|One of the biggest challenges in teaching today is ensuring students retain the knowledge they have learned in lessons over a longer period of time. This is especially important for GCSE and A level courses that are usually taught over two years, but examined at the end of the course. Topics taught in September of Year 10 are just as important as those taught in February of Year 11, but how can students effectively retain that knowledge from the beginning of the course?|
This problem is known as the “forgetting curve”, or transience, and it exemplifies the decline of memory retention over time. Information is lost from our memory when there is no attempt to retain it. A related concept is the strength or durability of memory. The stronger the memory, the longer period of time that a person is able to recall it. The forgetting curve illustrates that students tend to halve their memory of newly learned knowledge in a matter of days or weeks unless they consciously review the learned material.
Traditionally teachers have undertaken revision at the end of a course. Time is precious, and it is hard enough just to cover the content of the course in the time available. However, this approach to revision is only partially successful. A far better approach is to continually revise material throughout a course.
What is Smart Revise?...
Smart Revise presents students with daily multiple choice questions they can do in their own time. Smart algorithms know which aspects of the course a student needs more practice on, and targets specific questions to that student. Teachers or students can toggle topics on and off so students are only tested on what they have learned already, gradually building up the volume of questions over time. Most importantly, students are regularly challenged on theory they have learned in the past solving the problem of the forgetting curve and raising attainment.