To consolidate and extend their learning from classroom lessons, it is important that students make time to study independently at home, or in non-contact periods in school. The students who learn the most and achieve the best in assessments are those who work the hardest.
However, although the students are working hard it doesn’t mean they are studying well. Some techniques that students use to study are ineffective.
Ineffective study techniques
- Reading notes again and again
- Copying directly from a textbook
- Re-writing notes
Research has shown that some study techniques are more effective than others. The most effective study techniques require students to work from memory.
Effective study techniques
The most effective study techniques involve Retrieval Practice:
- Writing notes from memory
- Self-quizzing from memory
- Using flash cards
- Practicing questions (past papers) from memory
To explain this further we have produced this booklet. In the booklet you will find information on how we learn, the reason why we forget (which is a vital process when learning something) and recommendations for how to study. We also explore the necessary role of sleep and the issues caused with excessive use of mobile phones.
When preparing for an assessment and to consolidate what they have been learning in lessons, students should create a study timetable.
When creating the study timetable it is useful to use the following guidelines regarding study time:
An example study timetable and a blank copy available to download is linked below.
Supporting independent study at home
Parent/carers play a key role in supporting independent study. From creating the conditions for study to getting involved by asking questions and reminding students of their study timetable.
To provide as much advice as possible for parents/carer we have compiled a list of useful things to read, watch or listen to below.
Inner Drive specialise in supporting students to revise better and manage exam stress and anxiety. Here are a few recommended reads:
10 Ways to Revise Better: https://bit.ly/3dV9rRf
5 Ways to Maximise Revision Time: https://bit.ly/3Cq0kSl
Sleep – A Powerful Revision Technique: https://bit.ly/3dK8rQ5
9 Ways to Manage Revision Stress: https://bit.ly/3E0a7zm
How to Actually Use Retrieval Practice: https://bit.ly/3CdZtnA
Flashcards: what, when, how and where?: https://bit.ly/3SG0udg
The Learning Scientists are a group of Cognitive Psychologists who share with Teachers and Students ‘Six Strategies for Effective Learning’. Here is a recommended read:
Six Strategies for Effective Learning: https://bit.ly/3Ri7Cvh
The Learning Scientists are a group of Cognitive Psychologists who share with Teachers and Students ‘Six Strategies for Effective Learning’. Here are a few things to watch:
How to Study Effective for School: https://bit.ly/3E00yAt
Six Strategies for Effective Learning Videos: https://bit.ly/3Rg47Wh
The Study Buddy Podcast interviews expert guests to help you support your exam-facing teen. Here are a few recommended listens:
On Revision Techniques That Work: https://bit.ly/3BT5BjK
On Getting Started with a (Revision) Plan: https://bit.ly/3ftDRe5
On Nutrition and the Impact on Revision and Exam Performance: https://bit.ly/3SzzQCS
On Successful Habits and Study Skills: https://bit.ly/3RdydK8
The Becoming Educated Podcast interviews expert guests to support classroom teaching. Below are episodes that focus on independent study. Here are a few recommended listens:
What Are the Best Ways to Revise: https://spoti.fi/3LQ5M3Z
The Teaching Triangle (Parents-Students-Teacher): https://spoti.fi/3CfwVKb
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