Exam Guidelines REDDAM HOUSE COLLEGE Grade 9 Exam Guidelines November 2014 CONTENTS De-Stress Your Exams Study Tips Grade 9 Exam Timetable What to Prepare: Afrikaans Art Option Biology Computers Dance Studies Design Drama EMS English French Geography History Italian Life Orientation Mathematics IEB Paper Mathematics Reddam Paper Music Science Sports Science De-Stress Your Exams Everyone becomes stressed during exams but it's important not to let stress grow out of control. Here are some common signs of stress and the best ways to de-stress your exams! A little bit of stress does us good. How could we motivate ourselves through 100 pages of The Russian Revolution if we weren't remotely bothered? So everyone has bad days. Sometimes our stress levels get out of hand. This can stop us performing at our best. And mess with our body as well as our mind. What are the symptoms of stress? Difficulty getting to sleep or difficulty waking up in the morning Constant tiredness Forgetfulness Unexplained aches and pains Poor appetite Loss of interest in activities Increased anxiety and irritability Increased heart rate Migraines/headaches Blurred vision Dizziness If you've noticed three or more of the above symptoms and you've experienced them for a few weeks you may need to do something about your stress levels. So how should I deal with exam stress? Learn to recognise when you're stressed. A break or a chat with someone who knows the pressure you're under will get things into perspective. Avoid comparing your abilities with your mates. Those "OMG I've only read Macbeth 17 times" conversations are a wind up. Everyone approaches revision in different ways, so just make sure you've chosen the method that works best for you. Make a realistic timetable. Stick to it. Eat correctly. Treat yourself like a well-honed machine. Fresh fruit and veg. Proper breakfasts. No one can think straight on coffee and cornflakes. Sleep well. Wind down before bed. Don't revise under the duvet - your bed is a sanctuary not a desk. Get your 8 hours. Exercise. Nothing de-stresses the mind faster than physical activity. Build it into your timetable. Being a sloth makes our mind sloppy too. Panic is often triggered by hyperventilating (i.e. quick, shallow breaths). So if you feel yourself losing it during the exam, sit back for a moment and control your breathing. Deep breath in and out through the nose. Counting to five each way. Steer clear of any exam 'post-mortem'. It doesn't matter what your mate wrote for Question 3(b). It's too late to go back and change your answers, so it will just make you worry even more. Ultimately, don't lose sight of the fact that there is life after exams. Things might seem intense right now, but it won't last forever. Adapted from an article from BBC Radio 1 Click here for a video and another article that could encourage you to cope with exam stress. Study Tips BEFORE THE EXAM DAY Do not miss ANY days of school. If you are unwell, come to school to write your exam and then go home. Then you will be able to see how well you know your work and teachers can help you, before the exams, in areas where you are not sure. Make sure that you have all the notes given in class and that all your assignments are completed. Class work is always added to the exam mark to make your term mark – and it is usually worth as much, if not more, than the exam mark. At high school you only need to come to school to write the exam. You must make sure that you use your time at home well: study at set times of the day- ask people to test you, make notes, summarise, practice labelling diagrams and maps – be active in your learning - don’t just read over your work eat healthy snacks exercise every day go to bed at a sensible time ON THE EXAM DAY You need to arrive for exams at 8h15 latest. You will normally be asked to enter the Main Hall at 8h30. Examiners have to hand out up to 300 papers and this takes time. There is also 10 minutes of reading time before the exam begins. If you are not being collected immediately after the exam, then study in the library. For security reasons you are not allowed to walk to the shops. Dress in FULL school uniform. Bring all the required stationery and a spare pen. CHECK if you need calculators or glue etc. Wear a watch – you are NOT allowed to have a cell phone on your desk to check the time. You may NOT read a book or play games while waiting for your exams to be collected. DURING THE EXAM Use the 10 mins reading time at the start to read through all the questions. Be sure to follow the instructions given for each question. Note how many marks a question is