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Do what you always do, get what you always get. Your brain is a sleeping giant. Tony Buzan author of Use Your Head. Every child has, at birth, a greater potential intelligence than Leonardo Da Vinci ever used.

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your brain is a sleeping giant

Your brain is a sleeping giant

Tony Buzan

author of Use Your Head

daniel goleman emotional intelligence

At best, IQ contributes 20% to the factors that determine life success, which leaves 80% to other forces: forces grouped as emotional intelligence

Daniel Goleman

Emotional Intelligence


We Learn10% of what we read20% of what we hear30% of what we see50% of what we see & hear70% of what we say90% of what we say and do

Vernon A Magnesen

vertical thinking is digging the same hole deeper lateral thinking is trying again elsewhere

Vertical thinking is digging the same hole deeper. Lateral thinking is trying again elsewhere

Edward de Bono

originator of Lateral Thinking

tonight s programme

Elspeth Crombie

A Parent’s Guide- Study Support

Phil McTague

Revision Support

John Mullarkey

Revision Strategies

Ian Gerrard

Introduction to the VI Form

a parents survival guide
A Parents’ Survival Guide

Mrs Elspeth Crombie

Deputy Head

what are gcse exams
What are GCSE exams?
  • GCSEs are exams that are taken by pupils usually in Year 11
  • The exams are set by external examination boards who set the syllabus and methods of assessment
  • Some pupils maybe following a Vocational GCSE. They are of full equivalence to the traditional GCSE
  • The exam is usually made up of two parts – The formal exam and coursework
  • GCSEs are graded from A*- G. Failure to complete either section of the exam may result in an unclassified grade
coursework for pupils
Coursework – For pupils
  • Coursework will be made up from a combination of taught lessons, fieldwork practical work and independent study.
  • Access to variety of sources e.g. in house materials, textbooks, library, internet, film and video can be used to support the coursework.
  • Tasks completed in class will support students. Homework may include writing / typing up.
  • Use will be made of mark schemes to enable students to assess their own work.
coursework for parents
Coursework –For Parents
  • Coursework is an important component of all courses
  • Between 20% and 60% of the final grade can be gained from coursework marks
  • Show an interest in the tasks set and offer assistance by
  • Discussing your child’s approach to planning and meeting deadlines
  • Helping to locate necessary resources
  • Proof-reading draft materials
  • Checking Spelling





a word about plagiarism
A Word About Plagiarism
  • Work submitted by pupils must be all their own work
  • Pupils know that they are not permitted to cut and paste/ directly copy work from books, the internet and other source
  • The consequences of pupils copying work is that they may be disqualified from their exam in that and other subjects set by the board
what can parents do
What can parents do?

Provide support

Avoid anxiety

Talk to your child

Show pupils how to get help

Set targets

Plan a revision programme together

Build self confidence

Reward progress and achievement (bribery does work)

Contact the school for information or progress updates

Keep an eye open for distractions!!

a parents guide study support
A parents guide – Study support

Provide the environment for revision

  • A quiet comfortable room
  • Access to books and materials
  • Away from the TV and other distractions
  • Keep an eye on your child\'s social calendar
  • Working in a job outside school can be a distraction and it takes up time
  • A balanced diet –the burger and chips problem
  • Try to encourage exercise “All work and no play“
Most of all
  • Be patient and
  • Don’t nag!!!
how else to prepare
How else to prepare?

Look closely at the Progress report ( 16.10.09) and Annual Report (issued 13th January) and discuss it with your son/daughter.

Make every effort to attend the Parents’ Evening on 27th January

Ensure a high attendance rate to school is achieved (95% as a minimum)

Ensure attendance at the Grade Improvement Classes(start 8.3.10)

Identify + purchase revision guides (These may be offered at a reduced price in school)

Reduce part-time employment hours

the more you link the more you learn

The more you link the more you learn

Jeannette Vos

Learning Revolution

brain gym
Brain Gym
  • Stand up and, by raising your knees alternately, touch each hand to the opposite knee
  • Do this ten times whenever stressed

Recommended by educational kinesiologists to integrate both sides of the brain








































remember to
  • Reward progress and achievement
  • Be available and willing to listen
  • Say “DO” not “DON’T”
revision techniques

Revision Techniques

Mr John Mullarkey

Deputy Head

learning by heart
Learning by Heart

Some things you just

have to learn … Chemical

Formulae, Historical dates,

Spellings, Quotations etc.

1066 Hasting

1666 Fire of London

1815 Waterloo



Check you have learnt it by

  • Looking
  • Covering,
  • Writing and then
  • Checking

Rote learning should be

kept to a minimum




Alas, Poor Yorrick I knew him well

mnemonics or memory joggers all the better if you can set to music
Mnemonics or Memory Joggers All the better if you can set to music

For remembering the colours of the rainbow

Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain

Brian’s Clouted Only If He’s Naughty

(Less easy but all these elements have two atoms in its formula)

crib cards
Crib Cards

A range of different

techniques can be used on

crib cards

Crib cards are postcard sized

and can be used to condense

a lot of information.

Increasingly Post It notes are

being used. These can be

stuck up all around the house.

notes and tables
Notes and tables

River Processes

A Corrosion Chemical action caused by acid in water

B Attrition Wearing down as stones rub against sides

C Hydraulic Action The sheer force of water

D Corrasion The force of stones hitting the banks

E Deposition The dumping of carried material;

weighing up an argument
Weighing up an argument


Wide range of outlets available

Buy now, pay later

Convenience of payment

Security, no cash

Perks e.g. Insurance, gift scheme


Need a good credit record

Interest charged after time allowed for repayment

Minimum Age Usually 18

High interest rates

Risk of fraud

The pros and cons of using a credit card

links to the sixth form
Links to the Sixth Form

Mr Ian Gerrard

Deputy Head

welcome to the sixth form
Welcome to the Sixth Form .....

At Eirias High School we offer:

  • An outstanding record of academic success
  • A wide range of courses - A level vocational and WBQ
  • High quality pastoral care and guidance
  • Expert direction on the route to Higher Education
Remember ...............

Sixth Form Opportunities Evening

Wednesday 13th January at 7.00 pm

(the same day as reports are issued)

The evening offers an opportunity to discuss the courses on offer in the Sixth Form with subject teachers and students already on the course