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Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers                                                                 

  • The knowledge organisers contain the key facts, dates, events, characters, concepts and vocabulary that you will need to memorise in order to be successful this year and in your future studies.
  • Use your green exercise book for self-quizzing. It may be set for homework or during form period.
  • Use the following method for self-quizzing:

Read a section of your knowledge organiser and try to memorise it

Repeat it to yourself from memory until you think you have got it right.
Cover it up Put your Knowledge Organiser sheet away so that you cannot copy it. This will mean that your brain will have to work harder, meaning it is more likely to stay in your long-term memory.
Write it down Put the date and title in your self-quizzing book. Write out what you can remember. Even if you are finding it difficult, do not look back at your KO, but think hard and challenge yourself to find that answer.
Check it Refer to your KO sheet and check your work against it.
Correct it Make corrections using a green pen and continue this process until you can recall the information.


How should you use your knowledge organisers? – 20-minute plan

20 Minutes Quizzing

Select the relevant parts of the knowledge organiser to quiz from – this could be key terms from English, or key formulae from Maths. It should only be small chunks of information. Spend 3 minutes reading and re-reading the section of the knowledge organiser.

Spend 2 minutes trying to recall the information in your head or say it out loud. You could ask yourself ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. This is called ‘Elaboration’.

Put your KO away and write out the topic and answers relevant to the information – use your self-quizzing book for this. Spend about 10 minutes on your Qs and & As.

In your self-quizzing book, spend the last 5 minutes checking your answers by looking again at the knowledge organiser and writing any corrections in a green pen. Remember to correct any spelling errors by writing them out again.


Flash Cards

Another way to revise from your knowledge organiser is to put the information onto flashcards. Put key terms / key questions on one side of the card, then the definition / answer on the other side. Either test yourself or ask somebody else to test you.


Online Learning

Quizlet, Memrise, and Brainscape are examples of free learning platforms which will help you learn in a fun way. You could use the information on your knowledge organisers to create your own quizzes. You would then be able to use these regularly.


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