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Exam Revision Information

 Year 11 Revision and Study skills Evening - select links below:    

The aim of this area is to offer subject-specific guidance for supporting you in preparing for exams. There is a lot of useful advice on how to prepare and plan for exams, such as using revision timetables and various learning techniques.

Helpful Hints and Advice for Revising

Assessments/Exams, particularly public exams, are stressful for both students and their parents/carers. There is no single approach to preparing for exams and there are many techniques and practices which can be employed.  Below find some links which we hope you and your child will find useful.

Online Resources - links to MyMaths, GCSEPOD, JSTOR and Kerboodle and many more.

Planning your revision - start it in plenty of time - mix up the revision subjects

Revision Timetable -  example 1

Revision Timetable -  example 2

Mind Maps







Traffic lighting specification example

READ THE EXAM SCHEDULE PROPERLY - make sure you know the time and place for the right exam students.

Memory Techniques

GCSE Survival Guide Mind Mapping works - a powerful learning tool
How one student whose GCSE results were among the best in the country shares some advice for those taking exams Memory Techniques
How to Revise Effectively Super Study Skills - how to get the best results
Get Revising - study planner plus GCSE subject-specific resources Keeping it Long Term - strengthens your recall
Revision Tips - Get revision tips and techniques from our experts at TES and say goodbye to stress during exam season Make Mind Maps put them on your wall and add to them
Coping with Exam Stress Condensing text - reduce everything you know on a topic to 500 words, then 200, then 50 & finally 10 - write these 10 on a card
Winchmore Tutors - Exam intervention  
Flashcards - free flashcard maker designed to help you learn Journey method - pick a journey you know really well e.g. walking to school; choose a list or sequence you need to remember; relate each item or stage to part of the journey; when you need to remember it in the exam go through the journey in your head
7 secrets to successful revision Write a keyword list for a subject or use index cards - write the word on the front and the explanation on the back
The science of Revision - nine ways pupils can revise for exams more effectively Make flashcards
PLOTR Magazine - Exam Help Make podcasts and listen to them repeatedly

The following websites offer some advice and support during exams: 
Childline - exam stress NHS - Advice for Stress, Anxiety, Depression - Tips on surviving exams
YoungMinds - exam self-care Justin Craig - GCSE & A-Level revision tips
AQA - Student & Parent Support BBC Bitesize - Study Support
CGP Books - Interactive Tips for Exams  

Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do: There are people who can quickly memorise lists of thousands of numbers, the order of all the cards in a deck (or ten!), and much more. Science writer Joshua Foer describes the technique -- called the memory palace -- and shows off its most remarkable feature: anyone can learn how to use it, including him.

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work:We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually, happiness inspires productivity.

 There are also lots of things you can do to help support your individual subjects. The objective of the area below is to provide more information on each subject area.

For all your subjects:
GCSEPod 20151


Select Sign in with Google - use
your school email and password. (single sign-on)

Useful sites for  curriculum topics

 Our online Resources -   login information

 Get Revising 

 Seneca Learning 

 S-cool revision


GCSE Past Papers

 Exam board websites

 OCR www.ocr.org.uk

 AQA www.aqa.org.uk

 WJEC www.wjec.co.uk

 PEARSON   EDEXCEL www.pearson.com

 It is important to practice   past papers for all subjects.   As well as revising     knowledge it gives a feel for   timings and the sort of   questions asked. 

 Exam Information



A summary of the areas to learn are detailed here Personal Learning Checklists (PLCs). Students are encouraged to use the PLCs to aid revision, monitor their progress and identify specific areas for development. The Business Studies Department has organised revision sessions for students and the timetable will be available soon.





***Students have been given school login details***

Practice Paper & taster booklet:


Students have been issued with a bright green revision guide covering both exam papers. They will shortly have access to a bank of practice papers for the new spec. If students complete all of these they could also complete past papers from the older spec on the OCR website as the content is still relevant.

