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, JSTOR and Kerboodle and many more.

Revision Timetable - example 1

Revision Timetable - template 1

Revision Timetable - example 2

Revision Timetable - template 2

Mind Maps


  • 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

Traffic lighting specification example

- 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 in 2020 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 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
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.