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Sixth Form Independent Study


Year 12 and Year 13 students are allocated a number of study periods. These lessons should be used constructively for learning: they are not free time.

Independent study is an essential skill that students have to master in order to be completely successful at A-level. It is the difference between study at GCSE and A-level. Students are expected to complete their independent study, which could be in the form of reading or researching, in addition to all homework that is set by teachers.

For example, if there are 4 hours of subject allocated time per week on a student’s timetable, they will be expected to complete at least two hours of independent work in that subject during their study periods or at home.

Those students in Year 12 and Year 13 who understand the importance of effective independent study have benefited greatly in their progress and achievement. Whilst GMS want students to enjoy their time in the Sixth Form, it is important to recognise that choosing to study requires a commitment to learning. A student who wishes to have qualifications that are on or above target have to be self-motivated to make good use of their time by undertaking independent learning.

At the beginning of September, on a date specified on the calendar, all Year 12 students take part in a study skills session, as part of their induction process.




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