How I learn best: Sam Waterson

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Former student Sam Waterson gives an insight into what engaged him at Goffs:

“My favourite lesson was a Film Studies lesson. It was my favourite as it had a mix of good and clear information and fun and engaging tasks. The lesson started off with a starter with the whole class mind-mapping and writing all their ideas on the board; this was good as the whole class was involved and giving input and then at the end of the mind-mapping there was lots of good information to put into our books for notes. Then we did the main activity, which was creating a poster for a film. I enjoyed this as you got to design your own poster/film and make it totally unique. It was also a good task as one of the exam questions was  to create a film poster; so not only was the activity enjoyable, but it also gave us practice for our exam. The key thing we learnt in the lesson was the importance of a film poster’s micro-features, which are all the main things on a poster e.g. a heading or the actors/actresses names etc.”

Sam has started a journalism course at Harlow College and staff wish him all the best.

If you are interested in mind-mapping and would like to understand it better to support your child, perhaps watch the short video below (if you have about 20 minutes watch the second video below from TEDx).There are plenty of books on mid-mapping, including those by Tony Buzan – an expert on thinking skills.

The below video features a talk given by Tony Buzan on how mind-mapping “flowers” the intelligence of children. It links the working of intelligence and language with the working of mind-maps.

Buzan’s organisation offers a free e-learning programme that can be accessed here: