The national expectation of the work an A Level student should be doing independently follows the 'Carnegie' model - for every hour in a lesson with a teacher, the student should be doing 2 hours of independent work. This independent work can be:
- Prep / Homework
- Preparation for lessons
- Using Private Study sessions
- Revising your knowledge and skills
- Practising your skills
Independent Learning: Psychology
Supplementing class and homework with independent learning is the ONLY way to secure a credible grade.
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Complete the exercises in your textbook and Revision workbooks
Practise further with text / revision books
Private Study (PVS)
As an 'advanced' learner, you need to plan your independent work for it to be effective. Your private study sessions must be used to good effect.
- Amend your timetable to assign at least 1 subject to each PVS
- Note which teachers are free for each PVS you have - your Psych teachers will be more than happy to discuss your work with you at that time
- Identify which topic you will work on in each PVS at the start of the week or the night before each day.
- Don't sit with friends, unless you will be working with them directly
- Don't listen to music - Grant tells us that listening to music while learning does not help you if your exams are in silence (which they are).