At Thornhill Academy, all staff are committed to giving our pupils the education that will help them become the very best they can be. Their vision of Learn to Live, Live to Learn, aims to prepare pupils not just for today but tomorrow and life beyond school as we see learning to last a lifetime.
Thornhill is one of the best performing Secondary Schools in Sunderland for progress and provides excellent opportunities for children to develop as learners and grow as individuals.
At this time of year, as are all schools, they are getting the Year 11 students ready for their final GCSE exams. We all know the importance of revision and preparation for GCSE exam success, but how much do you know about effective revision? There are some very popular strategies that students spend a lot of time doing yet they have little impact. Three poor revision techniques often used are:
- Highlighting texts
- Summarising text
The reason these are so ineffective is that they require very little thinking… and it’s thinking about things that makes us remember them.
It’s really easy to see why students like these strategies. They keep them busy, making them feel good that they are actually ‘doing revision’. Your son or daughter will come bounding downstairs from their bedroom and show off numerous highlighted sheets of text that they have ‘revised’.
Gratifying? Yes. Effective? No.
Another barrier to effective preparation is the management of the stress that these exams inevitably bring. You may notice changes in your son or daughter’s attitude. They may become irritable, nervous or sad. They may have difficulty concentrating or even have physical signs of stress or tension.
As a parent the most important thing when discussing exams is to remain positive. Focus on events they have been successful in and recall times when you did something fun together. Actively listen to them and reassure them they their feelings and worries are normal. However, don’t worry if your child doesn’t want to talk, simply reassuring them that you are there for them is sometimes enough.
The ethos at Thornhill academy is about offering an all-round education and preparation for life and they are justly proud of the great progress and high achievements their pupils make. For more information about exam preparation and exam stress please visit their website at: http://thornhillschool.org.uk/
For your chance to win a ‘night off’ revision at Nando’s and the Cinema answer the question below:
Competition will close 31st May at 12pm and the winner informed the same day. Multiple entries will not be counted. Winner must be a sitting their GCSE’s this summer.