English: GCSE revision and exam technique

Nicola Davison
20th January 2016
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Resources to help you prepare your students for the upcoming GCSEs

While the exams may still seem reasonably far off, it’s never too early to start revising key topics and exam technique.  These resources have been hand-picked to do just that and represent some of the best available on the site.  Although many have been created with specific exam boards in mind, they can be easily adapted to suit both your specification and your students.

English language

Revision resources

Persuasive techniques revision lesson –  Including individual, pair and group activities and an informal assessment tool, these comprehensive lesson resources will help students to spot and talk about a variety of persuasive techniques.

GCSE key techniques – Aimed at C/D borderliners, this is the first in a series of seven lessons created by the same author to boost an understanding of language techniques, such as similes and metaphors, sentence types and fact and opinion. 

Analysing texts mini-unit – This four-hour revision session, complete with resource booklet, is packed full of tasks and activities to help prepare your pupils for their exam.

Exam technique ideas

Exam technique cards – Cut up and laminate these cards as a last-minute reminder of ways to approach both the foundation and higher exam papers, including the skills required and marks available.

Colourful crib sheets – Similar to the exam technique cards above, these revision sheets also include suggested answer formats and mini model answers for each question type.

Text analysis hints and tips – Recap the different ways to read and analyse non-fiction texts and respond to exam questions about them with these handy guides.

English literature

Revision resources

Unseen poetry unit – Consolidate learning on the different elements of studying poetry with this five-lesson scheme of work, covering devices such form, structure, voice, rhyme and repetition as well as exam technique.

Revision workbook – This 41-page revision guide, covering Of Mice and Men, A Christmas Carol and Blood Brothers, includes lots of ideas for tasks and activities on characters, setting, themes, context and extract-style questions.

Literary terms game – Learners will enjoy learning the definitions of literary terms with this simple memory game, which works great as a starter or plenary activity.

Exam technique ideas

Practice question planning grid – Pupils can plan out the answer to any given exam question with this grid based on the PEEL (Point, Evidence, Explanation, Link) technique.

Poetry revision cards – These printable, ready-to-use revision cards for a variety of different poems can be used right up until the days of the exam.

Colour-coded hints and tips sheets – Covering a range of elements in both the language and literature exams, these information sheets are ideal for assisting SEN students.


For your Post-16 classes, why not take a look at our Post-16 revision resources post? And if you have any top quality GCSE or A-level resources you’d like to share with us, let us know! Don’t forget to include the link.

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