Helpful Hints & Advice for Revision

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, Kerboodle and many more.

  • Make a daily / monthly revision timetable - start it in plenty of time - mix up the revision subjects
  • Read this Revision Guide
  • Smart Revision Advice - BBC
  • Meet the Mindset - meet students who have persevered through their GCSE's and survived: advice and personal stories
  • Revise at a desk
  • Stick revision notes around the house
  • Do lots of past papers
  • Make summary notes
  • Ask someone to test you
  • Go to extra school revision sessions
  • Put your phone away for the period of the revision session e.g. 30 mins

Revision and Memory Techniques
GCSE Survival Guide
How one student whose GCSE results were among the best in the country shares some advice for those taking exams in 2020
How to Revise Effectively
Get Revising - study planner plus GCSE subject-specific resources
Revision Tips - Get revision tips and techniques from our experts at TES and say goodbye to stress during exam season.
Coping with Exam Stress
Winchmore Tutors - Exam intervention
Flashcards - free flashcard maker designed to help you learn
7 secrets to successful revision
The science of Revision - nine ways pupils can revise for exams more effectively
PLOTR Magazine - Exam Help
Mind Mapping works - a powerful learning tool
Memory Techniques
Super Study Skills - how to get the best results
Keeping it Long Term - strengthing your recall
Make Mind Maps put them on your wall and add to them
Condensing text - reduce everything you know on a topic to 500 words, then 200, then 50 & finally 10 - write these 10 on a card
Journey method - pick a journey you know really well eg 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
Write a keyword list for a subject or use index cards - write the word on the front and the explanation on the back
Make flashcards
Make podcasts and listen to them repeatedly

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

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

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.