Our goal at Braunton Academy is to develop you to become independent life-long learners. Take a look at the Getting into good learning habits website.
Here are some questions that you may well want to know the answers to when it comes to doing your best at homework. Having a good positive attitude to school work and homework will reap rewards right through your life. Homework needs to be recorded in the Student Planner and can be accessed online via the Show My Homework linked to the VLE.
1. Why is homework important and what's in it for me?
We want all of you to become independent life long learners by the time you leave us in Y11. Home study and revision are ways in which you can develop your learning independence. The most important thing is to have clear goals about your future and that will help you to get motivated .
Taking responsibility for extending and managing your own learning is a vital key skill as it is the way you learn at College, University, in the work place and for learning about new interests and hobbies.
2. Where do I find good homework resources on line?
Try BBC Secondary Homework help or for revision BBC bitesize for both Key Stage 3 and 4. Alternatively you could try Try Channel 4 -Homework high . For more information click on the downloads or click on the following link to take you to your virtual learning environment (VLE) .Also there is no such thing as 'no homework ' you should always take responsibility for your learning by accessing the on-line resources yourself and reviewing each day what you learned in school.
3. I do not know how to revise, can you give me some tips?
Revising for tests and exams is a homework which regularly set. There is no one correct way to revise and you will have to learn which ways work best for you.
When you revise its best to break your learning into 15-20 minute study chunks with short breaks between. Regular reviews of what you have previously learned is vital. You need to have a plan where you revise in a systematic way before the test or exam. Teaching another what you have learned helps a lot. Working from past exam papers is essential and your teachers will give you access to them. A good revision programme will ensure that you stand every chance of getting the grade you want. The downloads section gives you some revision tips and try the next link BBC revision skills
4. What do I do if I get stuck with homework?
Remember each subject Department has its own webpage with more homework tips and links. Ask your teacher to explain again what you are asked to do in good time before the handing-in day. Asking for help is the sign of a wise student. Room 57 is open for all students at lunch time and after school who want help and advice with homework. In addition the library is open after school Monday to Thursday with staff available to help you with your homework. If you don't have good IT access at home the Library IT suite is open each day too.
5. I have been asked to write an essay but I do not know where to start , what advice can you give me?
Essay writing is a very important skill that takes time to develop. You will be asked to write essays in English, History, RE, Geography, Arts and even IT at GCSE level so its important to have a planning structure that won't let you down. Look at the downloads section and there is a great essay writing toolkit with loads of links to other learning websites. Take a look at the next link from the BBC Structuring of essays
5. My literacy(reading and writing) skills and numeracy skills still let me down, are there any good websites that can help me?
If you need extra advice on literacy or numeracy along with some great learning resources take a look at the BBC skillswise or BBC reading guidance . You can also learn to read faster by taking a look at the next link How to speed read.
6. What do I do if I am not on-line at home?
Everyday at lunch time there is a Homework club in room 57 where you can ask for help if you get stuck or need a resource you can't find. There are computers there too if you are not on line at home. The Library is open at break, lunchtime and after school too and there are 10 PCs in there if you need to do on line research.
7. Why is the planner so important?
One of the most important ingredients to academic success is good organization. In short, well organised learners are more likely to achieve their targets and your planner is designed to help you in this endeavour.
8. When do I get homework and how much am I expected to do?
Homework is set based on a homework timetable which is on the download section of this page. Staff will set homework according to the timetable each class has and will agree handing in times with you. You may get revision homework which involve learning for tests and exams. Sometimes you may be set a task which you complete in a team and we know that you enjoy that kind of homework.
For more detail please take a look at the planner guidance downloads for KS3 and KS4.
9. Why is it that I never seem to get good marks/levels or grades for my HW?
Your teachers should explain the criteria against which your work will be assessed. They may show you what an excellent piece of work looks like and you may be asked to work out why it was so good. The reason why you may not be getting the marks you feel you deserve is that you did not work to the criteria. It also takes time to improve but you certainly will if you persist and bounce back from disappointing marks.
We all learn through our mistakes and by acting on teacher feedback. Never give up on trying. Did you give up when you fell over as you were learning to walk?
10. Why is it that teachers sometimes get us to mark each others' work or homework...isn't it their job?
It may seem like you are doing the teacher's job but there is a very good reason why they do this. Research shows that peer marking is known to help students to progress just as much as teacher marking. In fact , your teacher may ask you to create your own marking criteria which helps your learning even more as you are really having to get your head around what 'excellent ' looks like.
This may be a hard one for you.... but..... try to empathise with your teachers as they also have a huge marking load beyond homework and will be marking exam assessments, tests and other coursework. It should be noted that some staff will teach 400 students a week or more!
11. What happens if I don't do my homework?
If you offer a good reason, with a note in the planner from your parents you should be given more time to complete the assignment.
If your repeatedly don't hand in your homework your teacher will inform your parents and you will get a D (serious cause for concern) in your mid-term assessments. You will also stand the risk of getting homework detentions at lunch time or after school. You will also find it very hard to meet your target grades and you will disappoint yourself at GCSE.
If your GCSEs are below your target grades you will find your choices for College and employment will be much more limited. I meet many people who regret not doing their homework and making the most of their time at school.
12. Where can I find out more about learning to learn?
Take a look at the Smarter learning and positively mad website which give you free’ learning to learn ‘resources.