Good Advice

This is a great little document from the Science Faculty at LA- whom I have just discovered pinched it from Mr Bowled Over formerly of the Physics Dept. It applies to all your subjects.

Revision Guidelines

  • Take responsibility for your own learning, and make sure that you give yourself every chance of success.
  • Analyse your prelim and identify Areas for Improvement
  • Use past papers along with the SQA website – see “marking instructions”, your teacher will show you how.
  • Attend after-school Supported Study regularly (check with staff in advance as changes may have to be made to accommodate staff meetings.)
  • Consult teachers at interval/lunchtime, perhaps to get help with homework or to borrow other resources, of which we have many.
  • Refer to Syllabus/Content Statements/Arrangements Document/“Need to Know” sheets.
  • Practise with “Basic Knowledge” or “Learning Outcome” Question Booklets.
  • Make/obtain and use Flash Cards.
  • Try mind-mapping/spider diagrams.
  • Generate own short notes/Summarise
  • Familiarise with equations on the Relationships Sheet and the Data Sheet on the exam paper and add your own notes to these.
  • Learn mnemonics suggested by your teacher or create new ones to help you remember chunks of information. (ROYGBIV – Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain, RMIVUXG but don’t overdo it)
  • Practice using revision materials on here.
  • Write and record mp3 files and then listen to these as often as you listen to your music.
  • Use Flash Learning.
  • Plan weekly Revision timetable.
  • Post-it notes in your room/house (better ask first!)
  • Enlist a ‘victim’ to test your knowledge at home.
  • Teaching is the most effective method of learning – teach the dog or a teddy (he won’t fall asleep).

Remember to revise at the first opportunity after any lesson, asking yourself;

  • What were the main learning objectives of the lesson?
  • Do I understand these?
  • What can I do to improve?

Also, plan your revision and do not put things off to tomorrow when you could fix them today.

Keep a note of areas you are finding challenging and bring them with you to after school classes for targeted help and support.

Hope you find this useful and thanks to the Chemists and Mr Bowles.

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