Revision Techniques


After years of lessons, students are often left to their own devices to revise for upcoming exams. But how do we know they are revising effectively? Research suggests they aren’t. A 2010 study of 177 students showed that the vast majority, over 84%, revised in ways that were ineffective for learning and retention.1

The science of learning is a well established field with hundreds of scientific studies being conducted on the subject since the early 20th Century. But sadly most of this scientific knowledge has not filtered down to students. Many common revision techniques your students are likely using have been proven to be a waste of valuable revision time.2,3,4,5 Some examples include:

1. Re-reading and repeatedly looking over notes.
2. Making summary notes, especially by copying from textbooks and revision guides.
3. Highlighting and underlining (unless used correctly).
4. Chunking revision sessions and last minute cramming.

Learning how to learn can be just as important as what is being studied. Over two seminars, we cover the most effective evidence-based revision techniques your students can use to maximize their grades.


Revision Fundamentals (45 min - 1 hour)

In this seminar your students will learn:

  • 1

    The one rule behind all effective learning.

  • 2

    The most widely used revision strategies that intuitively feel right but that research says are a waste of time.

  • 3

    Revision secrets of the most successful students at the top Universities in the world.

  • 4

    Three scientifically proven most effective revision strategies to accelerate learning.

  • 5

    How to transfer memory from short term to long term.

  • 6

    How to relentlessly focus on the most value-returning activities to learn more in less time.

  • 7

    The vital role of practice papers in getting the best grades.


Advanced Revision Techniques (1.5 hours)

This seminar builds on the Revision Fundamentals in seminar one.

In this seminar your students will learn:

  • 1

    Revision fundamentals refresher.

  • 2

    The science of how information is stored in the brain and the different types of memory.

  • 3

    The memory mnemonic secrets of world memory champions that anyone can use.

  • 4

    Two powerful revision techniques that deepen learning and make it stick.

  • 5

    Two effortless changes to study habits proven to increase information retention by up to 40%.

  • 6

    The critical role of sleep in comprehension, problem solving and memory retention.

  • 7

    The effect of alcohol on learning.

  • 8

    Using exercise to boost critical thinking, concentration and mood.

  • 9

    The importance of recreating exam conditions when doing past papers to help with exam time management and dealing with stress.

  • 10

    The 3 most useful apps to aid learning, incorporating many of the powerful techniques that will be covered in the seminars.

These are two independent seminars that can be booked separately.


1. J. D. Karpicke, A. C. Butler, & H. L. Roediger, Metacognitive strategies in student learning: Do students practice retrieval when they study on their own?, Memory 17 (2010), 471-479

2. C. Diemand-Yauman, D. Oppenheimer, & E. B. Vaughan, Effects of disfluency on educational outcomes, Cognition 118 (2010), 111-115

3. A. A. Callender & M. A. Mcdaniel, The limited benefits of rereading educational texts, Contemporary Educational Psychology 34 (2009), 30-41

4. Dunlosky et al. 2013, sec. 4

5. Taraban, R., Maki, W. S., & Rynearson, K. (1999). Measuring study time distributions: Implications for designing computer-based courses. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 31(2), 263-269.