GCSE Exam Revision 2008

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GCSE Exam Revision 2008

  1. 1. GCSE Revision Part 1 March 2008
  2. 3. What motivates you? Money Lifestyle Happiness Job Good prospects Mum and Dad! Peers Fear of failure
  3. 4. The story so far…. <ul><li>65 weeks of GCSE. </li></ul><ul><li>2405 Periods of GCSE work so far. </li></ul><ul><li>96,200 minutes listening to your teachers!! </li></ul><ul><li>You have 13,320 minutes of class time left before exam leave. </li></ul>
  4. 5. That’s just about an eighth of the entire course!
  5. 6. You can expect to get a lot of advice. <ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Class teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Year Head </li></ul><ul><li>Deputy Rector </li></ul><ul><li>Rector </li></ul><ul><li>Mr Fenton </li></ul><ul><li>Peer group </li></ul>Brother/sister/cousins Parents Media etc etc
  6. 7. What, How, Where, When? <ul><li>People up and down the country are asking the same questions. </li></ul>You are not alone…..
  7. 8. By the time you reach this stage of the Fifths you should be able to self monitor. Motivation & Revision
  8. 9. The Great Enemy…….. Procrastination . “ To put off until a later occasion. To be slow to act.”
  9. 10. The Allies of Proctrastination. <ul><li>CD player. </li></ul><ul><li>TV in room. </li></ul><ul><li>Computer/WWW/MSN/Facebook. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile phone. </li></ul><ul><li>Practically anything other than your work!!! </li></ul>All the things in the house that could distract you and keep you from doing the revision that you are there for.
  10. 11. A typical room in the Hall of Residence. Bed Cupboard Sink D e s k W I n d o w G r a s s G i r l s
  11. 12. Dealing With Procrastination Timetable your fixed hours and your recreation time. Make the recreation compulsory, NOT the revision work.
  12. 13. Dealing With Procrastination Focus on starting to work, not on how many hours each day. Only concentrate on a piece of work for 30 minutes to start with. Then record this achievement on your schedule and give yourself a reward.
  13. 14. Dealing With Procrastination Start as many 30 minutes periods as you can. The aim is get into the habit of “frequently starting” to revise. Only after some success with this approach should you gradually extend the study periods.
  14. 15. Dealing With Procrastination & Negativity Create a timetable. Establish how much of that time you can realistically work in. Work out how much time you have before your exams. Work towards the timetable.
  15. 16. Exam preparation. <ul><li>Prior to Easter Holidays </li></ul><ul><li>Easter holidays </li></ul><ul><li>Upon return to school </li></ul><ul><li>Weekends </li></ul><ul><li>School days </li></ul><ul><li>School day evenings </li></ul><ul><li>Examination leave </li></ul>
  16. 17. Between now and Easter. You have just 2 weekends and 9 school nights. How would you feel if you did no work other than your usual mediocre and half hearted attempts at your prep? How would you feel if you had done one extra 2 hour block each weekend and the expected 2 hours each night after school?
  17. 18. That would be 22 hours of exam preparation done before the Easter break even begins!
  18. 20. What can I be doing now? <ul><li>Plan your study space. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that you have all the notes that you should have. </li></ul><ul><li>Tidy up your notes so that they are in the correct order. </li></ul><ul><li>Check that you have revision guides. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a copy of the syllabus? </li></ul>
  19. 21. Easter Holidays. <ul><li>You need a break - if you are staying at home then take the first week off! </li></ul><ul><li>Work the other two weekends and the second week! </li></ul><ul><li>Work in blocks of time each day. </li></ul><ul><li>Divide the day up into three x three hour long blocks </li></ul><ul><li>Work any two of these blocks. </li></ul>
  20. 22. Easter Holidays. <ul><li>At this stage you should be revising all of your subjects </li></ul><ul><li>After each block take a short break. </li></ul><ul><li>As specific exams loom after the holidays you can begin to focus on that subject. </li></ul>Have you removed those distractions from your bedroom yet?
  21. 23. MB’s schedule for the Easter break and study leave. .       Maths   Chem   20.00-20.45       Eng   Biol   19.00-19.45       Chem   DT   18.00-18.45                     Biol Eng   Biol 15.00-15.45       DT Chem   DT 14.00-14.45       Geog Biol   Geog 13.00-13.45                         DT Geog Maths 11.00-11.45         Geog Maths Eng 10.00-10.45         Maths Eng Chem 9.00-9.45 Sunday Saturday Friday Thursday Wednesday Tuesday Monday
