Expose students to as many different strategies as possible and build time in lessons for pupils to try different techniques to gauge how effective these might be. They could share these thoughts with the rest of the class. Be careful! Many of the strategies below may not maximise a pupil’s ability to recall information. The pyramid on the next page shows the most effective methods of revision.


Encourage pupils to take regular breaks in their revision to ensure maximum recall. If they decide at the beginning how long to work for, with a clock, then as their brain knows the end is coming, the graph rises towards the end. If they break up a 2-hour session, into 4 shorter sessions, each of about 25-minutes, with a short planned break between them, then it is even better.