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Mrs C Swait Researching parents/pupils/teacher/institutions thoughts on exam revision

Would be very interested to hear your thoughts on how you view pupils revising for exams. Things you think could make the time they spend more useful and perhaps ways that might help them focus more effectively? Whether you think testing to assess the class progress during class time is a frustrating experience for you as teachers, taking away from valuable teaching time? Whether you think the time you must spend to mark and grade could be better spent in other class preparations?

I look forward to your thoughts.

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High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Hi, The topic of exams is

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Hi,
The topic of exams is pretty controversial here in Australia. There is lots of discussion about schools spending too much time preparing for exams (the NAPLAN tests, here in Australia) and not teaching other subjects.

Personally, I think standardized tests have a place - but not at the expense of other subjects and opportunities for students. I hear with concern about arts and music programs being shunted aside to make time for exam revision.

When it comes to revision, I always encourage students to revise in a number of different ways - mindmapping, Q&A sessions, and then practice tests.

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Researching parents/pupils/teacher/institutions thoughts on exam revision

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Thanks for your comment Keith. I could not agree more. With too much class time, teachers' time and pupils' time spent on revising for exams and not actually covering subject material outside of that which is needed to deliver in any particular standardised test, so much is sacrificed which pertains to the joy of learning and a well rounded education. I would say that might well be a concern in most places in the world.

The online revision programme subscription, ProRevision, which we are currently finalising for launch in September (GCSE Design Technology will be first subject covered) is to address exactly that point. The idea is to use the programme, for short revision sessions at home in which strictly the pending exam material is covered. ProRevision does the time consuming marking and retesting (giving with each test result advice to the pupil on where their weaknesses lie, which page in text book to revise before taking the retest etc..), and because it is uniquely diagnostic , the retests issued automatically are calculated with an algorithm which is updating and only retesting on material which needs revising so the pupil is supported in using their time efficiently. Equally as it is all online, the Teacher Login provided to schools that subscribe, means the pupil is monitored and their results outlined in realtime. The teacher has the information automatically generated with ProRevision to address the class or individuals with focus only on what could perhaps be addressed again differently while not wasting class time giving the tests or evenings marking and analysing them.

I think you can imagine the many uses this could be put to in order to insure teachers time in the class can be as creative, broad and non-exam / test orientated as possible; but getting the best possible results in exams is not sacrificed either. Suffice it to say it was inspired by a teacher (as well as exam writer) who felt similarly to you. Please do 'Follow Us', 'Like' and 'Share" on Facebook and Twitter if you have a moment . Your direct experience of Australia would be very valuable to hear. The website will be live in September and there you will find the current planned roll out schedule for exams as well of course as all information on school subscriptions, 14 day free trials etc... Thanks again for your comment and I hope the above sounds interesting!

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