Revision for any exam is stressful. It doesn’t matter whether you are the student or the teacher! As a teacher you stress about whether you have covered the whole specification and prepared the students enough! You worry about how much the students are revising and secretly you don’t want them to be revising for their other subjects! Buts it all out of care and wanting the students to achieve the best they possibly can!! (And meeting your predictions!)

So how should we preparing them? What are the do’s and don’ts?

The truth is anyone who has an exam is going to feel some sort of anxiety no matter how old you get! I know that I used to get anxious thinking of my students going into an exam – I remember trying to maintain a calm exterior saying ‘Good Luck’ but something in stomach would turn thinking ‘what if it’s a really hard paper?’ So no we can’t change it but we all know that preparation is the key!

So here are some tips for you that we at Kapture8 think will help to prepare the students:

  1. Ideally revision should be planned into your session throughout your course – if you have not done that this year make sure you do it next year! It really does work! A quick 5 to 10 minutes as a starter or plenary is great. We will be posting some free resources around this shortly keep an eye on the website!
  2. I always used to tell the students – stop making your notes look pretty and this goes for teachers! The students need to engage with the content – yes I totally agree, but factor that against the value of the content as well! Steal, beg and borrow what you can – do not reinvent the wheel!
  3. Some schools have blocked revision times or longer sessions time for revision. Remember it is still a lesson. So chunk it up! Have a structure, have practical activities involved, review the learning outcomes, play games, do parts of exam questions!
  4. Go through exam technique – I know it sounds obvious but you would be surprised at how many students do not read the questions. Go through how the questions are structured and what is typically expected. Tell students to highlight key words – look at what marks are assigned for each question.
  5. Look at the previous papers and mark schemes for your chosen exam board – analyse these and do it with the students! Look at where the marks are awarded, identify what the exam boards are looking for and sharing this with students can be powerful. Get students to be the examiner – and help them to assess others. This method will not only help students to understand the question and the answer but help them to challenge others responses hence instilling that understanding even further.

We will be posting some short videos on our social media accounts from other Design and Technology teachers – Like them, Share them and use what is relevant for you ! And feel free to share your tips also!!!

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