SIX SECONDARY SURVIVAL STRATEGIES


Strategy One

Use tape to divide a whiteboard into the 10 weeks of your term. Write the due dates of Assessment and exams in the appropriate week. Backwards map from these dates to draft dates, plan dates, finished research etc. Put all school check dates in the appropriate place


Strategy Two

Use tape to divide a pinboard into 4 sections. Pin all Assessment in one section. Use plastic sleeves so assessment remains tidy. Pin your timetable (include before and after school and weekends) in another section. Pin a monthly calendar in a third section. Pin times tables, CUBES, equations, etc in the final section.


Strategy Three

Use your school diary! Put all the details from strategy one into your diary. Put times tables, equations and other study hints in the back blank pages.

Strategy Four

Use handwriting to take notes and complete work in every class. Use large, hard covered notebooks. Colour code or cover these so they are easy to differentiate. In class date work, use headings and sub heading and write on the left page only. If must use your laptop, glue your work into this page as soon as you can.

Strategy Five

Regularly read through these notebooks. The best revision is to do this every night. If this is not possible(for example, when you have a job at night), get up earlier and do this every morning. Reflect upon what you learned and write reflections to these questions:

  1. The main idea of this lesson seems to be?
  2. What questions do I have about this?
  3. How does this seem to relate to what we have done in this subject before?
  4. How does this seem to relate to what I have done in other subject before?
  5. What other connections can I see?


Strategy Six

Create Vocabulary lists in the back of each notebook. Regularly read through your notebooks. The best revision is to do this every night. If this is not possible(for example, when you have a job at night), get up earlier and do this every morning.  Update your vocabulary lists based on the work you have done that day. Use these vocabulary lists to regularly revise:

Make flash cards,

Create revision lists using Vocabulary.com https://www.vocabulary.com 

Create Crosswords or Find-a-words using  http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/

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