Revision techniques

ACT CPD April 17, 2024.

Different ways to revise

  • Elaborative interrogation: being able to explain a point or fact
  • Practise testing: to check knowledge, using glass cards
  • Flash cards, key words, definitions, people, dates, events. Not too much text
  • Self quizzing: look and cover, create quizzes for each other
  • Practice question: to get used to the style of the exam
  • Mix topics: don't devote all time to one topic
  • Create links between different areas of the course

Simple glossaries

Bicameral legislatures: Has law makers in two assemblies, chambers or houses. For example the British Parliament is bicameral with the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Cabinet: A group of MPs who lead major government departments. It meets at intervals to decide how to carry out government.

Censorship: government set limits on the informent that may be given to the general public.

Constitution: A body of fundamental principles and established precedents according to which a state is governed. The United States has a written constitution, the UK does not

Conventions: rules that are observed without being written down in a document that has legal authority.

Democracy: A system of government in which citizens vote in regular fair elections for representatives who then make laws and decisions on their behalf.

Government: Individuals who have been elected to run the state. In the UK the government is headed by the Prime Minister.

House of Commons: An elected body currently consisting of 650 MPs. It is the lower house of Parliament and meets in the Palace of Westminster.

House of Lords: The upper house of Parliament has 783 seats composed mostly of life peers, hereditory peers and 25 Anglican bishops who scrutinise bills approved by the House of Commons. It meets in the Palace of Westminster.

Judiciary: The branch of the state that is responsible for enforcing the law. It is composed of judges and other legal officials.

Legislature: The law making body which in the UK is Parliament.


Key Terms - Multiple Choice Practice 1 and 2 markers in the examination may take the form of multiple choice questions.

These types of questions are an excellent way to assess a student╩╝s level of knowledge and understanding. “Creating multiple-choice items is a challenging task, particular when it comes to distractor development, because of the sheer volume of work that is required…

Distractors are one of the key components that affect the overall quality of multiple-choice items... Distractors are intended to distinguish between students who have not yet acquired the knowledge necessary to answer the item correctly from those who understand the content. Therefore, distractors in a multiple-choice item are designed to contain plausible but incorrect answers based on students╩╝ common errors or misconceptions so that the option can measure students╩╝ level of mastery in a specific content area.”