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 a free planner -
  • 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

Subject Qualification / Tier Exam Board Resources
Art (Fine Art) GCSE AQA  
Business Studies GCSE Pearson

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

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

Computer Science GCSE AQA

AQA GCSE (9-1) 8525 Computer Science

AQA GCSE Computer Science, Second Edition

GCSE Computer Science for AQA 8525


Teaching guide: Technical guidance: Component 1 (NEA Performance and Choreography)

Teaching guide: Technical guidance: Component 2 (Dance Appreciation)

Design and Technology GCSE AQA

AQA GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology: Timber, metal-based materials and polymers

AQA GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology: All material categories and systems

AQA GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology

Drama GCSE Pearson

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1)

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

Drama Revision Workbook

English Language GCSE AQA

CGP English Language AQA (9-1)

CGP Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for GCSE Complete Revision and Practice

English Literature GCSE AQA

Macbeth Oxford School Shakespeare

CGP Poetry Anthology Power and Conflict

Macbeth DVD - Patrick Steward Version

Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE EDUQAS (WJEC)

EDUQAS GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
ISBN: 9781908682857

EDUQAS Revision Guide
ISBN: 9781908682871


CGP AQA Complete Revision and Practice

CGP AQA Exam Practice Workbook

CGP AQA Vocabulary Book

Geography GSCE Pearson

GCSE Geography Textbook (Oxford)
ISBN: 9780198366577

Hodder Revision Book

CGP Revision and Exam Practice

Revision for specfic grade ranges
Flashcards for revision

History GCSE Pearson

Pearson Edexcel Revision Guides for each unit studied:
- The American West
- Crime and Punishment
- Early Elizabethan England
- Weimar and Nazi Germany

Pearson Edexcel Guides and Revision Cards

Pearson Edexcel Revision Practice Papers and Workbook

Information Technology BTEC Pearson BTEC Tech Award 2022 Digital Information Technology Student Book
ISBN: 9781446901878
Maths GCSE Pearson Pearson GCSE 9-1 Revision Guide and Workbook

Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Anthology of Music

CGP: GCSE Music Edexcel Complete Revision and Practice (with Audio CD)

Photography GCSE AQA

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

White gel pens (if working in black page book)
Black biros or fine-liner pens (if working in white page book)

DSLR Camera (students have access to a Canon 4000D at school) - These cost approx. £350 - £400, and are not essential. They are useful to support the course and are nice to have.

A phone capable of taking photographs is also helpful, along with a cable to transfer these to the computer.

A USB SD Card Reader - this allows students to transfer the images from the school cameras to their own computer drives easily.

Access to a colour printer at home

Physical Education GCSE Pearson Pearson GCSE 9-1 Revision Guide and Workbook
Religious Studies GCSE AQA

CGP GCSE AQA A Religious Studies for the Grade 9-1 Course
ISBN: 9781782946410

CGP GCSE AQA A Religious Studies for the Grade 9-1 Course: Complete Revision and Practice
ISBN: 9781789080926

Hodder AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A
ISBN: 9781510404793

Oxford Religious Studies A (9-1): Christianity and Islam
ISBN: 9780198422839

Science GCSE AQA

Oxford AQA Revision Guide (One per science subject)

CGP AQA Revision Guides and Workbooks

GCP AQA Combined Guides and Workbooks

Spanish GCSE AQA

CGP AQA Complete Revision and Practice

CGP AQA Exam Practice Workbook

CGP AQA Vocabulary Book

Sports Studies Cambridge Nationals OCR  
Travel and Tourism BTEC Pearson BTEC Tech Award in Travel and Tourism: Student Book
ISBN: 9781292258690



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