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    Refresh Revise

    Dear teachers, please help me understand the following:

    Do the phrases "to refresh previously studied material(s)" and "to revise previously studied material(s)" mean the same? Or does "refresh" imply a "not so deep" revision?

    The context is teaching at school. A sample sentence: Once a week I brought up some grammar exercises to refresh / revise what they already knew.

    Thank you in advance.

    P.S. Can I use "recycle" in this context?
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    Re: Refresh Revise

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Do the phrases "to refresh previously studied material(s)" and "to revise previously studied material(s)" mean the same? Or does "refresh" imply a "not so deep" revision?

    The context is teaching at school. A sample sentence: Once a week I brought up some grammar exercises to refresh / revise what they already knew.

    P.S. Can I use "recycle" in this context?
    Refresh and revise do not mean the same thing. What you want in this context is 'refresh', meaning to go over the material again so it is 'fresh'.

    Revise means to make changes, often only small changes.

    Recycle should not be appropriate, as recycle means to break something down to its most basic components and put them back together again for some other purpose.

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    Re: Refresh Revise

    In British English, revise can mean go over work, to prepare for an examination, for example.

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    Re: Refresh Revise

    Thank you. As far as I understand, in the given context "refresh the material" and "go over the material" sound all right? And what about "review"? Can it also be used in this context?

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    Re: Refresh Revise

    In this context, review is also valid. It also has other meanings in a different context (as does revise, above).

    In all cases, it concerns material that has already been learned, rather than new material.

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