Five tips for preparing your learners for the Senior Phase

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Although learners have been exposed to many of the skills required in Senior Phase during the Intermediate Phase, they need to be prepared for what is expected of them in Senior Phase and especially at high school. These five tips will help your learners prepare for life beyond Grade 6.

1. Develop time management and skills
Learners get an additional two subjects in Senior Phase. This means increased content and skills, increased homework and increased assessments. Learners need to plan their time effectively so that they are able to complete all of the tasks required of them.

2. Develop exam technique
Although learners have done exams in Intermediate Phase, the levels, lengths and volume that are required to learn for the exams are much less. Senior Phase learners need to understand questioning techniques and how to answer questions on the correct cognitive levels. By the end of Intermediate Phase, learners should have developed individual and effective study techniques.

3. Develop creative, critical and entrepreneurial thinking
Economic and Management Sciences, Technology and Creative Arts are three new subjects that are introduced in Senior Phase. These all require critical and creative thinking skills. Learners will be required to carry out many more practical projects and research tasks.

4. Develop research skills
Research combines analysis and synthesis of information. These high order thinking skills are required in all Senior Phase subjects. Learners will be required to research, process and report (verbally and written) on a regular basis.

5. Develop independence
Teachers in the Senior Phase expect the learners to be independent. They need to take responsibility for their behavior, actions and everyday tasks. Parents should be encouraged to allow learners to complete their homework and projects on their own.


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