Exam Revision

Revision is key to examination success.  If you revise thoroughly you will perform well;  if you do not, you will not.  It is as simple as that.   Every summer term there will be major examinations in each subject and each year group.  Students may wish to use the following as a guide during the run up to any examination/assessment period:

Year Group Evening during the school week Free days (weekends & holidays)
7 30 minutes 1 hour
8 40 minutes 1 hour 20 minutes
9 45 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes
10 1 hour 2 hours
11 1 hour 30 minutes 3 hours





BBC Bitesize has some great resources and videos to give advice on how to revise and much more.

When it comes to revision it can be hard to get started. Here are some of our top tips.

  • Create a revision timetable. Try this free planner or
  • Make sure you know which topics you need to revise for each subject. Use your exam board specifications as a revision list.
  • Make your revision active. Don't just read notes. You could make flash cards, mind maps or use post it notes.
  • Watching videos online can really help to bring your notes to life!
  • Test yourself by completing past papers or asking a friend to test you. This will identify areas of strength and weakness.
  • Build in rewards for your revision e.g. a favourite snack or using social media
  • Set short-term realistic goals. Not too ambitious or too far in the future.
  • Break down your goals into manageable targets, for example fractions and decimals in maths.
  • Set yourself a time limit for revising each target area.
  • When you have hit your target, set a new one straight away.

Planning Your Revision
Top revision tips

Timetables & Planning

Mind Map Essentials

How To Use Past Exam Papers

Five ways to revise away from your desk


Using Memoy Tips, Tricks & Techniques

Structuring Extended Responses

Understanding Command Words Used In An Exam Question

Summarising Information


Revision Resources Available to Purchase

Business  GCSE

BTEC Tech Award Level 1/2 Student Book in Enterprise ISBN 9781292231396

Revise BTEC Tech Award Enterprise Revision Guide - (Component 3 Only)

Drama GCSE

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1)

Drama Revision Guide and Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1)

Drama Revision Workbook

English Language GCSE

CGP English Language AQA 1-9

CGP spelling, punctuation and grammar for GCSE Complete Revision and Practice

English Literature GCSE

Macbeth Oxford School Shakespeare

CGP Poetry Anthology Power and Conflict

Macbeth DVD - Patrick Steward version

Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE

EDUQAS GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition   ISBN: 978-1-908682-85-7

EDUQAS Revision Guide 978-1-908682-87-1

French GCSE

CGP AQA Complete Revision and Practice

CGP AQA Exam Practice Workbook

CGP AQA Vocabulary Book

Geography GSCE

GCSE Geography Textbook (Oxford) 978-0-19-836657-7

Hodder Revision book

CGP Revision and Exam Practice

Revision for specific grade ranges

Flashcards for revision

History GCSE

Pearson Edexcel Revision guides for each unit studied (4)

The American West, Crime and Punishment, Early Elizabethan England and Weimar and Nazi Germany

Pearson Edexcel Guides & Revision Cards

Pearson Edexcel Revision Practice Papers & Workbook

Revision folder for notes

Maths GCSE Pearson GCSE 9-1 Revision Guide & Workbook
Music GCSE

Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Anthology of Music

CGO: GCSE Music Edexcel Complete Revision & Practice (with Audio CD) - for the Grade 9-1 Course (CGP GCSE Music 9-1 Revision)

Photography GCSE

A4 ring bound, portrait orientation, black or white page sketchbooks (1 per project)

White gel pens (if they are working in a black page sketchbook)/Black biros or fine liner pens (if they are working in a white page sketchbook)

A DSLR camera (we use Canon 4000D at school that they will use) these cost around £350-£400 and are not essential but would be useful to support the course and are a lovely thing to have.

A phone that takes photos is also helpful to have, with a lead to transfer the images to the computer.

An SD card reader USB (this would be great to have in school so they can transfer the images from the school cameras to their own computer drive easily.)

Access to a colour printer at home.

Basic equipment - pencils, rubber, sharpener, colour pencils, scissors, glue stick etc.


CGP GCSE AQA A Religious Studies For the Grade 9-1 Course (ISBN 978-1-78294-641-0)

CGP GCSE AQA A Religious Studies For the Grade 9-1 Course, Complete Revision & practice (ISBN 9781789080926)

Hodder AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A    (ISBN 978-1-510-40479-3)

Oxford Religious Studies A (9-1) Christianity & Islam  (ISBN 978-0-19-842283-9)

Science GCSE

Oxford AQA Revision Guide (one for each Science)

CGP AQA Revision Guides, Workbooks and Combined Guides and Workbooks

Travel & Tourism BTEC BTEC Tech Award in Travel and Tourism Student Book   (ISBN 9781292258690)



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