worth so that you know what depth of answer (how many points) to give. PLAN your TIME so that you have enough time to work through each question. Number your questions EXACTLY as they are numbered on the exam paper. Do NOT use Tippex. Simply cross out neatly and rewrite. Don’t sit gloomily on one question which you can’t do - leave a space and move on – come back to it at the end. Grade 9 Exam Timetable November 2014 Day and Date Wednesday, 5 November Thursday, 6 November Friday, 7 November Monday, 10 November Tuesday, 11 November Wednesday, 12 November Thursday, 13 November Friday, 14 November Monday, 17 November Tuesday, 18 November Wednesday, 19 November Thursday, 20 November Friday 21 November Monday 24 November Tuesday 25 November Wednesday 26 November Subject Start End IEB English 09:00 11:00 Sports Science Italian 09:00 10:30 IEB Mathematics 09:00 11:00 Drama 09:00 10:30 Music Design Science Biology 09:00 11:00 10:30 12:30 09:00 10:30 English 09:00 10:00 EMS 09:00 10:30 Mathematics 09:00 11:00 Afrikaans 09:00 11:00 Computers 09:00 10:30 Dance 09:00 10:30 LO 09:00 10:30 History Geography 09:00 09:00 11:00 10:30 Art 09:00 10:30 French 09:00 10:30 Learning area Date Length of paper Marks English – IEB SST Wednesday 5th November Time 2 Hours 100 09:00 – 11:00 Content to be learnt for the exam Comprehension Skills (English Handbook and Study Guide p61-66) Language (English Handbook and Study Guide p4-60) Visual Literacy (English Handbook and Study Guide 101-111) Unsee Poetry (English Handbook and Study Guide p98-101) Transactional Writing (English Handbook and Study Guide p77-88) Learning area Date Length of paper Marks Sports Science Thursday 6th November 2014 Time 1½ Hours 100 9:00 – 10:30 Content to be learnt for the exam Learn ALL notes covered this term. The role and function of the heart, lungs and oxygen during sport and exercise Blood, oxygen and carbon dioxide Sports and Bio Mechanics Various ways of movement in sport Body’s centre of gravity Types of questions All questions will be answered on the paper Multiple choice ( approx20 marks) Short and long questions ( approx 60 marks) Questions that require application of knowledge ( approx 20 marks) Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Revise all your work thoroughly! Learning area Date Length of paper Italian Thursday 6th November Time 1½ Hours Please get information from your Italian teacher 09 – 10:30 Learning area Setter Length of paper Marks Maths IEB 2 hours Approx 150 Subject Date of exam Time IEB SST MATHS Friday 7th November 09:00 – 11:00 Content to be learnt for the exam Algebra: revision of Gd 8 Algebra, Grade 9 Polynomials, Products, FOIL, Factors, (all the different types of factorizing – common factor, DOTS, trinomials, grouping, common bracket, switch-rounds ) Fractions, Equations, Inequalities, Notations, word problems and Exponents . Numbers: types of numbers -- classify, exponents and Scientific notation, number patterns Graphs: Cartesian plane, gradient, straight-line graph Geometry: Grade 8 revision, Congruent and Similar Triangles, Pythagoras, problem solving. Finance: Ratio, rate, proportion (direct and inverse), percentage increase and decrease, simple & compound interest, Hire Purchase, Inflation, depreciation, exchange rates. Statistics: Mean, median, mode, Stem & Leaf, 5-number summary, Box-and-whisker & outliers, Range, IQR, Graphs, Histograms, Scatter plots Probability: basic probability, complementary events, tree diagrams (with and without replacement). Volume & TSA: right-prisms and composite shapes Transformations: All 4 types and formulae for the Cartesian Plane Types of questions Similar to those in the text-book and worksheets and tests you have written this year. Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Practise old tests & worksheets, and past papers. Aim for above 60 % if you wish to do Maths Core in Grade 10! Learning area Date Length of paper Marks Drama Monday 10th November Time 1 ½ hours 80 9 :00 – 10.30 Content to be learnt for the exam The impact of politics on theatre in South Africa (pages 10 – 16 of booklet) Tsotsi – all notes and answers to questions (pages 20 – 30 of booklet) An understanding of the tsotsitaal you used in your performance Paul Slabolepszy’ Boo to the Moon – all notes and answers (pages 49 – 56 of the booklet) Types of questions Multiple choice, one word answers and paragraphs Tips for learners in preparation for the exam A thorough knowledge of the facts as well as a clear understanding of how to apply those facts to the question is essential Pay attention to spelling, especially to those words used in the exam paper