Principles of studying

Dr Eren Demir, an associate Professor at the University of Hertfordshire, has recently published a blog entitled “30 effective principles to studying: parents, children and education” (see link below), which I believe will be extremely useful for all stakeholders.

We have been utitlising some of these raising achievement tips, along with some of our own, in the build up to the exam period – particularly for our Year 11 and Year 13 students. Weekly tips already shared include:
1. Use a personalised learning checklist (PLC) for each subject when revising so you know you have covered all the areas you need. Even better – RAG the checklist so you focus on your weaker areas in more detail.
2. Use the revision clock strategy to support your study: 

Revision Clock

Every 1 hour revision session should be divided into three sections:

  1. 15min Review

  2. 30min Practise

  3. 15min Check

Refer to diagram above

Additional points to consider when revising are:

  • all required materials should be arranged beforehand so the full 60 minutes can be spent revising

  • revision should be conducted in a suitable place away from all distractions

  • rest breaks should occur between each 60 minute revision session

  • all subjects should be revised regularly to stay on top of things

3. When revising plan to start revision with the topic you find most challenging – don’t put it off! Target those specific areas first and then review other areas later.

4. Regular short revision of notes (15-20 minutes) is an effective revision strategy.

5. Consider using a variety of revision strategies from the learning pyramid – teaching others is the most effective learning tool.

The Learning Pyramid

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