English is a difficult subject to revise for - fact.
Of course there are ways around this and of course we try to embed these in our pupils, but sometimes we have to be a little more creative - I, for one, am guilty of getting stuck in the 'why not try past papers' rut.
So what else can we do?
1) Box it up! Create a box full of revision flashcards - that way, you can have key skills on your flashcards, transportable when needed but also can be put away when it's time to relax and unwind. They can also be shuffled to vary revision instead of being overly formulaic - and for the more visual kids, get them decorating to make it memorable!
2) The question door... You can't leave a room without answering a question! Stick a series of post-it notes asking for key skills, quotes or other information, and you have to get the answer before you can move on.
3) The travel experience: A tip given to me at my first school for those struggling with memory, create a 'text/quote/essay structure etc. trail' around the house - learn as you walk around, aiding those kinaesthetic learners and giving them key landmarks by which they can remember key information.
4) Talk in quotes: A lot of the exams now focus on memorising quotations, so make them part of everyday conversation; where possible, use them to explain tasks, generally converse, make requests...Really embed them into life rather than studying the text over and over again (probably whilst eyes are fighting to stay open!).
And there's plenty more besides - we'll offer more as and when we have time, but get them started with these to set them on the tracks to success for exam season!
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