For revision the key points for students to remember are:

  • Learn, and use the correct technical terms accurately
  • Use real examples to support their answers where appropriate
  • Attempt every question (both while practising exam questions and in the GCSE exams) – leave no blanks
  • Use P.E.E. structure for longer questions

Students may attend a session in H6 after school each Wednesday if they have any queries or need some extra support. One extra session will be run weekly in the lead up to exams.

Google Classroom
The ICT department uses Google Classroom and Google Drive. Students can access their notes and any relevant PowerPoints etc. through these applications from anywhere. 


Product Design: Polymers & Textiles (Edexcel), Engineering (WJEC) and Hospitality & Catering (Eduqas)








Hospitality & Catering


Students can find detailed resources and videos on their Google Classroom.

Students should ensure they have a detailed understanding of Blood Brothers (select link) – this is the version used in lessons.




The best revision your child can do is to re-read the literature texts. They will have studied the following: a play An Inspector Calls – J.B. Priestley; a Dickens Novella A Christmas Carol; the Conflict and Power poetry from their AQA Poetry Anthology as well as a Shakespeare text – Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth.


 Mr Bruff

 Macbeth - BBC GCSE Bitesize

 Macbeth - Sparknotes


 Romeo and Juliet - BBC GCSE Bitesize

 Romeo & Juliet - Sparknotes


 An Inspector Calls - BBC GCSE Bitesize

 An Inspector Calls - Sparknotes

Your English teacher will have given specific tips in class which will all be in his/her exercise book(s).

Revision resources are also available on Google Classroom.


Snap Revision Reading, Papers 1 & 2  Published by Collins

Snap Revision Writing, Papers 1 & 2.  Published by Collins

Linguascope (students have the username and password)

Collins revision guides can be bought from the English department.

Revision resources are also available on Google Classroom.


Google Classroom

GCSE students can find all the help they need on the Geography GCSE Revision classroom. Code is rxpryrm

This includes PLC’s, Revision booklets, past papers, videos of help, self-help and much more.


 BBC GCSE Bitesize




 Seneca Learning - ask your class teacher for the code


Health and Social Care External Assessments are completed in Year 11.

Sample Assessments are available on:


As an overview. The course content includes going over past papers and the mark scheme. We will go over the style of answering questions. Revision guides will be available from the department. 


GCSE Pod - sign on with Google (your school email and school password)





  Students have a username and password for all two sites (MyMaths and Kerboodle)

  - any problems students should contact their Maths teacher or email help@edgbarrowschool.co.uk.

  • Students can also access Kerboodle and complete the review and assessment sections at the end of each chapter

Other websites that students may find useful are:








 The Speaking Exam

 How to prepare the oral tasks - French

Google Classroom

Google Classroom has substantial material from Authentik - GCSE practice listening tests and questions.


The exam is Unit 1: Listening to and Appraising Music - 1 hour; 80 marks; 20% of GCSE

Students will respond to questions based on short musical excerpts drawing on music from all five Areas of Study: Rhythm & Metre; Harmony & Tonality; Texture & Melody; Timbre & Dynamics; Structure & Form.

Key Revision points:
• Remember all keywords
• Read the question carefully
• Look at how many marks each question is worth and make sure you make the required number of points e.g. if it is 2 marks, make sure you make 2 points.



 General Listening (lots of things to do):




Instruments of the orchestra:


Major and minor:




 N.B. full cadence = perfect cadence, half cadence = imperfect cadence

Books: CDG books (handed out in class).


The AQA PE exam is assessed over 2 papers. Both papers are 1 hour and 15 minutes long and split into 3 assessment objectives:

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport (multiple choice and recall questions)
  • AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport (short answer questions)
  • AO3: Analyse and evaluate the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and sport (Extended answer questions- 6 & 9 marker)

Practice exam papers and mark schemes can be found on the AQA website and google classroom. When practising exam papers students should allow one minute per mark - use the time, don’t rush as that is when silly mistakes are made.

