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Why you shouldn't CHEAT revision

Why you shouldn’t CHEAT revision

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  • Study skills & exam prep

What are the barriers to effective revision? We think there are five ways that stop students learning as much as they possibly could. If students revise whilst doing these 5 things, it is likely that they CHEAT revision.

Don’t Cheat Your Revision

C – Confused

If students don’t know what they are meant to be revising, or how to do so, it is likely to limit their learning. This can be overcome by targeting specific parts of their knowledge and revising in ways that are proven to be effective (these include doing lots of quizzes, teaching the materials to others and spacing out their revision). The best way for them to remove confusion is to simply ask someone for help and guidance. This is why building a team around you can really help. Check out our guide to the best ways to study.

H – Hungry

It is estimated that 60% of teenage boys and 70% of teenage girl’s skip breakfast. Research has shown that teenagers who eat breakfast had 2-3 times better concentration than those who didn’t eat breakfast. In a memory test taken at mid-day, students who ate breakfast improved their learning by up to 5%, with students who didn’t eat breakfast suffering a memory reduction of up to 12%. For more on this topic, check out our blog on the psychological benefits of eating breakfast.

E – Emotional

Revision periods are one of the most stressful times of year for students. This is true for many, both young and old. Research has shown that 89% of students said that their main source of stress was their exams. Our blog on stress managementprovides 9 great ways for students to deal with emotional challenges of revision, which include getting some fresh air each day and not dwelling on the worst case scenario.

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A – Absent minded

With the use of our phones becoming ever present in our everyday lives, research has shown that during revision, phones can make students perform up to 20% worse. A recent study found that banning mobile phones at schools improved student GCSE grades by an average of 6% (this rose to 14% for struggling students). To read more on the reasons to put your phone away, check out our blog which gives you 6 more reasons why excessive phone use is a problem.

T – Tired

Experts suggest that GCSE and A-Level students should be getting around 9-10 hours sleep a night. However, the National Sleep Foundation has reported that many students are only actually getting around 7. Sleep is so important, as it is linked to better memory, concentration and mood. The best advice we can give is to avoid the 9 common sleep mistakes and try some of these simple sleep strategies. Find all all our sleep tips and resources on our guide page.

About the editor

Bradley Busch

Bradley Busch

Bradley Busch is a Chartered Psychologist and a leading expert on illuminating Cognitive Science research in education. As Director at InnerDrive, his work focuses on translating complex psychological research in a way that is accessible and helpful. He has delivered thousands of workshops for educators and students, helping improve how they think, learn and perform. Bradley is also a prolific writer: he co-authored four books including Teaching & Learning Illuminated and The Science of Learning, as well as regularly featuring in publications such as The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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