Independent thinking will be required. Learning area Dates Marks Music – Practical Monday 20 October –Tuesday 28 October 100 Requirements Scales/Technical Work 3 Pieces Sight Reading Subject Date Length of paper Marks Music – History and Theory Tuesday 11th November 2014 Time 1 ½ hours 120 9:00 – 10:30 MUSIC THEORY Content to be learnt for the exam Simple Time Signatures Beaming and grouping of notes Dotted note values Key Signatures of major and minor scales Writing of Major and Harmonic/Melodic Scales Tonic, Subdominant and Dominant Triads Tones and Semitones Intervals: Distance and Quality Identifying Ties and Slurs Technical names of the degrees of the scale Italian Terms Types of questions Write scales with or without key signatures Identify the key of a musical excerpt Identify and write intervals Identify time signatures in simple time and group and beam correctly Give the technical names (eg. Dominant) of notes in a given passage. Write and identify tonic, subdominant or dominant triads. Define musical terms Look at a given music excerpt and answer questions on it. Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Revise all your notes and go over all the exercises. Make sure that you know the circle of fifths – you are allowed to write this on your rough page when you start the exam. Study the order of the sharps and flats of the keys. Study the Italian terms and technical names of the degrees of the scale. Use a pencil in the exam. Bring a ruler and erasure. HISTORY OF MUSIC Content to be learnt for the exam World Music - general features of world music - Celtic, Indian, Japanese, South American and South African Types of questions 1) General questions – e.g. Explain the type of scale used in Indian music 2) Definitions – e.g. what is a drone? Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Make sure that you have revised thoroughly using your handouts. Also go through past cycle tests. Make sure you know any definitions and can explain the workings of the instruments you have learnt about. Subject Date Length of paper Marks Design Tuesday 11th November Time 1½ hours 80 Content to be learnt for the exam All notes stuck in book Logos Signs and Symbols Typography Types of questions Mix and match. List Short questions Practical application – pencils or black pen required Visual Analysis Unseen examples Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Read through to notes to understand. All questions are applied knowledge, no rote learning. 11:00 – 12:30 Subject Date Length of paper Marks Natural Science: Physical Science Wednesday 12th November Time 1 ½ hours 9:00 – 10:30 100 Content to be learnt for the exam Physical Science Book: Pages 1 – 37, 42, 43- 66 Types of questions Multiple choice, one word answers, long questions and graphs Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Learn the content. Redo all the exercises in the book. Redo all questions from previous tests. Learning area Date Length of paper Marks Natural Science – Biology Wednesday 12th November 2014 Time 1 ½ hours 9:00 – 10:30 100 Content to be learnt for the exam Module 1: Life, Scientific Method, Cells, Microscope work. Module 2: Reproduction and puberty, Digestive system including additives, Circulatory system, Respiratory system. Module 3: Nuclear energy debate (The whole workbook) Types of questions Multiple-choice questions / Match column A with column B / One word answers. Content-based and application type questions. Graphs – Draw and/ or interpret, as well as tables. Source-based questions to understand and interpret. Paragraph-type questions. Diagrams to label and interpret. Drawings and diagrams. Learning area Date Length of paper Marks English Thursday 13th November Time 1 hour 50 09:00 – 10:00 Content to be learnt for the exam Novel – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon Self-study novel – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Poetry – Class Notes and English Handbook and Study Guide Types of questions Comprehension questions - short and long. Language analysis Interpretation of literature – extended writing Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Study hard! For literature, it is often beneficial to study and discuss in groups as well as studying alone. Use mind maps to help you conceptualize themes, images and motifs and techniques in your various genres. Subject Date Length of paper Marks Economic and Management Sciences Friday 14th November 2014 Time 1½ Hours 09:00 – 10:30 120 Content to be learnt for the exam Supply and demand graphs and theory Price Elasticity of demand and calculations Sectors of the economy