And finally....cracking the Puzzle and developing my exam technique to achieve my potential in Unit 2!
Once you have developed your knowledge and understanding through completing the course and practising the skills of doing history in your lessons and homework, it will be important to prepare yourself for the final puzzle...the exam. In fact lets stop using the E word now and just talk about preparing for the puzzle. There are two essential aspects to this preparation.
Firstly, there is developing your memory. This is something that you can do through specific memory training exercises and revision more generally. In history we encourage the use of the Trigger Memory Activity as an initial stimulus to your memory of a whole topic both in overview and in depth. Use theses tools and others that you have developed to prepare your memory for the demands of the puzzle.
Secondly you will need to think about how this particular exam is organised, the number of questions, what skills they are asking you to demonstrate, the amount of marks they are worth and the amount of time you will have to answer these questions in the puzzle. There will be examples of these puzzles that have been used before so ask your teacher about them or find out the exam board and syllabus to access past papers online.
The more that you prepare your memory and your clever writing patterns for particular questions under the conditions the puzzle will be set in, the greater chance you will have of fulfilling your potential in this subject.There are some examples of the Trigger Memory Activities and Clever Writing Patterns to develop Puzzle Technique opposite. Sit back, kick your shoes off, relax and begin your preparation.
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