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Study Skills


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A presentation used at the SAGT Conference at Edinburgh Academy in October 2007

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Study Skills

  1. 1. GEOGRAPHY (gee•o•graph•ee)
  2. 3. Alan Parkinson, Chartered Geographer Head of Geography King Edward VII School King’s Lynn Going beyond ‘cut and paste ’ New Study Skills
  3. 4. Going beyond ‘cut and paste ’ An adaptation of a presentation given at the Royal Geographical Society in October 2007
  4. 5. Who is this bloke ? <ul><li>I’m Head of Geography at a school in Norfolk </li></ul><ul><li>I serve on the Geographical Association’s Secondary Committee, and have acted as a consultant with people such as the BBC, Teachers TV, The Guardian, Dorling Kindersley, BECTa etc. </li></ul><ul><li>I run the ‘GeographyPages website’, which some of you may be familiar with </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve been invited to speak at SAGT for the last 3 years – maybe some of you heard me before ? </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve just written my first book – I’ll sign your copy if you buy one next year. </li></ul><ul><li>The SAGT committee thought it might be nice for you to see what I presented at the Royal Geographical Society a couple of weeks ago. </li></ul>
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  6. 7. AIMS To suggest some ways of helping you support your students as they study that you may not have considered before… …so that they do better in your final exams ! …and you get your Christmas bonus…
  7. 8. All details in your delegate pack.. or on the website (see the side of the pen)
  8. 9. The four capacities   Successful learners Confident individuals Responsible citizens Effective contributors
  9. 11. STUDY SKILLS How to make the most of the time between lessons, and to prepare and revise for exams, to get the best possible grade… and take account of learning styles… “The lesson doesn’t end when the lesson ends…”
  10. 12. 1967
  11. 13. 2007 X
  12. 14. Let’s go back to 1980 No 1 in the charts ? Mash: Suicide is Painless Popular TV ? Ask the Family Dallas Jim’ll Fix It
  13. 16. Study Aid No. 1 Study Aid No. 2
  14. 20. “ Digital Natives” Marc Prensky
  15. 21. <ul><li>Also see the “Shift Happens” presentation </li></ul>
  16. 22. What do you use ? I asked our 180 6 th form students some questions about studying….
  17. 33. Answers on a postcard…
  18. 35. Geography Schemes of Work:
  19. 36. What do you use ? “ Condensing work, then learning it in quiet surroundings..” “ Wikipedia is great.. and search engines, usually Google” “ Teachers should make study notes and activities available over the internet for use at home..” “ Writing things out several times help me remember it for revision.”
  21. 38. The Internet “ the a vast research library full of facts and information, some of which is correct. but the idea that grazing it in your spare time could be 'fun' is laughable... Jeremy Clarkson
  22. 39. The Internet “ I care more about the colour of the gearknob on my Mercedes SLK than the amount of carbon dioxide it produces ...” Jeremy Clarkson
  23. 43. BLOGGING Been around for about 10 years An online ‘diary’ where the newest entry is shown at the top of the ‘page’
  24. 44. The Benefits of having a blog Source: Val Vannet – “A blogs not just for Christmas” – ” Set homework on-line Link to & network with other schools Enhancing Learning and Teaching Follow up information from lessons Communicate when students are away Encourage further research Create a link with home for parents Post reminders e.g. dates Fieldtrip follow up and photos
  25. 45. Scotland “leads the way…” <ul><li>I’ve been blogging since 2003, but Ewan McIntosh has been doing it for ever… </li></ul>
  26. 47. FREE !
  27. 48. Blogs A collection of ‘highlights’, from the internet or texts that are being used, so that others can also see them…
  28. 49. <ul><li>Use them to store: </li></ul><ul><li>website details </li></ul><ul><li>results of Google book searches </li></ul><ul><li>page references </li></ul><ul><li>links to homeworks </li></ul><ul><li>images that have been used </li></ul><ul><li>BBC news stories </li></ul><ul><li>deadlines </li></ul>
  29. 50. Examples….
  30. 53. The power of blogging… <ul><li>Tsunami – December 26 th 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Hurricanes </li></ul><ul><li>Burma </li></ul><ul><li>Baghdad Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>“ Belle de Jour” </li></ul><ul><li>Kent Earthquake – pictures within hours… </li></ul>
  31. 54. Respond to an event….
  32. 55. What ? When ? Where ? Why ? Who ?
  33. 56. “ Miss, could we ever get an earthquake in Kent ?” Student question “ No, no, its very unlikely and if we did it would be so minor we wouldn't know it had happened ?” Geography teacher’s answer The student asked the question last Friday in a school in Kent…