Human resources Marketing a product (knowledge from spring fair) SWOT analysis Types of questions Match the columns True or false Definitions Case studies Drawing and analysing graphs Elasticity calculations Completing documents Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Read questions very carefully Go over all worksheets and cycle tests Use textbook in conjunction with notebook Have a good understanding of all diagrams drawn in notebook. Learning area Length of paper Marks Mathematics 2 hours Approx 150 Subject Date of exam Time Mathematics Reddam Paper Monday 17th November 09:00 – 11:00 Content to be learnt for the exam Algebra: Revision of Gd 8 Algebra, Grade 9 Polynomials, Products, FOIL, Factors, (all the different types of factorizing – common factor, DOTS, trinomials, grouping, common bracket, switch-rounds ) Fractions, Equations, Inequalities, Notations, word problems and Exponents . Numbers: Types of numbers -- classify, Scientific notation, number patterns Graphs: Cartesian plane, gradient, straight-line graph Geometry: Grade 8 revision, Congruent and Similar Triangles, Pythagoras, problem solving. Finance: Ratio, rate, proportion (direct and inverse), percentage increase and decrease, simple & compound interest, Hire Purchase, Inflation, depreciation, exchange rates. Statistics: Mean, median, mode, Stem & Leaf, 5-number summary, Box-and-whisker & outliers, Range, IQR, Graphs, Histograms, Scatter plots Probability: Basic probability, complementary events, tree diagrams (with and without replacement). Volume & TSA: Right-prisms and composite shapes Transformations: All 4 types and formulae for the Cartesian Plane Types of questions Similar to those in the text-book and worksheets and tests you have written this year. Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Practise old tests & worksheets, and past papers. Learning area Date Length of paper Marks Afrikaans First Additional Language Tuesday, 18th November 2014 Time 2 hours 09:00 – 11:00 100 Content to be learnt for the exam All grammar covered this year: Klanke Persoonlike voornaamwoorde Woordorde Tye Ontkenning Voegwoorde Direkte en indirekte rede Lydende en bedrywende vorm Hoef en Behoort Meervoude en verkleinwoorde Trappe van vergelyking Intensiewe vorme Afkortings Poems: Om groot te word Omdat Rooikappie Ek is oek important Hemel Harlekyn in die dieretuin Die mot en die kers Vocabulary: Afrikaans Handbook (Red & Yellow book) All notes and powerpoints Types of questions 1. Comprehension 2. Poetry 3. Unseen poem 4. Grammar (sentences) 5. Bracket questions (Klanke, woorde wat verwar, persoonlike voornaamwoorde, meervoude, verkleinwoorde, trappe van vergelyking en intensiewe vorme, afkortings) 6. Communicative language: What would you say in a certain situation. 7. Vocabulary (Give one word for …, match one column with another, describe the picture, translate from English to Afrikaans) Learning area Date Length of paper Marks Computer Studies Wednesday 19th November Time 1½ hours 120 09:00 – 10:30 Content to be learnt for the exam General Computers, Hardware & Software All pages of Computer Studies Grade 9 Notes except Networks on pages 15 – 18, pages 23 – 24 and page 35 HTML (Pages 38 – 41) & Web notes (Green one) Excel (Pages 29 – 32) PowerPoint (MS Word & Word Processing (Grade 08 Notes) Referencing (Grade 08 Notes) Graphics & Photoshop (Grade 08 Notes) The Internet (Presentation) Cool Technology (see http://www.pinterest.com/reedbeverley/cool-technology) Your Notes that are on the Website*/Resources Drive/ and Google Drive ** Types of questions Short Questions True or False Multiple Choice One Word Matching columns Choose the correct term Label Screen Shots Recognise images Comprehension Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Short questions do not necessarily make the questions easier! Take time to think about each question. The use of computer jargon and the correct terms for technology is important, as is spelling; remember ram is a sheep . * http://goo.gl/oNB5lb ** http://goo.gl/Ou1jkz Learning area Date Length of paper Marks Dance Studies Thursday 20th November Time 1½hours 100 9.00 – 10.30 Content to be learnt for the exam Your chosen Dance style. The notes on production –i.e. the different jobs in a theatre, marketing a show and organising a show. Types of questions Essay type questions Matching columns Multiple choice Tips for learners in preparation for the exam You need to know about 10 points on your chosen style. You will have to write essays, and answer some multiple choice questions. Please bring coloured pencils with you. Learning area Life Orientation