Revision is an area which many students find daunting and difficult so they will benefit from clear

instructions on what constitutes effective revision. Recent research has shed light on some of the

links between brain activity and recall. This includes types of activities, the duration of activities, the

level of motivation and the physical/mental state of the student.

Students may need to be directed towards (or taught how to use) the activities which are most

likely to help them recall what they have learned, and should be made aware of the factors that

influence the effectiveness of their revision. It is also important to remember that learning is making

sense of things, not just remembering (Petty, 2006).

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