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‘Positively MAD’ and ‘Higher Horizons’ visit UCAN to deliver interactive learning experience - 16/03/2018

Students at University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) attended a highly-interactive and multisensory learning experience on how to prepare for their exams by equipping them with a range of effective learning tools and exam preparation skills.

Positively MAD is one of the country’s leading providers of student workshops, teacher training and world-class supportive resources. Positively MAD’s inspiring and dynamic delivery provided Year 10 and 11 students with a theatrical and interactive experience challenging them to see learning and revision in a new light.

Students took part in a total of four workshops including Goal Mapping, Super Study Skills, Mind Mapping and Exam Busters to support and prepare them for their summer examinations.

Learning how to set goals is an important skill to allow students to take immediate ownership of and to develop a sense of responsibility for their own future. Goal Mapping is a practical and enjoyable method of organising thoughts, identifying ambitions and setting goals. In the two-hour lesson, students learnt how to identify helpful targets and goals in their school environment and beyond. Students were taught simple, creative techniques to break these goals into manageable, measurable, achievable steps.

Combining humour, practical advice and a range of interactive tasks, students also took part in a two-hour Super Study Skills workshop which taught students about the principles of memory and showed them how to use simple but effective learning tools to significantly boost self-confidence and raise aspirations.

A Mind Mapping session aims to develop creative and analytical thinking. Students learnt how to encapsulate, branch their ideas and learn how to plan effectively.

The final workshop titled Exam Busters aimed to deliver a refreshing learning experience to boost exam performance and provide simple but effective techniques to better organise workload and improve exam preparation and performance. During the workshop, students experienced the effectiveness of creative study techniques and were shown how to remember things more easily by using their imagination.

Ms Ana Roslan, Vice Principal at University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) said: “The parents who attended the after school sessions also found the tips for supporting learners at home really beneficial.”

Chloe Duncalf, Year 11 student said: “I thought I would never be able to learn all that information, but the different techniques we learnt during the workshops will really help prepare for my exams.”