Planning your homework

  • Every week, write down in your diary the schedule for the following week.
  • Highlight in colour any tests you have.
  • Use the leftover space in your diary to note down any planning or extra information. Make sure you separate the schedule and the extra space for notes with a thick line.
  • If you prefer, you can write down your schedule on a separate planning form.

Learning vocabulary

Are you starting a new chapter in English, German or French? Then you should immediately begin learning the new vocabulary. It really helps if you try to revise new words at least five times a week.
  • day 1: words 1-5
  • day 2: repeat words 1-5 and study 6-10
  • day 3: repeat words 1-10 and study 11-15
  • day 4: repeat words 1-15 and study 16-20
And so on.
Keep revising words until you have the test.
Alternate between studying and doing exercises and do not study two different languages directly after one another, as this can get very confusing.

How to learn vocabulary

Use WRTS: a very handy computer program that helps you to revise words until you know them. You can register:

  • with your email address
  • choose a password
  • confirm the password

Log in to WRTS by typing your email address and password. You can create your own vocabulary lists as well as copying lists into WRTS:

  • go to "woordjesleren.nl"
  • click on ‘vakken’; e.g. Frans (on the left hand-side of the screen)
  • choose the method: e.g. Grandes Lignes
  • choose the unit: e.g. all chapters 1
  • choose a level
  • click: save in wrts
  • click: download
  • give it a title e.g. Grandes Lignes chapter 1 header/title
  • save

Other ways to revise vocabulary is by:

  • using a course book’s website or the book’s CD-ROM
  • write it down in parts
  • making your own flash cards

Studying long texts

  • Read the title, look at any pictures, read the subheadings and then consider what the text might be about.
  • Read through the whole text (e.g. 1 section).
  • Write down the most important words: the main points.
  • Make a short summary based on those words. You can also ask your parents if you could tell them in short what the text is about and then write it down.
  • Another option is to think up questions and answers: read the text and think of questions about the text and then write down the answers. This is also a way of testing yourself.
  • You must study the workbook when revising for a test.
  • Use the CD-ROM or DVD that goes with your book.
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