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Exam revision; Therapists who cry; NHS acute bed shortages; Skin disorders

It's exam time, and students up and down the country are busy revising. But what methods actually work? The handy highlighter pen and last-minute cramming come bottom of the list.

Revision Techniques That Work

Students up and down the UK are busy revising for exams. Claudia Hammond discovers which methods are effective from Professor John Dunlosky, and the results will send a shiver down the spine of those who've left their revision to the last minute.

His review concludes that using a highlighter pen, underlining, reading and re-reading, and using mnemonics are the least effective techniques. Instead, students should do lots of practice tests and plan their revision sessions over time.

Right or Wrong ? - Therapists Who Cry

Last week's research paper from the USA on therapists who cry when their clients disclose something sad prompted scores of All in the Mind listeners to share their experiences. Claudia reviews the responses and airs a range of views.

Out Of Area Hospital Care for Detained Patients

An investigation by Community Care journal has disclosed an increase in the numbers of patients, detained under the Mental Health Act, who are being sent, many miles away from their homes, to be treated in private hospitals. Community Editor, Andy McNicoll tells Claudia Hammond about suspicions that out-of-area care is linked to acute bed closures and describes the concerns this practice raises for the care of vulnerable patients.

Psychological Treatments for Skin Disorders

More than half of the UK population experience a skin condition in any given 12 month period and the psychological impact on the individual can be enormous. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin has just published an updated report, a decade since they last investigated, criticising the lack of access to psychological help for sufferers and the trivialisation of skin disease in general. Dr Andrew Thompson, clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of Sheffield, talks to Claudia Hammond about the scale of unmet psychological need and Emma Rush, chairwoman of The Vitiligo Society, describes her personal experience of living with such a visible difference.

Producer: Fiona Hill.

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28 minutes


  • Exam Revision – Which Strategies Work?

    Professor John Dunlosky tells Claudia which revision techniques actually work.

    Duration: 06:52

  • Right or Wrong ? - Therapists Who Cry

    All in the Mind listeners respond to last week's item from the USA on therapists who cry.

    Duration: 05:27

  • Out of Area Hospital Care for Detained Patients

    Andy McNicoll from the journal Community Care on patients sent for care miles from home.

    Duration: 05:44

  • Psychological Treatments for Skin Disorders

    Dr Andrew Thompson, University of Sheffield and Emma Rush, The Vitiligo Society.

    Duration: 08:18


  • Tue 14 May 2013 21:00
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