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Thousands of teens preparing for GCSE and A level exams are using traditional revisions methods rather than relying on technology and the new wave of digital apps and websites.
Sales of blank cards, which youngsters use to write down key facts and then return to as flash cards in revision drills, are up by 46 per cent last year at John Lewis.
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At the same time, sales of sticky notes, used in a similar way or to identify key pages in revision guides and text books, are up by 20per cent on the exam season in 2018.
The figures are at odds with the idea that the future of revision is via specialist education websites and smartphone apps that generally involve youngsters selecting an answer from a number of multiple choice options with the click of a mouse or a tap on a screen.
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Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, Chris McGovern, said: 'Most young people are savvy enough to know that the traditional tools of revision work best.
'It turns out that a biro and a pack of blank cards trumps glitzy and expensive high tech paraphernalia when it comes to exam preparation. Traditional methods cannot be beaten because there are no short cuts to academic success.' As well as the increase in sales of traditional revision paraphernalia, John Lewis has seen a 7 per cent rise in purchases of pencil cases on last year.
Exam - Season - Angst - Teenagers - Parents
The exam season, with all the angst it heaps on teenagers and their parents, always sees an increase in sales of exam equipment. The number of ballpoint pens sold by the retailer was up by 21per cent last week on the week before.
It seems many parents and...
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