6S Study Skills
This course offers a complete set of ‘learning to learn’ techniques ensuring that students are fully equipped for exams, tests and lifelong learning. It takes an holistic approach to self-study combining learning techniques with reflective practices enabling students to take responsibility for, and control of, their own study process.
 
It is presented in ‘bite-size’ chunks over 5 workshops providing students with a systematic approach to learning, and empowering them with a whole range of innovative learning techniques backed up by good personal care and reflective practice.

6S Study Skills

Dynamic and highly practical personalised learning

Description

6S Study Skills is ideal for students in Key Stage 4 and 5. One group of up to 30 students per course.

It comprises 5 x 60 minute workshops and is usually run in a classroom environment accommodating 30 students at desks, or in a school hall containing 30 desks. The course can be run at any time throughout the academic year but students will benefit most from early exposure.

Benefits

Students learn how to look after themselves (Sleep, Sustenance, Sport), how to organize themselves and apply learning to learn techniques (Skills), how to influence their success levels (State) and how to maximize the support they have available to them (Support). Using highly practical learning tools which appeal to a wide range of learning styles this course is creative, enjoyable and highly effective.

Students will master a range of learning to learn techniques and will develop a study system that fosters independent, self-supported formative learning habits.

Content

Students experience and reflect upon the effectiveness of 10 different learning tools as well as considering the impact of sleep, diet, exercise, mental state, support and skills practice on their levels of attainment. Importantly, they also discover how to use a process of regular review to prepare effectively for tests and exams removing the need for, or temptations of, cram-studying.

The content of this course promotes the idea of organized, manageable, healthy, life-long learning habits.

Aims

To encourage students to become versatile, organized and accomplished life-long learners. To promote reflective practices and to demonstrate how their lifestyle choices can help to maximise their chance of success in the exams.

Results

Students reflect regularly on their learning in order to experiment with and master a range of learning to learn tools.

Students take personal responsibility for their own learning and avoid cram studying through organized, systematic, regular review.

Students learn more than one approach to exam preparation.

Students reflect on ways they can change lifestyle habits to support their learning.

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"Jay’s enthusiasm, knowledge of the strategies, techniques and tips was excellent and was exactly what we were looking for at this time in Year 11 for our students and parents. It’s testament to Jay and the workshop as to how many pupils had told their parents about how much they enjoyed it and how useful they found it that some students were calling and texting their parents during the school day to say ‘Mum/Dad you need to come to the Parent’s workshop this evening!’ The strategies were relevant, easy to use, engaging and delivered in a way which will facilitate the students use of them as well. It was great to be given some resources by Jay in order to support the pupils through the revision process as the year goes on as well. I will look to rebook this event for next years, Year 11 at a similar time."
Cardiff High School
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