Using study periods


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Guidance for students at Abbeyfield Sixth form about how to best use study periods

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Using study periods

  1. 1. Using study periods effectively
  2. 2. Study periods are key • If you go to all classes and do all homework – that’s good BUT you are only half way there! • To be successful in the Sixth form you MUST take things further
  3. 3. Only the start! Taught lessons are only the starting point. You have to take responsibility yourself to build upon these lessons if you are to be successful
  4. 4. How? So how can you make sure that you use your study periods effectively to increase your chances of success at exam time?
  5. 5. Rewrite it • Go through your work from previous lessons and re-write them • Use colour to highlight key points • Use pictures and cartoons to help you remember important information
  6. 6. Summarise • Go over the work you have done in previous lessons and pick out the key points • Bullet point your work • Pick out key elements and put in different coloured boxes to organise them
  7. 7. Extend • Use the internet to extend your knowledge and understanding of a current unit or topic • Pick an area you have been taught and find out more
  8. 8. Mind map it • Create a mind map for each unit in each subject • After each lesson, add the content to your mind map – building up as you move through a unit of work
  9. 9. Revision partnership • Form a revision partnership or revision team with others in a subject • Create questions for each other to answer using lesson notes • Swap and test each other after each lesson
  10. 10. Homework • Homework doesn’t have to be done at home! • Use study periods to free up time out of Sixth form
  11. 11. Read all about it! • Use textbooks to read around the subject. What else can you find out about the unit you are studying? • If you’ve not done so already, buy textbooks. Invest in your future
  12. 12. Revision websites • Use revision websites to cement your knowledge and understanding as you go. Examples: • • • • • Search online: ‘A level revision website’
  13. 13. Create a ‘live’ revision guide • Create your own revision guide which you add to after each lesson • You could use an exercise book – ask for one from your teachers • Creating something yourself will help you learn the content. Be an active learner not a passive one
  14. 14. Remember! • It is time to take responsibility • Use your time effectively • There is no easy way to good grades • Be proactive – opt into supervised study periods Which do you want in the Summer?