KS4 Revision Skills: annotating texts using Adobe Acrobat Reader

Year 11 have just finished their Pre Public Exams, so now is the ideal time to start the process of preparing for the public exams in the summer. Over the next few months, we will be offering a variety of tools and techniques to support students with their revision.

This week’s top tip is a free downloadable application that allows students to annotate electronic files. Adobe Acrobat Reader is the on-screen equivalent of highlighters and post-it notes: you can highlight and underline sections of text and add your own comments.

Evidence shows that annotating in this way prompts deeper understanding of the text, reinforces learning; and, because it is electronic, it automatically creates a revision resource that is easy to store and access and link to other resources for reference during revision.

The reader works with pdf files, which is the standard file type used by the school for documents including a mixture of text, diagrams, images etc. You can download the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader here: get.adobe.com/uk/reader/

The screenshot below shows how the various functions can be used.

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Click ‘Comment’ in the tab on the right hand side.

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This will open the Comment bar at the top of the document where you can select from a range of annotation tools.

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You can add sticky notes to annotate useful parts of a document.

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You can also highlight text to help with revising. Picture4