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Tim Benton Revision Seminar
Please see this link for notes from the Tim Benton Revision Seminar (March 2017)GCSEPod-20151

GCSE POD – GCSE Revision Materials
Please see this link for instructions on how to use GCSE Pod. 

Year 11 Revision Sessions

Day Lunchtime After School

Languages 1.10-1.40

Music-12.40 – 1.15 Composition (Revision after Feb Half term)


PE- 1pm

Technology- 1.10-1.40

Art- 1-1.40

Biology- 1.10- 1.30

Maths set 8

Child Development-until 4.30

Drama rehearsals- until 5pm



Tuesday ICT

Chemistry- Triple- NN

Technology- 1.10-1.40


Technology- CF/PB


Maths sets 1-4

Year 11 Homework Group- HM/MD

Wednesday Language drop-in with assistant


History -TF

Technology – 1.10-1.40

Food Tech- until 4.30


Music-3.35 – 4.30 Composition (Revision after Feb Half term)


Art 3.35-5

RE- 1/3/17 & 22/3/17

Thursday Geography

Technology – 1.10-1.40

Art 1-1.40

Technology- EY/BA

Drama rehearsals until 5pm

Music-3.35 – 4.30 Composition

Physics – Triple Science

History HM

Maths set 5.00

Art 3.35 -5.00

Friday Languages 1.10-1.40

Technology – 1.10-1.40

 Technology- BA

Year-11-Parents-Evening 2016-17

Weekly planner

Summary of Key Points from Tim Benton Presentation (2016)
We encourage you to try different revision techniques to discover which ones prove to be the most effective for you. Listed below are a few ideas Tim Benton recommended. Variety is crucial – make sure you see it, hear it, say it, do it!

Mind Maps
Put all the relevant information for a particular topic area on a mind map. Try to memorise it all. Use pictures and colours.  The next night try to reproduce the same map from memory. Fill in all the missing details that could not be remembered. Continue this over several nights and more will be remembered each time.

Write key facts on post-its and place them around the bedroom/house. • Keep reading them!

Revision Cards
Write key facts on revision cards. Keep reading them. • Ask friends/parents to test these facts.

Draw key facts on posters. Place these around the home.  Familiarity will help learn the facts.  Make posters with questions you can’t answer; cross them off as you feel confident about answering them.  Put Revision Timetables up on your wall.

Use Tech Wisely
Switch off phone or put on silent when working. Only check it in your breaks.  Dictaphone key points on your phone and add to music playlists.  Downloads to phone, eg literature books. Revision apps.  Use Bitesize, MyMaths, S-Cool, etc.

Engage the Heart so the Head will learn
Occasionally work in friendship groups to break up the monotony.
Mnemonics, rhymes or even daft songs may work for you.
Give yourself rewards.
Learn points on your hand, and make them memorable.
Test yourself with the A to Z technique.
Learn Top Ten lists.
Chunking: Can you fit all you know on a topic to the back of a 50p coin?
Above all learning should start in 15 – 20 minute bursts. Learning can be fun when working with friends.
Have some sort of revision planner. Grid populated with all the topics you need to learn – tick and date when you visit a topic.
Practice, Practice, Practice. If you get stuck, ask for help.
Once topics are learned, it is important to keep reviewing the work so that the knowledge is not lost. Ideally review after 24 hours, 3 days, 1 week, 3 weeks.

Revision Planner

Revision Planner by Subject

Believe you can do it and put the work in. “There is no substitute for hard work” – Edison

“Whether you think you can, whether you think you can’t – you’re probably right!” – Ford



CPD Revision Guides

Revision World

Get Revising

BBC Bitesize

My Maths

Education Quizzes

Badger Learning


Exam boards. You can find past papers and syllabuses here:




Welsh Joint Education Committee:

Scottish Qualifications Authority:


Websites to help with MFL: – lots of interactive games – paste up to 500 words of text and get 26 different exercises based on it, such as fill the gaps and reordering tasks – an online teleprompter which is helpful for learning chunks of text. This one is great for preparing for oral assessments – more interactive games


FIRM Learning:

Framework – learn things as lists, on your hand, questions to answer etc

Imagery – pictures around the house

Repeated – look over often

Memorable – shocking, emotional, naughty, useful, rewarding, important or unusual things stick!



Revision Buddies

Learners Cloud

Collins Revision App

GCSE Exams


GCSE Revision App

Ultimate Revision App

Timeline maker


top 20 revision tips app


exam countdown3

maths alarm clock


Organisations that offer emotional support:

Childline: 0800 1111

The Samaritans: 08457 909090
Welsh language line: 0300 123 3011

Get Connected: 0808 808 4994


The Brain Box by Tim Benton and David Hodgson

Inside the teenage brain – Sheryl Feinstein

The new Science of the teenage brain – National Geographic
Tim Benton’s Website is

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