Get rid of last minute revision classes
It is hard to resist the one more push approach to preparing young people for their exams, yet the urge to do so is misguided, writes The Guardian's Secret Teacher. All last minute revision classes do is increase stress levels and discourage independent thought. Indeed, schools are now cutting their Easter revision classes, in part because they encourage the very kind of cramming that teachers everywhere know is a product of disorganisation and of a lack of trust. In my ten years experience as a sixth form teacher, I have seen little evidence of last minute revision sessions having a huge impact. I have found that one-to-one help, long before the exams, and which is largely student-led, has a much greater impact. These sorts of activities assume that the learner has gone away and discovered for themselves what they they understand, and what they need help with. Ultimately, exam success is won or lost in the classroom through good teaching and opportunities for students to develop their skills, but not with five minutes to go.
Writes the Secret Teacher:
"It goes without saying that all of us want students to do well. I’d go further, and say the vast majority of us go above and beyond to help students exceed their own expectations. We do this every day, in our normal timetabled lessons and the extra hoo-ha at this time of year is actually detrimental to that."
I couldn't agree more.