Preparing for School Assessed Coursework tasks in Year 12 (SACs)

Several years ago we repurposed an old television trolley to make a four sided whiteboard on wheels. This has lived in our rather small space for several years, but now that we have more room it is really coming into its own.

Late last week Emily, Mr Sanders and Miss Waldron were busy annotating the effects of exercise. This week Andrew, Isabelle and Daniel were working quietly together making sense of a similar topic. This time they were caught in action!

VCE Note-taking tips and tricks

The Cornell method is a way of taking notes to increase your results at the end of the unit, in the examination or in a school assessed coursework task. It taps in to the information that Elevate Education presented to you in Study Sensei (year 10) Memory and Mnemonics (Year 11) and Ace Your Exams (Year 12).

Wikipedia explains the method here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornell_Notes (accessed 8 March 2017).

You can make your own pages in a style that suits you in Word (handy if you use the reference generator to create your reference lists for assignments): https://www.timeatlas.com/cornell-note-template/

Or for a range of papers: https://www.wyzant.com/resources/lessons/study-skills/cornell-notes has a generator to personalize your note-taking paper.

Here is a first-hand account of how and why a post graduate student at the highest level of study uses this method:

https://thesiswhisperer.com/2012/12/12/turn-your-notes-into-writing-using-the-cornell-method/

This is a good method for note-taking as you read information – for example as you read your English texts or sections of your Geography, History or Science text books.

Notes taken in this manner lead to written responses that are in your own words and demonstrate your understanding. Your results will be better and your brain will have had more exercise.

When it comes to revision, using Cornell note pages will guide your flash card development, revision sheets, and mind maps.

Why not give it a go!

Year 12 English

The inimitable Mr. Wilson has started a support group for students to come into the library at specified lunchtimes to discuss aspects of the text currently being studied. Currently, this is Alistair MacLeod’s The Island. This is a collection of short stories set against the unforgiving landscape of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  These stories are all concerned with the complexities and mysteries of the human heart. Steeped in memory and myth and washed in the brine and blood of the long battle with the land and the sea, they celebrate a passionate engagement with the natural world and a continuity of the generations in the face of transition – in the face of love and loss.

The inaugural session was held today and a lively band arrived to hear the mellifluous tones of Mr. Wilson, and, to a lesser extent, myself (probably less polished in my presentation) read elements of some of the well constructed, beautiful sentences from this text.

This concept will continue to be explored and built on during the year.

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Two great programs implemented collaboratively with the English department this week! You can read about the other one here!