The Sixth Form Student Learning Community is a group of eleven girls that meet two or three times a term to discuss learning strategies and metacognition with the purpose of becoming a more effective and independent learner. This week, the Sixth Form Student Learning Community led form times for each of the Year 8 forms, advising them on how to become better, more self-aware learners across varied areas. They looked at the six strategies for effective learning from The Learning Scientists, strategies such as dual coding, retrieval practice and spacing, introducing Year 8 to the strengths of these learning strategies through audience participation activities and examples from their own experiences. A key focus of the session was effective note taking; they presented the Cornell note taking method and discussed how using visual images alongside words can help with retention of material. We hope the Year 8 students found this session useful and will now be able to implement these skills in their own learning to foster good habits for the future.
Six strategies for effective learning from the Learning Scientists: