KS4 Exam Revision Resources

Effective Revision Techniques

1) Building a Revision Timetable

Building a revision timetable can add structure to your revision and help you identify which GCSE subjects you need to prioritise to get better marks. Creating a revision timetable is a great way to organise your study time, plus it also helps boost your motivation to revise for your exams. Create your first Online Revision Timetable here.

2) Take Regular Study Breaks

Do you feel stressed, tired and that no new information is entering your head? There is no point forcing yourself to study for hours upon hours as this will not result in a positive outcome. Taking regular study breaks and exercising is proven to engaging your brain in studying and improve your exam performance in the long-run

3) Use Mind Maps to Connect Ideas

If you find it difficult to remember tons of new study notes, Mind Maps may be the key to improving your memory. The theory behind mind mapping explains that making associations by connecting ideas helps you to memorise information easier and quicker. Mind Mapping has many other benefits for students, try a free online tool here.

Mind Map created by Andrea Leyden with GoConqr

4) Understand your learning style

Everyone thinks that there is a best way to study but the reality is that each person is different. Once you understand whether you are a visual, auditory, reading/writing or kinaesthetic learner, then remembering and recalling new information will become much easier. Practice will also tell you if you work better studying during the night or in the morning/daytime.

5) Practice, Practice, Practice

One of the biggest recommendations that past GCSE students recommend is to do as many GCSE past papers as you can. Practising past papers will help you get familiar with the exam format, question style, time pressure and overall improve your ability to retrieve information quicker.

6) Work with Classmates

If you find your coursework to be too much, why not divide the course study notes between trustworthy classmates and share your notes with each other. This will reduce the amount of workload you need to do to prepare for your GCSEs plus you will gain an insight into how other students learn.

7) Mix it Up

Mix up your study habits and methods by listening to podcasts, watching videos or documentaries, moving to new study area or even something as simple as using different colours for your study notes.
This is different to the other GCSE revision tips mentioned here as it encourages you to try a few different things to see what fits for you. Your brain will recall where you were or how you revised for a topic which will help you remember more information. Give it a go!

8) Day of your GCSE Exam

The day of your exam can be the most stressful of the entire examination experience but there are ways which you can minimise your anxiety such as avoiding panicking friends, giving yourself plenty of time to get to the test centre plus don’t underestimate the power of eating a healthy breakfast the day of your exams!
Boost your GCSE exam performance with these tips for the day of your exam.

9) Adapt for Different GCSE Subjects

It may seem obvious but many students try to study for different subjects using the same study methods. Your GCSE revision should take account of the difference between your subjects and the challenges they represent.
For example, Flashcards are an ideal study aid to help you prepare for a Spanish, French, German and exam such as GCSE Science where you need to remember key definitions. An Online Quiz is a great way to test your GCSE Maths skills while you would highly benefit from using a Note to study English.
Once you understand that your subjects need to be approached differently, there is no stopping you!

10) Apps & Online Resources for Students

By now you should be familiar with the best apps to support revision in your different subjects. GCSEpod is a great all-rounder, and for subject specific apps & sites follow the links on the right hand side of this page.

Y11 Timetable Info

A new timetable will be launching to Y11 from Monday 13 May, we have tailor made the timetable to make sure you are at your very best when the examinations come around. In order to ensure that all students are prepared effectively prior to their examinations, we have decided to collapse the Year 11 timetable so that they gain additional hours of learning in English, mathematics, science, Spanish, history, geography and product design in the lead up to their relevant exams. Your tutor will update you with your new timetable. If you require a spare copy visit student reception. A letter detailing this and the end of year procedure for year 11 is available here.

Exams Information

My Exams Booklet
Summer Exams Timetable (click here)
Additional Exams Information (click here)

Exam Boards

At Y11 we use the following examination boards:
English Language (Eduqas)
English Literature (AQA)
Maths Higher (Pearson)
Maths Foundation (OCR)
Science (AQA)
History (OCR)
Geography (AQA)
Spanish (AQA)
Photography (AQA)
Art (OCR)
Business (Pearson)
Design Materials (AQA)
Engineering (Pearson)
Hospitality (Pearson)
Health & Social (Pearson)
Creative Digital Media (Pearson)
Performance Acting (Pearson)
Performance Dance (Pearson)
Performance Music (Pearson)
Travel & Tourism (Pearson)
Sport (Pearson)