  34. 57. Saturday Morning – 8.19am
  35. 58. How were the effects described ? <ul><li>“ I thought a train was going past, and all of a sudden the tiles started falling off. I slipped and was holding on to the scaffolding on the edge of the roof with my legs dangling over the edge.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I thought an aeroplane was going over, then I fell down the stairs…” </li></ul>
  36. 59. How were the effects described ? <ul><li>“ It wasn’t like the War of the Worlds, but it was scary” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m 9 months pregnant and I thought I might go into labour ! I woke up and the pictures were rattling on the walls and two fell off. The TV was bouncing across the table…” </li></ul>
  37. 60. How were the effects described ? <ul><li>“ Quakey Wakey” – headline in ‘News of the World’ </li></ul><ul><li>“ I was having breakfast with my wife and two young children. Mugs fell off the kitchen shelves and the children started crying…” </li></ul>
  38. 61. Some of the effects… What’s happening here ? Five ‘W’s: What, When, Where, Why and Who ?
  39. 62. What ? When ? Where ? Why ? Who ?
  40. 63. What ? When ? Where ? Why ? Who ?
  41. 64. Idea from “The Guardian” <ul><li>New KS5 (A level) in UK </li></ul><ul><li>One new theme is that of “Rebranding Places” </li></ul><ul><li>Edexcel Specification </li></ul><ul><li>Exam boards looking for longevity: themes that will run for next 15 years… </li></ul>
  42. 65. “ tagging is the new filing…”
  43. 66. What do you use ? “ repeating key phrases over and over” “ I would go to revision sessions, but find it distracting to study with other people around” “ it would be helpful if teachers supplied guidelines of key things we must know for the exam”
  44. 67. What do you need to start podcasting ?
  45. 69. Where can I find them ? <ul><li>Open University </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Radio </li></ul><ul><li>i-Tunes </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher websites: Stephen Quayle </li></ul>FREE !
  46. 70. First of all download Audacity to your machine…. It is FREE, and can be obtained from Also download the LAME plugin, which you will need if you are going To export your files as mp3 or WAV files.
  47. 71. You will need a microphone. The one I use cost £3 from a leading supermarket chain…. Start up Audacity….
  48. 72. <ul><li>Insert microphone into microphone slot and make sure it is the chosen input </li></ul><ul><li>Press RECORD and speak </li></ul><ul><li>A trace will appear which will be a visual record of your voice… </li></ul><ul><li>Press STOP when finished </li></ul><ul><li>Press PLAY to hear your recording. </li></ul>
  49. 73. 1 2 3
  50. 74. 1 2 3
  51. 75. Use the EFFECTS tab to change the pitch of your voice if necessary…
  52. 76. Choose File, then export as WAV or mp3 formats… WAV files can be added to powerpoint by choosing INSERT, MOVIES and SOUNDS, SOUND from FILE and navigating to the file…
  53. 80. The Guardian
  54. 83. What do you use ? “ I study best when I study with someone and we go through problems together…” “ I find it useful drawing mind maps or spider diagrams so that I can see ideas visually…” “ I work well if I have a partner, or am in a small group…” “ I like sharing ideas with other people before starting to write an answer…”
  55. 84. NINGS
  56. 86. <ul><li>They can be set up as private networks so that you can choose who joins your network and control what they can do. </li></ul><ul><li>You can use them at school whereas other social networking sites are filtered out…. </li></ul><ul><li>They’re ‘my favourite price’… </li></ul>3 big differences with Nings: FREE !
  57. 92. So far…
  58. 93. Benefits <ul><li>Closed environment </li></ul><ul><li>Allows upload of documents after lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages a learning community to develop </li></ul>
  59. 95. Another alternative… Google Aps…
  60. 96. So, the exam is getting closer
  61. 97. Everything’s where you can easily find it…
  62. 98. Were you paying attention ? One of these images was not used as a background in the presentation – which one ? C B A
  63. 99. Hungry for more information ?
  64. 100. What do you want ? “ Teachers to use the internet more, and suggest websites…”
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  66. 102. 2 creations by Rob Chambers you need to see
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  68. 104. <ul><li>Need a photo of virtually anywhere or anything ? </li></ul><ul><li>Almost all my slide images today were from Flickr users </li></ul><ul><li>A great place to store images online and ‘tag’ them to find them later… </li></ul>
  69. 105. <ul><li> </li></ul>
  70. 106. Thinking Space
  71. 107. Best wishes for your exams !