Exam Preparation & Revision

Online digital support resources for revision

This page is aimed at providing you with information, help and links to resources that are either online via the internet or in other digital formats.  We encourage students to use these as part of their work and revision towards examinations as part of their GCSE studies.

Please note that many staff also provide resources such as lesson slides and worksheets when setting homework for students, please see class teachers directly for these resources.

Specific information, websites and links to resources useful for revising and preparation in this subject:

Resource (website link, podcast name, video or other digital resource title) Link to resource  Suggested uses of the resource and guidance for its effective use  Subject
Mymaths  www.mymaths.co.uk Interactive lessons/homework  Maths
Corbett Maths  www.corbettmaths.com Videos and practice questions  Maths
Challenges of Living in a Built Environment www.felixstoweacademy.org/learning-and-teaching/geography/wjec-b-revision-lessons/theme-1-challenges-of-living-in-a-built-environment Revision  Geography
Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/znyb4wx All aspects of PE  PE
Podcast https://members.gcsepod.com/ All theory components learnt on revision checklist in PE section.  'Muscles' from Biology, 'Diet' from Food technology  PE
Revision World https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/pe-physical-education All aspects of PE  PE
S Cool http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/pe All aspects of PE  PE
Past exam papers and mark schemes https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/physical-education-2009.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FExam-materials All years papers and mark schemes. Especially reading mark schemes of what gets higher mark boundaries in developed statements.  PE
Quizlet www.quizlet.com Revise key Set of words provided by class teacher every week for weekly Tuesday vocab test Spanish
BBC Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z4dqxnb Grammar revision  Spanish
Languages online www.languagesonline.org.uk Grammar, content and vocabulary  Spanish
Memrise www.memrise.com A little and often Spanish
  Guidance History on the use of on line and digital resources listed below:   

There are some good resources available online, especially on BBC bitesize, remember to choose the correct module - Medicine through time and Germany 1918-1945. You will be provided with extensive paper revision guides as well.

Past papers and online quizzes will be put online as we start revision in lessons. 

Website link http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/ Knowledge History
Website link http://schoolshistory.org.uk/ Knowledge  History
Videos https://www.youtube.com/user/revisegcsehistory Watch  History
BBC Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty  Gives a summary of all the topics covered on the course. Also gives a number of short clips to demonstrate some of the topics  ICT
GCSE Pod  


Podcasts on most topics covered in the course.  ICT
Christmas Lectures



Watch the videos to gain a better understanding of computing in the real world.  ICT
Computer Science Tutor



Watch the videos for a commentary on the different topics covered on the course. 

Past Papers  


Past Papers and Mark Schemes for GCSE Computing from 2011 to 2015  ICT 



How to structure responses English



Content revision  Revision of topics




Content revision (Literature)  Focus on Language questions  Spelling, punctuation and grammar tips English


* Revision Resources for creating and sharing your own revision resources 


* Recall from memory resouces attached below.


Structured revision is crucial and can have a dramatic impact on students' GCSE grades, but we know how difficult it can be to persuade some students to get 'stuck in'.

In support of our year 11 students and their revision process Top Valley Academy has subscribed to GCSEPod. This resource has been provided completely free to your son or daughter and will be of great benefit to them in their preparation and revision for their final GCSE examinations.

GCSEPod has over 3,500 audio-visual podcasts produced specifically for mobile devices, laptops, tablets and PCs and the podcasts can also be downloaded for offline viewing. The podcasts contain all the right facts, quotes, keywords, dates and annotated diagrams that learners need for GCSE success. GCSEPod has been proven to have a significant impact on A*-C performance.


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Check out this video walkthrough for students on the GCSEpod website: http://www.gcsepod.tv/gcsepod-pupil-walkthrough/ 


The new GCSEpod Parents help section is now live, click the image below to be taken directly to GCSEpod website or copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://www.gcsepod.com/parents/



Here are some of the best revision techniques from past GCSE students who have achieved top class results to help you understand how you can learn better to improve your GCSE results.


1. Create 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.

ExamTime's Calendar tool is the ideal way to create a revision timetable online which you can easily access at any time. Create your first Online Revision Timetable here.

2. 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.

3. 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.

See the proof below:

Study Hacks: Walk Before Exam

4. 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 this free online tool here.

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. Practicing past papers will help you get familiar with the exam format, question style, time pressure and overall improve your ability to retrieve information quicker.

Practice GCSE exam questions by creating an Online Quiz using ExamTime to make sure you are fully prepared for your exams.

6. Collaborate 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.

ExamTime provides a quick and easy way for students to collaborate using our Groups feature. Work on a class project by hosting discussions and sharing study resources and notes with each other. Try it here!

7. Variety is the Spice of Life!

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

exam performance

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 for Students

If you want to stay ahead of your friends with the latest technology, get the best student apps before anyone else. Not only will they help you show off to your friends, some apps such as ExamTime are designed to improve your learning. Try these free student apps we recommend!

Free educational apps for iPhone, iPad and Android from ExamTime

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