Yr11 Revision Support

Report
Welcome to
Year 11 Revision and
Support
Information Evening
Aims
• To learn about general and core subject
specific revision skills and techniques
• How to create a revision timetable
• Point you to revision guides and other
resources
• Provide information about the mock exams
• Parental support and coping with pressure
• Introduction – Mrs Mansfield (Assistant
Headteacher)
• General Revision Skills – Mrs Daly (Senior
Tutor)
• Revising Maths – Mr Whitmore
• Revising English – Mrs Martin
• Revising Science – Mrs Corrie
• Revision Timetable, Mock Exams and support
– Mrs Daly
• Final comments – Mrs Mansfield
Support: Autumn Term
• Interim Reports
• “Revision Cracked” workshops after half-term
• Home learning to be revision only in two
weeks prior to mocks
• Support from Form Tutors in setting up a
revision timetable
• One to one coaching with Form / Lead / Senior
Tutor / Mentor
Support: Spring Term
• Progress of every student assessed after mock
exams
• Mock results day Friday January 9th
• On-going monitoring throughout the term
• Full reports issued
• Y11 Review meetings (invitation only)
Subject Specific Support
• Rearrangement of teaching groups to target
specific weaknesses / student needs
• After school revision sessions on published
topics
• Past papers issued and integrated with
revision and Home Learning
• Opportunities for on-line revision provided,
My Maths and use of the VLE.
Subject Specific Support (cont)
• Supervised workshop and ICT facilities at
lunchtime and after school
• Personalised after school support
• Revision workshops during the Easter Holiday
Support: Summer Term
• As for Spring Term
• Revision programme for Study Leave
published
• All pupils complete a final revision timetable
• Attendance monitored and parents kept
informed
• August – happy, successful students and proud
parents!
A recipe for…..?
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2xERddK
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General Revision Skills – getting
started
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Do an audit of where you are now in each subject
Plan ahead
Check the syllabus
Know how many questions you have to answer
Go over past papers
Try out sample questions under exam conditions
Ask teachers for examiner’s reports – they show
what examiners are looking for and common
mistakes made by students
Identify Your Competence Level
for each subject and topic
Breaking it down…
Visual learners
Auditory learners
respond to:
respond to:
Charts and maps
Discussion/debate
Kinaesthetic
learners
respond to:
Positive body language Presentations
Acting out an idea
Bright colours
Reading aloud
Bright colours
Handouts
Musical jingles
Posters
Brainstorming bubbles Storytelling
Imaginative thinking
Storyboards
Good pronunciation
Activity
Multi-media
Varied speech
Exploration
Illustrations
Lectures
Practical Lessons
Computers
Active revision, not just reading
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Revise, test, rest / Divide up revision time into blocks
Post it notes
Story method for key words
Make posters / index cards / flashcards of key points
Mind maps / Spider diagrams
Reading notes aloud
Rhythm and rhyme / Invent a rap, chant or song
Drawing pictures
Recording key notes onto IPOD / MP3
Re-writing from memory / Brainstorming
Studying with friends
Use of text books
Past papers
Revision websites – a wealth of resources on-line - MEMRISE
Tony Buzan “Mind Maps”….
Ideas to Use….
Make your own Revision Cards
Ideas to Use….
Revise, test, rest (40 mins revision, 10
minutes testing, 10 minutes resting)
Reward Yourself
Year 11 Revision - Tips & Techniques
Six Golden Rules
• Stick to fulfilling your potential, not other people's
expectations
• Ask for help if you need it
• Take time out and relax, it will pay off
• Focus on yourself, not on what anyone else thinks or
does
• Remember, this is not your only chance to prove
yourself
• Believe in yourself, you've got no reason not to
However, don’t forget…
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The odd hour here and there isn't enough
Know your strong and weak subjects
Set targets / reward yourself
Find somewhere quiet to revise – no distractions
Put your revision and exams into perspective – it’s not
forever
• Manage your stress, eat well and sleep well
Maths revision = practice
• Completing revision on a little but often basis will
be much more effective than cramming in the
final couple of weeks!
• The best way to revise for Mathematics is to
complete as many practice questions as possible
A place to start:
• Topic lists
These will
be available
on the VLE
Practice resources available include:
• Past and exemplar papers
These are readily available on the shared area of
the school network or the VLE.
Hard copies of past papers may be available for sale
prior to the actual exams.
Practice resources available include:
• Revision workbooks
Make sure it
is written for
the new
specification
Practice resources available include:
• Mymaths
Practice resources available include:
• Maths Watch
Practice resources available include:
• “Zebra” homework book.
