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Title: How to succeed at GCSE


1
How to succeed at GCSE
  • A Students Guide

2
Things to help
  • Easter Revision Courses there will be some more
    at Whitsun
  • Revision Conference
  • Revision Sessions during examination period
  • Exam Timetable available on website
  • Revision guide and planning information
  • SAM Learning
  • After school and before school - revision
    classes

3
Revision Sessions
4
STUDY LEAVE
  • All students are expected to attend all their
    lessons, unless they are in an examination, until
    the end of the day on the last day of the
    half-term  Thursday 21 May 2009.
  • From after half-term students will be expected to
    attend all their lessons in each subject they
    study until the final examination in that
    subject.  Once a subject is completed students
    should undertake private study during that time
    either in school or at home.
  • Attendance at subject lessons until the final
    examination in that subject is compulsory.
    Official Leaving date is Last Friday in June.

5
Preparation for Revision
  • The correct environment
  • Space desk/table, chair
  • No distractions
  • Music? Television?
  • Warm and comfortable
  • Books/notes nearby

6
How to revise
  • Not just reading and rereading notes
  • Important to process the information
  • Prepare the information for how it will be needed
    in the examination

7
Revision Notes
  • Use headings and subheadings
  • Make bulleted lists of what needs to be
    remembered
  • Underline/highlight
  • Well spaced out

8
Other types of notemaking
  • Mind maps
  • Flow charts
  • Tables eg. Advantages and disadvantages
  • Information diagrams eg. Geographical features

Use LETTS Revision guides
9
Preparing for the examination
  • Practice exam papers
  • Practice timings
  • Look carefully at how and where marks are awarded
  • Dont do this until you are ready!
  • Do not panic on morning of the exam questions
    etc.

10
Websites
  • www.aqa.org.uk
  • www.edexcel.org.uk
  • www.ocr.org.uk
  • www.bbc.co.uk/revision
  • www.samlearning.com
  • www.mymaths.co.uk
  • www.learn.co.uk
  • www.s-cool.co.uk
  • www.orwellhigh.com
  • Lots of subject specific sites can be found using
    search engines and asking teachers.

11
Preparation for Revision
  • Organisation
  • A revision timetable is essential
  • Ideally gt2.5 hours a night
  • Ideally 6 hours on Saturday and Sunday
  • Not continuous time plan in breaks/rewards
  • Revisit each area three times during revision

12
Preparation for Revision
  • How to fit in revision
  • Time that was previously wasted
  • Fill in the gaps
  • Reorganise current priorities for the revision
    period

13
Revision Techniques
  • Test yourself
  • Friends, parents, brothers/sisters can test you
  • Use cards with the main points but dont forget
    the detailed notes as well
  • Use help notes stuck around the room or around
    the house
  • Mnemonics, mind maps, recordings, diagrams,
    graphs, tables, etc

14
  • BBC Bitesize PodCasts
  • Many subjects available and allows you to revise
    on the move and without lots of equipment.

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/audio/
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