Independent Study

What is Independent Study? 

Independent study is learning, that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum and is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. Independent study enhances student learning, improves achievement and develops students' study skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. 

Research shows that independent study has a positive impact on student progress. At MEA we believe independent study is an essential part of learning and expect all our students to engage with it in a positive way. 

Aims of Independent Study 

  • Independent study enables students to: 
  • Embed crucial knowledge in to their long term memory. 
  • Build a greater knowledge base to which new learning can be anchored. 
  • Take ownership and responsibility for their learning. 
  • Enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management and self-discipline. 

Independent Study Timetable 

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 should spend approximately 1 hour each evening completing Independent Study. This increases to 2 hours per evening for students in Years 10 and 11. 

Please see below for recommended quantity and frequency of independent learning in Year 11: 

Subject Frequency Duration Type
English Weekly 60 mins GCSE Pod + written task
Maths Weekly 60 mins Sparx + Written paper
Science Weekly 60 mins GCSE Pod
History or Geography Weekly 60 mins Booklet/ GCSE pod
Options: Weekly 60 mins  
Spanish Weekly 60 mins Exampro questions Listening , Reading and either writing or speaking prep
Business Studies Weekly 60 mins Exam questions/GCSE Pod
Art Weekly 60 mins Work on portfolio - complete class activities
Textiles Weekly 60 mins Work on portfolio - complete class activities
Food Weekly 60 mins Catch up work on Onedrive
Music Weekly 60 mins Work on portfolio
Computer Science Weekly 60 mins Exam questions/GCSE Pod
Sport Weekly 60 mins 1 paragraph per week of course work on paper
Enterprise Weekly 60 mins Assignment work on One Drive
Health and social Weekly 60 mins Booklets
Travel and tourism Weekly 60 mins Individual tasks relevant to lessons
iMedia Weekly 60 mins Assignment work
Hair and Beauty Weekly 60 mins Booklets
Performing Arts Weekly 60 mins Work on portfolio

Revision Guides 

Curriculum areas will provide detailed knowledge resources for students to keep at home, for example, revision guides or booklets. 

Independent study is set regularly and is based on the content of the revision material. This will be a combination of retrieval practice and exam practice. 

Teachers will report on Independent Study completion half termly; this will be communicated to parents alongside Attitude to Learning within the classroom. 

Students can access support with their Independent Study as part of our MEA Xtras (extra-curricular) provision each evening after school in the Library. 

How can parents and carers help with Independent Study? 

Parents and carers can support students by viewing independent study as an important part of their learning, by discussing Independent Study with them and encouraging them to be organised in completing it. Providing a quiet area at home for students to study in is also very helpful. 

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