The lead up to exams can be a stressful time for both students and teachers, so it is important to encourage revision and prepare your students for their exams in the most effective way. You can do this by using some of the following techniques.
Set realistic individual targets
One of the best ways to prepare your students for their exams is to set some realistic targets for each individual student. Revising material for exams can be tough on students, so it is worth setting individuals a target for what to learn, with a deadline so that it can be ticked off when completed. It is important to set realistic targets, so it is a good idea to hold one to one conversations with each individual student to discuss what to revise and when this should be completed. Not only will this help to ensure that your students are revising for their exams, but it will also give them a sense of achievement once the target has been ticked off, thus encouraging them to revise more.
Encourage students to mark each other’s practice tests
Having practice tests in the classroom prior to the actual exam is a very useful way to help prepare your students for their exams. It’s also very beneficial to let your students mark each other’s practice tests from model answers. Doing this not only gives them a better understanding of how their exams will be marked, it will also play an active role in encouraging them to remember how they can improve their marks on the day of the exam.
Get students to assess each other
In the weeks leading up to the exams, it is worth encouraging your students to test each other on what they have learned. Encouraging students to assess each other on their revision material will allow them to see how much progress their peers have made, and will introduce an element of competition. However, it is important to match up or group students with similar ability levels to test each other, otherwise you run the risk of disheartening some students.
Use visual technology
Revision lessons can be tortuous because you are revisiting material students have been taught previously. This is where it can be useful to involve visual stimuli such as video clips, tablet apps, music or other types of media in the classroom. For example, if you have taught your students all about a specific event during World War II, it could be worth showing them a newspaper cutting from that time period about the event when you revisit it in the revision lesson. This will encourage more interest in the material and therefore your students will be more likely to remember the key points.
Try and make it fun!
It is common knowledge that students learn more when they are enjoying the lesson. This also applies to revision lessons. It is a good idea to have a weekly reward for the student who has got the most points in the practice test, or even create revision games for your students. This is also more fun for the teacher too!