Teaching and Learning Report
November 12, 2021
By Director of Teaching and Learning, Mrs Julia Petrov
With the exams commencing on Monday, November 29, the next few weeks will focus on knowledge and skill consolidation for Years 7 – 10 students.
To further support your son in his preparation for these exams, teachers will be emphasising two key aspects – revision for the exam and exam technique.
- Research has shown that regular revision, which builds cumulatively on increased levels of knowledge and understanding, is the most effective method of preparing for an exam. Developing a revision or study plan based on this is an important step to successful exam revision.
- Having a detailed key word list or glossary is another important revision tool. Exam questions typically assess a student’s ability to synthesise, analyse, interpret etc. However, this can only be done if the student has a clear and explicit understanding of the words or terms being referred to in the question.
- Attempting trial exam questions or papers is also beneficial. Having these papers corrected by the subject teacher and getting performance feedback helps the students set their revision plan.
- The subject teacher is an important resource at this time of the year. Students should be making every effort to contact and meet with their subject teachers as often as they can over the coming weeks.
Much has been written and published about exam technique and students will have access to a range of techniques particular to each subject. However, there are several key techniques relevant to all subjects.
- Students must be familiar with the conditions for each of their exams. They must know the time and room for each exam, if they are permitted to use any other resources, and what equipment they are allowed to take into each exam.
- The reading time allocated to all exams is important. Reading the paper thoroughly will allow students to work out which questions can be answered easily and quickly, and which will require greater attention and take more time.
- Planning exam time is important. Students should factor in an appropriate amount of time and the end of each exam to read through and amend responses. Minor errors or misunderstanding can often be quickly amended during this part of the exam.
- Written responses need to be clear and legible. Teachers are required to correct many papers in a short period of time and appreciate students who take the little bit of extra time and care with their presentation.
- No student is allowed to leave an exam early. Teachers have constructed the exams under the assumption that students would be working throughout the entire time allocated. Students should be making the most of every allocated minute and be working through to end of the writing time.
Students with any concerns about the end of semester exams should see the relevant subject teacher or the Pastoral Care teacher as soon as possible.
“Call Back” Day
The Call Back Day is for a student whose overall effort and application towards his exam is deemed considerably below that which his teacher would expect from him.
Each student’s response will be judged on effort, that he has given his very best.
The Year 11 Call Back Day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 24, after Head Start.
The Year 7 – 10 Call Back Day is scheduled for Monday, December 6, the first day of the holidays.