What is the best way to revise?
This is the question that has been posed to our Year 11 students throughout the year. We all know what we like, and we all know what’s easy – but what is effective? Highlighting is just the start. As the two week holiday approaches, our Year 11 and Year 13s will have had the usual quote from teachers “this holiday is not a holiday for you”! They will be busy with revision and the challenging work set for them before commencing their final exams on the 3 May. Throughout the year, Year 11 have been investigating the different revision strategies as set out by the Learning Scientist’s. This website is full of wonderful materials to help students use their time more effectively. If you are interested in this, please also see the work from Dunlosky, which outlines the evidence for effective learning strategies in this article. At Compass, we are not simply training the Year 11s to revise effectively. The Year 10s are now studying the same strategies that Year 11 are and we will also be coaching the lower year groups to do the same. Like it or not, preparing for assessments is an essential part of what the students need to learn, the earlier they do it the better. This will help achieve higher when it comes to exams, but also help with their mental health. In England, this has become a problem more as more and more exams have been added to a student's calendar. Showing students how to prepare effectively, and preparing them earlier means there will be less last-minute ineffective work, that ultimately reduces stress.
I am currently researching the effects of mobile phones on our concentration levels. How many of you set out to do a task with the phone next to you? How do you think that affects your ability to complete the task? The research is fascinating and I hope to share this with you soon and the impact technology is having on learning in the secondary school.
Last week epitomised for me what an education at Compass is about. As well as students being praised for their academic progress, they also had the opportunity of taking part in our Poetry Evening. This is a shared event with the primary school and has student representatives from Year 1 – 13. Our English department had completed their unit on poetry and all students had entered at least one poem. Those poems then went through a selection process to be shared in the evening. The character traits and the confidence that the students showed to perform their poems were fantastic. Some tentatively reading their poem for the first time, and some having learned theirs off by heart and with actions. All on their own progress journey of public speaking.
I hope you have a relaxing break with your children and I will be communicating Term 3 key dates.