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Success Zone (GCSE Support)

 

 

 

Headteacher Personal Interview

You have all had a personal interview with  me in September/October o go through some basic expectations for Y11. It is important that you know that I personally care for your success and that I expect the whole school to support you in ensuring you are equipped and prepared for your future career trajectory.

Remember that we agreed (and signed) the above sheet and went through the following actions:

  1. Attend regularly and punctually
  2. Ensure you know your targets and work towards these
  3. Know your exam boards and online materials
  4. Ask for help at any point from Mrs Carter or your teachers
  5. Develop your resilience and stress in readiness for exams

 Stage 1 – Know Your Target Grades

Every student has a progress tracker sticker on the front of their books which has your target GCSE grade. This does not mean the highest grade you can achieve – this is simply a guide. I would like every student to achieve above this grade and your teachers will give you work so that the very highest grade can be reached – it is up to you how much additional time you dedicate to preparing for this.

Stage 2 – Know Your Exam Boards

  • English: AQA
  • Maths: Edexcel
  • Science: AQA
  • Geography: AQA
  • History: Edexcel
  • RE: AQA
  • French: Edexcel
  • German: Edexcel
  • Music: Eduqas
  • Art: AQA Art OR Edexcel BTEC Art & Design (check which one you are!)
  • Photography: AQA
  • PE: Edexcel BTEC

Stage 3 – Create a Study Timetable

We have uploaded an example revision timetable template for you to start to plan your revision schedules.

Study Timetable Template

Stage 4 – Download Support Materials

We are working with Elevate, a company specialising in revision and study skills in order to maximise our students’ success. We have already had a very successful study skills session and parent seminar and are looking forward to 2 further sessions before the GCSE exams. Please use the valuable tools available on the student portal which includes revision materials, support with organisation and further advice for students and parents. Click on the icon link above, enter the password provided to you by your tutor and create a free account – you can contact the school if you need the password.

In order to support learning and achievement, we subscribe to GCSEPod. This provides a platform to prepare for important examinations. At the heart of GCSEPod are our videos. We call them “Pods”. Each one is a highly concentrated, 3-5 minute burst of audio-visual learning and specialist subject knowledge for 20 curriculum areas. It’s written by expert subject teachers then rigorously quality assured.

Distraction blockers

  • SelfControl: This thing is amazing. It’s an app that lets you block any site on all browsers for any period you like. You can adjust the settings to match your needs and goals. I keep it simple and just block Facebook for periods of 3 hours when I really need to get through study. Check it out here
  • Cold Turkey: This one is really similar to SelfControl, and has lots of added functionality and premium versions for those who will do anything to ‘not study’. Those interested can find it here

Languages and Learning

  • instaGrok: Just type in the topic you’re studying, and instaGrok will make you a mind map with quotes, key points, pictures, videos and links to sources and sites. It basically takes care of research and note-taking for you.
  • Duolingo: This language learning app tracks your progress as you use flash cards and other useful tools to learn another language. Duolingo is completely free and is fun to use.

Organisation and Sharing

  • Wunderlist: I use Wunderlist for everything. If you love making lists, and sub-lists and setting digital reminders, this one is for you. I really like the simple interface and how it syncs across multiple devices.
  • Evernote: This one is more focused on note-making, but includes all the functionality that’s in Wunderlist. It’s a bit more complicated to use, but once you get it, it can be your one stop shop for note taking.

Google Calendar & other calendar apps:

  • If you don’t know about Google Calendar, then you’ve probably been living under a rock! Use this to create your perfect study timetable, send yourself push notifications to study and set up study groups with friends!
  • Dropbox: An obvious choice for anyone who needs to share files on a cloud. Once again, an obvious go-to.

Speed Reading, Watching, Dictation

  • Zap Reader: You copy and paste text you’d like to get through quickly into the reader and push play. ZAP Reader will throw words at you one at a time in quick succession so that you don’t need to move your eyes across the page. You can also control the speed that the words are delivered too.
  • iAnnotate: Annotate your PDFs on the go so you can take notes and read all on your tablet.
  • VLC Media player: Speed up or slow down videos to your own speed with VLC. You can watch a 1 hour lecture or video in 40 minutes!
  • Dragon Dictation: Use your voice to dictate a text message or email, create Facebook status updates or a Tweet, and anything in between – simply speak and see your text content appear with Dragon Dictation.

Light and Sound

  • f.lux: f.lux adjusts the light levels and colour tones of your computer screen to match the time of day. This allows your eyes to adjust naturally so that you’re not staring at bright screens right before bed.
  • Noisli: Noisli allows you to play different types of sounds to help you block out surrounding noise. I like to use this when I’m in a study area where people are talking. It allows me to block them out without distracting myself.
  • Raining.fm: Like Noisli but just the sound of rain. Rain is a very comforting sound and blocks out the sound of brothers and sisters distracting you!
  • Meditation
  • 1GiantMind: An app that teaches you how to meditate. I like to use this to de-stress after a busy day and clear my head before exams.
  • Headspace: Another very useful meditation app used by more than 4 million people worldwide!

 

Useful Resources

English: AQA

Maths: Edexcel

Below are useful websites for revision purposes;

Science: AQA

Group 1 will complete GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. The rest will complete GCSE Combined Science Trilogy (with Group 2 completing Higher and the rest Foundation).
There are two very useful resources – the AQA website with the specification (click on the Download specification tab)  & specimen exam papers (click on the Assess tab) and the BBC Bitesize website.
Here are the links:
GCSE Biology
GCSE Chemistry
GCSE Physics
GCSE Combined Science Trilogy

Geography: AQA

Below are useful websites for revision purposes;

History: Edexcel

Below are useful websites for revision purposes;

RE: AQA

Below are useful websites for revision purposes;

 

French: Edexcel

The link for active learn is

https://pearsonactivelearn.com

All students taking Languages have a login for this and homework is set on this too. Students also access any areas they wish at any time.

Another we use is Duolingo which is great for practising vocabulary and sentence structure. It is free to use and students set up their own accounts.

https://www.duolingo.com

Language Gym – great for grammar. Students can practise any part of grammar. Games allow them to learn and this is a free resource too.

https://www.language-gym.com

German: Edexcel

The link for active learn is

https://pearsonactivelearn.com

All students taking Languages have a login for this and homework is set on this too. Students also access any areas they wish at any time.

Another we use is Duolingo which is great for practising vocabulary and sentence structure. It is free to use and students set up their own accounts.

https://www.duolingo.com

Language Gym – great for grammar. Students can practise any part of grammar. Games allow them to learn and this is a free resource too.

https://www.language-gym.com

Music: Eduqas

Music Practise Paper

Below are useful websites for revision purposes;

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/music/gcse/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/WJEC-Eduqas-Music-Revision-Guide/dp/1911208411

 

Art: AQA Art OR Edexcel BTEC Art & Design (check which one you are!)

Art Practise Paper

 

Photography: AQA

Photography Practise Paper

 

PE: Edexcel BTEC

PE Practise Paper

 

 

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