Revision is a minefield – lots of people will tell you what they think worked for them when they took their exams. The trouble is, what worked for other people (and in exams that may have been completely different) won't always help you. Luckily we have some excellent advice to help you with your studies.
- Planning when to revise
The first step in successful revision is ensuring that you have a sound revision plan in place – a good plan takes into account the other things in your life. Things that you can't move or change (eg family commitments, chores, eating) and things that you can be flexible on (eg social life, playing computer games, social media, spending time with friends). For more details on how to complete a revision plan that is balanced and achievable click here.
- Choosing the best way to revise
Once you have your revision plan in place there is still the question of what to do next. We recommend using the strategies outlined by the excellent Learning Scientists and in particular Retrieval and Spaced Practice. These strategies have been developed by two cognitive psychological scientists whose research focus is the Science of learning. These strategies have been researched and proven to be the most effective ways to retain information – not just for your exams but also beyond!
Please click each of the links below to read more about how to build Retrieval and Spaced Practice into your revision.
- Choosing what to revise
There are several different exam boards, each of whom has slightly different specifications for the same GCSE. Therefore, it is really important that you have the right materials to revise from otherwise you could be revising the wrong things.
Luckily, your teachers have produced this booklet to help you – this will provide you with the information you need (or the locations of where to find the information) to help you with your revision.
You can also purchase revision guides from school – just print out this form (or get a spare copy from pupil services) and take it (along with any money) to the general office. All of these revision guides have been recommended by your teachers so you know they are the best ones for your exams.
Other Useful Information
If there is something you require for your exams that you cannot find below then please contact Mrs Patis in the General Office or at firstname.lastname@example.org