Revision is generally defined as an act of reconsideration and modification intended at improving things. But when we talk of revision for the students, it means recalling, recollecting and reconsidering the acquired knowledge to ensure its retention for a longer duration of time. In order to make the students adhere to this invaluable quality, the following queries need to be answered:
1) How to convince students that revision is as necessary as gaining the knowledge?
• Revision in real sense is looking at things which have already been seen, reading things which have already been read.
• Revision actually lets a student know to what extent he has understood the subject.
• Revision for the students is same as pouring continuous water to the plants.
• It helps sharpen the skills like recollecting and reproducing things because revision involves both reading and writing.
• It is a reflection of student’s commitment towards the set goals.
2) What are the benefits of Revision?
• The process of revision help students understands the subjects on their own.
• It sharpens the memory power.
• It improves writing skills and develops its speed.
• It strengthens the belief that the subjects studied are truly beneficial.
• It helps understand that studying lessons again and again reduces the fear of subjects and solve problems, if any.
3) What are the repercussions of avoiding revision?
• Avoiding revision creates disinterest in studies.
• Subjects appear tough.
• Poor performance in tests and examinations.
• Low self-esteem, poor memory and lack of confidence.
• Student becomes unrealistic and develops fear about present and future.
4) What are practical tips?
• Make Revision a part of syllabus.
• Chalk out a plan for revising the subjects and allocate specific time for them.
• Revise one or two chapters / subjects at a time, move from easier lessons to tougher ones.
• Take a self-test of the subjects revised.
• Make separate charts / fliers / notes of the subjects or chapters revised.
5) How students can review the revision process?
• At least once in a week or fortnight the chapters / lessons revised have to be revised again.
• Take self-test once a fortnight or month.
• Performance in tests or exams has to be compared with the amount of time spent for revision.
• With the help of group study and group discussion, subjects can be revised effectively.
• Make a performance chart, describing the subjects, time allotted for there revision and marks scored.
6) How a teacher can be inspiration for revision?
• Ensure individual attention.
• Motivate to perform revision at home with precise regularity.
• Encourage questions and try to solve their problems.
• Appreciate sustained efforts and good results.
• Offer pragmatic tips and ensure co-operation in revision.
Muhammad Abdullah Javed – October 2016