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1 Effective revision strategies PTA Meeting

2 Structure Part 1: Preparation Part 2: Effective revision strategies Part 3: Creating a supportive environment Part 4: Examinations

3 Part 1 Preparation

4 Exam Calendar Year Group Exam Dates Type Internal/External Grades/ Mark/ Level 7 3 June 7 June End of Year Assessment 8 10 June 14 June End of Year Assessment 9 24 June 28 June End of Year Assessment June 28 June End of Year Assessment Internal Internal Internal Internal May 26 June GCSE Exams External 9-1 /20 & Level 1-3 /20 & Level 1-3 /20 & Level June 21 June UCAS Exams Internal A*-E May 26 June A Level Exams External A*-E

5 Before starting revision, students should be encouraged to 1. Eat a healthy breakfast and maintain a balanced diet 2. Put phones and music away 3. Ensure plenty of sleep 4. Use revision checklists to create a revision timetable 5. Have all the appropriate equipment and resources ready

6 Before starting revision, students should be encouraged to Eat a healthy breakfast and maintain a balanced diet It is estimated that around 27% of boys and 39% of girls skip breakfast some or all of the time. Research has found that skipping this meal significantly reduces students attention and their ability to recall information but try and ensure it s a nutritious one! Top tips from nutritionists Eat wholegrains eg Porridge/wholemeal bread combining wholegrain with protein can help keep blood sugar levels low and balanced which is essential for mood and concentration Nuts and berries are ideal snacks. These have a high antioxidant content and is good for the brain! Drink plenty of water a recent study found that keeping hydrated can boost focus during revision Limit caffeine intake (energy drinks often have lots of caffeine in them)

7 Before starting revision, students should be encouraged to Put phones and music away Evidence suggests students who study in a quiet environment recall more than those who revise while listening to music. Researchers also found that the mere sight of a phone was enough to reduce a person s ability to focus.

8 Main Findings of listening to music whilst revising study 1. Whilst listening to music to revise can help lift your mood, it takes up processing space. This conflicts with the material you are trying to learn, effectively creating a bottleneck in your memory, as there is less space to process what you are revising. 2. The study revealed that a quiet environment was most effective. Students who revised in quiet environments performed more than 60% better in an exam than their peers who revised while listening to music that had lyrics. 3. Students who revised while listening to music without lyrics did better than those who had revised to music with lyrics.

9 Before starting revision, students should be encouraged to Get plenty of sleep Research shows that sleep helps learners to: Recall information Make links Consolidate understanding Learn new information Concentrate and focus During the slow wave sleep the brain appears to replay the information that was learned whilst it was awake, which leads to consolidation of memories, which moves them in to longer term storage

10 Before starting revision, students should be encouraged to Be proactive in their learning at school Think about and analyse what the teacher is saying. Where does it fit in what they already know? If they are unsure of anything, ask the teacher to explain it again and listen to the answer. Write this down with the question to revise later. Listen to what others say and ask questions in class discussion. Keep tidy and readable notes. Try to write down the key ideas, facts and details. Try out different ways and styles of learning. How do they learn best? Make the most of any support that is offered to them! Keep on top of homework using show my homework to organise their time

11 Before starting revision, students should be encouraged to Use revision checklists to create a revision timetable Identify topics for revision by looking at course specifications and textbooks Identify topics that you are weakest on Plan a revision timetable using this prioritising your WEAKEST areas

12 Model for year 11, 12 and 13 study leave/half term = 6 hours a day Divide your day into 3 x 4 hour sessions (eg 8am-12, 1pm-5pm & 6pm-10pm) Work for 2 out of the 3 sessions per day. In each session you should aim to do at least 3 hours of hard work. Eg, for each session: 45mins work, 15 min break X 4 Be mindful of when your most efficient times of the day are and work around that Plan something fun, best if it s outdoors for your break session

13 Date Morning Afternoon Evening 14 th May Geography Urban rebranding FREE 15 th May FREE Biology Heart 16 th May Geography Urban rebranding 17 th May FREE Business Studies Marketing Geography Coasts Business Studies Financial Ratios Do a timetable like this based on when you work best I work best in the morning and in the evenings

14 For key stage 3 end of year exams Start 4 weeks before Divide your afternoon into 3 x 45 minute sessions (eg 4pm to 4.45pm, 5pm to 5.45pm, 6pm to 6.45pm ) For each session: 45mins work, 15 min break X 2 Split their subjects between these sessions E.g. 1 = Geography, 2 = Science, 3 = German

15 Spaced Retrieval Practice

16 Make it Stick: Spaced retrieval practice Study information more than once Regular low-stakes quizzing (retrieval practice), leaving greater gaps as you go. The scores for these tests are not important. What s important is the act or retrieval that s what seems to have an impact on retention. Avoid a practice, practice, practice regime Retrieval is best when it s effortful, when some forgetting has set in. Be wary of intuition it may seem that we are getting better yet we fail to see how quickly these gains fade.