Date Length of paper Marks Friday 21st November 2014 Time 1 ½ hours 100 09:00 – 10:30 Content to be learnt for the exam LO Textbook: o Goal Setting (Section 5) Additional Notes: o Sexual Health o Challenging situations o Volunteerism o Our Country… o Nelson Mandela: Role Model for Youth (read through) o Religion and Peace (read through) o Sports Ethics (read through) Living a balanced Lifestyle Notes The examination consists of application of knowledge gained over the course of the last year, including content covered during the LO Island Days. Learners are required to work through the provided notes and all pages covered in their LO workbook. Types of questions The exam may include: Multiple choice True or false Short questions Long questions – e.g. poster, post card, magazine cover… Note: Certain questions will require personal insight, opinion and thought. You will also be asked to justify particular answers and give good clear reasons. Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Read each question carefully! Use a highlighter to underline key points in the question to help you answer the question. Use mark allocations as a guide to the length of answer required and then manage your time carefully. Check your answers! Don’t be fooled! You will definitely need to study for LO! Brushing up on the facts, understanding concepts, knowing definitions will be key. Contact Mr Garthoff or Mrs Seymour-Hall if you are unsure of anything. Learning area History Date Monday 24th November Length of paper Marks 2 hours 110 Time 9:00 – 11:00 Content to be learnt for the exam Topic 1 : The rise of Nazi Germany, War in Europe, War in the Pacific Topic 2 : The end of World War Two and the Nuclear Age Topic 3 : Turning points in Modern South Africa since 1948 Types of questions Source- based questions - answer all three sets of questions Source-based paragraphs - answer any two questions 3 x 30 (90) 2 x 10 (20) Tips for students in preparation for the exam Remember that you are preparing for a skills - based assessment. Revise all the concepts and content in your class notes, typed notes and resource books. Pay close attention to skill applications which includes: knowledge, comprehension. analysis, synthesis, evaluation, argument, interpretation Work through activities in the handouts and the resource books Closely revise the skills required for the construction of a source-based paragraph Focus on preparing an exam strategy, especially with reference to time management In the exam, pay close attention to the focus question as this gives you your direction when engaging with the sources. Ensure that you are always working with the appropriate resources. Pay close attention to the demands of the questions as well as the mark allocation for each question. Subject Date Length of paper Marks Geography Monday 24th November 2014 Time 1½ hours 90 9:00 – 10:30 Content to be learnt for the exam 1) All of climatology including biomes 2) Development Studies 3) Mapwork Skills Types of questions 1) Objective eg multiple choice, match column A with column B 2) Short eg list, name, describe, explain etc. 3) Draw, sketch etc. Tips for learners in preparation for the exam 1) Work through past class tests and worksheets. 2) Ensure that all sections of work are summarized thoroughly Subject Date Length of paper Marks Visual Art Tuesday 25th November Time 1½ hours 80 Content to be learnt for the exam Elements and Principles of Art Landscape Notes and examples from Work book Terminology from the Work book Types of questions Visual Analysis, Short Questions, Terminology Unseen examples Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Read through to notes to understand. All questions are applied knowledge, no rote learning. No names and dates need to be learnt 9:00 – 10:30 Learning area Date Length of paper Marks French Wednesday 26th November 2014 Time 1½ hours 09:00-10:30 100 Content to be learnt for the exam All vocabulary and grammar since the beginning of Grade 8 may occur. The focus is on the following themes: * La cuisine * La ville * Le voyage The focus is on the following grammar : * Verbs – regular and irregular * Questions * Commands Types of questions Comprehension Multiple choice Tick boxes True and false Names Grammar Format similar to exercises done in class and in tests Tips for learners in preparation for the exam Revise everything thoroughly. Use the June exam paper to remind you of the format. Use the June paper to focus you on your strengths and weaknesses. Use old tests to remind you of what you need to know.
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