How do you support students for the exams?



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How do you support students for the exams?

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Key to success

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  • Clear sense of what you want to achieve- ambitions and sense that you can only do your best
  • Thorough preparation- planning, health, environment
  • Effective revision techniques
  • Management of stress
  • Parents can play a major role in this process

How have you revised in the past?

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  • When have you started revision?
  • How have you prepared for revision?
  • How have you revised?
  • How successful has your revision been?

What are your main motivations for the exam?

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How do you help to motivate students?

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  • Major concern-
  • Should you interfere and tell pupils to work yet run the risk of confrontation?
  • How do you encourage pupils?
  • One of the major questions we get asked by parents

Key issues

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  • 1) All pupils want to do well- some find it more difficult than others to start
  • 2) Stress is a major factor surrounding young people and many will go into defence mode when confronted with threats
  • 3) Success breeds success
  • 4) Pupils need a sense that they are doing this for themselves

What is driving you?

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  • Focus on the results day- what would be a success

Negative psychology method

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  • How would you feel if you missed out?

Where will it get me?

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  • Put up pictures of college, University, or future employment

I’ll show them

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  • Has anyone doubted you

I’m going to do it for me

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  • I know I can do it and I will

How do you prepare?

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  • Have you got the following?
  • Specifications,
  • Assessments (past exam papers)
  • Examiner reports

Public Examinations: What?

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  • 3 examining boards:
  • 1) AQA
  • www.aqa.org.uk
  • Then follow the route:
  • There are links to
      • Specifications (the syllabus)
      • Assessment material
      • Coursework
      • Notice board
      • Examiners’ reports

Public Examinations: What?

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  • 3 examining boards:
  • 2) Edexcel
  • www.edexcel.org.uk/
  • Then Qualifications / subject index (select relevant letter)
  • When you reach subejct page, select correct qualification and scroll down to find specification, assessment material and examiner reports

Public Examinations: What?

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  • 3 examining boards:
  • 3) OCR
  • www.ocr.org.uk
  • Then Candidates /Parents
  • Useful documents
      • Datasheets, Factsheets, Overviews & Info packs
      • Information Briefs
      • Markschemes and materials
      • Specifications and Syllabuses
      • Specimen assessment materials
      • Student Guides and Materials
  • Then scroll down to find your subject

Frequently asked questions

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  • What happens if the pupils miss / are late / clash for a Public Examination?
    • Clash: tell us as soon as possible (although we try and identify them);
    • specific arrangements will be made on an individual basis

Frequently asked questions

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  • What happens if the pupils miss / are late / clash for a Public Examination?
    • There are strict regulations about what we can do for pupils who are late; if problem ring school immediately and get into school as quickly as possible
    • If pupils do not sit exam, no marks unless there is a doctor’s note given to us
    • If pupil is unwell, the best approach is to come in and sit the exam, and then we can put in Special Consideration report (v. helpful if this is supported by doctor’s note - can be obtained after the exam)

Revision: definition

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  • Revision is another word for reviewing.
  • It is the process by which you re-read course essays, notes and textbooks in order to understand and remember what you have learned.
  • To be effective, revision requires accurate notes and careful planning....but that's not all .....!

Learning & Revision: factors for successful preparation

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  • Psychological
  • Physiological
  • NB Everyone is an individual!

The role of stress ...

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  • U6
  • Need to balance
  • Some stress to get on with revision (results do matter; future education and employment may depend on the)
  • Not too much stress which may make them give up! (Sense of perspective; realistic expectations)
  • Psychological factors
  • contrast 7&8
  • Tailor to the individual

Basic needs

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    • Heat (well oxygenated)
    • Air (breathe deeply if you panic! Take fresh air every now and then)
    • Sleep (relax before sleep; 8 hours; nocturnal work burns up mental energy needed for the next day)
  • Physiological factors

Diet

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    • Diet :
      • protein for the brain (fish, eggs, milk);
      • nuts + bananas for energy (chocolate effects don’t last as long!!)
      • water
  • Physiological factors

