Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Review - Power of Persuasion: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Review - Power of Persuasion: Resources

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Jedi mind tricks can be used to boost creative revision.

Depending on who you ask - or how long it's been since they watched Star Wars - the greatest skill of a Jedi knight is the art of benign persuasion. Or as Obi-Wan Kenobi told apprentice Luke Skywalker: "The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded."

The use of mind tricks was at times a moral issue for the soul-searching Jedis, but teachers need face no such dilemma. In fact, mind tricks are ideal when attempting to help students master revision techniques. One of the most popular revision resources is james_abela's Jedi Mind Tricks pack. It encourages "higher order thinking and is designed to associate revision with success".

Start by handing out the worksheet with three different images: a pilot preparing for take-off, students celebrating on graduation day and someone crying. Get your students to tell you what each of these images suggests:

- that pilots have to do a lot of revision to pass many tests;

- that to graduate you have to do revision and pass exams;

- that someone didn't do their revision, failed and is now upset.

james_abela recommends following up with incisive questions about how students think people become pilots - for example, what qualifications do they need? …

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