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Help! I've Got Exams Coming Up

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS3 KS4

Students, teachers and parents all become involved in this approach to coping with exams which focuses on attitudes and expectations through a variety of home- and school-based activities. Parents are empowered to take a more active role in supporting their children's exam preparations.

Topics include: Pressure; Homework; Revision; Setting, using and monitoring goals and targets; Time management; Working environment; Balance between home and school; How parents can help.

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Size: 68 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 319 5
Author(s): Mandy Chappell
Code: HIGE
Popularity rank: 225
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Contents List


  • 7 STUDY HABITS (KS3 & 4) Students learn how to maximise learning during study times. They consider how, when and where they study and what they need to take into consideration to make best use of their time. related page for parents can be found in Appendix 2.
  • 9 STRESSBUSTER (KS3 & 4) Students consider how stress affects the body and learn a relaxation technique which they can use in the exam room. They discuss individual differences in stress response and identify a range of responses in the main body organs.
  • 11 A HEALTHY MIND IN A HEALTHY BODY (KS3 & 4) Students learn how important it is to look after their body by eating and sleeping well and to look after their psychological state by ensuring a balance between work and play.
  • 13 WAYS TO REVISE (KS3 & 4) To learn how the senses can be used in different revision methods. This should move the students from just reading through their notes to using more active revision methods.
  • 15 WHO CAN HELP? (KS3 & 4) Students are encouraged to have the confidence to ask for help when they need it. They gather information about different sources of help available, both individuals and organisations, both in and out of school. A related page for parents can be found in Appendix 1.
  • 17 PRACTICE TESTS (KS4) To learn how to use practice tests as productive way of analysing strengths and weaknesses and thus be able to devise an action plan to improve in weak areas.
  • 19 REVISION AIDS (KS4) Students learn to produce revision aids tailored to their own needs by reducing information to key facts, key vocabulary and numbered points. By making their own revision cards, they are using an active approach and are therefore more likely to retain the information.
  • 21 PRIORITISE (KS3 & 4) How to prioritise the many tasks that need to be completed and thus help students to make better use of their time. They look at case studies and prioritise them.
  • 23 TARGET SETTING (KS4) To introduce target setting using the SMART target system as used by careers and PSHE systems and give students practice in setting such targets. Students take home and discuss their targets with parents or guardians.
  • 25 SETTING GOALS (KS4) To acknowledge the need for goals and learn to be realistic in setting them. Students will learn the value of having a plan B in case things do not work out as they wish.
  • 27 RELAXATION TECHNIQUE (KS3 & 4) Students learn a relaxation technique suitable for use in exams or at home.
  • 29 DRESS FOR SUCCESS (KS4) To ensure students do not have problems on exam day because they are unaware of the dress code.
  • 31 STICKING POINTS (KS3 & 4) To help students feel that they are not alone when they get stuck but that there are positive and time-efficient solutions.
  • 33 MEMORY (KS3 & 4) Students learn how memory works and apply the principles to their own work.
  • 35 STUDY BUDDY (KS3 & 4) To encourage students to help themselves by working co-operatively with classmates to identify gaps and weaknesses in their work.
  • 37 PACING YOURSELF (KS4) To help students prepare for heavy exam timetables. They examine a student exam timetable and look at coping strategies.
  • 39 A PLACE TO STUDY (KS3 & 4) To help students to improve their study space and bring to the school's attention any problems they may have in finding a place to study.
  • 41 GETTING IT RIGHT (KS4) To teach students to maximise their potential by answering the paper correctly. Students look at common errors and plan how to avoid them.
  • 43 TROUBLESHOOTING (KS4) To enable students to anticipate blockages when revising and learn how to work around or remove them by enlisting help and support.
  • 45 STUDY LEAVE (KS4) To consider the pros and cons of study leave and how it can be put to best use.
  • 47 KNOW WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW (KS4) To help students identify their weak areas and plan how to remedy them.
  • 49 ON THE DAY (KS4) To enable students to arrive on time and fully prepared for their exams.
  • 51 WHEN? WHAT? WHERE? (KS4) To help students make sure they are in the right place at the right time with the right equipment.
  • 53 PAST PAPER POLL (KS4) To analyse a range of exam questions from past papers to help students focus their revision time.
  • 55 COURSEWORK (KS4) Students learn how to maximise marks for coursework thus taking some pressure off the exams.
  • 57 UNDER PRESSURE: HOME (KS3 & 4) To devise strategies to help deal with pressure from home.
  • 59 UNDER PRESSURE: PEERS (KS3 & 4) Students explore the pressures that their peers place on them and look at both negative and positive aspects.
  • 61 UNDER PRESSURE: SCHOOL (KS3 & 4) To examine the pressure school places on exam students and attempt to find solutions without personalising problems regarding specific teachers or subjects.
  • 63 APPENDIX 1 A proforma letter to be sent home to parents or guardians. For use with Who Can Help? (page 15).
  • 64 APPENDIX 2 A proforma letter for parents which help to allay fears and promote partnership. For use with Study Habits (page 7).
  • 65 APPENDIX 3 Revision grid. A proforma for home/school use. For use with Pacing Yourself (page 37).
  • 67 APPENDIX 4: For use with Under Pressure: School (page 61).
  • 68 APPENDIX 5 For use with Target Setting (page 23). Lesson-specific Teachers'



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Useful to a degree but found the worksheets rather simple for my group! Basic
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