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When it comes to catching up, it’s tempting to think that absorbing English content – the plot of a novel, revising the themes of a play – is of most concern just now, but in reality this can be tackled quite efficiently.

Judicious use of films or stage productions, our York Notes, your own summaries and so on, can assist in fast-tracking students through texts.

However, it is the reiterative practice of engaging with ideas, exploring models of criticism or creativity, and applying learning independently, that is most lacking outside the classroom.

So, how can we help students keep those sorts of cognitive skills fresh?

Here are four quick tips...