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How to improve your learning:
In order to improve your own learning there are three simple steps you must take:
· Set targets (find out what you need to do to do better)
· Identify how to improve (ask your teacher how to do it)
· Carry out the necessary actions (do it)
The target level/grade is a long-term target. It tells you what you should aim to achieve by the end of a key stage, but does not tell you how to do it. In order to improve you need to identify the specific skills, understanding and knowledge that you need to acquire; these are short term learning targets.
Identifying what you need to do
Short-term targets can be general, or subject-specific. An example of a general short-term target is “To complete all homework on time”. An example of a subject-specific short-term target is “To learn to balance chemical equations”. Once you have achieved a short-term target it is important that you maintain that achievement.
Short-term targets can be identified from the comments that your teachers make. These comments may be written on your work, or may be spoken in class.
Targets should be SMART:
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time bound.
Carrying out the necessary actions
Once you have identified what you need to do it is up to you to do something about it. If you are not sure how to achieve one of your short -term learning targets ask your subject teacher, or discuss it with your form teacher and ask for their advice.
Using your planner to
Whenever one of your teachers writes down or tells you something you need to do to improve your learning, do the following:
· Record the date and write the target on the appropriate page.
· Ensure you know how to achieve this target.
· Work on the target until you are confident you have achieved it.
· When the target is achieved, show the evidence of your progress to the subject teacher and ask them to initial your target sheet.
In this way you will be taking responsibility for developing the skills, understanding and knowledge necessary to achieve your long-term targets.