Helping Students prepare a Revision Plan – Part 2
Posted on: September 14, 2018.

Author: Mrs. Radhika Mohan, Educational Consultant

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Teachers must teach children about honest reflection and thence assessment, leading to necessary, proactive changes. Planning a consistent approach is needed. Teach them to follow a consistent colour coding system to highlight data so they can easily lift the information they may need to learn by rote later. Key facts can be learnt using interesting and interactive cue cards.

Auditing the current level of knowledge is the best way to select their present level of understanding a concept. Existing notes – “green” for what they know for sure, “amber” for what they are unsure about, and “red” for what they are completely unaware about. Revisiting topics where there are knowledge gaps and then talking to the teacher on these areas is one helpful form of revision. Reading over and over again through sheaves of notes can be a very tiring and low-payoff exercise. Encourage children to work for short bursts of time on an activity – maybe forty minutes at a stretch.

Let it not be passive but interactive and then also help them make notes against unsure areas. Each one has a specific learning style. Children should not get too hooked to it but must learn to use this information to maximize their learning. Again, time management is crucial during revision. They have to realistically calculate the time required to complete a task and stick to it. Careful thought should go into deciding what needs to be done in what order—numbering the tasks and ticking them off as they achieve them. Let them not do it too early before the exams. They should expend enough effort learning the topics only when exams are near.

They need to make a revision schedule by prioritizing – keeping on top what has to be completed and then what has already been previously revised a greater number of times. The main thing students have to the taught is to be kind to themselves. Let them not feel revision is a monotonous activity that leaves them thoroughly burnt out (Yes, does happen!). Revision cannot and should not be done for twelve hours a day. Children should be taught about their “Prime Time”. They must be helped to find out which part of the day works best for them to learn. Yes, they must not deviate from their goals, but they definitely need to plot time in their daily routine to go out for an exercise and to spend time with their friends.

Finally, there is no fructification to anything without an evaluation process in place. Students should learn:

“How do I evaluate my progress towards my goal?”

“Am I satisfied with the result?”

“What do I want to achieve?”

“How am I going to obtain it?”

“How did it go?”

Self-reflection should be an everyday habit before going to bed. It’s good to keep track of these thoughts, starting off with a “Reflection Journal”.  To write down in this, takes just but five minutes… and doing this just once a week can help one cross many important milestones on the way to one’s sure success in their examinations.

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