What every teacher needs to know about memory, practice and recall in the climate of the 'knowledge exams'

A                                          course

Training Description

Course Aims

More than at any other time in recent memory, our students are sitting 'knowledge-exams’, and their ability to retain, revise and recall specific information will determine their success. Whether it’s a closed-book Literature exam or Physics without formulas, the rise of knowledge is only going to continue for the classes of 2018, 2019 and for many years to come. To maximise their students' chances of success, teachers and schools need to understand the most effective and efficient ways to both fill the pail and light the fire. 

The wealth of knowledge requiredcan seem daunting for students and teachers, but the ‘plasticity’ of the adolescent brainpresents a brilliant opportunity to completely engage our students at the point when they are most receptive to new learning.Lessons and revision which simply covers old ground completely misses this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 'the lighting of a fire' at the very point when our students’ brains are full of kindling.

This course, for teachers and leaders at all levels, starts with the workings of the teenage brain and builds into a range of practical, immediately useable strategies to help students RETAIN knowledge, REVISE efficiently and RECALL it in the exam hall.
Delve into the murky workings of the adolescent brain, and examine how educators can use its ‘plasticity’ to great effect
Share loads of practical classroom activities and revision strategies which engage the brain and ensure greater retention of information
Examine the research into effective revision strategies and convert them into practical routines to take away and implement
Prepare every teacher to engage their students’ brains like never before

Course Outline

Session 1
What is Memory?
  • Synapses or ‘how the teenage brain retains knowledge’?
  • The Rise of Knowledge – what you need to know
  • How to share the research with your students
  • 5 strategies to develop anyone’s memory
Session 2
Making Knowledge Stick
  • Getting ‘stuck into’ long-term memory
  • Remembering the ‘forgetting curve’
  • A student’s guide to skilful self-testing
  • 5 classroom strategies to make knowledge stick
Session 3
Revise and Recall
  • ‘Bamboo Revision’ and how to avoid it
  • School wide revision and recall  - where, when and how to start
  • ‘Relight my Fire’ – catchy revision
  • 5 most effective revision practices and how to sell them to students