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Revision advice for students


For year 11 supervised extra-curricular revision opportunities for the spring term 2023, please see timetable here


How to revise

Remember that using a variety of revision techniques will save you from getting bored and switching off. Store your revision resources carefully in an orderly way.


Active revision strategies

Refresher cards

  • One topic per card. Key points only. Colour code to make links and associations.


  • Ask family and friends to test you.
  • Use previous examination questions.
  • Choose topics and questions that you are uncertain about.
  • Get used to working under timed conditions.
  • Check your answers. Do some questions with your notes and others without.

Learning maps

  • Start in the centre with the topic title.
  • Main points about topic as thick branches, smaller points as smaller branches.
  • Don’t crowd the paper.
  • Use colour, pictures and symbols.

Highlighting notes

  • Must be selective. Highlight only key words and ideas.
  • Colour code to make links and associations.

Posters/Post-it notes

  • Display around your study area.
  • Particularly useful for important vocabulary and key statistics.

Key-word listing

  • Begin with a blank, landscape piece of A4 paper.
  • Choose a topic and write down what you know, following the instructions below.
  • Use a different colour for each section.

Coping skills for examinations

Positive talk

Avoid negative discussion with your friends. Don’t be put off or intimidated by anything other people say.

Check equipment

Make sure you have everything you need with you. Pens, pencils, rubbers, felt tip pens, calculators etc. Know what you are allowed to use.

Arrive in time

Not too early, not too late. Avoid hysterical discussion and keep calm.

Keep a clear head

Things won’t always go perfectly, but if you keep your mind focussed and as relaxed as possible you should be able to adapt to any awkward questions or challenging situations. If you get stuck, re-read the question, think back to studying the topic in and out of class and don’t just give up.

If things go badly?

It’s not the end of the world!

Revision tools

Students can use GCSEPod to help with their revision. For more information click here.


Useful links

Get Ahead Programme

For information about how grades are being calculated this summer, please click on the 'Exams Information' link below:


Sixth Form Revision

Please click on the below link to access Sixth Form revision materials: