Alex Dyer Discusses Revision Tips on ITV’s Good Morning Britain
Well done Alex, you held yourself well in the interview!
Well done Alex, you held yourself well in the interview!
February 10, 2016
There are many benefits to working with your peers when revising for your exams. Whether you are with just one other person or a larger group, having the opportunity to openly discuss ideas, bounce thoughts and questions off one another and help each other through difficult topics can be extremely beneficial.
Even online study groups or working together via Skype can benefit students: working through material interactively will enable students to discuss their ideas on a particular subject and come to conclusions through debate and discussion.
Tutor House runs regular group revision workshop courses in London specialising in Pre-U, iGCSE, GCSE & A-Level subjects to help students prepare for their exams. Alternatively, if you are looking for a tutor to manage a student revision group, get in touch with our expert team on (+44) 020 773 435 55, and we will be more than happy to help.
Revision groups are particularly effective and encourage students taking part to discuss ideas about how to approach their revision, even sharing useful resources such as revision plans and timetables.
Every student is different and therefore brings individual ideas to the table about the best way to learn. This is useful, as seeing things from a fresh perspective, or explaining a problem or difficult material in a new way can really help students who are struggling.
Study groups are also great places to share revision notes or to collectively come up with brilliant answers to potential exam questions too.
All students in a study group are working towards a common goal, that is to be successful and achieve good grades in their exams. This means students are not in competition with one another, and study groups certainly aren’t about students trying to outdo one another. Rather these groups facilitate students coming together to learn collectively, and should be spaces where everyone is willing to help one another.
While study groups can be very effective, one thing parents may be concerned with is whether students will be distracted, particularly if the study group is a group of friends. The best way to overcome this is to have the study group facilitated by a tutor who can manage the students, help to keep the momentum going and for the participants to stay focused. A warm and welcoming study environment to keep students feeling relaxed and motivated to learn.
Running an effective study group requires planning and organisation. To use the time productively, everyone should arrive with a set goal in mind that will be previously agreed with the tutor. Any prior reading and questions should be completed before the session so that everyone is up to speed.
It is also a good idea for individuals to prepare a topic for discussion, or their own questions about the material which they can share with the group and ask one other. Sharing notes is a good idea, but only if they are accurate so it is a good idea to go through these first and check all the information is useful, relevant and correct.
Some subjects require memorising facts and information. Testing using memory cards is a good idea to help with this, and students can help each other either in pairs or as a whole. Games such as ‘just a minute’ are also fun where students have to talk for as long as they can on a certain subject without repetition, distraction, or hesitation.
When done properly, revising in groups can increase productivity, help students become more confident with difficult subjects, and improve academic performance.
Discussing subjects out loud and gaining new perspectives can help students obtain a more thorough understanding of the subject matter, while simultaneously helping participants to learn valuable skills such as teamwork and interpersonal skills too.
to openly discuss ideas, bounce thoughts and questions off one another and help each other through difficult topics can be extremely beneficial.
April 10, 2014
The lure of procrastination is a danger to students everywhere – that productive study sessions can quickly turn into hours of surfing the net, watching TV, or finally deciding to finish your household chores. In short, any excuse is used to put off revision.
To prevent procrastination, you need a proactive approach. If your revision is to be a success, consider implementing the following 5 tips. You’ll soon find you have plenty of time to get your work done and have a little fun as well.
No, this isn’t an excuse to hang out with your friends. Instead of picking your favourite people, opt for a selection of students that are up for being productive. In many ways joining a study group is similar to private tuition, as it allows discussions to be had and ideas to bounce off one another.
The reason this works so well is that you’ll feel motivated by seeing others put in the work as well. In addition, you can get your hands on their notes, their brains, and their company to make sure you don’t get lonely (and distracted!).
When you feel like the pressure is on and time running out, the last thing you want to do is add more tasks. That’s why many people forego spending time on creating a to-do list, which throws organisation into disarray. Distractions become easy options when we’re not quite sure what we’re meant to be doing.
To-do lists don’t need to be detailed schedules of our study plans. They just need to be quick and dirty, easy to follow and simple to put together in just a few minutes. Checking off what you need to do will make the process more enjoyable, organised, and effective.
Many students that have wasted their time procrastinating will try and abolish all breaks. Unfortunately, this is simply untenable and usually leads to procrastination. That’s why it’s so important to give yourself a break every hour or so.
This reinvigorates your body and mind, giving you plenty of energy to tackle more revision without getting distracted. It also gives you something to look forward to, allowing you to focus until that time comes.
The web offers a wide range of study benefits, having the information of the world at your fingertips. However, students will usually opt for funny YouTube videos instead of revision material.
That’s why you need to turn all of these distractions OFF. Your Internet connection, iPad and smartphone should pose no danger if they’re not connected to the rest of the world.
There’s a reason you want to revise in the first place – and that’s the role your revision plays in achieving your goals. Whether you’re looking to improve your job prospects or trying to get the marks to get yourself into a specific University, revision has a very important part in making things happen in your life.
Think about those goals when you start your day or when you find yourself tempted by the various distractions. Consider how wasting time doing these things will ultimately affect you, despite the short-term fun you may be having while watching TV or checking out Facebook.
Ultimately, it all comes down to taking appropriate action. You’ll never completely eradicate procrastination. After all, you’re human – over time, however, you can train yourself to become a very effective revision machine.
June 14, 2012
Well with exams coming to a close, it’s holiday and residential tutoring time! This year tutor house is running extensive tutoring programmes throughout the summer holidays. Residential tuition course can run from anything between one week – two months. The courses are design to help students prepare for the new academic year. The tutoring courses include one-one tuition and group (sibling/friends) tutorials, exam revision, dyslexia tutoring and homework preparation. The residential tutoring course is available for all levels, including common entrance, gcse and A level, even pre-u and I.B.
The residential tuition courses can be completely tailored to meet the children’s needs and tutors work around the family and tutee. Usually a day includes 4-6 hours tutoring, but this can also include reading and writing time, poetry and even sports.
Our tutors are fully qualified, CRB checked and have years of experience tutoring, some are ‘legends’ in their field.
Contact tutor house for more information on summer residential tuition courses.