Assess & Revise
The Pocket Learner is ideally suited to support all the fundamentals surrounding assessment and revision by using the pockets in a creative way to assimilate and digest information.
Encourage the child to practise the words they have learnt. Inspire them to make requests, for example, give your child an orange and wait for them to ask for help. Teach them to say “please peel it” and wait for them to use the language.
Take some time to review performance – recognise what works well and what needs improvement.
Identify and document the lessons you have learnt about yourself and your child, focusing particularly on how you can enhance your performance in order to support their education.
Rework your strategy to make it more effective in subsequent rounds of support .
Be creative in your strategy and endeavour to expand your work into other areas such as numeracy and higher education.
For a visual learner, it is useful to present information using drawings or diagrams, to make recall easier. Diagrams, mind maps, and freehand drawings can be useful ways of improving understanding and creates a much easier memory aid than reading the text alone.
Do not be afraid to use colour in much the same way. Colour your drawing or highlight the text
Information is hard to remember if it does not make sense. So you need to understand what you are trying to learn and relate it to things you already know.
It is easier to remember well organised information. Try to find a meaningful structure for the information. Identify the most significant points, break down ideas into sections. Make a spidergram to summarise ideas and evidence. It is easier to remember one series of connected ideas rather than a lot of separate points.
Active revision is much more effective than passive revision. Passive revision is associated with such activities as reading notes, and copying material. Active revision is concerned with using and organising material.
Make the information more memorable by using sounds or images to go with the information and form mental images to go with the ideas. It is much easier to remember someone’s name or their association with you when you see an image of them or when you see are told it, than it is to recall their name or association without any clues.