Independent Study Skills

Independent study skills are increasingly important as A-Level specifications have changed. As students, it is of vital importance that you put in an equal effort into the work done outside of lessons, as you do in lessons.

Assessments frequently ask students to apply their subject knowledge to unfamiliar contexts and it is difficult to do this if you have not taken the time to extend your understanding independently beyond the classroom. As A-Level students, you will need to dedicate an extra five hours of independent study per subject per week. This can be at home, in school after hours, at the library, the park – anywhere that works for you. The students who achieve their potential and who gain the highest marks are those who take the greatest responsibility for their own progress throughout their two years of study.

At KS5 students need to practice these independent skills and knowledge to underpin those learnt in class. This booklet is designed to support you in your independent study journey. It will give you the skills you need to become independent learners ready for further education and the world of work.

Study Skills Guide 2021 1

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