Exam success: learning from returned exams


During the examination period, one of the most important resources for students is revision notes.

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Often found in the form of flashcards, notebooks or worksheets, these notes contain precious information & key points that students use, either for homework revision or khổng lồ study for the exams.

But note-taking is a skill that some students still can’t quite master. So as tutors, we need lớn help our students to create revision notes that they can utilise adequately.

Here are some ways you can help your student with creating notes for their revision.

Tell Students What khổng lồ Record


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In note-taking, there are certain key points or information that students should record, so you should tell them or let them know. Some tutors might think that this is spoon-feeding our students but trust me, it is not.

It is just bringing their attention khổng lồ a certain point và highlighting them khổng lồ make note-taking easier because some students might struggle with identifying the key points.

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You can vày this by using signalling phrases like “”this is important,…”, “you’ll want to remember,…” or “you might want to take chú ý of these points”.

Get Students khổng lồ Think of Examples


One thing that students often leave out in their note-taking is examples. Having examples in your students’ notes are useful to lớn them in understanding certain key points và it also shows students how they can apply a certain method or concept khổng lồ a question.

To encourage this, get your students khổng lồ think of examples during the lesson first, then get them to write them down in their notes. After that, make sure you review it just lớn make sure the examples are relevant & use the concepts properly.

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This is a great way to thử nghiệm their knowledge and understanding of the topic too và who knows? Maybe one of their examples is a groundbreaking idea that they can fully develop into a counterargument or suggestion in their exams!

Train Students lớn Take Better Notes


Give a man a fish & you feed him for a day, teach a man how to fish & you feed him for a lifetime. This saying applies to lớn your students, so instead of creating revision notes for them, teach them to write better notes!

Here’s how you do it:1. Teach them to include diagrams in their notes2. Teach them khổng lồ write in bullet points3. Teach them khổng lồ highlight key information và points4. Teach them to use short forms or contractions to make note-taking quick & easy

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Once your student gets the hang of writing better notes, they become accustomed khổng lồ writing useful revision notes that they can use for their exam preparation. They also gain a lifelong skill that will help them in the future.

Use Thought Patterns & Frameworks


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Another way we can help our students with taking notes is to lớn encourage them to lớn use thought patterns and frameworks.

Thought patterns và frameworks are easy for students lớn use because all they need to vày is pluck in information and key points into a diagram or table. Here are some thought patterns and frameworks that you can teach your student khổng lồ use:1. Mindmaps2. Tables3. The outline method4. Flow Notes5. Two-column note-taking

This makes it easier for them to remember key points, & it is a quick and easy method khổng lồ note-taking. This is because it lays all the information out on a spreadsheet and shows how the different points are connected, showing the association between points.

Make Time for lưu ý Taking Activities


During lessons, you might find that your student struggles to lớn keep up with taking notes, especially if you cover a lot of content in a topic or go through it too quickly.

So give your student time khổng lồ take notes after you cover a certain section or page. This might be easier in one-to-one tuition than in group tuition, so if you teach group tuition, just be more aware and look out for students who can’t keep up.

This also serves as a break for your student khổng lồ consolidate và absorb the information taught.

Review Each Topic Before Moving On


Missing out on information during note-taking is normal. Sometimes, students can’t keep up, are absent or need further clarification. Before you move on to lớn the next topic, just review the previous one!

All you need to do is summarise the key points and elaborate on the points a little. Branch them out into sub-points và if you can, get your students to add in information too!

This way, you get students to actively participate during your lesson, & it encourages them lớn try khổng lồ remember what they have learnt. Something lượt thích a memory jolt for them.

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Creating simple and easy khổng lồ understand revision notes is crucial for our students’ success. After all, these notes are what students refer to, to help them better understand the topics and the contents tested in examinations.

I hope this article shows you how you can help your student create useful notes that they can utilise for their exams. Good luck!