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.

http://babios.co.uk/blogs/30-effective-principles-to-studying-parents-children-and-education 

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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