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 JvM General Revision Skills – getting started • • • • • • • 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 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 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… • • • • • 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 • • • • • • • • 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 Remember: • • • • • • Manage your studying Relax Eat properly Exercise Sleep well Don’t panic! GCSEs What a Parent Can do Available to buy £3.50 A 1 B 2 C 3 D 4 E 5 F 6 G 7 H 8 I 9 J 10 K 11 L 12 M 13 N 14 O 15 P 16 Q 17 R 18 S 19 T 20 U 21 V 22 W 23 X 24 Y 25 Z 26 • ‘Money’ = 71 • ‘Knowledge’ = 96 • ‘Attitude’ = 100 • ‘Love’ = 54! –So…don’t fall in love or get a broken-heart just before the exams!