Four Revision Rules to Share With Your Students by @RichardJARogers

Rule #3: Use more than one textbook for each subject

I didn’t have a lot of money when I was a GCSE student. I couldn’t buy a lot of books, but that didn’t matter. I had some great textbooks that school provided, and my dad bought a great maths book for me, but I needed more.

My local library in Flint, North Wales, was well stocked with great books. My Easter strategy in 1999 was simple: Spend every day at the library using every textbook I could find to revise every topic I could.

Going to the library had two advantages for me:

  • I couldn’t fall asleep at home, or have a midday nap, or get distracted by TV. I was in the library and I had to work.
  • The library was quiet and very stimulating – there’s something about sitting amongst rows and shelves of books that’s really soothing and conducive to studying
Flint Library: The place where I made my dreams come true

The strategy worked  – I came out with A’s and A*s across the board.

But here’s the sad thing – I was the only kid at the library that Easter (that I can recall). No other kids were revising there. I was alone.

It seemed to me like scores of high school students in Flint had really missed out on the opportunity to enrich and discipline their revision that year.

Students need to get the same information from a wide variety of sources. My best students over the past 12 years of my teaching career have been those that used at least three textbooks per subject to study from.

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It’s a tactic that works, and our students must know about this!


Rule #1: The syllabus is your ultimate guide

Rule #2: Complete lots of past-papers under timed conditions

Rule #3: Use more than one textbook for each subject

Rule #4: Use the internet

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Richard James Rogers received both his bachelor's degree and his PGCE from Bangor University (Wales, UK). This was an excellent foundation for the steep learning curve that would follow as he pursued his career as a teacher of Science and Mathematics at UK state schools, and afterwards at elite international schools in Asia. His 14 years of full time teaching experience have seen him instruct IGCSE German, KS3 and 4 Science and Mathematics and three subjects at 'advanced level': Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. He also went on to lead a team of students to win the Thailand Tournament of Minds Championship in 2012 and has been an active educational blogger, columnist and online pedagogical content editor since 2010. His debut book: 'The Quick Guide to Classroom Management: 45 Secrets That All High School Teachers Need to Know', was rated 9.5 out of 10 in a recent UKEdChat book review, and offers an overview of what, in his experience and research, works best when it comes to engaging your learners and being happy in your job as a high school teacher.

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