The last thing most students want to do when getting home from a long day at school is more school. But the art of revising and homework can significantly benefit a student’s education. Whether it’s going over the English techniques of persuasion or finishing the maths worksheet from the day, the content learnt throughout the day will be further absorbed. As there are multiple lessons a day, focusing on different subjects and topics can be confusing. So, it makes sense that by the end of the day, a student may have forgotten some of the details. That’s where revision comes in. Revising the day’s work will make sure nothing has been left out.
First up, testing and quizzes. Processing information without the answers in front of students will help engage their own thought processes. Looking over the content and hoping that the ideas will be remembered is not very reliable. But, in looking at past papers or creating simple flashcards with questions or topics, students can practise the content and promote comprehension. Not only will this help in remembering what was covered for the day, but in the long term for exams and assessments too.
Spacing the content out in chucks can also help. Setting out 20-minute blocks to work on a subject or topic can allow students to focus on that one idea without distraction. Going over content in small but substantial chunks will assist with forgotten topics. Reaffirming the ideas and methods learnt can trigger some memory in the brain, promoting a better understanding. During the breaks between chunks, you could even convince your student to give you a hand in the kitchen and help you out too!
Students can also try mixing their revision routine up. The lessons throughout the day might be the same from day to day, but that doesn’t mean that the revision must be too. Try encouraging students to focus on different aspects or subjects each time. In mixing it up, students can connect different ideas from different subjects to each other and connect it all together; it might even help with remembering! By seeing how everything goes together, students can see the bigger picture and again get a better understanding.
This next one comes with a caution, so make sure students choose their partner wisely. A study buddy; it can either go one of two ways. One, the students both procrastinate together, get nothing done and stress over all they now must learn. Or, two, combat the assessment and equations together, work effectively and get it all done. It’s a positive environment when the person sitting next to you is working hard; it makes you want to mirror their hard-working ethic and knuckle down too.
These techniques and revision itself are not only important but should be practised daily. Revising each night will ensure content is absorbed and make for a much happier, informed and motivated student.