Our students are amidst one of the most stressful times in their academic lives with GCSEs and A-Levels fast-approaching, and needless to say, the pressure is on.
With this in mind, we wanted to put ourselves in their shoes, and focus on how we, as educators, can lead by example. How would our students feel if alongside this constant period of pressure and expectations, those whom they looked up were setting a poor example?
This question took me back to A-Level, and a happy-go-lucky Geography teacher who spent the whole year laid-back, and a firm favourite with the students. In the run up to exams however, we saw a drastic change.
Suddenly, the lessons for the last few weeks were delivered at an alarming (and really quite impressive) speed, hands were numb from scribbling down notes, unstapled print outs were flying from every direction in a frenzy to give us all the information we needed for the exam.
Despite this being preferable to not being aware of half of the curriculum, this soon put the students into a blind panic as the realisation of what we had to digest dawned on us.
By keeping on top of your own deadlines, and not letting any drop in organisation encroach on your students’ revision timetables, you can ensure that they really do have the best chance at covering everything, at a good speed, and excel in their exams.
This, of course, does not end at organisation, and leading by example extends right through to showing compassion, staying positive, lending a helping hand, and respecting others. We would love to talk about these amazing skills that our teachers display, but during exam time, we thought it would be best to share our top organisation tips where you can lead by example and help improve students' revision techniques:
1. Give them all of their revision material early
Rather than planning to fill every moment right up to the exam, leaving no room for manoeuvre should something else rear its head before the exam, give the students all they need to be able to plan and work at their own
2. Try to move quickly through all revision topics
Time left over at the end of term can be reserved for the hardest parts of the syllabus and any questions that students will undoubtedly have.
3. Give students realistic revision deadlines
Make sure that they have covered everything prior to your lesson, so that it really is revision for them.
4. Remain calm, take a deep breath, and let the exam season commence
You will be your students’ rock during this time, and no doubt many will come to you for support. Knowing that you have given them all that you can well in advance will be a weight off your mind, so you can concentrate on the most important last-minute help and advice.
Everyone has their hectic days, and schools are hectic places. But during this exam period, let a little extra organisation into your life, and lead by example.