Early 1980s Cold War learning grid

Haven’t made a learning grid in ages and found I had a gap in my library when doing some tutoring. So here is the latest one on the Cold War during the 1980s.

5 Minute Revision Bites – Creating a Revision Timetable

This is the fourth in a series of resources called ‘Five Minute Revision Bites’. This series provides a suite of resources that present revision techniques which aim to make students independent in creating an effective revision programme. This presentation draws heavily on the work of David Hodgson and Tim Benton and focuses on creating a revision timetable.

Each presentation should take no longer than five minutes to give to students and therefore would be ideal for a tutorial session or as part of a revision technique carousel.

revision timetable – 5 minute revision bite

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5 Minute Revision Bites – Smart revision using your smart phone

This is the third in a series of resources called ‘Five Minute Revision Bites’. This series provides a suite of resources that present revision techniques which aim to make students independent in creating an effective revision programme. This presentation is structured covering the following points –

  • Top tips in using your smart phone for revision.
  • A follow up task aiming students to consider which ideas they are going to apply in their revision programme.

Each presentation should take no longer than five minutes to give to students and therefore would be ideal for a tutorial session or as part of a revision technique carousel.
This presentation examines how smart phones can help for smarter revision and not be a barrier and distraction to productive work. This was inspired by my new Year 11 form which asked the brilliant question – how do I stop looking at my phone when I am working?

smartphone – 5 minute revision bite

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5 Minute Revision Bites – Pomodoro Technique

This is the first in a series of resources called ‘Five Minute Revision Bites’. This series provides a suite of resources that present revision techniques which aim to make students independent in creating an effective revision programme. Each presentation is structured covering the following points –

  • Defining the revision technique.
  • Outlining why and how the revision technique is effective.
  • Suggesting any variations which can be applied to the revision technique.
  • Ending with a task which encourages students to apply the revision technique.

Each presentation should take no longer than five minutes to give to students and therefore would be ideal for a tutorial session or as part of a revision technique carousel.

This first presentation examines the Pomodoro Technique – a helpful time management technique which can help students plan and manage a revision session.

pomodoro revision 5 minute revision bite

pomodoro revision planning sheet

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5 Minute Revision Bites – Eat That Frog!

This is the second in a series of resources called ‘Five Minute Revision Bites’. This series provides a suite of resources that present revision techniques which aim to make students independent in creating an effective revision programme. This presentation is structured covering the following points –

  • Defining the revision technique.
  • Outlining why and how the revision technique is effective.
  • Ending with a task which encourages students to apply the revision technique.

Each presentation should take no longer than five minutes to give to students and therefore would be ideal for a tutorial session or as part of a revision technique carousel.
This presentation examines the Eat That Frog! Technique – a helpful time management technique which can help students include a variety of tasks in a revision plan.

eat that frog – 5 minute revision bite

eat that frog planning sheet

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Revision task menu

This revision task menu is similar to the learning grid based on the work by Tom Brush and written about elsewhere on this blog – https://jivespin.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/plenary-learning-grids-adding-student-choice-to-the-end-of-your-lessons/. The menu is made up of nine varied revision tasks which students can be applied to many topics regardless of subject and level of study. How the tasks are chosen is entirely up to the teacher and the class. Either students can choose freely which type of task to complete or the tasks can be selected at random, using dice or other ways to choose the task.

The revision task menu can be used as a focus for a revision session or set as homework where students have to complete a set number of revision tasks from the menu. To add competition and focus, points could be attached to the revision tasks based on difficulty and students could be set a target to reach a number of points based on their completion. How they reach that number is entirely up to the student in terms of the combination of tasks they complete to reach their target.

Tackling the follow up the source 4 mark questions in the Edexcel GCSE Thematic Study and Historical Environment Paper

These resources are for a seminar on how to deal with the 4 mark follow up the source questions which focus on the historical environment topic in the Edexcel GCSE course. This is an unusual question for a GCSE History paper as it requires a response to be recorded in a table rather than in prose.  The resources include a PowerPoint which gives detailed guidance and a model answer with three mock questions which students can attempt within the session.

Follow up sources question model answer

Following up sources about the Blitz – 4 markers

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