About Monkey Monkey Revision
Monkey Monkey Revision has two advantages over many revision sites:
- It is fully interactive, based on our knowledge of how memory works - repeated recall (testing) is key, not just reading through notes.
- The level of detail is personalised. Every page and test has three different levels of detail and complexity.
- Revision cards to remind yourself of information.
- Gap fills to test your knowledge and understanding. The gaps change each time so you can test yourself repeatedly until you are confident.
- Difficulty Level - start with Essential, then move up to Core or Challenge when you are confident.
- FactBuster to learn key facts to support your answers. You can choose to focus on one section of a unit and set the level of difficulty. The multiple choice option is easier, but your memory will be really strengthened by using the 'Type Text' option.
- Events and Dates help you build up your knowledge of chronology. Knowing roughly when things happened and the order of events is much more important than remembering precise dates. For the Health topic you should at least know the time period of each individual and key discovery.
- Your progress is shown against each topic for gap fills and each date or fact, based on your most recent answers.
- Which Came First? quizzes test your understanding of chronology.
And what about the bananas? OK, they don't do anything, they just show you that you're making progress.
Revision is no longer a mystery. Repeated studies have shown which techniques work and which don't.
- Remind yourself why you want to do well.
- Develop a routine.
- The best way to stop procrastinating is to do the task you least want to do, first.
- Turn off distractions.
- Break larger tasks into more manageable chunks. The Pomodoro Technique suggests 25 minutes.
- Revise with a specific question in mind. This keeps you focused and helps you to check on your progress.
- Be active not passive - test yourself, write or explain what you've learnt to someone else. Don't spend long passively reading, highlighting or copying out notes. You need to be recalling and thinking.
- Space topics. You will remember more by spending half an hour each day on history than one session of four hours.
- Use a variety of techniques - don't just rely on the website. Make mind maps or index cards and practise exam questions with pen and paper.
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Exam stress is common. Try to remember the following:
- Some stress is positive. It helps us to perform our best.
- The best way to feel less stressed about exams is to do some revision. It's never too late to start!
- You can't know everything and you don't need to. Don't aim for perfection.
- Agree with a parent/carer or a teacher what a sensible amount of revision is each week then make a timetable to split this into subjects and topics.
- Keep regular bedtimes - late night revision is not effective - and stop work at least an hour before bed.
- Eat healthily and try to exercise every week.
- If you feel that your stress levels are getting out of hand then talk to someone - a parent/carer, teacher or go to see your GP.
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Monkey Monkey Revision has been written by a history teacher in Surrey, United Kingdom.