GCSE POD – GCSE Revision Materials
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Year 11 Revision Sessions
Music-12.40 – 1.15 Composition (Revision after Feb Half term)
|Child Development-until 4.30
Dram rehearsals- until 5pm
Year 11 Homework Group- HM/MD
|Wednesday||Language drop-in with assistant
|Food Tech- until 4.30
Music-3.35 – 4.30 Composition (Revision after Feb Half term)
Drama rehearsals until 5pm
Music-3.35 – 4.30 Composition
|Friday||Languages 1.10-1.40||Technology- BA|
Summary of Key Points from Tim Benton Presentation
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!
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!
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
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.
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
Exam boards. You can find past papers and syllabuses here:
Welsh Joint Education Committee: www.wjec.co.uk
Scottish Qualifications Authority: www.sqa.org.uk
Websites to help with MFL:
www.spellmaster.com – lots of interactive games
www.textivate.com – paste up to 500 words of text and get 26 different exercises based
on it, such as fill the gaps and reordering tasks
www.cueprompter.com – an online teleprompter which is helpful for learning chunks of
text. This one is great for preparing for oral assessments
www.linguascope.com – more interactive games
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
Collins Revision App
GCSE Revision App
Ultimate Revision App
top 20 revision tips app
maths alarm clock
Organisations that offer emotional support:
Welsh language line: 0300 123 3011
0808 808 4994
‘The Brain Box’ By Tim Benton and David
Hodgson – Revision Strategies and motivation.
Available on Amazon or from Waterstones now.
BOOKS RECOMMENDED FOR PARENTS
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’s Website is http://www.bluecaterpillar.co.uk/brain-box-extra/