How important is preparation?Taking the time to look at what you need to do and how you need to do it and where you need to do it - is hugely important and allows you to ultimately be successful. Jane Tomlinson – Terminal cancer sufferer and charity fundraiser
Year13 Collapsed day Wednesday March 13th Know what you need to do
Have you got a dream grade? • Write down what grades you need? • What are you predicted grades? • What have you got so far? • How much of your course is coursework and how much exam? Don’t settle for your target / predicted grade. Exams can be unpredictable get grades / marks in the bank and know what you have to do. Don’t make it rest on the final exam.
Where are you now! • Your teacher will have the PROVISIONAL exam timetable. This does depend on resits and it may change • GET OUT YOUR DIARY!!!!!!!!!! • Look at when your exams are likely to be. How long have you got? How many exams will you need to take? • Write down when your coursework deadlines are. • Write in important events and holidays
Decide exactly what you have to know for each subject • You need a checklist for each subject, with all the topics / parts of topics you need to know for each exam • Your teacher may give you a check list for each unit or • Make your own (use the textbook / your notes / exam websites to help) Remember to check with your teacher that you haven’t missed anything out
Prioritise the list Questions to ask: Which topics get the most marks? How confident do I feel about each topic? (Traffic light each one – green-great; amber-ok; red-awful) Use this information to work out which topics you need to spend most time revising.
First steps – Getting organised • Sort out your folders / notes so everything is in order • Buy pens / papers / index cards...etc • Decide where you are going to revise and make sure it’s a suitable place – enough light, warmth, room...etc • For each subject, make a list of what you have to know for the exam • Order it so that the most difficult topics are first on the list • Design a timetable, where you set out what days and times you will revise. • Practise what you are worst at.
Work out the time available • Find out when your first exam is • Sort out when all your exams are(check you exam timetable provided) • Work out how many days you have to revise and decide which day you are going to start your revision • Most people start about 4 – 6 weeks before the first exam, but there is no wrong time (except on the morning of the exam itself!)
Decide on your revision slots! • Week days will be different to weekends and study leave (less slots available) • Each slot, for most people, will be about 40 mins long • The only rules: Don’t plan to revise right up until the minute you go to bed – you won’t sleep Do plan in some breaks and things you can look forward to Don’t plan something you are never going to achieve – if you can’t get out of bed, don’t plan your first session for 7 am! Be sensible! • Do you work best in the morning? Plan one for before school. • Do you have to go to the Gym every week? Don’t plan one for early evening on Monday
Fill in time table • Work out how many slots you’ve got in your timetable • Work out how many slots you will give to each subject (prioritise them in order of difficulty / amount) • For each subject, work out which topics need most slots (from your traffic lighted checklists) • Fill out your timetable with subjects and topics so you know exactly what you’re revising
How many different ways of revising do you know? • Producing mind maps • Summarizing ideas into 10 bullet points…etc • Writing plans and answers for questions • Putting key words on post-it notes and sticking them to the relevant object • Snap cards – matching terms with definitions • Teaching some one else • Playing ‘Just a Minute’ – giving yourself 1 minute to talk or write down everything you know about a particular topic • Word association – write down one word from a topic – how many ideas can you write down associated with that word • Using programs like BBC Bitesize • Re-reading the text / chapter…etc • Generating 10 questions about the topic / chapter / character…etc – you can use them to test your self another day • Bookmarking –making a book mark for each chapter that contains summary of the chapter, key pages, important quotations / theories…etc
Now you’ve done all of this... • START REVISING! And...