Exams, Tests, Revision Pocketbook

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Description The Exams, Tests, Revision Pocketbook provides strategies, activities and techniques for teaching examination classes. Get set, sit, succeed!

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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

This book is not about teaching to the test, but teaching with the test in mind, with an eye to the final assessment. There are many things we can do to give our students the very best chance of exam success – these include:

  • Using time efficiently
  • Modelling
  • Focusing on exam technique
  • Planning engaging revision activities
  • Making good use of mark-schemes, past papers and examiners’ reports
  • Promoting independent learning
  • Calling on the findings of cognitive psychology

The practical strategies, activities and techniques in this book are aimed primarily at Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE students and their teachers. However, pupils of all ages can benefit if their teachers prepare them to succeed in their tests and exams.

Evidence underpinning this approach

Mike Gershon’s book focuses on how mark-schemes, past papers, examiners’ reports and real-life case studies can guide teachers and their students through the exam obstacle course. Research into cognitive psychology by Professor John Dunlosky revealed five easy-to-use learning techniques – Exams, Tests, Revision explores how these techniques work and how teachers can use them to support student revision and exam success.  The work of Professor Robert Coe into ‘What makes great teaching?’ highlighted the advantages of modelling - Mike Gershon shows how modelling can support student learning. Tried and tested engaging revision activities are provided throughout to help teachers plan their students’ exam lessons.

How users/participants can evaluate success

Pupils who are thoroughly prepared will approach their exams with confidence, greater motivation and less stress. With the help of Exams, Tests, Revision, teachers can empower their students to aim for exam success.

Follow-up activities and support

Mike Gershon is a teacher, trainer and writer. He is the author of more than 30 books on teaching, learning and education, including the best-selling Growth Mindset Pocketbook, co-written with Barry Hymer. Teachers can contact Mike via his website at www.mikegershon.com


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