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1 STUDY SKILLS FOR NATIONAL 5 EXAMS

2 Look at the twenty items on the slide.

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5 AIMS 1.Why should I study at all? 2.Where should I study? 3.How should I study? 4.When should I study? 5.Should I do it on my own? 6.How do I know I’m learning?

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7 WHERE DO WE START? Make up a study plan for every week. Revising regularly and in small doses is a much better approach Be realistic about how much you will do. Make sure you have a decent balance between revising, homework and your usual activities Divide your study sessions up. Include breaks If you miss a planned session, you should make up for it later.

8 ARE YOU WELL PREPARED TO REVISE? Have you already eaten and drunk something? What are good things to eat/drink to stimulate the brain? Do you have brain food and water close by? Make sure you balance your studying with physical exercise Do you have a table and chair to work at? Do you get peace and quiet to work? Does music help to study? What kind of music? Are you sitting in a well-lit place, so you don’t strain your eyes?

9 ARE YOU WELL PREPARED TO REVISE? Make sure you’ve rewards planned to get you through the studying. Is there someone nearby who you can talk to if you have a problem? Decide on the times of day when you learn best. Don’t leave it until you’re exhausted. Make sure others know you’re revising and need peace and time to do it.

10 REVISION Always try and carry something to revise e.g. If your waiting for the bus or at the doctor’s. Cue cards can be useful here too. Always spend 10 minutes looking over work you’ve covered during that day. You will remember it far more easily. Don’t just do the easy questions. Try the hard ones and see your teacher if you can’t do them. Often it’s easy to get the first few marks in a question, so you need to revise the hard stuff to get full marks.

11 How do we remember things? By making connections with other things: try making a mindmap to link things together and have a picture/diagram for revision By making things more interesting: e.g. Use highlighter pens to pick out important details and make them stand out. Post-it notes with key facts plastered over walls means you can’t escape from facts.

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13 How do we remember things? By making connections with other things: try making a mindmap to link things together and have a picture/diagram for revision By making things more interesting: e.g. Use highlighter pens to pick out important details and make them stand out. Post-it notes with key facts plastered over walls means you can’t escape from facts.

14 How do we remember things? Flash cards can be useful. Write questions, equations, etc on one side with answers on the back. By working with other people, whether friends or family. A ‘study buddy’ can help to share good practice, by tackling the same answer as you and then comparing and sharing good practice.

15 How do we remember things? Mnemonics mean you can remember key words from the first initials of words e.g. In History ‘The 4Ws’: Who, When, Why What? Use Word Association and rhymes to remember phrases/ideas e.g. How many days are in September? What are the colours of the rainbow?

16 How do we practise for exams? By being clear about what the exam consists of and... By being clear about how much of your coursework contributes to the exam

17 REVISION BOOKLETS, APPS & PAST PAPERS Some subjects have booklets with examples and practice questions so you can look at good practice and then tackle exercises on your own. Your teacher will then mark the work you do. Download apps on your Smartphone to practise while you’re waiting.

18 REVISION When doing practice questions make sure you have a checklist of things you need to include Pay attention to the amount of marks given to the question. Vary the support you use: -Sometimes use your notes to write answers -Sometimes do under exam conditions and give yourself time limits.

19 Practice Papers and Study Guides

20 Websites and Apps

21 REVISION SESSIONS Lunchtime and after-school supported study can help you discuss problem areas with teachers and pick up any exam techniques including on-line activities such as GLOW, BBC, public resources.

22 WORKSHOPS R15: Biology R40: Physics R30: Music R1: Modern Studies R6: Modern Languages R5: Accounts Main Hall: English and Maths Main Hall: Q&A on NQs R17: Chemistry R15: Biology R2: Art R1: History R5: Business ICT 1: Computing R17: Chemistry R40: Physics R1: History/ Modern Studies R5: Administration R6: Modern Languages

23 Mathematics - National 5 Study Skills

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25 New Qualifications

26 How will they be assessed? assignment case study practical activity performance portfolio project question paper/test

27 Nationals 3, 4 and 5 National 5  unit assessment  external examinations  course assessment National 3 / 4 – no examination  unit assessments  added value unit

28 N5 courses – no examination Administration Physical Education Practical Metalwork Practical Woodworking

29 Senior phase prelim diet National 5 prelims S4 begins Monday 20 th January No study leave New exam arrangements

30 Preparing for the exam Students have been issued with: A Prelim Exam Schedule

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32 Preparing for the exam and… Pre-Exam Checklist

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34 Students must report to school as normal Registered in period 1 class Wear school uniform No phones or portable devices How you can help

35 Students should bring their own equipment May bring water to drink Stay in the exam hall until the end of the exam

36 If delayed or unwell Phone the school and ask for Mr McLean or Mrs Harris Get in as fast as you can if delayed

37 Prelim results estimate of performance tracking and monitoring to support exceptional circumstances or marking review if required

38 Nationals in a Nutshell Produced by the National Parent Forum for Scotland

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40 Parentzone Produced by Education Scotland

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42 Any questions?


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