Online digital support resources for
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:
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
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.
Check out this video walkthrough for students on the GCSEpod
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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
8. Day of Your GCSE Exam
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
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
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