Year 11 Study Skills Workshop
Report by Annabelle M, Year 11
The Speed Learning Study Skills activity was designed to help Year 11s learn to revise, de-stress, point out useful apps, how to build confidence and keep calm, overall just stay on the right track during exams. So on Tuesday afternoon there were about 70 or so Year 11 students in the refectory with sixteen Year 12s and 13s running the activity. This consisted of 14 speed learning tables, each one with a different theme related to exams. It was quite cramped but it felt more exciting that way because, when you went to a table, you knew you were only going to be there for a few minutes, which was either annoying if you wanted to know more, or was quite good because then you had received the useful parts of information that you could take away. Every four minutes a timer would go off and Pippa would shout out to tell us to change tables.
I get stressed about the smallest thing, so for exams you can probably imagine what I am like. The first table I went to was how to “manage stress” and the Sixth Former said things that I hadn’t even realised would have helped. The advice that has stuck with me the most is that you should not isolate yourself; you need to be with people that make you happy.
There were several other themes which the Sixth Formers talked about at their tables. For example, there was one about revision apps like Quizlet, which is good for learning vocab for languages. There was another table where the focus was on different ways to revise. This topic might be a typical one to do, however I went to that table because it was a real student talking about how to revise (rather than a teacher). All the Sixth Form students involved were in the process of revising themselves - many of whom have got A*s - so I thought the methods must have worked for them!
One Year 12 talked about how she would write down what she could remember, and the subjects or topics she couldn’t remember she would look up make them into a mindmap or write out them in notes, which I thought was a really useful idea. There was also one table about how to be organised. I’m normally a very tidy person, so I wanted to go to this table and see what they said about organisation, and they said your physical appearance and surroundings reflects your mental appearance. Also, that your brain is less stressed if you know where all of your notes are. Even though I keep my notes and revision neat and in a folder, I still found this table interesting.
I personally thought that the whole Speed Learning session was very useful and gave myself and other Year 11 students many ideas of how to revise, de-stress and all sorts of other useful advice concerning exams. What was really fantastic about it though was that it was run by Sixth Form students still in school, who are revising now for their exams coming up, so they know exactly what you are going through because they themselves are going through it as well! It was so helpful to hear from students, who are close to your age, giving you advice of what to-do and what not to-do!