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Cirencester Deer Park School

Cirencester Deer Park School

Effective Learning

Effective Learning Techniques: from revision to note-taking

When completing homework, long-term study or revision, there are a number of important considerations. Without a knowledge and understanding of the right resources and the right strategies, pupils can spend time focusing on the wrong aspects of learning or spending time studying or revising with little to no impact on the long term retention of knowledge.

Our aim at Cirencester Deer Park School is to ensure that we help our pupils utilise every ‘learning’ moment to its greatest effect and home learning, including homework, long-term study and revision is no exception to this. There are some clear strategies that work and there are some which, whilst reassuring to pupils, actually have very little impact on long term retention of the important knowledge or understanding.

To help our pupils and parents understand the most effective strategies and ensure that time is used effectively in independent study, particularly home learning, we have provided some video guides below on the critical strategies that we know from research and experience make a difference.
 

1. UNDERSTAND HOW WE LEARN
What you need to know about your memory to improve your ability to learn

 

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2. AN EFFECTIVE HOME LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Creating the right conditions so that you can learn efficiently and effectively

 

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3. HOW TO RUN A REVISION SESSION
How to plan and run your own revision session... and avoid wasting time

 

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4. ACTIVE REVISION TECHNIQUES - MIND MAPS
Mind maps and how to use them

 

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5. EFFECTIVE STUDY HABITS - FLASHCARDS AND THE LEITNER METHOD
Using flashcards and the Leitner method to build learning power

 

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6. EFFECTIVE NOTE TAKING AND REMOTE LEARNING
Striking the balance between digital typing and good old-fashioned writing

 

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We hope you find these videos useful. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated and if you have further questions about the content of the videos please do not hesitate to contact us.