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).