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GCSE Exams Preparation 

This page will collect a range of useful resources, techniques and information about taking  GCSE Exams. 

Revision

Lea Manor recommends that pupils spend 2 hours revising on a school day and 7 hours revising on a holiday.  

Pupils should follow a revision timetable to help them get the most out of their revision. See a blank timetable you can download and fill out below:

Revision Timetable

When making the timetable you should list all of your subjects and units. Prioritise the most challenging topics and subjects, not just revise the areas you are already strong in. You should also focus on high-mark, likely exam topics. The results of your revision shouldn't be measured in time spent revising a topic; test yourself to make sure you are retaining the information. Remember, it is your exam timetable and it can be adjusted to fit your needs. If your revision in one topic yields strong results and you are confident in an area, you can reduce its revision time on the timetable for other topics or subjects that you need to give more focus too.

Revision Techniques

There are a number of different techniques you can use to revise. It is important to use the technique that works best for you, there is no catch-all answer to successful revision, so give a number of methods a try until you find the right one for you.

The Pomodoro Technique:

The Pomodoro Technique
Select a single task to focus on Set a timer and work continuously for 25 minutes Take a productive 5 minute break Repeat for 4 rounds Take a longer break for 30 minutes and repeat

 The benefits of this technique include:

  • No distractions
  • Higher intensity to your work
  • Get more done in less time
  • Easier to plan your revision
  • Greater focus
  • No more procrastination

Flashcards:

One side of the flashcard has a question or term to define, and the flipside will have the answer. With each card you're testing yourself and separating the cards you got wrong from those you got right. Keep going through the wrong pile until you get every question right. Then repeat as often as needed until you can go through the entire deck without getting any of the answers wrong.

If you think making your own flashcards might be too time consuming, there are plenty of online virtual flashcard websites you can use, or you can purchase pre-made flashcards online.

Past Papers:

Doing past exam papers is one of the best ways to revise and have many benefits:

  • They help you to work out which topics you know well and figure out what gaps you need to focus on
  • By testing your knowledge, you can check your revision progress and feel more confident about what you already know
  • Test your subject knowledge and help you gain confidence with the style of questions you will be asked and what will get you the marks
  • They help you to identify topics which you find harder
  • It is a great way to learn how long you have for each question and practice working to a time

Past papers can be marked against their mark schemes, which will be available from the exam providers' website. Using the mark scheme will help you to:

  • Understand how marks are allocated
  • Analyse mistakes and missed marks
  • Strive for confidence to answer similar question in the future
  • Identify challenging topics

Doing a past paper in exam conditions and marking your work against the mark scheme will help you to identify what grade you would have got the year the past paper was the final exam.

Revision Resources

There are a number of revision platforms available for you to utilise. Some work across all subjects, but others are subject specific; speak to your subject teachers for more subject specific resources you can use.

Year 11 Revision Hub

The Year 11 Revision Hub is a Google Classroom that is only open to Year 11 pupils. If you find a good revision resource and you want to share it with your classmates, you can post it here. As a collaborative workspace, it will be a useful tool to find tried and tested resources that are relevant to what you are learning. To login to the Google Classroom use the class code: 67xosrj

GCSE POD 

GCSE POD is a service you can access which has revision resources for all of your subjects. Lea Manor has a subscription to GCSE POD so all you need to do is login with your school email address to instantly have access to all of these resources.

With your GCSEPod account you can:

  • Access over 6,000 short videos (Pods) covering 27 GCSE subjects, including Maths, English and Science
  • Free, unlimited streaming access to the GCSEPod website
  • Unlimited downloads to take the videos anywhere
  • Everything is filtered for the curriculums you are being taught

https://members.gcsepod.com/login/ 

SQA My Study Plan

SQA My Study Plan is a free app available on both Apple and Android devices. It will help you to create a balanced revision timetable taking into account when your exams are, when you want to revive and the subject areas you want to focus on most.

Download on Apple

Download on Android 

Downloadable Resources

 

Science

KayScience

KayScience is a revision tool for both Triple and Combined Science. Lea Manor has a subscription to KayScience so all you need to do is login with your school email address to instantly have access to all of these resources. If you are having trouble logging in, please speak to Mrs N Noreen or your Science Teacher.

https://www.kayscience.com/ 

Science Google Classroom

A range of resources to help you with both Triple and Combined Science is available on the Year 11 Science Google Classroom including revision checklists, knowledge mats, PiXL PowerPoints, and more. To login to the Google Classroom use the class code: xblze4u

Maths

Sparx Maths

Sparx Maths is a revision tool for both Foundation and Higher Maths. Lea Manor has a subscription to Sparx Maths so all you need to do is login with your school email address to instantly have access to all of these resources. If you are having trouble logging in, please speak to Ms J Hawkins or your Maths Teacher.

https://www.sparxmaths.uk/student/ 

Year 11 Subject Information Booklet (2023/2024)

Year 10 GCSE Information Booklet (2024)

STEM Tutoring's Online Tuition

STEM Tutoring is holding a programme of online webinars with highly experienced educators with senior leadership experience at leading independent schools. These lessons take place week nights between 5pm - 8pm, with additional master classes running during the Christmas holidays, February half term and Easter holidays.

The subjects they offer are:

  • English Language
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Computing

Each subject has two classes a week. The first class focuses on Grade 5, building a strong foundation. The other class is dedicated to pupils aiming for Grades 7-9. Enrolment provides access to both classes, but pupils are encourage to join the classes according to their target grade.

STEM Tutoring Timetable
5pm - 6pm 6pm - 7pm 7pm - 8pm
Monday   Biology Grade 5 English Grade 7
Tuesday Computing Grade 7 Maths Grade 5 Maths Grade 7
Wednesday Computing Grade 5 Chemistry Grade 5 Physics Grade 7
Thursday   English Grade 5 Physics Grade 5
Friday   Biology Grade 7 Chemistry Grade 7

Exam Specifications

An exam specification is a list of all the topics that can come up in a particular exam paper. Using the specification to structure your revision means that you won't miss out any key areas and avoids you wasting time on learning content you can't be tested on.

The best way to use an Exam Specification is to go through it line by line to identify what can come up in the exam and what can get you marks. You should go away and make sure you know how to do everything that is on it. It's important to also keep an eye out for any keywords and definitions mentioned in the specification as the exam papers love to test these. 

Below is an example page of an Exam Specification, and how you should use it in your revision:

The Exam Specifications for the 2023/2024 GCSE Exams are below. You should also be aware of the exam board for each of your exams, and visit the exam board's website for additional resources.

Exam Board Subjects
AQA Art, Combined Science, Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), Drama, English Language, English Literature, Geography, MFL French, MFL Spanish, RE 
Edexcel Business Studies, History, Maths
Eduqas Construction, Food Prep & Nutrition, Music

OCR

Computing, Creative iMedia

Cambridge Nationals (OCR)

Health & Social Care, Sports Studies

VTCT

Hair & Beauty

 JCQ Information & Forms