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Secondary School

27 May 2018

This past Friday brought a huge sense of relief to a small portion of our Secondary School students: exactly three weeks after it started, the IGCSE session for June 2018 closed at NAISAK. During those past three weeks, some students sat up to 19 examinations (that is an average of six per week!), with Friday 11 May being the biggest challenge of all with three examinations for all the students and up to 7 hours and 20 minutes of examination time on that one day.

Such statistics show the importance of training our students to tackle examination times effectively. Now that our Year 11 students completed the most significant weeks of their two-year courses, their younger peers from Year 7 to Year 10 are facing their own challenge. After an intense revision week, the end-of-year assessment week started today.

Exam time is often arduous and difficult. However, with effective planning and thorough revision, students can take more control of the examination process. Revision is the key time

for students to optimise their learning, develop an overview of what they have learned, and apply their knowledge to a broad range of themes and issues. This is why the Secondary School has established this academic year a revision week ahead of each summative assessment week.

Revision is more than simply cramming everything students have studied into an overcrowded brain. Whilst students will need to remember important issues, techniques and theories, it is more important that students can apply these to a broad range of questions. Revision is the process of identifying key themes and issues, identifying what is really important and how this can be interpreted and applied.

In order to develop an active mind that interprets rather than regurgitates, it is recommended that students plan an active revision plan pushing their learning through the exploration of questions, such as: What is the cause and effect? How can I justify this conclusion? How do these areas relate to each other? Questions like these will help students to think independently and broadly. All weeks play an essential role in a student’s overall success. While learning takes place throughout the term and is regularly assessed through short-term/formative assessments, Revision Week helps students organise and access their learning to reach success in final/summative assessments.

Exams can be of great benefit for a number of reasons. Throughout the examination process, students will: pull together all the various strands from their studies, set individual topics in a wider context, identify specific themes, apply their knowledge, and reach conclusions. After an intense revision week, examinations give students a chance to make sense of their learning and demonstrate it! For more tips on how to self-regulate prior to and during assessments, please refer to our e-Newsletter published on 4 March. Best of luck to All!