The new Sixth Formers attended a workshop aimed at improving their research and independent learning skills. The event, that included a presentation interspersed with fun exercises, was led by training coach, Jay Shirley of Positively Mad. He reprised some of the information during a short presentation for parents in the evening.
He said: ‘This is about students doing their own research, they are not going to be spoon fed information at Sixth Form, they have to go out and find it themselves. It is making the leap from Year 11 to A Level study. This talk has given them tips to help them do that; to look at note taking, different kinds of research, practical ideas that they can use. The students were pretty engaged, there was lots of note-taking.’
‘The evening session went through what we did with the students and included tips that parents can do to help. I reminded parents of the things they can do to set a good environment for learning and revising. This includes no revising in bedrooms because students get distracted. Make sure that they have the right environment, provide water and fruit, steer clear of energy drinks and just be there for them.’