The Mastery Practice Book can help your low and middle achievers do better. In the recent AQA Year 10 mock, the average was only 30%. One of the biggest areas for improvement, according to the examiners, was ‘applying knowledge to unfamiliar contexts’. Apply is worth 40% of the marks, so how can your students capture more of them?
What doesn’t work: practising past papers in Year 10/11.
If practice were enough, all students would do well! But they don’t. What good students learn to do is abstract a general ‘template’ for each type of problem, from the details of specific questions. Then they can recognise a new situation as just another instance of the problem type they know how to solve. This is hard for low and middle achievers.
What does work? Teach Apply from Year 7
The Mastery Practice Book uses a systematic approach for teaching ‘apply’, based on cognitive science and masses of practice. We have created 54 problem types, spanning all Year 7 concepts. For each one there’s a detailed worked example with visual explanations, and a 3-step approach to solving problems: detect, recall, solve. Then it’s ‘your turn’, carefully crafted variations on the problem that act as stepping stones to develop students’ confidence. Finally, each chapter has ‘mixed up problems’, to help students become more fluent at recognising the knowledge to use in each situation.
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Biology, Chemistry and Physics problems plus contents.