With the cancellation of the 2021 GCSE exams confirmed many schools are opting to replace them with mock exams. Exam revision is just as important as it was in former years. So why not add blurting revision to your teacher tool box?
The blurting revision technique was made popular by successful YouTube ‘study sphere’ content creator, Unjaded Jade. She used it to achieve impressive grades in her GCSEs and A-Levels. Blurting is championed by pupils in YouTube comment sections and study forums across the net – many claiming it ‘actually works.’
Many pupils are saying it’s an effective revision technique but what exactly is it? Blurting is not far off what the funny name suggests. You blurt out all the information you know about a topic from memory on to the page. It’s also known as mental mind mapping and tests your knowledge this way.
Here’s how you do it:
Pick a focus
Get your pupils to choose a topic they want to focus on. This could be a theme from a novel in English or a chapter in science. They can choose to create a prompt sheet that triggers memories of the topic which they glance at if they get stuck. Or they can go hardcore and do it straight off the dome!
Blurting revision time
This is the fun bit. Relying purely on their memory, word vomit EVERYTHING they can remember from the topic on to the page. Don’t worry about it looking pretty, allow them to take as long as they need to do this and see what they can remember. This technique will expose those who study and those who slack. You’ll see how much they really know. (As exams edge closer, it’s best to give students a time limit for “blurting” to intensify study sessions!)
At this stage they can look at their prompt and see if they can squeeze out any more knowledge. Once this is done, compare the blurting map to class notes and see how much they remembered. Give them time to fill in the gaps in another colour by writing down everything you didn’t remember. Spend some time reviewing the blurting session and do it again in a week to consolidate their knowledge.
This technique also works great for pair and group work which is amazing for active revision sessions in class! The goal is to find something that works for your pupils and give them the best shot at achieving their best. Give blurting a go it’s too easy not to!
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