As teachers we find ourselves telling students to study (In England we call studying for a test “revision”) for tests and exams all the time but it’s very rare that we actually teach students how to study. Over the last few years, I have researched study/revision methods of a huge number of students of different ages to find the best methods. Using the results of my research I have produced the ultimate study plan that maximises engagement and retention of knowledge and encourages students to keep studying/revising even when the going gets tough.
The ultimate study plan has sessions of three different lengths for students of different ages; the youngest should follow the shortest plan and as age goes up, so should the length of the revision session. It is applicable to all subjects and all levels of study.
I hope you find it as useful as my students have done.
Thanks for your time,
As a teacher, I’ve found myself saying, on more occasions than I care to remember “make sure you study for this test”. The kids hear it all the time, you can literally hear their eyes rolling as you trot out the same old statement.
It suddenly dawned on me around, what seems like a billion years ago, I’d never really taught my students how to actually do it.
I promptly started researching study methods, surveying students before and after major exams and reading about a multitude of memory improvement tactics employed by various memory experts.
The result of all of this is the Ultimate Study Plan. In short, it is perfect for any subject, for any age and any ability. I’ve been testing it with my students at school (ages 11-18) and with my own private tutoring students for the last 7 years.
It works…VERY well.
- Pen, Study books, Writing pad, Post-it notes, internet access (optional), The ULTIMATE Study plan (optional but very useful).
- Review a Previous Study Session.
- Get In The Study Zone! Read a New Topic or Watch YouTube Clip.
- Answer Practice Questions on the Study Topic.
- Create Study Tools with Colours and Diagrams.
- Passive Study; Study while doing other things.
- Power Paragraph! Write a Paragraph on Topic Learnt.
- Choose the Next Study Topic to Revise.
Students should never study for longer than an hour at a time, any longer than this and it becomes ineffective. After 1 hour students should always take a break of at least 30 minutes before starting another session.
This is not an affiliate product. It was created and is sold by Paul Stevens-Fulbrook AKA TeacherOfSci AKA teacherofsci.com