What are the barriers to effective revision? We think there are five ways that stop students learning as much as they possibly could. If students revise whilst doing these 5 things, it is likely that they CHEAT their revision.
C – Confused
If students don’t know what they are meant to be revising, or how to do so, it is likely to limit their learning. This can be overcome by targeting specific parts of their knowledge and revising in ways that are proven to be effective (these include doing lots of quizzes, teaching the materials to others and spacing out their revision). The best way for them to remove confusion is to simply ask someone for help and guidance. This is why building a team around you can really help. For our suggestions of evidence-based revision techniques, click here.
It is estimated that 60% of teenage boys and 70% of teenage girl’s skip breakfast. Research has shown that teenagers who eat breakfast had 2-3 times better concentration than those who didn’t eat breakfast. In a memory test taken at mid-day, students who ate breakfast improved their learning by up to 5%, with students who didn’t eat breakfast suffering a memory reduction of up to 12%. For more on this topic, check out our blog on the psychological benefits of eating breakfast.
E – Emotional
Revision periods are one of the most stressful times of year for students. This is true for many, both young and old. Research has shown that 89% of students said that their main source of stress was their exams. Our blog on stress management provides 9 great ways for students to deal with emotional challenges of revision, which include getting some fresh air each day and not dwelling on the worst case scenario.
A – Absent Minded
With the use of our phones becoming ever present in our everyday lives, research has shown that during revision, phones can make students perform up to 20% worse. A recent study found that banning mobile phones at schools improved student GCSE grades by an average of 6% (this rose to 14% for struggling students). To read more on the reasons to put your phone away, check out our blog which gives you 6 more reasons why excessive phone use is a problem.
T – Tired
Experts suggest that GCSE and A-Level students should be getting around 9-10 hours sleep a night. However, the National Sleep Foundation has reported that many students are only actually getting around 7. Sleep is so important, as it is linked to better memory, concentration and mood. The best advice we can give is to avoid the 9 common sleep mistakes and try some of these simple sleep strategies. Find all all our sleep tips and resources on our guide page.