonics, rhymes or even daft songs may work for you.
Give yourself rewards.
Learn points on your hand, and make them memorable.
Test yourself with the A to Z technique.
Learn Top Ten lists.
Chunking: Can you fit all you know on a topic to the back of a 50p coin?
Above all learning should start in 15 – 20 minute bursts. Learning can be fun when working with friends.
Have some sort of revision planner. Grid populated with all the topics you need to learn – tick and date when you visit a topic.
Practice, Practice, Practice. If you get stuck, ask for help.
Once topics are learned, it is important to keep reviewing the work so that the knowledge is not lost. Ideally review after 24 hours, 3 days, 1 week, 3 weeks.
Believe you can do it and put the work in. “There is no substitute for hard work” – Edison
“Whether you think you can, whether you think you can’t – you’re probably right!” – Ford
CPD Revision Guides
Exam boards. You can find past papers and syllabuses here:
Welsh Joint Education Committee: www.wjec.co.uk
Scottish Qualifications Authority: www.sqa.org.uk
Websites to help with MFL:
www.spellmaster.com – lots of interactive games
www.textivate.com – paste up to 500 words of text and get 26 different exercises based on it, such as fill the gaps and reordering tasks
www.cueprompter.com – an online teleprompter which is helpful for learning chunks of text. This one is great for preparing for oral assessments
www.linguascope.com – more interactive games
Framework – learn things as lists, on your hand, questions to answer etc
Imagery – pictures around the house
Repeated – look over often
Memorable – shocking, emotional, naughty, useful, rewarding, important or unusual things stick!
Collins Revision App
GCSE Revision App
Ultimate Revision App
top 20 revision tips app
maths alarm clock
Organisations that offer emotional support:
Childline: 0800 1111
The Samaritans: 08457 909090
Welsh language line: 0300 123 3011
Get Connected: 0808 808 4994
BOOKS RECOMMENDED FOR PARENTS
The Brain Box by Tim Benton and David Hodgson
Inside the teenage brain – Sheryl Feinstein
The new Science of the teenage brain – National Geographic
Tim Benton’s Website is http://www.bluecaterpillar.co.uk/brain-box-extra/