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GCSE Revision Tips for Parents Wednesday 5 th April Jon Bell j. [email protected] gloucs. sch. uk Aspiration Challenge Growth @swr_school
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Did you know? • Parental support is up to 8 times more important in determining a child’s academic success than socio-economic factors? • GOOD NEWS!! You don’t need to be an expert in any of your child’s GCSE subjects or give up your own life either!! Just need to use the time you do have really well. • Long-Term importance V Short-Term fun! • Your support, encouragement and interest can make a massive difference in your child’s ability to cope with the academic and organisational demands ahead.
Did you know? Your GCSE exams are less than 5 weeks away? • GCSE Art – 8 th and 9 th May • GCSE French/Biology – 16 th May • GCSE ICT – 17 th May • GCSE Chemistry – 18 th May • GCSE Spanish/PE – 19 th May • GCSE Eng Lit/Geography – 22 nd May • GCSE Maths – 25 th May • GCSE Eng Lit – 26 th May Number of non school days – 22 Number of school days - 18 4 hours of revision on non-school days – 88 2 hours of revision on school days - 36 Total revision time – 124 Take off time for days that I can’t revise - 12 Total time available – 112 hours
Exam Equipment Bring all items to every exam. All items must be in a clear pencil case: • Black ink or ball point pen(s) • Pencil Sharpner • Eraser • Ruler (30 cm) • Scientific Calculator (without cover) • Highlighters http: //swr. gloucs. sch. uk/year-11 -exam-timetable/
Revision Timetable WEEK Monday Tuesday Wednesd ay Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 30 th March 6 th April • • • Top Tips for Time Management Make sure that time is allocated according to revision priorities. Examination times should be put in the revision timetable first. Before May 12 th revision should be planned by dividing time by subject and topic. From 11 th May it should be driven by the examination timetable. Use a different colour for each subject for revision sessions. Time to revisit a subject/topic should be built in – in particular just before the exam. The school organised revision / warm-up sessions should be built into the timetable
Motivation for Students! • Keep going to every lesson. • Stick to the revision timetable – the further behind you get the less you will be in the mood. • Resist temptation to bury head in the sand. • Ignore friends and what others are saying – it must work for you!
Motivation for Parents! • • Agree the balance between work and social life. Talk to them! All students fall behind. Be flexible, try to use the 80/20 rule. See difficulties in perspective – the ‘catastrophic’ approach to problems
What is good revision? • • • Go to all lessons – even the ones you don’t like! Reduce the notes you work with into a single A 4 by the night before the exam. Get old of old papers and use revision notes to answer them. Clear goal for each revision session. Start & finish time. Get into a routine and follow the revision plan. STOP! Take a break. Don’t waste time struggling – ask a teacher or friend. IGNORE friends and don’t listen to what little they are doing – results matter!!
Improve your Grade 5/C chances! Start revision early. Plan for hour slots. Plan to revise 1 or 2 subjects. Plan some days off, but NOT in the few weeks before the exam. Plan to revise specific topics rather than subjects (not just science, but human systems/chemical reactions or electricity) • Revision cards, colours • Small group discussions can work • • •
Improve your Grade 5/C chances! Time Needed Science Paper 1 Total 20 Hours Inheritance & selection 3 Structures & bonding 4 Wave & radiation 4 Metals 3 Science Paper 2 Environment 3 Patterns of chemical change 4 (difficult) Forces 5 Earth materials 3 Electricity 4 Completed/Get Help?
The day before the exam…. • • Know the exam timetable Get to school early Allow time for brain to wake up Take everything you need (and spare black pens) The night before the exam…. • Don’t rise ‘to the bait’ – shelve those battles! • Talk them through the next morning, what topics might come up?
Dealing with difficulties ‘I’ve left it too late to revise’ • A little knowledge is better than none, prioritise your time. • Focus on subjects that at grade C is more likely • Identify key areas with the subject Dealing with difficulties • Perspective • Manageable chunks • Positive results
Useful websites General support for teenagers www. projecteducation. co. uk www. bbc. co. uk www. childline. org. uk/explore/Pages/Explore. aspx www. youthaccess. org. uk Exam boards www. aqa. org. uk www. edexel. org. uk www. ocr. org. uk www. wjec. co. uk Revision help www. sparknotes. com www. gcseguide. co. uk www. bbc. co. uk/schools/gcsebitesize www. revisionworld. co. uk http: //www. s-cool. co. uk/