The thing that is of crucial importance these days, especially for the pupils who have been sitting for the exams of the Sudan school certificate (SSCE), is how to revise their lessons appropriately and scientifically. Sudan Vision, investigates the matter to provide the details below.
To start with, there is the ministry of education that advises the pupils to stick to this golden recipe; ‘prepare early for the exams. Eat nutritious food. Sleep well. And to get sure that before desertion of the exams’ room that all the questions that should be answered are answered’.
The top of 2017 SSCE, Mohammad Mubarak Abdallah, who scores 97.1%, has his own contribution on how he has made it in the SSCE. ‘Early in the academic year, I put a paper on my study desk in which I wrote: I must top SSCE and that regarding my score, it should not be less than 98%’, explaining that when the result was announced, the dream has been fulfilled-getting the highest marks (98%) in SSCE nationally’.
However, the ministry of education and Mohammad Mubarak Abdallah, are not the sole entities to provide advice in the sphere of lessons’ revision- in fact, there are others as well, conspicuous among them are these; Nancy M Bobb, Assistant Professor (2016) said that ‘it depends on how you like to revise, but getting your work sorted out and organized before ample time from the start of the exam by making a plan- say 2 to 3 weeks before the exam. The best way is to revise in short blocks like 30 minutes and then have small breaks to rest your mind and not overexert yourself or you’ll become stressed. And do not revise for long periods without short breaks’.
He concluded his remarks to say this; ‘ do not just read. Make notes. In fact, summarizing and condensing notes focuses your mind. Discuss topics, after having revised them, with your classmates. Eat well. Play some games when you find time. This helps you to relax. On the examination day, do not worry, even if you feel that you remember nothing! Give it your best shot, you will be able to recall once the questions are in front of you’.
Debtanu Chakraborty, (2011-2013) said that ‘you don’t need revision, you need confidence! That is achieved by giving lots and lots of mock tests. Preparation is only the brick-laying of the structure. Your mock tests will show you where are the leaks in your preparation. You are more able to divide your time efficiently among the questions. You will also save time by sorting the seen and the unseen questions and allotting more time to the latter’.
Divya Gupta| (2018) suggested the grouping of questions in categories, according to difficulty level. Then for the second revision, allot some 6–7 days to each subject. For the third revision, give just 3–4 days to each one’.
Avantika Agarwal (2016), said that in order to get a successful revision, the following should be adhered to: 1-A good place to study should be chosen-a quiet, well-lit area where to concentrate comfortably and free of distraction. Keep yourself out of social media like the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 2-Have a timetable for revision and stick to it. Do not think of covering a whole subject in one day. It will do harm rather than doing good.
3-Always make a habit of writing short summaries, sentences while making notes.
He stressed that information that is drawn from drawings or diagrams help one to recall easily in the long run, seeing that energy and time should not be wasted on overtired and exhausted mind.
Jarrod Newell (2017) said that the best way to study for a test depends on what kind of learner you are, going to elaborate on the point like this; some do memorize things through reading, some by listening and saying, some by writing and some by doing things physically.
Vivek Mehta, (2014) said that it is better to keep revising regularly, instead of doing it all at once. ‘If you revise for just ten-fifteen minutes, you will find your efficiency of revision increased’, adding that all your mind needs, is a quick trigger to make it move things from the subconscious to the conscious zone.
Prateek Tanmay (2017) is of the opinion that ‘the learner should have goals and to divide them for each schedule. Notes taken should not be lengthy in order to memorize them easily and conveniently. You need to reward yourself after achieving each goal. And the mobile phones which are to distract you, should be avoided by being switched off’.
Priyanka Kashyap ( 2017) said that even going for a small 30-minute jog after a day of revision will make a huge difference to your well being, explaining that physical activity increases heart rate which makes the blood to circulate faster-something that is to ensures that the brain gets more oxygen to increase productivity as well as reducing tiredness and stress, seeing as much appropriate to start revising lessons early in the morning.
He went on to say that colorful notes are easier to memorize than plain black and white ones, concluding his remarks to suggest that there should be a balance between study and leisure which are to qualify one to get the top marks. ‘For instance, going to the cinema with friends after a productive day of revision’.
Diptimoy Majumdar (2018) said that in revision, the learners should have to mark, highlight, underline the topics/paragraphs which are very important, suggesting that they are to start their day with the subjects they like most.
He went on to prescribe that the learners should have faith in themselves and to have good amount of sleep for 6–8 hours everyday. ‘Besides, they are to eat healthy diet, since the brain needs good nutrition and good rest’.
Shoib Khan (2018) supports vigorously the adoption of these techniques as the appropriate tools for revision; planning, time management and the consumption of more and more water.
In the estimation of Leesa Johnson (2016), the model lessons’ revision is through the making of short notes for each lesson and to paste them in the room so that the learner is not to be in need of going through the whole text in the book for revision. ‘The advantage of pasting notes in your room is that you look at them anytime and never to forget them’.
Cristal April Jones (2018) said that one has to write down the possible exam questions and to try on how they can be answered, advising that the revision should be carried out in a well-lit environment.
Nimish Goel (2016) said that revision plans help the pupils to reduce anxiety, reassuring that adoption of such an approach will lead to the right track for success.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (2018) discovers that the use of video recording helps learners to remember things properly, especially in subjects such as chemistry and physics. ‘This requires to set your mobile phone and start recording’.
Learn Vern (2018) is of the conviction that revision should take place earlier- months, not days before the exam, suggesting that ‘not to spend ages to make notes pretty. Notes all around the house are to be stuck. And provision of drinks and snacks’.
Joanna Jast (2015) says that for achieving proper revision, the learner needs to estimate how much time they need for each topic, advising that the pupils need to understand rather than just memorizing, particularly when the stuff to be studied requires understanding such as science, pointing out that there are variety of methods which can be used for revision, among them is the ‘lecture to the wall’/teach someone else’, concluding his remarks to say this; ‘sharpen your focus, manage distraction and procrastination, breaks should be used wisely and exercise at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercises daily’.
Ed Cooke, researcher, argues that the best thing to do is to break up your studying of a subject – read it for 10 minutes, test yourself an hour later, then again on day two, then day seven and day 14. ‘The biggest mistake you can make is just to keep reading it over and over to yourself.”
He affirmed that when you’re first learning something, it’s important to relate what you’re learning to things you already know. ‘Memories are about connections with other things in your mind’, adding that at the end of a revision session it is very important to force yourself to write down everything you know about the subject on a blank piece of paper.
Ahmed Ibrahim Ballal
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