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Memory & Retrieval

A great deal of research has been conducted into how to revise and prepare for assessments effectively.  The research shows that frequent revision that focusses on self-testing and quizzing is most effective in improving learning and boosting performance in exams.

At The Carlton Academy we do all that we can to support all of our students to be independent in supporting their studies.  We support our students to prepare for exams effectively by teaching them how to use revision techniques in lessons and asking them to use these to prepare for in-class assessments, mock exams and external exams.  We work closely with Claire Gadsby, a revision specialist, and provide an intensive programme of support for Years 10 and 11, throughout the year, to help them to prepare for their exams.  Year 7 students are provided with a year-long study skills programme, which includes developing memory and retrieval skills.

Student resources

Students have access to a range of resources.  Here are the most crucial:

Below is some basic advice for effective revision:

  • Make sure you create the correct environment.  It should be quiet and free from distractions.  You may want music playing quietly in the background but the TV or radio with people talking is distracting
  • Make sure your revision is active.  You need to be writing and testing yourself.  Just reading your notes or revision guide is not effective.  Ask members of your family or friends to ask you questions
  • Split your revision up – use a timetable to break down the day and then split your revision into 30-40 minute chunks, with breaks in between.
  • Break subjects down into manageable chunks.  Rather than revising ‘science’ focus on a particular unit e.g. photosynthesis
  • Sit a table, not on a sofa or bed
  • Turn your phone off, unless you are using a revision app
  • Make a revision timetable

Parent resources

The role parents play in the revision process is crucial.  Below is a link to a presentation on the role parents can play in helping their child to prepare effectively for exams.  There is also a handbook for parents with lots of advice in too which you can download from the link below:

You can also watch a helpful video on supporting revision, which can be found here