- This topic is also covered in the Parental tab under KS4 Support (click here).
- There is a great deal of extra guidance in this booklet
All our experience and research shows that Exam preparation for GCSEs is a TWO YEAR programme; it is not something that starts after Christmas in year 11.
You need to make sure that you understand all the content you cover as you go through the year. If there are any aspects you do not fully understand, see your teacher immediately. You need to memorise material as you go through the course and it is almost impossible to memorise material that you do not fully understand. Do not wait until year 11 to focus on problem areas.
It is important to use EFFECTIVE techniques to memorise material.
- re-read multiple times,
- read and highlight,
- copy material out.
All of these activities require very little brain effort and thus have very little impact on your long-term memory.
At the core of your learning by heart should be:_
(Click on each technique for further explanation)
- testing yourself (Retrieval Practice)
- returning to material, to review it, over time, multiple times. ( Spaced Learning)
The following techniques are also useful and have been proven to be EFFECTIVE.
- Elaboration – asking yourself ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions
- Dual Coding – using pictures as well as words
- Interleaving – splitting revision sessions and varying topics/subjects rather than focusing on long blocks of the same thing
- Concrete Examples – using specific examples of a concept or technique to help you understand and memorise them.
When you come to the run-up to exams you will need a Revision Timetable. Blank month planners are available from the KS4 office or can be down loaded here.
This guide (click to print or view a revision checklist) will help you to organise yourself.
All subject specific resources that you may need are available on the student shared area. Click here to access the Revision folder which has Revision Checklists, Knowledge Organisers, Exam Technique Booklets etc.
Each subject also has its own, separate folder on the Student Shared Area (Foldr) with even more resources for you to access, including links to past paper questions.
Students frequently start to feel anxious and stressed as exam approach and it is important to look after your mental health.