Presentation on theme: "S4 PSE Overcoming Barriers to successful study Exam Tips"— Presentation transcript:
1 S4 PSE Overcoming Barriers to successful study Exam Tips Understanding the Exam Question
2 Overcoming Barriers to revision – Activity 1 Brainstorm factors that can prevent you or other pupils from being able to revise or learn effectively.
3 Activity 1 continued - Overcoming barriers to revision One person should be the advisor and the other the student.The student should choose 2 barriers to revision that they have come up with and the advisor should give advice on how to overcome these barriers.Swap roles
4 Overcoming Barriers to Effective Revision Poor organisationConfusing notes to revise fromNowhere to reviseStudy timetables/action plans/to do listsUse bbc bitesize/how to pass revision books/ask teacher for clear set of notesFind a small area that can be used as personal study space/use the local library
5 Overcoming Barriers to Effective Revision Thinking you cant do itCramming and feeling you have too much to reviseNot knowing how to reviseReflect on the positive, what have you achieved in the past, reflect on strengths.Start revising early – use effective planningTry out different methods that have been taught at school. Be actively involved in study. Find a method that suits you.
6 Overcoming Barriers to Effective Revision Leaving it too lateBad memoryHating revisionTake control, stop that from happening START NOWTry out memory games, mnemonics, acronyms, make up rhymes and stories to help you to rememberTry and make it enjoyable by using different strategies and materials. Revise with friends and family, get them to test you. Set your challenges/targets so that you feel a sense of achievement. Think about why you are revising, what you will gain from it
7 Overcoming Barriers to Effective Revision Not enough timeOther things to doMake time – have a plan which incorporates your extra curricular activities and free time as well as your study timeThink about the importance of revising, what is in it for you, what are the benefits
8 Exam tips Read instructions carefully. Where possible do your best questions firstLook at the number of marks a question is worthDress for comfortDon’t let one bad experience influence affect how you feel about yourself and the exams
9 Exam tipsWhen tackling long questions, plan them first. A mind map is a good way to do this.Underline the important words in a long question – this will help you break down the question and check that you have answered all parts to itIf you start to feel really stressed try some deep breathing exercisesGo to the exam earlyMake sure you have all the equipment that you needDon't spend too long on one question
10 Activity 2 – Understanding the exam question Understanding key terms is very important if you are going to do well in examsExaminers often report that students fail to understand what a question is asking them to do. SQA have stated that this is one of the main reasons why young people fail their examsIf you have a better understanding of key words you are more likely to focus on the right way of answering the question
11 Activity 2 continued - Understanding the exam question In your pack you have a list of key exam style words that would be used in questionsWork in pairs and match these words with their definitions.
12 TERMS DEFINITIONS Analyse Compare Illustrate Outline State Summarise ReviewClarifyComment onLook very closely at the detailSay how things are the same and differentGive examples to make your points clearDescribe without too much detail. Give main featuresPresent the information clearly but brieflyUsing your own words, bring together main pointsGo over the whole think picking out the important parts to give your opinion onMake it simple and clearGive your opinion or point of view
13 TERMS DEFINITIONS Consider Demonstrate Describe Discuss Contrast ExplainTake into account. What are your thoughts about itShow using lots of examplesGive a detailed account of something as it is. You do not need to give your opinion on itGive important reasons for and against and come to a conclusionShow how things are differentMake the information clear by giving reasons for it