With the exams fast approaching a group of 9 year 11 students left the Academy for a full day of preparation and skill enhancement. Walking into the conference room at Gateshead College was like walking into Sir Alan’s boardroom with all the latest gadgets and a beautiful glass window overlooking the Sage and the Gateshead Quayside.
The boys dived straight in with some Maths revision tips delivered by Mr Hill. They created revision cards on key topics and used them to answer exam questions relating to them. All students successfully managed to answer the questions using the tips Mr Hill had given them.
With no time for a break the students moved on to look at transferable revision skills delivered by Mr Divers. Mr Divers helped the boys discover what type of learner they are and what methods to use to give them maximum retention when it came to the exams.
After a short revision break, Science and command words were next on the cards, with time for lunch in the middle. The boys were reminded about the different styles of question they would come across and how to use all the information given to them in the paper to earn as many marks as possible.
Last up in the day was Mrs Warr with her English Language revision. The boys were encouraged to write their own creative story using a picture as a prompt and were reminded that senses, vocabulary, imagery, punctuation, emotion and rhetoric were all important when trying to get the marks in these longer answer questions.