We can do it! Year 11 Preparing for the final stage of your GCSEs
You have had your mock results. You areeither feeling: – Elated – Disappointed – Quietly confident – In a state of panicHopefully, none of you are feeling nothing!Let’s take a few moments to reflect onand learn from mock results day.
Mocks – how was it for you?1. Did you get the grades you were expecting in your mocks? Much better than I Generally what I Generally worse than Much worse than what expected expected what I expected I expected2. Describe your feelings when you received your results Pleased on the whole, More disappointed Really happy the odd Really disappointed than happy disappointment3. List three things that you did to prepare for the mocks that went really well and that youwould do again as you prepare for the real exams.188.8.131.52. List three things that you need to avoid doing as you prepare for the real exams1.2.3.
5.List the subjects that you intend to improve upon before coursework deadlines or GCSEexams start.184.108.40.206.5. 6. What are you going to do to improve on these? Focus in class Be more positive Don’t distract others or get distracted Put time and effort into coursework Do all my homework to the best of my ability Reduce the amount of time I go out in the evening Attend after school revision sessions Ask for help when I get stuck Buy the revision guides I need Organise my notes Turn off FB, COD, BB until I have finished my work
Either way, it is absolutely crucial thatyou approach the final stages of yourGCSEs focused, motivated and with aclear idea how to time manage forcoursework assignments and how toprepare thoroughly and effectively foryour exams.
4 steps to perfect revisionTask 1 -In 2/3’s come up withyour list of 4 things important for effective revision
Step 1: When?• Start now!• Experiment to find the best time of day for your concentration then keep that time slot for your revision and nothing else• Do not cram the night before your exam
GCSE TimelinesMonday 14th May – Wednesday 27th June From Today 13 ½ school weeks (we are currently 13 ½ weeks in) 68 School Days (we have done 70 so far)
Step 2: What?• Get a list of topics from each of your teachers• Highlight your weaknesses• Start at the beginning of each list and follow the list in order
Step 3:Where? • Quiet room with a desk or tableAvoid:• TV• Computer games• PSP Ask yourself this:• Wii “would you rather• Facebook do badly or• Distractions! worse, fail an exam, for the sake of FB chatting or COD Black Ops?”
Step 4:How? part (i)• Plan your time – make a revision timetable• Get the things you will need – revision guides, class notes, helpful websites, past papers, equipment especially pen and paper• Revise for 40 minute slots then have a break
Step 4: How? part (ii)• Re-write notes• Condense notes into bullet points or mind maps• Highlight important information• Use silly stories or mnemonics to memorise lists of information or facts• Read notes out loud• Test yourself or get someone to test you• Re-read your notes• Attempt a past paper. Get it marked and ask for feedback• Ask your teacher for help if you get stuck
Today is the first day of the rest of your GCSEs, so let’s make a start.Task 1Highlight your exams on the exam calendar on the next page.Task 2Can you recall your learning style, what does it mean?Task 3Working backwards from each exam date, complete yourrevision timetable.Task 4Start your revision this week. Use the top tips from yoursubject teachers to help you.
Being clear about what your schedule will be for the months ahead willhelp you to prepare both mentally and physically for the exam season. Provisional Exams Calendar
Visual learners need diagrams, mind maps, DVD clipsAural learners need to hear it, say it, sing itRead/write learners need to read it, write it, write itagain without lookingKinaesthetic learners need to make it, act it, useinteractive ICT, do exam questions
Weekday Revision Timetable Before study leaveTime Suggestion What are you going to do16:00 Get home, have a snack & drink16:15 Do any homework you have been set17:15 Relax time Meet up with friends, Facebook, Twitter, games18:00 Revise subject A18:45 Dinner19:15 Revise subject B20:00 Test yourself on what you have revised this evening20:30 Relax time – watch TV21:45 Go to bed & get at least 8 hours sleep
Study Leave Revision TimetableTime Suggestion Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Baked beans09:00 – on toast for breakfast 10:15 Maths Remember10:30 – to get a 11:15 drink! English11:30 – Science 12:15 Don’t take the break and get a12:30 – longer lunch! 13:15 LUNCH14:00 – Option A 14:45 Go for a15:00 – quick walk 15:45 to wake up Option B Time for a reward – Facebook, Twitter, gaming19:00 – Option C 20:00 Relax