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Revision techniques: What are the best options for students’ learning?

Written by: George Davies-Craine
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George Davies-Craine, Subject Leader for Geography and Digital Learning Lead, Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, UK Learning and revision: An introduction Cognitive science has shown that regular testing of students’ knowledge is one of the most effective methods of learning and revising material for assessments (Dehaene, 2020; Dunlosky et al., 2015). While the process of revising is retrieving information from memory and checking understanding (Jones, 2019), there is a variety of alternative revision techniques for students, such as summarising and mnemonics, yet only some support deep, long-term learning and understanding of material. Brown et al. (2014) argue that learning information requires not only for it to be recalled, but also for it to be understood in relation to other information. Dehane argues that ‘learn[ing] is to form an internal model of the external world’ (2020, p. 5); over time, we adjust our internal model in relation to new information, reducing the numb

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