Practice resources available include:
• BBC GCSE Bitesize
Further resources available:
• Your Maths teacher
• Revision sessions (look out for and attend these!)
New style of questions
Instead of:
Solve:
10x - 2 = 38
New style of questions
You might get:
GCSE English /English Language
and English Literature
Exam revision
GCSE English /English Language
English Language Examination
• Understanding and producing non-fiction texts =
60% of total
• Section A: Reading and responding to texts
• Section B: Two writing tasks
• Your class revision notes include the details of
each question (which are always the same!)
• You will also have suggested structures for your answers
which you should learn.
GCSE English /English Language
READING SECTION – 30% of total GCSE English marks
Suggested revision techniques for reading questions:
• read and annotate various newspaper and magazine articles as well
as extracts from autobiographies and travel writing for ideas and
techniques using the four questions:
1. Summarise understanding
2. Analyse the picture and headline
3. Infer thoughts and feelings
4. Compare language techniques
• use highlighters as it helps to focus on key techniques
• post-it notes are effective for adding annotations
• answer the questions that you will be asked in the exam papers in
timed conditions
GCSE English /English language
WRITING SECTION: 30% OF TOTAL GCSE MARKS
How to achieve the higher bands for writing:
• write, write, write all the time!
• consider audience and purpose.
• plan – this will allow you to make a range of points and
techniques and help you to avoid repetition.
• make sure you’re able to use time really well (25 minutes and
35 minutes)
• be original
• proof-read all work habitually
• use the mark schemes when completing practise tasks at
home.
GCSE English Literature
English Literature Exam
Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts = 40% Literature grade
Pupils have studied ‘An Inspector Calls’ or ‘The Crucible’
and ‘Of Mice and Men’ for the first Literature paper
Re-read texts
Watching the film (be aware of differences) and using
revision websites to check your understanding of the
characters and structure is a back up.
English Literature Exam
Unit 2 Poetry Across Time =35% of total
• Section A: One essay question on Conflict or Relationships
Cluster
• All students have been given their own anthology and have
annotated copies of the poems and practice PEA
• Section B: One essay question on an unseen poem.
Poetry - Literature revision
• Pupils will be tested on their ability to interpret, (AO1) analyse language
and techniques (AO2) and compare (AO3) poetry
• Read and Re-read the poems from your cluster
• Make postcards of the key ideas from the poems
• Practise essay plans comparing two poems
• Complete practice essays in timed conditions
• Read another poem and spend 25 minutes writing about it
• Create revision flip cards or a booklet for the poems
• Make a mind map of linked themes and ideas
• Use the internet to research key poems
• Read the rest of the poetry in the Anthology independently to practise
skills for the unseen element.
GCSE English /English language
and English Literature
How to help your child
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Reading is vital – all key texts for Literature and a wide
range of non-fiction texts for English / English Language
Discuss their ideas
Listen to their writing – reading aloud draws attention to
style and structure
Revision website www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise and Bitesize
Study guides are a useful support
Spelling and grammar activities
Proof-reading all home learning with them. (Not just
English!)
Focus on writing skills, planning and improving
vocabulary – use a thesaurus
GCSE SCIENCE
AQA
3 Courses
Core (Science A) = 1 GCSE
Additional Science = 2 GCSEs
Separate Science = 3 GCSEs
GCSE SCIENCE
Core Students only (Science A)
Unit B1
25%
Unit C1
25%
Unit P1
25%
Coursework – ISA (Lessons)
25%
= 1 GCSE
GCSE SCIENCE
Additional Science
Unit B1
Unit C1
Unit P1
ISA
25%
25%
25%
25%
= 1 GCSE
Unit B2
Unit C2
Unit P2
ISA
25%
25%
25%
25%
= 1 GCSE
GCSE SCIENCE
Separate Science (For each Biology, Chemistry and Physics course. Total 9
exams.)
Unit 1
Unit 2
Unit 3
ISA
25%
25%
25%
25%
= 1GCSE in each course.
GCSE SCIENCE
ISAs
All students have done at least one ISA in each
subject
Retakes are available from January 2015
Students aiming for target grade or higher
May be done outside lessons to allow for increased
revision time
Most students see improvement with practice of skills
GCSE SCIENCE
Course Specifications (Essential for revision)
Science is information overload. The specification sets out
all that information into a logical, organised, progression
document
AQA website
Select science from the subject list and choose the GCSE option to
go to all the AQA GCSE science courses. Select the course that you
are studying.
