Twinkl Education Blog
21 Apr '17

Secondary Revision - We Can do This!

It's that time of year again. 

Have you given them revision? What should you give them? How much should you give them? Should you give them anything? The parents are asking you how they should revise. And you're beginning to wonder yourself. 


The revision debate will always split opinions. Some teachers feel quite strongly that students should revise independently and create their own sheets and notes, whilst others feel compelled to hand out schedules, crib sheets, booklets and so on. Like many things in teaching, there really doesn't seem to be any clear-cut answers. Yes, we need to create independent pupils who can organise and motivate themselves; but, and it's a substantial but, these are still young people learning how to get it right, and they do need our support. 


In learning, we love to model: we model speaking, listening, essays, responses and more. So, therefore, it really makes sense that we model revision. All research shows that revision needs to start early. The earlier, the better (we know this doesn't help that handful of pupils who are still working on their Snapchat streaks). Also, the sooner a pupil starts, the more organised they are about how they revise. Revision should be intense; in relatively short bursts; and specific to the skills needed for the examination / test. 


There is little point in a pupil endlessly practising paper after paper if they haven't improved their textual / subject knowledge in-between. Revision can easily be broken down by question type / text / skill / topic, and if we help pupils by giving them specific revision questions and tasks, it is likely that they will stay more focused. They also love being able to tick things off! 


One approach, which is popular at the moment, is to calendar short revision tasks for pupils each day. You could perhaps set these at three levels dependent on the revision aspirations of the pupil. You could use our blank revision timetables to help do this, alongside our practice exam questions or 'key quotes' resources. For English, the character revision sheets and cards are also really helpful - the pupils often find visualising the characters as real people helps enormously. These could be interspersed with activities to help memory and focus - we have these in our secondary revision section. 


For revision lessons / sessions, try using the lesson packs to recap themes and topics, or use our ppt quizzes to hold your own school revision big quiz night - they won't even know it's work! Our maths revision packs, which help pupils apply their skills, are enormously popular and pupils don't feel that they are repeating the same endless questions.


With exam time just around the corner, we know it can be a stressful and anxious period for both pupils and teachers. But we are here to help. Make sure you have looked at all we offer, and if there's something you need: let us know – we’re good with requests! Good luck, everyone. You are amazing, and, we have no doubt, that your pupils will be too!


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