We know my daughter is going to write some exams at the end of her Year 11 so I have started collecting resources that I think are good quality, and these English Language cards have already impressed me. I know these were written as a revision tool (and I do think they would work really well as that) but I like them as a “where are we going” tool. By reading through these cards, looking at the type of questions and answers you get a very good indication of what your goal for English Language over the next 2 years is going to be. They give you an idea of how best to structure your answer so that you practice the correct format right from the very beginning of your Year 10 which means by the end of Year 11 you will hopefully be finding the questions a lot easier.
There are 80 cards and each card has a question on the front and the answers on the back. The cards are broken down into the different questions for Paper 1 and Paper 2. And I have to confess I really like that this is done in card format, they are just easy to digest, bitesize pieces of information, that focus your attention on key skills.
When I first saw this set of cards I immediately thought these will be great for the Reading Questions but I was a bit sceptical about the Writing Questions. How were they going to assist with those questions? And I must admit I have been really impressed with the writing Question cards, they guide the writer on all kinds of things like structure, word choice using figurative language and so much more.
Oh and the Reading questions are also brilliant, I read a number of the cards, looked at the suggested answers and I was already feeling a lot more confident about how we are going to tackle English Language over the next 2 years.
I know these are Revision cards and I do think they would be a great revision tool, the kids could select a few cards at a time and work through the questions, try and answer them and then look at the suggested answers. I love the card format instead of a workbook format, so yes they would be an excellent revision tool. But I think that is only just one way of using these cards, if you are a parent/ home educator who is wanting to help the kids structure their answers these cards can guide you on how they should tackle the questions, they can give you tips and hints so you can assist your kid. I think they are a brilliant tool showing what you are aiming for so you can help the kids pick up the right habits at the very beginning (after all it is much easier to start it on the correct path than to try and correct bad habits later).
I am really looking forward to using the cards.
For anyone interested you can get the cards directly from the OUP website (AQA English Language Revision Cards), or from Amazon – AQA English Language Revision Cards.
Admin – I was sent a few resources from Oxford University Press for review purposes, all resources were resources that I selected and wanted to use.
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