Encouraging independent study at secondary

Lesson ideas and activities to help pupils to understand their learning habits and manage their own studies

Tes Resources Team

Secondary Student Organising Their Workload

Help pupils to develop the skills to become independent learners with these hand-selected resources

It’s no surprise that many students become more engaged in their learning when they have some control over the subjects they study. So as they get older, it’s especially important that they have the skills to be able to manage their studies effectively. 

We’ve picked out a collection of lesson plans and practical activities to help you to promote these skills and, hopefully, help them to become lifelong learners in the process.

Time management

Managing your time
TescoYouthAcademy

Managing your time

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These materials are brought to you by the Tesco Youth Academy - helping young people develop key skills to prepare them for the workplace. To access more free resources visit www.tescoyouthacademy.co.uk. Young people who have completed this topic will: - Know what it means to be effective - Kn...
Time management
leighbee23

Time management

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powerpoint and three worksheets (quiz, information and self evaluation task) with activities relating to getting KS4 and KS5 students to think about time management, this lesson can be delivered in a tutorial before making a revision timetable.
Learning Styles Activity
Scott Versace

Learning Styles Activity

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Ever wondered how much your students are actually learning? Ever thought some students just weren't 'getting it'? Ever felt like your students haven&'t been listening to you? Do this simple activity with them (individually or as a whole class) and see if you find any answers. Basic questions...
Revision techniques
LittleMissScience

Revision techniques

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A sheet summarising different revision techniques that can be used by students. Arranged roughly in order of those techniques for learning facts and simple processes, down to more complex processes and analysing performance in exam questions.

Study skills

Skimming and Scanning
smumford10

Skimming and Scanning

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Activity I use as a starter to get students to practice skimming and scanning for particular information. The way it works: - hand students a copy of sheet one (with all the words) - ask them to find answers to specific questions e.g. 'Find me a funny shaped fruit&' or &';find me so...
Reading skills KS4
Miss_s_k

Reading skills KS4

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A good way of practising close reading skills.. these resources are: 1. a selection of openings to novels; can be used in a number of ways.. with frameworks to develop close reading skills, dicussion, when beginning a novel with a particular effective opening. 2. powerpoint for reading lesson; memor...
Summarising text
samueljames87

Summarising text

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A template to assist summarising or condensing any piece of text or extract. Would be suitable for a range of theory/content heavy subjects. For each paragraph/section students write down two trigger words and expand upon their significance in the box beside it. Once completed they join with a learn...

Revision Templates

Blank Knowledge Organisers
clairejp123

Blank Knowledge Organisers

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1. KS3 MAGIC, FANTASY and SUPERNATURAL 2. KS4: Power and Conflict Poetry 3. KS4: Unseen Poetry 4. KS4: Shakespeare 5. KS4: 19th Century Novel 6. KS4: An Inspector Calls
Revision Clock
teachgeogblog

Revision Clock

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A way of revising which can break a topic down into 12 sub-categories. Ask a student to make notes in each chunk of the clock. Revise each slot for 5 minutes, turn the clock over and ask the student to recite back to you certain sections of the clock. 'e.g. what was in section 2-3'. Works well w...
IB IGCSE History Cornell Notes Template
Jonathan Boyd

IB IGCSE History Cornell Notes Template

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This is a resource designed to develop note-taking and organisational skills with IGCSE and IB History students. The resource has a word document with an exemplar template, student friendly explanation and a printable template for the Cornell Note-taking system. It can be used as a class based activ...

Knowledge Organisers 

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AQA GCSE English Language Exam Revision Knowledge Organiser
Debbie Morgan

AQA GCSE English Language Exam Revision Knowledge Organiser

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A two page exam revision mat outlining how to approach the sections and skills for the AQA GCSE English Language exams, Papers 1 and 2. Ideal for walking talking mocks; as a student revision resource or classroom display. NB: If you visit our profile page, we also have a 20 page exam revision and pr...
New AQA GCSE Atomic Structure revision poster 2018 exam
paulamac29

New AQA GCSE Atomic Structure revision poster 2018 exam

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This is a revision poster based on the first chemistry topic in the new AQA Trilogy course. It could be used as a support placemat throughout lessons, but I tend to give pupils these as a revision summary at the end of the topic. It contains keywords for the topic and information for each of the sub...
Spanish conversation speaking mat
Ms_FMH

Spanish conversation speaking mat

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I created this resource with other trainee teachers. It's a general speaking mat to encourage students to converse in Spanish, whether it's everyday classroom language and conversation or a debate. Some phrases may also help with their writing. Happy teaching!
Old Specification - GCSE PE Topics on a Page AQA
AmyFrain

Old Specification - GCSE PE Topics on a Page AQA

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I've adapted these from a specific company, as I felt they needed to be in colour and were missing a number of key areas on the pages, so I've added extra pages and information. These cover all of AQA GCSE PE theory topics and units. You can adapt them for end of topic/unit revision aids, or put the...