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Parent cafe study skills


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Parent cafe study skills

  1. 1. The Parent Café Study Skills: The tools necessary for examination success
  2. 2. Objectives of the session: - To outline the importance of revision - To identify ways to develop revision at home - How to handle the pressure of the GCSE courses - An opportunity to learn about the advice that students are given regarding study skills
  3. 3. What we are trying to communicate to our students: - The need to be more self-motivated - The need to be more responsible for their learning - The importance of asking when you don’t understand - Develop their ability to overcome frustrations - Develop their organisation, both of themselves and their notes! Why develop ‘study skills’?
  4. 4. - The need to complete more work at home, independently. - The need to organise and plan their time over longer periods. - To see the importance of each piece of work, no matter how big or small. - Develop their ability to revise - Develop their examination technique
  5. 5. - Agree the balance between work and social life. Flexibility is the key. What can be done at home: - If they say they have got no homework, they are lying! - Reward structure?! This is not bribery! Little and often, or one big reward at the end?
  6. 6. What can be done at home: - Get the revision space right - Manage distractions - Make sure that your child takes breaks and gets some fresh air - Make sure that 5 minute breaks doesn’t become 10,15… - A revision contract?! - Make sure that a revision timetable is followed
  7. 7. Children respond differently to support (not always with obvious enthusiasm) but they do benefit from it. I suggest that if in doubt intervene.
  8. 8. The importance of revision Good revision will consist of the following: - An aim for each revision session - Identifying the topics that more time needs to be spent on - A break down of topics into workable chunks - Producing quality notes, noting key points, phrases or words - Testing yourself - Using a checklist so that progress can be seen
  9. 9. - Short, regular revision blocks, as opposed to long, irregular sessions. This is essential to allow your brain to learn, make connections and remember Particularly important! - Take some days off! - Don’t leave the difficult stuff until the end! - A good diet! - Good revision techniques require the student to think and be an active learner
  10. 10. How quickly do we ‘forget’ information?
  11. 11. Revision technique ideas: - Drawing Spider Diagrams/ Mind Maps to show how links can be made between topics. Links = Making a connection = learning - Drawing Key Points posters, using colour and pictures to help memorise. - Record yourself making 10 key points, and listen back to it throughout the day - Quality note taking, highlighting key areas from the textbook
  12. 12. - Watching Revision videos e.g. GCSE Bitesize. Interact with the video – don’t just sit and watch. - Teaching someone else what you have learnt - Read a page and shut the book, what do you remember? - Using Acronyms, Mnemonics and Poems - Attempting Exam Style Questions - Use the Revision Guides effectively - Games with family / friends
  13. 13. What ‘kind’ of learner are you?
  14. 14. · Recopy notes in colours · use of highlighters · Visually organise or reorganise notes using columns, categories, outline forms, etc. · Remember where information was located in visual field · TV/video supplements important for understanding or remembering · Create timelines, models, charts, grids, etc. · Write/rewrite facts, formulas, notes on walls, poster for visual review at any time ·Learn facts, formulas, notes on index cards · Use of visual mnemonics Mostly as – visual learner
  15. 15. · Need to discuss concepts/facts/aspects with friend immediately after new learning · Tape records whilst reading notes for re-listening later · Must say facts/formulas/information over and over to retain · Set information to rhyme, rhythm, or music to aid retention · Remember where information was located in auditory field (eg tagged to "who said that?") · Use of different voices to study (like creating a script, or acting out a play) · TV/video/radio supplements useful for obtaining information · Prefer to listen without taking notes · Prefer group discussion and/or study groups · Aural Mnemonics Mostly bs - auditory
  16. 16. · Prefers learning by ‘doing’ rather than thinking – needs to be encouraged to take notes, draw diagrams etc. · Copy notes over and over, apparently to make them neat or organised? · Use their body to express a thought – short and long term memory improved by movement. · Good hand-eye coordination. · Prefers to take notes during lesson as an aid to concentration · Alternates sitting still and moving during studying · Move hands or feet for rhythm emphasis while studying · Constructs things while studying · Frequently takes things apart, or "tinkers with things" for understanding · Need to take lots of breaks whilst studying · Easily confused with having a short attention span Mostly cs – kinaesthetic
  17. 17. Some examples of different revision techniques…
  18. 18. Make your own notes – don’t just rely on the revision guide. This can be started straight away!
  19. 19. The deep-sea pearl diver
  20. 20. Where should revision take place? Warm Quiet Comfortable Airy – oxygen helps you stay awake and learn Music can help if it is relaxing - 60 – 80 bpm (similar to resting heartbeat) - Your revision area must be:
  21. 21. When should revision take place? - Choose a time and try to stick to it - If you cannot revise in the morning, early evening after tea is fine. - Mornings are the best time as you are well rested and your brain is uncluttered
  22. 22. How long should I revise for? - Exercise before the revision helps you to concentrate - Aim for 30 minutes each session, with a break for 10 minutes to relax, before starting again. - Break larger topics down into smaller, more manageably sized topics - Less than 10 minutes or over 1 hour of revision is of little value
  23. 23. When should I start revising?!
  24. 24. When should I start revising?! - The sooner the better! - 1 month before the exam you should have shortened your notes and be looking over them for a second or third time - As a general rule, 2 – 3 months before the exam you should have got started. Make a revision timetable - 1 week before the exam you should have finished learning the work - No learning should take place in the final week – you cannot learn 2 years of work in 1 week!
  25. 25. If we revise something, how much can we remember?
  26. 26. Revision Timetable – where to start?
  27. 27. Be specific
  28. 28. Sitting the exam The night before: - Get your equipment together - Only attempt light revision and nothing new - Get up in plenty of time - Get a good night’s sleep (if possible) On the day: - Make sure you leave home with everything you need - Last minute revision by flicking through your notes
  29. 29. Sitting the exam Compose yourself: - Don’t worry about classmates scribbling away - Ease into the exam - Read the instructions carefully - Write down anything you are afraid of forgetting - Answer questions you feel confident with first, if you have a choice. - Work out how long you can spend on each question, before the exam starts, if you can.
  30. 30. Sitting the exam - Get a sense of how detailed an answer is necessary – look at the number of marks available - Read the question twice – pick out key words - Stick to what the question is asking! None of this!
  31. 31. Coping with stress - Continue to do things you enjoy to relax you and take your mind off study - Clears the mind, relaxes muscles after and releases tension produced by stress Take time out to have fun: Do some exercise: - Asking is not a sign of weakness – friends or family Talk about it:
  32. 32. Coping with stress - Reduces stress and provides energy - Take yourself away to another place by creating a relaxing daydream! Eat well: Use mental imagery: - Take as many deep breaths as needed. Hold your breath for 10 seconds and then slowly release Calm yourself:
  33. 33. Coping with stress - Students must set realistic goals in the first place. The goals can change as the student becomes more confident - Main cause of stress – a student not feeling in control of their circumstances - Complete tasks rather than leaving them unfinished - Develop a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment in the whole process of preparing for an exam (rather than focussing on the result alone)
  34. 34. -Listening is more important than knowing all the answers -Always encourage not to give up; be positive -Try to make time to talk about homework and classwork. It will help make you a source of encouragement and support -Talk about your own experiences of school How can I help?
  35. 35. Overworking yourself Some students work so hard that they could potentially harm their chances
  36. 36. Overworking yourself There are clear signs of being overworked to look out for: - Lose contact with friends and family - Tiredness, due to late nights finishing off work, probably to an unnecessarily high standard - Irritable - Deteriorating health - Loss of focus