On Thursday night I gave a talk to parents on effective revision techniques as part our Year 11 Revision Evening. The aim was to illustrate some basic principles relating to memory and how these can be utilised to improve recall and retention. This is a summary of the content.
Illusions of Knowing
The first principle I discussed was ‘illusions of knowing’: this is probably the most dangerous pitfall in terms of revision. As the name suggests, this is where a pupil creates the illusion of knowing a piece of information, but is then unable to recall it. This usually arises when they have…
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