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19 Part 2 Effective Revision Strategies

20 What is effective revision? Research based on improving students learning with effective learning techniques (2003) found that some strategies, such as re-reading and using highlighters is ineffective as it does not test a student s understanding of a topic. Quite often, students end up highlighting whole chunks and passages of text, which can give the appearance of having worked hard, but is of little value. A

21 A successful approach to revision needs to be deeply rooted in subject knowledge, and sustained over time. Here are some effective techniques that students can use to test their understanding of a topic Quizzes Mnemonics Graphic organisers - Mind maps, lists and mind diagrams maps, lists and diagrams Flashcards Just a minute Teach someone

22 Quizzes A quiz is a useful way to encourage self testing, which is proven to be a robust revision strategy, so that students can calibrate their knowledge and remembering. The various types of quiz include: Short answer quiz Multiple choice Comprehension style

23 Mnemonics Memory tools that you can create yourself, to form associations with information that is otherwise difficult to recall. This might involve creating vivid mental pictures; making up stories to remember a sequence of information; or picturing facts as locations on a map. For example, if a medical student wanted to recall that the three types of depressants are B = Barbiturates, A = Alcohol and T = Tranquilizers

24 Flashcards

25 Graphic organisers encourage students to reconstruct their revision topics, making meaningful links and connections Graphic organisers

26 This style of model is helpful for revising longer written tasks that require students to consider both sides of a point of view. The sequential thinking model separates both sides of thought and then explores each one in more detail This is ideal as a planning tool for the English Language Question 5.

27 Mind maps Another example of graphic organisers is mind maps. Students can test their memory by trying to recreate a mind map about a specific topic. Colour code the lines and ideas to help you remember the content. For example if you were mind mapping the second world war you could have blue lines for the causes of the war, red lines for the key players in the build up and green lines for the important dates.

28 Lists Make yourself a list of all the specialist terms that relate to what you are revising. This might be key definitions, a list of key events and dates or a list of formulae that you need for an exam. Number the points in your list. On a blank sheet of paper, write down the numbers and try to recreate the list. Which numbers couldn t you write next to?

29 Just a minute Students have to talk for a minute on any given topic without any hesitations or pauses If a student can elaborate on a topic and explain it well, they have retrieved it from memory and consolidated their understanding too

30 Teach someone Once a student has tested themselves, they could then teach the material to someone else This has been found to help aid memory and recall: it is known as the Protege effect Teaching someone else requires you to learn and organise your knowledge in a clear and structured manner.

31 Past Papers For KS4 and KS5 revising using past papers is essential These can be found from the exam board websites AQA, OCR and Edexcel Revise from mark schemes Time yourself closed book then self assess Read the examiners reports as they share common misconceptions Reflect on your weak areas!

32 Other Online Resources SAM Learning (Centre ID: w7dm Login: BBC Bitesize Edmodo quiz Youtube videos cgpbooks.co.uk parentsintouch.co.uk getrevising.co.uk S-cool.co.uk As well as many subject specific websites that can be obtained from their class teacher

33 Student Voice Opinion on Revision Strategies Key stage 3 student tips: Make flash cards and posters using revision guides to help you to understand topics and key terminology You could also get friends to test you if the flash cards have questions on one side and the answers on the others Use the worksheets that your teacher gives you from the lessons to recap content and skills Use bbc bitesize to go over different subjects Use mathswatch for maths topics Use quizlet to help you to test yourself

34 Student Voice Opinion on Revision Strategies Key stage 4 student tips: Repetition reading over material many times and making notes each time Create flash cards about key topics Broadsheets and mind maps Create your own quizzes and testing yourself Watch interactive revision websites that talked them through concepts and also had exam questions to test their knowledge Watch videos on YouTube. Exam practice using exam questions from past papers Exam packs with summaries and questions from their teachers Don t revise with music as you can t focus on two things at once

35 Student Voice Opinion on Revision Strategies Key stage 5 student revision tips: Don t spend lots of time re-writing notes Test yourself after writing notes by covering them up and by going back to another topic and then coming back to it Keep up-to-date with the classwork and homework Organise your time and start revising early (December at the latest) Start doing past papers early. Whatever you don t get correct from the past papers, review with other resources and exam questions Use the examiner reports to look at student example answers and to get tips

36 Part 3 Creating a supportive environment

37 How can parents support students with revision? Help create a revision timetable together and work out how much time to allocate to each subject/ topic Create a positive revision environment in one area of the home, where there are no distractions Test the student by asking them to teach you the topic they have revised; check their mind map; ask student to talk about a topic for one minute; read over their answers from a completed quiz Encourage students to revise with friends who have a good work ethic and will be a positive influence Try and remove them from other stressful situations which may hinder their mindset

38 Find out deadlines and support available from school

39 Use the curriculum maps to know what topics the students should be revising each term

40 Achieving success - Subject specific tips

41 Free time Encourage them to get out and exercise and see friends Reward them with activities within their breaks Create a quiet working environment for them at home or take them to the local library if this is not possible Encourage them to eat a healthy diet by having healthy snacks on standby and meals at the ready Allow them to really relax when it is necessary

42 Equipment At the most basic level, there are various types of equipment that will help your child to prepare for exams and it is therefore a good idea to set-aside a budget to cover the costs of these materials. Be sure to directly involve your child in the process of clarifying what equipment they need and try to make purchases as early as possible. Fine-point coloured pens Table lamp Calculator Diary or personal organiser Notebook Watch but not for exams! Alarm clock Calendar Highlighter-pens A3 paper & blue tac Folders and files Educational software BBC Bitesize Past exam papers Chair and desk Revision guides Textbooks

43 Good sleep habits Aim for hours of sleep per night Use the bed only for sleeping Avoid caffeine (it takes 8 hours) Encourage the same routine every night Regular exercise Healthy diet

44 Part 4 Exams at Drayton

45 Exams at Drayton Standards Phones Uniform Coats Water Calculator Watches Timing- 20 Minutes before Timetable Revision support Receiving Exam results Library Opening Hours

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