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Using study periods


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

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

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  • 1. Using study periods effectively
  • 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. 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. How? So how can you make sure that you use your study periods effectively to increase your chances of success at exam time?
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Homework • Homework doesn’t have to be done at home! • Use study periods to free up time out of Sixth form
  • 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. Revision websites • Use revision websites to cement your knowledge and understanding as you go. Examples: • • • • • Search online: ‘A level revision website’
  • 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. 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?