Dean of Learning
Examination and Assessment Period
Throughout this term Years 9 and 10 will be having a more intensive period of assessing their learning. Year 9 will have at least one assessment task over Weeks 2- 3, while Year 10 will have their examinations over Weeks 4-5. For Year 9 the tasks are undertaken during class time while Year 10 will be introduced to an examination setting in rooms designated for examinations for the seven day period.
The timetable for examinations and student responsibilities have been outlined to the girls. Please note that Year 10 students are allowed to go home when they do not have examinations.
Here are some strategies which have been shared with the Year 9 and 10 students:
Planning and revision requires students to be organised in terms of day to day living, digital organisation of their laptop and being organised in their thinking. For example in relation to organised thinking we encouraged the girls to think logically through an approach to revision with a step by step note taking process, complete practice tasks, work with each other collaboratively, prioritise subject revision based on deadlines and to look closely at the assessment notification.
The girls need to be relaxed on the day of an examination. Some nervous energy is fine, though it needs to be channelled in the right direction. We encourage the girls to prepare themselves mentally when they arrive at school and be silent with their own thoughts when they walk up the stairs to the examination room.
It is very important to be able to concentrate during an examination and to have strategies to refocus when a student’s mind stars to wander under test conditions. A key question is can a student concentrate when it counts? This requires specifically fine-tuned concentration where a student is to focus on the question asked while quickly shifting through the main facts, themes and examples needed to answer questions set.
Being mindful during and examination is most useful. . For example, we suggest that the girls be mindful of the time they spend on each section of the paper, look at the marks allocated to questions and work to finishing the whole paper knowing that each question got the attention and time it deserved.
Reflection is required during and after each examination. Reflection in the present moment, especially in an examination, is a powerful tool to help you do better. For example during an examination if a student feels flustered it may be beneficial to take a deep breath, flag the question which is causing concern, to park their feelings, reflect on the current situation, decide on a course of action and move on.
We hope this information is of use to you in supporting your daughter(s).
Mr Martin Pluss
Dean of Learning