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6th Form Letter 5/5/2015

posted 5 May 2015, 06:58 by Rob Jukes   [ updated 5 May 2015, 06:59 ]

Dear Parent/Carer

Last week your child received their mock results and we hope that they were positive. If your child did not do as well as they had hoped there is still time for them to turn things around.

All students have received their personalised exam timetable and to help you support them I have attached a one page guide of exam advice.

Students will not receive study leave since we feel they will be better supported through attending lessons.

Important Information 

Students studying ‘A’ levels only: once you have completed your last exam you do not need to come to school until Monday 15th June 2015. 

Students studying a mixture of ‘A’ levels or just BTEC e.g. Food, Travel, Construction, Drama, Music and Beauty. You still need to attend school, because you have no exams and your assessment is based on coursework and this is an opportunity to improve your grades.

Students who do not return at their expected time will not be eligible for the rewards trip. Please note that A level results day is Thursday 13th August 2015.

Kind regards

Angie Lawrence
Assistant Principal 

1. Get yourself organised 
  • Make sufficient time for academic study outside of the classroom. You should be spending approximately four hours per subject each week. 
  • Don’t let study periods in school drift away without getting anything done. 
  • Meet all your deadlines and do not fall behind 
  • Set up a quiet place to study (at home; the library) and avoid distractions. 
  • Address extra-curricular dilemmas, e.g. part-time job versus study. As exams approach you must give academic work increased priority but occasional relaxation is vital! 
2. Reading

  • Read around the subject (daily newspaper; Economist; New Scientist; Internet). 
  • Read other people’s work … (after you've done your own!). 
  • Ask for help if you do not understand what you read. 
  • Use reading as a source of technical words and jargon for your own work. 
  • Summarise what you read in your notes. 
  • Do not copy other students’ work or plagiarise. 
3. Note Taking
  • Clear and concise notes are best remembered. 
  • Highlight key ideas and terms. 
  • Summarise your own notes into a series of key 
  • Make sure you have a complete set of notes 
  • Keep your notes safe and well organised. 
4. Preparing for Exams

  • Pull the whole course together (get a syllabus) 
  • Try to keep a revision timetable. 
  • Change revision topics regularly to avoid boredom 
  • Revise actively by summarising notes onto cards or into diagrams; (don’t stare blankly at your notes or copy out repetitively!). 
  • Revise in approximately 45 minute sessions. 
  • Practise past questions and papers. 
5. As Exam Day Approaches
  • Ease off your revision (you need to be mentally alert for the exam). 
  • Revise during the day so that your mind is used to working in examination hours. You must be at your most alert at 9am not 11.30pm! 
  • Get a good night’s sleep 
  • If anxiety sets in talk to parents/tutors. 
  • Check examination arrangements (twice!) – time, place, etc. 
On the day:

  • Don’t attempt any last minute revision, it will only disturb your carefully stored ideas. 
  • Arrive in good time. 
  • Don’t let other candidates disturb you. Remain aloof if you need to. 
  • Make sure you have the necessary equipment for the exam (black pen, calculator, books!) 
  • Bring a drink of water & have breakfast 
6. In the Exam Itself
  • Keep calm at all times 
  • Read the instructions on the front page. 
  • Read the questions. 
  • Read the instructions (again) and find the questions you have prepared for.