On this page you will find various support with study skills. Your time with us at Key Stage 5 will be, in many ways, quite different to your experiences at GCSE. You will be expected to spend as much time studying outside of lessons as you do in lessons and some of this time will be independent study where you will need to prioritise your tasks and ensure you are preparing revision materials for your examinations.
There will be a rolling programme of support available to you, these sessions will be held after school and will be aimed at supporting you with general study skills. We will tailor these to your needs so please feedback to Mr Reddington if there are any aspects of studying at Key Stage 5 that you feel you need help with. You may also be referred to these sessions by subject teachers or your form tutors.
The best advice sometimes comes from people who have had the same experience; Year 13s! When speaking to students at the end of Year 12 or 13, whether students have done well or had to seriously think about their approach to learning, the same comments reappear every time. So here they are:
- Learn how to work independently; you get more time but it is not FREE time (look at article on time management later in the booklet)
- Meet deadlines
- Organise your notes; use dividers or use a different book for each subject/teacher
- Don’t let your work back up; but if it does, take action quickly, your teachers will be happy to help if you approach them and admit you are finding something difficult
- Ask for help promptly; the longer you leave it the worse it will get.
Your teachers have a wealth of experience in teaching A levels. The list below includes the most frustrating things teachers see students doing. All of them have an impact on how well you will learn.
- Copied and pasted work; there is literally no point in doing this; you have not had to read it in enough detail for the knowledge to do anything other than float out of one of your ears
- Capital letters; at A level you must be able to punctuate properly; most exams include a mark for spelling, punctuation and grammar
- Students who have not done the preparatory work for the lesson; without a basic understanding you will not be able to keep up. As a group, the students who have prepared will be held back by those who haven’t.
- Not writing in the third person; all essay answers need to be formal. You should only very rarely use ‘I’ when producing an A level answer.