Year 11 students should be focused on ensuring that they complete all the work that is required for their courses and begin a solid programme of revision and exam preparation.
Useful Revision Sites
Getting ready for exams
Year 11 are now embarked on the final stages of their road to summer exams. Students should be thinking about how they can maximise their grades to be able to take the courses they want to in the sixth form.
All Year 11s have an account with SAM Learning, which they should be using. They also have an account with MathsWatch and MyMaths (email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have forgotten your username and password).
Year 11 are now completing a study program with Elevate Education, which will have provided them with some useful guidance (some of which is accessible on the Elevate website. Elevate have also provided us with an exemplar study sensei pack that students should recognise.
How to Revise
Have a revision timetable (but don’t spend too long making one)
Revision must be active revision. Experiments have shown that in order to commit something to long term memory it needs to be repeated 5 times. Using multiple parts of the brain helps make connections in the brain which helps memory
Revise (using active techniques) in half hour slots
First 5 minutes: revise what was done in the last slot for that subject
Next 20 minutes: revise a part of the course using active methods
Last 5 minutes: Have a short break
Repeat this again, have a 15 minute break after – it helps the brain!
Everyone gets stressed about exams, and there are lots of places you can go to for help and advice. Search the internet and you will find everything from the Emporia State University promoting the “Five Finger Relaxation Technique” to others like the University of Reading promoting more standard practical advice.
It is natural that you will be a little nervous, but if your anxiety is making your life difficult you MUST speak to someone – a friend, a member of your family, someone at school. Every member of staff at Highgate Wood School is there for you and will be happy to listen to your concerns and worries. Don’t keep them a secret!
Talk to someone if exam stress gets too much
The AQA exam board has useful advice on dealing with exam stress and also gives answers to some of this exam board’s most frequently asked questions from nervous students.
Childline receives thousands of calls from students worried about their exams and so they have lots of experience. You can download their “Beat Exam Stress” booklet from the website. You could also phone them on on 0800 1111.