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Pupils aren’t as good at exam revision as they think

When revising, pupils can be overconfident in their learning, writes Alex Quigley

Cockerel

As the days lengthen and spring approaches, thoughts move to our students’ summer exams. And we all hope that they will manage the inevitable pressures of national tests by revising with spirit and skill. Yet, research evidence reveals a flaw in the whole process: our students’ self-assurance.

Overconfidence at revision time is part of a big issue at every age and key stage. It occurs when youngsters poorly judge their own learning and memory performance. Ample research on what is termed “judgements of learning” – our ability to accurately judge how well and how much we have learned – reveals ...

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