Archive for November, 2013

It has come to my attention that many of my students are struggling to remember key ideas and information covered in class when they come to do their written assignments at home. The simple answer is to take notes. But what is note taking and how should it be done to be most effective? For an original approach to answering this question, click the link below:

A rap, explaining note taking…

AS expectations

Posted: November 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

As the coursework deadline draws nearer and parents evening is just around the corner, it seems like a good time to remind AS students of our expectations. We want you to be successful students and achieve the highest grades possible whilst also nurturing your interest and enjoyment of literature.

It’s important that you commit at least 5 hours a week to further study beyond the classroom and the face-to-face time you have with your tutors. During this time, there are many activities you can engage in to improve your knowledge, understanding and skills as well as completing the homework set by your tutors. This might include:

1. Wider reading, for example, read other texts written by the author you are studying or those who were writing around the same time.
2. You could search BBC iPlayer for any documentaries related to the author you are studying or search iTunesU to find audio and video lectures about your area of study.
3. Read supporting material provided by your tutor or available to download here. Reading should involve annotating, highlighting and cross-referencing.
4. Keeping a reading log. Make detailed notes of everything you read so that you can reference them later. Track characters and themes. Create detailed tables in your folders.
5. Create a quote bank with page numbers. Add interesting and relevant quotes to this. Try to learn a short quote everyday.
6. Undertake grammar improvement exercises. These can be found online or ask your tutor to provide extra resources to improve these vital skills.
7. Take part in an enrichment activity such as film, book or debate club.
8. Visit the theatre/cinema to see a film or play you would not normally go to see. Try to broaden your field of experience.
9. Brush up on your history. Visit the library to research what was happening in the world during the time of the text your are studying or during the author’s life.
10. Study with someone else. Swap ideas and notes. Write practice paragraphs and mark each other’s work against assessment objectives.
11. Keep a blog! Not only can you use this space to reflect on your own learning, but you will also develop your writing skills.
12. Keep your folders, notes and books up-to-date and well organised. Regularly review and tidy. Catch up on any missing lessons/work.

Hello year 11!

Posted: November 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

I hope you enjoy browsing the blog again. Just to remind you, you need to look at the menu on the left and click on the link about Twelfth Night. I want you to reserach this secular tradition and be able to share your knowledge next lesson.

It would also be a good exercise to familiarise yourself further with the plot of the play. You can do this by clicking on the Sparknotes link on the left and reading the summary. I will be testing you on this!

Keep up the good work!