With GCSE exams back on the timetable, there is so much information that you need to learn How can you test your knowledge in different ways?
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 students in YouTube comment sections and study forums across the net – many claiming it ‘actually works.’
Many people 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
Choose a topic you want to focus on. This could be a theme from a novel in English or a chapter in science. You can choose to create a prompt sheet that triggers memories of the topic which you can glance at if you get stuck. Or you can go hardcore and do it straight off the dome!
Blurting revision time
This is the fun bit. Relying purely on your memory, word vomit EVERYTHING you can remember from the topic on to the page. Don’t worry about it looking pretty, take as long as you need to do this and see what you can remember. This technique will expose the subjects you’ve mastered and those that need a bit more TLC. You’ll see how much you really know. (As exams edge closer, it’s best to give yourself a time limit for “blurting” to intensify study sessions!)
At this stage you can look at their prompt and see if you can squeeze out any more knowledge. Once this is done, compare the blurting map to your previous notes and see how much you remembered. Give yourself 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 your knowledge.
This technique also works great for pair and group work which is amazing for active revision sessions with friends! The goal is to find something that works for you and give yourself the best shot at achieving your best. Give blurting a go it’s too easy not to!
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