To revise students should read through the list of topics and cover ALL topics using their exercise books. Follow the revision schedule. Use the topic booklets. Make good use of acronyms to trigger key information (SPORTFITT). Students should attend all revision sessions!

Revision websites


CDG Revision Guides -
available to buy (£6.50)
from the PE office

Revision Schedule

Topic Booklets


Specification: OCR GCSE Psychology new 1-9 specification ( from 2017)

Some useful revision websites:

Paper One: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFPpP0C7JW0A3ItLndnLDNQ/playlists?disable_polymer=1





Useful revision books:

Revision Guide - can be purchased from the school £9


In addition, there will be a revision section on the GCSE Psychology Google Classroom


New GCSE Specification (from September 2016)

GCSE textbook you use in lessons - use this to help form your revision
and make notes from. Below are your revision guides for the New GCSE RE specification from 2016. 
Please use these to enhance your revision.

Philosophy and Ethics
Life after Death
Good and Evil
Human Rights Beliefs

Christian Beliefs
Christian Practices

Islam Beliefs
Islam Practices

Christianity Workbook

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Practice Papers

Christian Beliefs- paper 1
Christian Beliefs- paper 2

Christian Practices- paper 1
Christian Practices- paper 2

Victoria Gray - Practice Paper

Life and Death


Good and Evil

Human Rights

Exam Practice Session

Questions on Life after Death

Exam Paper 1

Exam Paper 2

Exam Practice Session

Questions on Relationships

Exam Paper 1

Exam Paper 2

Exam Practice Session

Questions on Good and Evil

Exam Paper 1

Exam Paper 2

Exam Practice Session

Questions on Human Rights

Exam Paper 1

Exam Paper 2

Christian Practices

Christian Beliefs

Islamic Beliefs

Islamic Practices

Exam Practice Session

Questions of Christian Practices

Exam Paper 1

Exam Paper 2

Exam Practice Session

Questions on Christian Beliefs

Exam Paper 1

Exam Paper 2

 Exam Practice Session

Questions on Islamic Beliefs

Exam Paper 1

Exam Paper 2

Exam Practice Session

Questions on Islamic Practices

Exam Paper 1

Exam Paper 2

Personalised Learning Checklists

Philosophy and Ethics




Life and Death

Good and Evil

Human Rights

Christian Beliefs

Christian Practices

 Islamic Beliefs

Islamic Practices


On the GCSEPod website select browse content followed by ‘Arts, Humanities and Business Studies’. Within this category select ‘Religious Studies’’

The podcasts relevant to our GCSE studies are all those under the categories of ‘Christianity’, ‘Islam’ and ‘Belief and Morality’. Under the category of ‘Current Religious Issues’ the podcasts which are relevant are ‘Issues in Modern Society’ and ‘Matters of life and Death’.

Some of the information here may be really beneficial to your revision and independent work in the subject of RE so happy listening!

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TOP TIPS for the Final Exam




www.my-gcsescience.com - users have to subscribe; only core videos are free - a fee is charged for additional subscription packages      

 MyGCSE - individual subscriptions.

Seneca Learning

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Help on Required Practicals

The Science department has available for purchase the revision guides for your child’s course in either Triple Science or Core/Additional Science. The guides include revision material, exam questions and answers.


Kerboodle gives access to useful lessons, revision materials and worksheets (and ISA homework).

Login details are as follows:
Username:  First initial and surname – all lowercase i.e. Joanna Smith would be jsmith
Password:  the same as username i.e. jsmith. (note: if they have logged on before they may have changed their password and will need to use this instead)
Institution code: dl3
The system will invite them to change their password to save and use this next time they log on.

If students have difficulty with their passwords they need to get their passwords reset by contacting staff in the E-Learning Office.

AQA Past Papers

The link below gives you access to past papers and the AQA exam board.

Spec codes for the GCSEs:
Combined Science - 8464
Biology - 8461
Chemistry - 8462
Physics - 8463