Ensure you access the specification for exams from 2014.
GCSE SCIENCE
Click here for the full
specification document
GCSE SCIENCE
How to use the specification
Use the title for each of the topics in the specification and produce
a glossary.
Put the title of the topics onto flash cards and produce small bullet
point notes.
Link the topics to pages in the revision guide to add extra
information
Print out the specification and use it as a tick sheet for when you
have revised each topic.
GCSE SCIENCE
Past Papers
Past papers and mark schemes can be downloaded
from the AQA website, they will be available on the
VLE before the mocks
Use the foundation papers as ‘warm ups’
Make a list of important words used in the
markscheme
Read the examiner reports
Practice the long answer questions
Learn from the answers – not: ‘that’s what I meant’!
GCSE SCIENCE
Active revision
Write question and answer note cards using revision
guide
Record yourself explaining a topic
Use the workbooks alongside the revision guide,
read content and answer questions at the same time
Read a chapter in revision guide, find a past paper
question on that topic
PIXL questions – topic by topic
Pick the ‘worst’ topics to learn!
GCSE SCIENCE
My-GCSEScience.com
3-8 minute video on each topic for each exam
Can sign in or available on youtube
Worked examples of how to answer questions
Lunch time drop-ins
Work with someone else
Practise questions, get feedback
Ask teachers about specific topics
GCSE SCIENCE
Other revision websites
BBC Bitesize
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/21c/
S-Cool
www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse
Skoool
http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage4.aspx?id=314
Text book available on the VLE
The Mock Exams
• Begin Monday 24th November 2014 and end
Friday 5th December
• Art and Textiles will be fitted around these dates
(tbc)
• Study leave begins on Monday 24th (for most
students based on HL records)
• You attend school only when you have an exam
but study rooms will be available for you to stay
in school
• Full uniform must be worn and exam conditions
upheld
Mock Exams – why they need to be taken
seriously!
• If you do your best they will give you a good
indication of what you are likely to achieve.
• Good results raise your confidence and
aspirations.
• Sixth form applications are judged on mock
results and teacher recommendations.
• College places are allocated on the basis of
your mock results – and your Year 11 report.
• Mock Exam Results Day Friday January 9th
2015
Preparing a Revision timetable
• Before you start…
• Draw up a chart showing times and dates of your
exams and work out how many weeks until your first
exam
• Avoid wasting time by deciding in advance what to do
in each session
• Get balance right between revision and leisure time
• Set up a routine and discipline yourself
• Work out what your “time stealers” are and take steps
to manage them
Revision Timetable
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Sample Revision Timetable – Toby Flood
(Still at school, i.e. not yet on Study Leave)
Monday
(3 hours)
Tuesday
(2 hours)
Wednesday
(2 hours)
Thursday
(3 hours)
Friday
(1 hour)
Saturday
(5 hours)
Sunday
(4 hours)
French
(1 hour)
Maths
(1/2 hour)
English Lit.
(1 hour)
PE Theory
(1/2 hour)
Science
(1 hour)
Maths
(1hour)
French
(1 hour)
Business
Studies
(1/2 hour)
Drama
(1/2 hour)
Maths
(1 hour)
Maths
(1 hour)
English
Lang.
(1 hour)
History
(1 hour)
History
(1 hour)
Spanish
(1/2 hour)
Music
(1 hour)
Science
(2 hours)
English Lit.
(2 hours)
Resistant
Materials
(1/2 hour)
Geography
(1/2 hour)
Spanish
(1 hour)
Rugby match
in the
afternoon
Rugby training
RE
(1/2 hour)
Going out
with friends
Activity – Discussion with parents
• Look at the blank timetable and discuss together: what
commitments do you have such as clubs, tuition, music
lessons, sporting commitments etc. and need for
relaxation / leisure time
• How will you balance these with thorough revision for
each subject in preparation for Mock Exams and final
exams?
• How can you pace out revision over the week during
school time and whilst on study leave?
• How will a revision plan / timetable work best for you?
• Where, when and how will do you your revision?
• What resources will you need?
• How can your parents best support you?
Time and Stress Management
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Manage your studying
Relax
Eat properly
Exercise
Sleep well
Don’t panic!
GCSEs What a Parent Can do
Available to buy £3.50
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• ‘Money’
=
71
• ‘Knowledge’ =
96
• ‘Attitude’
=
100
• ‘Love’
=
54!
–So…don’t fall in love or
get a broken-heart just
before the exams!

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