Revision tips and techniques for GCSE students

Sian Evans
10th April 2018
Revision  tips and techniques to help Year 11 students prepare for their GCSE exams

Top revision resources to ensure your GCSE students are fully prepared for the upcoming exams

With the GCSE exams right around the corner, now is the perfect time to equip your pupils with tried-and-tested tips and techniques to make sure that every revision session is effective. So, to make everyone’s lives easier, we’ve hand-picked some of the best resources that the Tes community have to offer, all of which are hosted on our GCSE revision hub.

Revision tips

Revision Skills Introduction/Exam Preparation Y11

Powerpoint to show students to encourage effective revision.
By lukeswillage

Revision Pack How to prepare for an exam

A booklet outlining the basics of preparing for an exam as well as different techniques students can use to learn information. It also includes details on how to create a revision timetable.
The PowerPoint includes the templates and instructions for students to create their own revision timetable (print as A3)

By Gerard Mallaghan

Whole School - Revision Tips and Tricks Sheet

Revision Tips and Tricks sheet.

Can be used in KS3/4/5 across the whole schools.
By MrThorntonTeach

How to use your extra time in exams.

This is a powerpoint we use in our Learning Support department to encourage our students to use their extra time effectively.
By alfr75

Revision techniques

9-1 Exam Question Practice: 9-1 Exam Question Practice Pack

This is a great way to start the year. Get the pupils planning their homework time properly with this Revision planning tool.
Can be used for ANY SUBJECT. Really useful during Tutor time as revision planning too!

Help your pupils make the most of their revision this year by providing them with this pack:

The Revision Pack includes:

Revision & Exam Advice: Tips on how to revise and tips to help them with their exams. Also included are suggestions on revision activities and also what to do during the ‘brain breaks’ in the middle of their revision sessions.
Blank Topic Revision Sheet: They can add all topics that they have studied for their subject here. This is designed as a handy checklist for teacher and student to monitor progress.
Monthly Planning Poster: Print this out for your students as an A3 sheet and they can plan their revision and this on their walls at home.
Weekly Reflection Sheet: This is a handy tool to use as a reflection on their work’s revision. They can recode what they did well and what they need to work on.
Growth Mindset Placemat: This is designed to help students have a positive mental attitude when it comes to performance and exams
Revision Planning Mat: This is designed to break up each revision session into 5 minute chunks to help pupils find revision more manageable.
Revision Mats: Use this for individual topics to record key words, important information, summarise info, Key thinkers and dates, evidence to support the topic such as quotes etc and, + & - of a theory and most importantly possible exam questions.

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Revision techniques

A sheet summarising different revision techniques that can be used by students. Arranged roughly in order of those techniques for learning facts and simple processes, down to more complex processes and analysing performance in exam questions.
By LittleMissScience

One-Page Study Skills Guides - Mind-Maps etc

One-sided step-by-step guides to creating a mind-map, a research board and a (useful!) to-do list. Can be stuck in books, used as a poster or laminated as a 'help card&'. Good for English lessons for lower-attainers and for study skills mentoring(especially those who have dyslexia-type difficulties). I&';ll keep adding more as I create them... For more:
By Matt Grant

Habits of Mind Graphic Organizers

What are Habits of Mind?

Habits of Mind are a set of thinking tools and strategies that are used by people who are found to behave intelligently. Asking the question, “What behaviors indicate a fast and effective thinker?” a man named Art Costa, set out on a quest to identify the characteristics of those who are good problem solvers. First developing a list of 12 attributes in 1991, the list has now grown to include 16 Habits of Mind. This list will continue to grow as more attributes are identified.

The strategies assist students in developing a critical stance to looking at their assignments and teach students that they can not only have the information, they can act on it and apply the knowledge in new ways. The purpose of Habits of Mind is to get students in the habit of behaving intelligently. To instill thinking patterns that will allow them to creatively and effectively solve problems both in and outside of the classroom that will lead to productive outcomes.

The Habits of Mind are powerful tools that students can actively use to continue the learning process. Students should be encouraged to use these thinking tools to help the student to think independently and critically and by encouraging them to employ Habits of Mind on a daily basis.
These graphic organizers in this package include a writing prompt, I can statements, and encourages the students to apply what they have learned and to make the learning of these skills personal to them.
By lynnbradley11

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