The curriculum that your son/daughter is now following is knowledge based and the examinations that they will be take will be at the end of their course. With these changes it has become increasingly important for your son/daughter to complete learning homework on a regular basis. Using the right strategies when learning and revising is essential and a group of educational researchers, called the Learning Scientists, have identified 6 key strategies that are proven by science to improve learning. These strategies are:
- Spaced Practice
- Dual coding
- Concrete examples
From Year 7 and onward, students are taught about these strategies and how to use them in order to help them learn and revise. All lessons and homework are always planned with the strategies mentioned above in mind. Please click here to read about the different strategies and how to use them.
These strategies are even more successful when combined with hard work and good attendance. Studies show that students who spend at least two hours a night on their homework/revision are statistically more likely to get better grades in terminal exams. For more information about our homework policy, please click here.
As well as identifying what we do know, knowing what doesn’t work is just as important. Learning is hard and often the easiest strategies to do prove to be the most ineffective. The following have all been proven by research to have little or no impact on learning:
- Re-reading your notes
- Highlighting your notes
- Making summaries of your notes
You can support your son/daughter by talking to them about both the strategies that work and those that don’t and by helping them to put them into practice when completing learning homework and revising for tests. For further information, please click here to visit the Learning Scientists website where you will find articles and research about how best to support your son/daughter with their learning.