Attention: You are using an outdated browser, device or you do not have the latest version of JavaScript downloaded and so this website may not work as expected. Please download the latest software or switch device to avoid further issues.

Blog > Classroom > Mini Walking Talking Mocks: what are they?

Mini Walking Talking Mocks: what are they?

How do walking talking mocks help students grow in confidence in their exam techniques?

12 Sep 2019
Classroom
Walking talking mocks have gained popularity in schools in recent years. The idea behind them is that students perform the entire exam experience, including sitting in the exam hall in rows. Instead of working silently through the paper, the teachers lead the class through it. Together they underline command words and the teacher explains how to identify what the question is asking and provides advice on exam technique. 
 
Alongside more traditional revision techniques such as performing practice questions and making mind maps or revision cards, walking talking mocks take a deep dive into exam technique. They help learners to understand how to approach answering exam questions and support them to interpret the questions. This allows them to ensure that they are best able to showcase all the knowledge that they have understood from their content based revision. 
 
Teachers have reported that learners are more confident in their approach and are able to achieve more marks after taking part in walking talking mocks. At Pearson we wanted to take this concept and help teachers to deliver it in the classroom. The purpose was to create a series of videos that would be useful to teachers wanting to better understand how to interpret mark schemes, but also provide a teaching and learning tool that can be used as a starter, a plenary or homework activity. 
 
Our first two videos for GCSE Science are now ready. The presenter, Frankie, is a Credible Specialist for Pearson. This means that she has substantial experience of Science Education and in Frankie’s case, she is also an experienced Assistant Principal Examiner, so therefore has marked many exam questions. Frankie has done a great job of writing and presenting content that will really help students and teachers to better understand how to approach the exam questions. 
 
The first video focuses on Maths Skills and the second on Practical Questions. These can be used by teachers as a starter, where students can complete the questions at the start of a lesson. There are opportunities to stop the video in order to give time for the students to complete the question. Students can also mark their own responses and award themselves marks as Frankie takes them through the mark scheme.
 
These videos are a great tool to help students and teachers understand what type of responses are needed in order to be awarded marks. They also highlight common errors that may cause students to lose marks. They can also be used as homework activities where students can complete and mark their own responses. They could then use the skills they have gained to practice answering other exam practice questions and consolidate the exam technique skills they have gained. 
 
You will find lots more information on the support we provide for Pearson Edexcel GCSE Sciences at our website.

_____________________________
About the author

Hannah Cheek has 15 years teaching experience in Secondary Science and in FE Colleges. She has also had roles as a Standards Verifier for BTEC Applied Science and Principle Examiner for NCC - Access to Higher Education.

Similar stories

10 online resources for international school teachers

From video resources and podcasts to online magazines and member associations, here are 10 online resources for busy international school teachers. More...

Using mindfulness to deal with exam stress

Exams can be very stressful for our students. Today we talk to Amy Malloy who gives us lots of great advice about how we… More...

Mindset & Mindfulness for exam stress

In the second part in this two part blog series on exam stress, Amy Malloy explores Mindset vs. Mindfullness as coping m… More...

A guide to bullying at school for teachers

In this informative article, Varinder Unlu takes a closer look at bullying. She'll examine the different types of bullyi… More...

Getting literacy right in international schools

It’s time to reconsider our approach so that we’re setting up language learners for a more supported entrance into E… More...

Most read

Teaching learners with dyslexia: small changes which make a big difference

In this article we speak to dyslexia awareness specialist Martin Bloomfield who shares his advice for how to make your lessons more dyslexia-friendly. More...

Reducing the stigma of SEN and Mental Health

In multicultural environments with a wide range of beliefs, how can we reduce the stigma of mental health and SEN to hel… More...

A new international writing competition

To celebrate International Literacy Day (8th September 2019) we have launched a brand new international writing competit… More...

IB DP Maths - Are we ready for the next 7 years?

Missed Ibrahim Wazir's session at the IB conference in Vienna? Here's the summary to help you to get ahead of the upcomi… More...

The importance of English language skills in international teaching

English language skills are important for all subjects in international teaching. More...

This website is powered by
ToucanTech