Encouraging independent study at secondary

Nicola Davison
25th May 2018
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.

Managing themselves

Being able to manage time effectively is vital in ensuring that there is enough space in the week to be able to work, rest and play. Ideal as a starting point, this introductory presentation includes a prioritisation activity and ideas for staying organised. Students can apply it to their own learning in this reflective lesson.

When it comes to note taking and revision, it can be useful for pupils to understand their preferred style of learning. Why not help them to identify their habits using this quick quiz? They can use this knowledge to identify the most useful revision techniques from the selection on this comprehensive sheet.


Managing your time

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 - Know how to identify whether a task is urgent and / or important and respond appropriately - Explain how to use tools for self-organisation (e.g. calendar, day planner) to help achieve tasks and goals.
By TescoYouthAcademy

Time management

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.
By leighbee23

Learning Styles Activity

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 to see if students prefer to learn visually, by listening, or by getting 'hands-on'.
By Scott Versace

Revision techniques

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.
By LittleMissScience

Developing specific skills

The ability to find and retrieve information by skimming and scanning texts is vital in making research more efficient. This simple starter activity offers the chance for pupils to explore what this involves, while this adaptable lesson not only gets them practising the skills, but also identifying the attributes of a successful reader.

In a similar vein, it can also be useful for students to know how to summarise information. This editable lesson explains the concept and comes with a number of engaging tasks. Once the basics are understood, this talk-based template offers another unique way of putting this into practice, especially in content-heavy lessons.


Skimming and Scanning

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 something you would wear to school.' etc - first one to put up hand with right answers wins a point.
By smumford10

Reading skills KS4

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; memory game starter included and circuit training activity complete with self timer built in- open it to see! 3. extracts to be used in activity explained in powerpoint… works a treat, i promise!

By Miss_s_k

Information and Ideas: Summarising Skills

A lesson for low ability KS4 students doing OCR's I and I exam. Focusing on how to summarise.
By L Chew

Summarising text

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 learning partner and fold their worksheet so that only the two trigger words are visible. Students must then verbalise their learning to one another and then feedback what they have be taught by their partner.
By samueljames87

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