Know your destination in terms of assessments now : when are my exams? When is my coursework due? What is expected of me? Use your diary to plan it out.
Create a PLC (a personalised learning checklist) which lists the skills you will need to complete/be successful on your course.
Know what your goal is at the end of the year/course (the grade or level you should be aiming for.) Know what the work required to achieve that goal looks like and what you need to do to get there.
Print yourself a copy of the syllabus and know its constituent parts/topics/assessment objectives. Tick them off as you do them and colour code your reaction to them: green=I have understood it, amber= there are some bits I need to go back to/need help with, and red= I’m struggling with this topic/sub-topic/idea and I need help.
Make good, clear, thorough notes. Try to go over them at the end of the day so they are fit for purpose and keep them in an organised way, in a file, with all your handouts and additional bits etc.
Learn from your mistakes by listening to the teacher’s advice/implementing the points they have highlighted on your work. Try to improve one thing at a time.
TALK to your teacher. DISCUSS what you are doing/trying to do, and let them know if you are struggling.
Use your free time in school and the time you have at home profitably. It REALLY IS CRITICAL that you work everyday, establishing a routine which suits you. If you don’t work from day one of your course, you will later regret it!
Know your learning style. If you are using methods of learning which don’t suit you, you will struggle. Try to vary your methods to see what works best.
Talk to your parents/carer about what you are doing. They are very supportive, want to help and often feel frustrated that they cannot see you working at home (always a bad sign) or are told “everything’s fine” when it isn’t!
Ten Top Tips for Parents of Year 12 boys
Look regularly at your son’s progress/ attendance on SERCO to ensure you are fully informed.
Contact your son’s tutor if you have any concerns/want information/need to let us know something.
Try to discuss your son’s work with him and encourage him to talk to you about it. Help him to aspire to something by keeping a focus on the future.
Praise the things your son does well.
Try not to get angry if you feel your son is not doing what he is supposed to. If you feel there are issues and you cannot help/he won’t listen, talk to us!
Encourage your son to maintain a good work/life balance but keep an eye on the “social” time and paid work.
Try to encourage your son to go to bed at a reasonable time.
Try to encourage your son to switch off the distractions when he’s working.
Watch out for signs that your son is stressed/not coping.
Keep a calendar at home which is visible with all the key dates/exams/deadlines etc on.