STEP 4 – EXAM PAPER COMPLETION
Exam Paper finder
Here is a really useful tool supplied by all exam boards so students can not only look at examples of exam questions but also look at the marking criteria and the examiner reports – a must have tool for all top students…and if you are here that must be you.
Want to know more on spaced revision?
Listen to the results of a huge meta-analysis of study skills…..
The 2 most effective learning/revision strategies;
Practice testing involves completing a test as a practice activity and could involve practicing recall of target information via the use of actual or virtual flashcards, completing practice problems or questions included at the end of textbook chapters, or completing practice tests included in the electronic supplemental materials that increasingly accompany textbooks. Practice testing may make it easy to retrieve subsequent information and may also enhance how well students mentally process and organize information. Practice testing has been shown to have a positive effect across a range of contexts and it is a technique that is not particularly time intensive and requires little training.
Distributed-practice Whilst cramming before a test is commonplace among students it is generally acknowledged that distributing learning over time (either within a single study session or across sessions) typically benefits long-term retention more than massing learning opportunities in close succession. Distributed-practice effects may occur because the processing of material during a second learning opportunity suffers when it is close in time to the original learning episode. Basically, students do not have to work very hard to reread notes or retrieve something from memory when they have just completed this same activity, and furthermore, they may be misled by the ease of this second task and think they know the material better than they really do. Others suggest that the second learning opportunity may be more effective once the initial learning has been consolidated. It is a technique that works across students of different ages, with a wide variety of materials, on the majority of measures, and over long delays. (adapted from Brain Glue).
Why it is best to do an hour of homework everyday!
“The data suggest that spending 60 minutes a day doing homework is a reasonable and effective time.”
Read a recent article from The Independent Newspaper highlighting a recent study investigating the study habits of successful students.
Here though is a key finding….
…………did significantly better in standardised exams if they had done homework on their own in regular hour-long blocks, researchers from the University of Oviedo found. Students who were assigned homework regularly received nearly 50 more test points than their previous exams…………