Revising at Home Arrangements w/b 19 th May Students who have an exam in an afternoon session will be entitled to have the morning at home for independent study supported by parental consent. If your son/daughter has not got permission to revise at home he/she will use the quiet study rooms provided.
Revising at Home Arrangements w/b 2nd June (and onwards) Teaching staff will be available to supervise student revision during normal timetabled periods. Students can opt to undertake independent study at home where consent has been granted by parents. Students must sign in at reception when they arrive at school and when leaving for home study during the course of the day. Subject departments will communicate directly with parents and students where attendance is advised.
Exam Arrangements > Arrive 10 minutes early > Leave mobile phones, MP3 players etc switched off and stored securely > Equipment – black pens, calculators, compass, protractor etc. > drink in clear plastic bottles > transport arrangements for those exams that finish after the end of the school day
Students who do best in exams: Have revised thoroughly Feel confident Have parents who take an interest in their revision Have eaten a proper breakfast or lunch Have had a good nights sleep Have good attendance
Study Tips...Regular breaks are important to stay alert while revising. A five-minute break every half- hour is better than a 30-minute break after five hours... Concentration spans for teenagers is roughly the age plus one min...No more than two subjects a night
... Your son/daughter should continue with his /her regular leisure commitments - this will help to take his/her mind off exams every now and then
> Start each session by tackling the most difficult bits first – revise least favourite subjects earlier in the day/evening > Check how he/she is doing by letting her explain something to you if you can understand the explanation, then she will be able to produce a good answer in the exam.
“Parental involvement in a child’s education can mean the difference between A*-C and an ‘also-ran’ at GCSE” Source: Times Educational Supplement. Research shows that parental involvement in your child’s education is by far the most influential determinant of success in school –up to 8 times more influential than other factors including social class.
How can parents/carers help? Offer help as a tester, reader, source of knowledge, buyer (of books) Organise fun activities for them to reward their hard work Offer praise and rewards Work out time limits (for revision and social time) Ensure they have a suitable place for study (a quiet place without distractions)
... Useful revision techniques > revision cards > list of key words for each topic > diagrammatic representation of topic > designing a test > Question and answer with a friend/parent/carer > Make recordings of the information and listen to it each day.... Just reading things through doesn't usually work!
Stress Exams will be stressful for both students andparents alike. Sources of stress include: fear of failure, not being able to answer the questions, disappointing their parents. To help your child reduce their stress levels you can try: Encouraging them and telling them what they are good at on a regular (daily basis) Take an interest in their work and revision and point out what they have done particularly well Plan rewarding activities for them and ensure that they still have a social life as well as working hard Encourage them to think positively and tell them that you are proud of them and that you know they can do well Remain calm
What we will be doing in school to support your child After school revision sessions Revision Guide Study rooms during exam period Intervention sessions Lessons will continue running up until the exam has been sat
Revision sessions SubjectDayTime Business StudiesWednesdaysLunchtime Economics14 th and 15 th April GeographyTuesday 1 st April Tuesday 29th April Tuesday 6th Ma After school P.E.ThursdaysAfter school HistoryThursdaysAfter school R.E.Mondays and ThursdaysAfter school FrenchThursdaysAfter school PhysicsMondays (triple) Tuesdays (additional) After school MusicMondays and ThursdaysAfter school MathsStudents to check with their teacher ICT & ComputingSchedule decided after Easter
GCSE Results Day is on Thursday 21 st August. If your son/daughter is not here to collect his/her results, he/she may hand in a stamped address envelope and for his/her results to be posted home.