Beyond providing high quality teaching with high expectations the school will do all it can to help provide support for students and their revision.
- Targeted lunchtime intervention sessions
- Afterschool enhancements (a timetable is published termly)
- Provision of resources including:
- GCSEPod – an online platform showing Pods for GCSE courses
- PiXL Maths (Year 11)
- Tassomai – students are given the opportunity to purchase this resource at a discounted rates
- Smith Proformas – these show student strengths and weaknesses
- Subject specific resources – each subject will often produce resources to aid students revision based on their specific needs
- Provision of past exam questions
In order to make the most of their natural ability all students must take part in a careful revision plan. As such below are top tips for students when it comes to revision:
- Always have an outcome – produce a resource. Do NOT just look at your book/revision book
- Create a realistic plan – don’t plan to revise 5 hours straight. Plan in breaks and what you will revise.
- Do revision in short bursts – 40 minutes to 1 hour and then take a short break (5-10 minutes)
- Find a quiet place to revise
- Start your revision with all the resources you need
- Try using different techniques to find what is most effective for you. For example try flash cards, mind maps, testing etc
- Practice past exam questions under timed conditions
- Ask people for help
- Revise the difficult topics – don’t just go for the easy ones or the topics you like
- Accept that it will be hard work
- Put the phone away
- Remember music can be a real distraction
The role of parents and carers is very important when it comes to revision. They will need time and support.
- Discuss with your child what will be involved in the revision period and what your role could be.
- Provide the environment necessary for success. Ideally, they need a quiet, well-lit place to study with interruptions kept to a minimum when they are working.
- Respond positively when they ask for help. Ask exactly how you can help and if you can’t help immediately say when it is convenient.
- Give plenty of praise and encouragement when it is deserved
- Keep them well supplied with food and drinks.
- Be prepared to listen when they want to talk about problems as everything becomes more emotional and heightened during the exam period.
- Encourage them to take regular breaks during long periods of revision.
- Encourage morning revision when the brain is more receptive and discourages studying right up to bedtime.