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Welcome to Get Ahead.  Our bespoke Study Skills programme to prepare you for the rigours of Sixth Form and A Level study.  

 

Can you afford to not get ahead?

 

 

 

Introducing "Get Ahead" at Denmark Road Sixth Form

It is a well-known fact that it is not easy to make the transition from GCSE to A Level. A Levels are hard.  Really hard in comparison to GCSEs. So what is so hard about them?

1.  The quantity of work you need to do

2. The amount of work you need to do independently

3. The difficulty of the content

 

So, to help you make this notoriously tricky transition we at Denmark Road Sixth Form have put together a study skills programme to get you A Level ready. Over the next month we will be sharing how to guides, videos and workbooks on all the study skills we expect our students to have, to be successful.

 

 

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We will take you through pre-reading strategies to make the best use of your time in lessons. Consolidation and retrieval techniques that are known to work! We want you to succeed and we know how best to help you do this.

 

 

 

Get Ahead Study Skills 

Please take a moment to review the first of our Get Ahead Study Skills lessons.  These will update weekly. 

 

Lesson 1 -  how to pre-read

In this week’s study skills lesson we focus on pre-reading techniques including annotated highlighting and summarising, stupid questions and keyword flashcard quadrants. Techniques that will transform your learning and content retention.

 

Annotated Highlighting Technique

 

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I am sure you have been told that highlighting great swaths of text is not an effective method of studying. That does not mean highlighting does not have it place.

 

In order for highlighting to be effective, it needs to be targeted and purposeful. One way to do this is by annotating why you have highlighted the text.  Watch the video to see it being done in action.

 

 

Annotated Highlighting Summarising

 

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Once you have annotated and highlighted the text. The process is not finished.. Watch the video to find out what to do next.

 

 

Keyword Flashcard Quadrants

 

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Keyword flashcard quadrants are like traditional flashcards with a twist. You do not just get to learn the terms but also use them in context and make links to other terms and ideas. All making sure you remember when and where to use the words in your exams/assessment.

 

 

 

Lesson 2 -  Cornell Notes

In this week’s study skills lesson we focus on making Cornell notes from videos. The first video looks at how to arrange you page to get the most from the video. The second part looks at what to do next with the video by introducing self-quizzing to help you remember the key ideas. 

 

Writing Cornell Notes

 

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Reviewing Cornell Notes

 

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Next lesson will look at developing our lesson summaries to include:

  • Summary Sheets
  • Spider webs
  • MindMap

 

 

If you have any questions about any technique please contact Vicki Stokes (Sixth Form Team) on  stokesv@denmarkroad.org