Time and time again, hard working students underachieve because they do not employ the correct revision strategies, underperforming students switch off in revision lessons because “they are no good” at revision and unexpected students crumble due to the anxiety and stress of examinations.

The aim of this course is to provide teachers with some valuable strategies, approaches and guidance on effective revision, explore practical methods for how to best to use which techniques and take away a range of different ideas, practical approaches to be used straight away with students.

The course will focus on revision techniques for not only in the run up to exams but also across the new linear exams.

Teachers will also find out more about how to break down students’ misconceptions about revision, help them feel better prepared for their examination


  • Apply psychological theories behind effective revision in your lessons
  • Take away practical strategies to implement changes that support students’ learning
  • Know how to address the current misconceptions and problems teachers and students face when it comes to revision
  • Embed memory boosting techniques into teaching and learning over time for improved outcomes
  • Understand how to motivate and engage students in effective independent revision and self-directed learning
COURSE DATE In-school only
WHO FOR?  Heads of Teaching and Learning
Heads of Sixth Form
Heads of Subjects
Teachers looking to enhance their revision strategy approaches
Learning support assistants
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 10.15am: Revision: What are the main challenges?

  • Introducing key issues students and teachers have with revision and the problems this poses with linear examinations
  • Addressing common misconceptions that students and teachers have about revision and how to overcome these

10.15 – 11.40am: What is effective revision?

  • What does Psychological research tells us about revision?
    •  Why listening to Music does not work
    •  How to demonstrate to students what is good revision
  • How to ensure effective revision for improved outcomes in linear examinations
  • Educating, motivating and engaging students in effective revision practices in both the short and long term
  • Practical strategies and advice you can implement across your school and in your classroom to improve students’ chances of success in linear examinations

11.40 – 11.55am: Discussion: coffee break


11.55 – 1.20pm: Applying memory improvement techniques to effective revision

  • Exploring the best memory improvement techniques
    •  Building your own memory palaces
    •  How to use your journey to school to help revision
  • Practical application of these techniques to construct effective revision lessons through demonstration
  • Identifying the key factors to making memory improvement effective and how to implement them successfully in teaching and learning

1.20 – 2.20pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.20 – 3.20pm: Creating a revision mindset for staff and students

  • Examining the importance of mindset for successful revision
  • Practical demonstration of techniques for managing exam-related anxiety and stress
  • Exploring self-directive learning – strategies for effective use of in and out of school revision time
  • Creating a whole school revision mindset – practical hints, tips and strategies

3.20 – 3.45pm: Planning For the Year Ahead

  • Providing revision CDP for your staff
  • Study Skills Days- what is effective?
  • Using events in the calendar to promote effective revision

James Patterson

UK Memory Champion; Head of Psychology, LVS Ascot

Richard Ebbage

MSc in Research Methods; Head of Psychology, Shiplake College

Ben Stephenson

Head of Sixth Form, Easthampstead Park Community School