WEEK 4 - Friday 1 October 2021
The importance of being able to prioritise.
As we move ever closer towards the exams students will often mention that they are overwhelmed by the volume of work and added workload. More often than not this is caused and compounded by the fact that students struggle to prioritise their tasks.
Being able to prioritise is an underrated skill, and one which is often overlooked.
Having a plan of attack for their increasing workload can often break the cycle of missed homework, poor revision and the stress of falling behind.
The good news is (and one which I will repeatedly mention to students) taking control of your tasks can be improved as simply as looking at how they approach their work.
Steps to success - How to prioritise:
- Write down all of their tasks (big, small and immediate). Listing all tasks as individual items helps make your workload feel less overwhelming. Knowing what is actually on your plate is crucial.
- Determine which tasks are truly important and what can wait. Not all tasks are equally important! Unfortunately, we have a habit of gravitating towards the less urgent and easiest options. Having a daily/weekly ‘must-do’ list can help remain focussed and on task
- Have a schedule. Knowing what is happening and more importantly when it is happening is key! Having a weekly schedule highlighting their revision sessions (at school and home), mock exams, as well as free time allows the students to anticipate potentially busy weeks and get a head start on priority tasks
- Tackle their most challenging tasks first. When revising it is often easy to focus on the subjects we find easiest. RAG Rating (Red, Amber, Green), subjects and topics will allow students to concentrate on potentially problematic areas of study
- Give yourself plenty of time to focus on each individual task. Time management is crucial, so too is having a suitable ‘learning space’. This can be as simple as having your revision guides, prompt cards, exercise books ready early. Having a space away from distractions is important, stick to your schedule and be prepared to switch off mobile phones and electronic devices during this time
Right now the prospect of sitting their GCSE exams will undoubtedly be a concern to many students in Year 11 and I encourage you to have a conversation with your child, discuss the steps mentioned above and most importantly encourage them to discuss their concerns with their Year Leader, Tutors and Teaching Staff.
If you are concerned and would like to speak to me, please do not hesitate to contact me:
Take care and stay safe.
Head of Year 11
Assistant Head of Year 11