Preparation

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    • Basic preparation:
    • Tidy room
    • Tidy desk
    • Filed notes
    • No TV
    • Sound?
    • Organisation helps relieve stress

Preparation

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    • Equipment:
  • New stationary
  • All files, books, paper, pens, calculator near you
  • Physiological factors

Preparation

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  • Timing for revision:
  • Short bursts
  • Review regularly
  • Physiological factors
  • As a general rule, most effective if knowledge is 'reinforced'

Preparation

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    • Timing:
      • Draw up plan / timeline
      • Dates of exam in red
      • Blank out time you can’t revise in black
      • Allocate sessions
  • Physiological factors
  • Puts you in control .. Not a waste of time!

Preparation

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    • How to allocate?
    • List subjects + topics - grade confidence (A - D)
    • Mix easier with more difficult - no more than 2 subjects per day
  • Physiological factors

Preparation

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    • How long?
      • 40 minutes’ revision
      • 20 minutes’ break
        • e.g. eat, drink, song, TV, chat
  • Suggestion … NB lots of different ways - choose what's appropriate for YOU
  • Physiological factors

Preparation

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  • http://www.scool.co.uk/default.asp
  • Physiological factors

How do you start?

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    • Give 'the big picture’
      • Look at the specification / syllabus topics
      • Look at past papers & examiner comments
      • Know what the exam ‘types’ are (essay, multichoice, practical, oral)
      • Start in the spring break
  • Learning & revision

Construct Meaning

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    • Look at the text books
    • Look at exercise books
    • Look at teacher support notes
    • Look at any other revision guides / web sites etc
    • Produce clear exam notes- ideally typed so you can add to them
  • Learning & revision

Variety of techniques

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  • Use MULTISENSORY methods (VAK)
  • Learning & revision

Visual learning

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  • Visual
    • flashcards
    • imagine story
    • posters
    • spider diagrams / mind maps
    • PowerPoint
    • colour, font, highlighter CODES (not random!)
  • Learning & revision

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  • Learning & revision

Auditory learning

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  • Auditory
    • Say/record list aloud- ipod
    • Say spellings aloud
    • Teach your friends and family
    • Put to rhyme / music (Beans means ... / for mash ...)- create your own
    • Word link
    • Group revision
  • Learning & revision
  • 7x7=49
  • bacula
  • friend

Auditory Learning

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  • Learning & revision
  • Mnemonics
  • " SOH - CAH - TOA! "
  • Pronounced "...soaker toe-er..." where: Sin Ø = Opposite/Hypotenuse Cos Ø = Adjacent/Hypotenuse Tan Ø = Opposite/Adjacent sides
  • " To Oil A Car Always Have Some Oil Handy "
  • A litre of water’s a pint and three quarters
  • Two and a quarter pounds of jam weigh about a kilogramme

Kinesthetic learning

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  • Kinesthetic
    • write out (notes  summary  summary again  key words on cards  carry round and test yourself)
  • Learning & revision

Kinesthetic Learning

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  • Kinesthetic
    • mini whiteboards / frames
    • rhythmic action
    • verbalise
    • match flashcards
    • Computer games
  • Learning & revision

Kinesthetic Learning

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  • Kinesthetic
    • get someone to test aloud (friend, family) - if you can explain it to someone else, you can explain it in an exam!)
    • ask questions
    • create poster/PowerPoint
    • do practice papers under ‘timed’ conditions
  • Learning & revision

Memorisation

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  • Employ memory strategies (chunking, clustering, categorising)
  • Ask questions, and give TIME for processing the answer
    • descriptive (what ...who ... where ..when)
    • reflective (why ...compare ..)
    • speculative (what if ...)
  • Learning & revision

What will your parents be experiencing?

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  • advising, tracking, guiding, supporting
  • resigned flock
  • caring adult

Where will you revise

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  • School- would it benefit you to treat revision as a job?
  • Home- away from friends
  • When will you stop?
  • What days will you work?

Main points

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