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    Posted by Bitesize_History_Teacher (U15237253) on Monday, 14th January 2013

    Over the next few days I will include my 6 main tips for effective revision of History. It can be very hard to cram into your brain all the names and dates so here are some thing that should help.

    1. Organise
    2. Read notes and textbooks
    3. Rework notes
    4. Work with a group
    5. Past Papers
    6. Use your prelim results
    7. Know when to stop

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    Posted by Bitesize_History_Teacher (U15237253) on Tuesday, 15th January 2013

    I noticed the typo above!!!


    1) Make sure you have a copy of the entire syllabus so you know what to study. You can ask your teacher for one or get it off the SQA website. If you are stuck then let me know.

    2) Get a copy of a past paper. It is essential that you know what you actually have to do. Especially in History as you do not answer every single question in the exam. Find out from you teacher what specific unit YOU do. Don't think "that won't be me" as every year I mark 1 or 2 pupils exams where they have completed the wrong section.

    3) Sort out a revision timetable as you may be studying for 8 different subjects and it is difficult to cram them into a short space of time. History exams are near the start of the diet so get going as soon as possible.

    4) Attend supported study if it is organised in your school. It is so valuable to engage with your teacher when there are only a handful of pupils there. Before attending write down what is concerning you so you can really target any issues.

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    Posted by Bitesize_History_Teacher (U15237253) on Tuesday, 15th January 2013


    Jotter work: You have been answering questions in your jotter in class since August for a reason – to give you extensive revision notes! Read through these just now and if you are missing anything or dont understand some notes then let your teacher know as soon as possible.

    You can improve your notes by comparison with a friend's and make and necessary additions or corrections.

    Underline or highlight headings and key points so they stand out.

    Textbooks: Arguably re-reading textbooks is very time-consuming and the content may not be entirely focused on the issues you are most concerned with. On the other hand if you are getting bored with your notes, they offer a different perspective.

    Your teacher may be able to provide a different textbook that offers a fresh outlook on what you are studying.

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    Posted by Bitesize_History_Teacher (U15237253) on Wednesday, 16th January 2013


    Studies show that merely reading over notes or pages from textbooks is the least efficient method of revision. In fact as little as 20% of KU can actually me memorised in this manner. If you need proof think of a time when you have forgotten almost immedietly something you read in a textbook.

    To get facts and details to stick your head you must DO something with the KU. The basic way to do this by creating mind maps. This is the way I have always revised and I find it an excellent way to build up a mental picture of what you are studying.

    You can also abbreviate your KU down on re-cap cards. carry these around with you so you can revise almost anywhere and you have a spare few minutes.

    If you are having trouble remmebering key quotes or dates, write them out and put them in places around the house where you will see them frequently.

    The aim with this is to look at old, familiar material in a new way - not to learn new KU.

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    Posted by Bitesize_History_Teacher (U15237253) on Sunday, 20th January 2013


    As I said earlier the best way to revise is often to do something.

    By doing something I mean teaching things to others - explaining in detail really helps KU stick.

    Revising in pairs is good but working in groups of 3 or 4 is better. The ideal situation is to meet for 2 - 3 hours and discuss the problems you have had. Even better is to set questions beforehand and bring the answers along with you for some peer assessment..

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    Posted by Bitesize_History_Teacher (U15237253) on Thursday, 24th January 2013


    Old exam papers are usually available from you teacher. However there is a better way to get all the papers you need. The SQA has a past paper service online here: www.sqa.org.uk/pastp...

    This is a good way to familiarise yourself with what the papers will look like and what is expected of you.

    But dont just read them, use them. There's no point believing that you could answer the question - you can only be sure by doing them.

    The SQA service also provides marking schemes which are really helpful in highlighting KU that you may have missed.

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    Posted by Bitesize_History_Teacher (U15237253) on Thursday, 24th January 2013


    Enter into the prelim as you will the final exam. They will help your progress and ensure you can work under strict exam conditions.

    Really important is to use your prelims results as a learning tool. Use the feedback you receive to pinpoint the errors you have made. Have you not expanded your ku or misread the question? Or is there a particular enquiry skill you really need to work on.

    The results here should form the basis of your revision between now and the final exam.

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    Posted by Bitesize_History_Teacher (U15237253) on Sunday, 3rd February 2013


    Far more exams are failed because of too little work than too much. But often the brightest students work too hard at revision and worry unnecessarily.

    Remember the aim is to reach your peak at the right time, so be sure not to go into the exam room exhausted from over-work. Frenetic late-night cramming can easily be avoided.

    Make sure you get plenty of sleep before an exam and keep a healthy diet. By following the other revision techniques outlined above i'm sure you can achieve for potential in the exams.

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