  22. 24. PSD after the Easter Holidays <ul><li>Enter final planning for exams phase. </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on class teachers for 6ths and 7ths. </li></ul>
  23. 26. GCSE Revision Part 2 April 2008
  24. 27. Edinburgh Academy Exam Rules. Take particular care to read Mr Fenton’s advice on Exam Rules. By disobeying rules set by the exam board you risk disqualification from ALL your subjects!
  25. 28. Exam Leave. <ul><li>Starts on </li></ul><ul><li>During the bulk of the exams. </li></ul><ul><li>You will have exams beforehand. </li></ul><ul><li>You may have an exam after exam leave. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be expected in school on Friday </li></ul>
  26. 29. Exam Leave. <ul><li>Your teachers will be available to you during exam leave. </li></ul><ul><li>You can expect them to be in their classroom during normal GCSE time-tabled lessons. </li></ul><ul><li>If no one shows up during the first 10 minutes of the lessons they may leave. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication is crucial! </li></ul>
  27. 30. <ul><li>Study & Exam Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Sort out topics for revision </li></ul><ul><li>Based on: the syllabus; </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>examination requirements; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>predictions derived from past papers; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>guidelines suggested by teachers. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  28. 31. The World Wide Web.
  29. 41. Exam Stress!!!!! <ul><li>Your anxiety might only be coming from a couple of subject areas. Identify the problem and try to solve it. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about worries you have with a friend, parent or teacher. They might be able to see a solution that you cannot. </li></ul>
  30. 42. Exam Stress!!!!! <ul><li>Consider breathing and relaxation exercises before and after revision sessions and after exams. </li></ul><ul><li>Relax by forgetting about work – play sport, read or visit friends. Physical exercise is an excellent way of refreshing your mind and body. </li></ul>
  31. 43. Exam Stress!!!!! <ul><li>Keep to your normal pattern of sleep. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep to a balanced, healthy diet. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid drinking coffee which can lead to stress and stomach cramps. </li></ul><ul><li>As far as possible, take control – know when the exams are and where, ensure in advance that you have all necessary stationary and turn up on time. </li></ul>
  32. 44. Exam Strategies Practical preparations: Check the time and venue Have the necessary equipment ready Emotional preparations Consider what might additionally help Memory considerations
  33. 45. Exam skills: Read the exam paper carefully. Note how many questions you are required to answer. Analyse carefully the precise wording of questions. Tick the questions you intend to answer. Make a rough timetable. Answer questions in the order: easiest, favourite, most difficult. So much of this comes down to knowing what to expect.
  34. 46. Completing Past Paper questions is crucial!
  35. 47. Time Management in Exams. We are going to look at the marks of 2 students in the same exam. The exam paper required 4 questions to be answered in 2 hours and 30 minutes and each question was allocated 25 marks - a total of 100 marks.
  36. 48. Time Management in Exams. 2 hours and 30 minutes = 150 minutes. 10 minutes to read the question paper leaves 140 minutes. 140/4 questions = 35 minutes for each question.
  37. 49. Time Management in Exams. Student A Q1 18 Q2 16 Q3 10 Q4 0 Total 44 Student B Q1 13 Q2 13 Q3 14 Q4 12 Total 52 The Scores on the Doors.
  38. 50. Questions. <ul><li>Which student knows more about the subject? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did student A have such wide variation in his scores? </li></ul><ul><li>What do student B’s marks suggest about him? </li></ul><ul><li>What lessons can be learned? </li></ul>
  39. 51. After the exam: Don't indulge in post-mortems. Review what went well in your overall approach, before and during the exam, including the way you handled anxiety . Aim to improve upon that in the next exam.
  40. 52. “ Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”

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