It’s the Easter holidays and I’m hoping my A-level students are using at least some of the time to revise. I’ve been sending them regular emails reminding them to study and including useful web links when I find them. I’ve recently come across a whole series of A-level Physics Revision Videos on YouTube as well as a single 15 minute video that claims to cover all the electricity in the AS syllabus for the AQA course.
I’m impressed by the guys who made these videos - the videos are clear summaries of the content and must have taken a lot of time and effort to make. However, I’m not convinced that just watching such videos is terribly useful as a form of revision. My advice to my students has been to watch the videos in short chunks and make notes - to write down the information as well as simply watching and listening. I can’t help but feel a better form of revision would be for students to try and make their own such videos - something they could easily do alone or working in pairs, using the video functions that most of them will have on their mobile phones.
I’m keen to hear thoughts from other teachers on this and on any other ways of revising that might be effective.
UPDATE: Thank you to Carol Davenport who has provided this link in the comments to an activity sheet for students to complete while watching a video.
UPDATE 2: Peter Upton has provided a worksheet to complete while watching the above video. Download word document: elecvideosummary.docx.