Student Files: What and Why
Why do I have 4 Files?
The Green File is your Daily File. This should be with you at all times. The Grey Files (one per subject) are your Home Files. These will be kept at home and where you will over the course of two years build up work, notes and resources for final examinations. These files will be required in school at certain points in the year. You will be given notice of these times.
What Goes in My Green File?
YOUR VESPA WORKBOOK!! (Year 12) YOUR STUDENT HANDBOOK!! Plus: You should have a section for each of your 3 A levels. In each of these sections keep 1-2 topics (the ones that you are currently studying). This will allow you to look back at the start of the topic and make links/note your progress. When the topic is complete you transfer all of the notes from that topic into your Subject/Home (Grey) File) Use a divider for each topic. You should only have your current topics with you on a daily basis, this keeps your work safe; means you are not carrying too much around and helps you to be organised.
How do I build up the topics in each section of my file?
Open up file and previous notes of the subject (eg English) and topic (eg Gothic Novel) as soon as get into class. You will need A4 paper at all times. Divide your page as you have been shown into 3 sections (see Cornell page example) You should ALWAYS write your name, the date and the topic/class at the top of your notes for that lesson. You will then be expected to make notes/work through examples / do the class work on A4 paper on the right hand side of the paper. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE after the lesson (home or non-contact) you CONSOLIDATE your notes from the lesson by filling in the left hand side/cues section and the summary box. This means you have a quality record of that lesson and have supported your learning.
What else goes into my Green File?
For each subject, after the class notes you should have another section called PRACTICE. This is where you keep your homework; tests and assessments. These are called REACTIVE assessments – they have a deadline/ time to do them and they will be given a mark (either teacher or peer or self) Again, put your name on, date them and file in order. These STAY in your files all year (unlike your topics which may change) You will also be given a Scheme of Learning/Checklist/ Your teacher’s Guide to that topic. This will help you to navigate your way through each topic. This will go at the front of your class notes.
Finally you will have a section for each subject that you should label INDEPENDENT work. These are called PROACTIVE tasks. Your staff will direct you to do “extra reading/extension work/challenge activities” that will enhance and supplement your learning. This section will build over time and eventually YOU will add to this yourself as you start to make connections, work independently and “get” the (eg) articles, extracts from books, notes from TV programmes; websites; graphic organisers; web links and bigger ideas that really transform your learning and make you a great A level student. Again keep this in date order and from time to time transfer it to your HOME file.
What about my Grey Home Files?
You will eventually have three full subject files for the three A level subjects you are studying. Neatly organised into topics, with coherent notes that you have taken in class. These files are of course critical for your A level examinations/ revision. At the front of each should be the examination specification – this means you will understand how you will be examined and why you are studying what you are studying in class!
Help! I’m struggling with this organisation!
From time to time this may happen. But if you follow the procedures and get it right “early doors” this should not be a problem. That said we do not underestimate the work required in organising yourself with A level study so Green Files will be checked very regularly and you will also be expected to bring Black ones in at key points throughout the year. Poorly organised files will mean intervention from subject and possibly pastoral staff. This is not a punitive measure –
we want you to succeed and success starts with VESPA (S is the systems (the files!) that we have put in place to support you and as such it is an expectation that you will use it and benefit from it)
Organising your notes (Open University 2017) Your notes are valuable, so keep them organised and accessible so that when you come to write essays or revise you know what you already have. Think carefully about where to keep your notes and how to store them so they are easily accessible. Organising your notes and keeping them tidy will save you time and bring success.