Revision Aids/Making Stuff Stick

So you’ve got all the detail but how do you make it stick during your revision?  The Revision Aids section provides some insight into the psychology of learning – you can take a look behind the scenes at some of the theories on how we revise and how to make facts stick.  Our videos will unlock different ways to help you revise and to help you learn more effectively.

There are three main stages to revision:

  • Encoding – getting the information into your brain
  • Storage – leaving the information in your brain
  • Retrieval – getting the information out of your brain

Our introductory film will tell you a little more about these stages and about some of the other techniques we are going to cover.

Useful Revision Techniques

Some of the most common revision techniques are detailed below – just click on the name of the technique to see a short video demonstration of how and why this technique may be useful in your revision.

Mnemonics are memorable phrases which translate information (often lists) into a form which can be more easily remembered. Everyone knows the Rainbow Mnemonic – Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain – but in this video, we take a look at a couple of other examples, and examine why and how they are useful.

Chunking is the process of dividing up of large amounts of information into small, easier to remember chunks – for example learning a poem a verse at a time…. or learning organic chemistry one Homologous Group at a time.

Spacing is the process of repeatedly learning information over the course of a few weeks or months, allowing the information to enter your long term memory.

Cues and Imagery show how you can use visual imagery to help retain information.

Finally, a reminder that you can download the Science Rocks films and videos on to your mobile devices so that you can revise for tests/exams while you are on the move.

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