It’s exam time once again and hopefully you have started revising by now. Revising for GCSE exams can seem like a huge task but careful planning and effective revision techniques will make it more manageable.   You will get out of your exams what you put into them and effective revision is key. 

Filter, Learn, Test. 

By dividing your revision into Filter, Learn, Test you are more likely to focus on what you need to revise, as well as helping you to use more effective revision techniques, such as attempting practice questions. 

Filter - Find out what you know and what you need to work on. Use your PLCs to help you to do this. You should spend around 20% of your time on this. 

Learn - During this time, you need to undertake revision activities which help you to learn the topics you identified during the Filter phase. Activities could include: 

- watching GCSEPod and making notes 

- completing topics on Tassomai

- making mindmaps

- making cue cards

- creating quizzes for yourself 

- creating posters 

- making flash cards 

You should spend 30 - 40% of your time on this. 

Test - This is the key part of your revision and the one we are often least keen on. You need to test yourself on what you have learnt to see if it has been effective. Ideas to do this could include: 

- past papers

- creating model answers with a markscheme

- PPEs 

- Short quizzes 

You should spend  30 - 40% of your time on this. 

Online Apps and Sites 

There are some great online revision sites and apps which can really help you to target your revision. 

These include: 

www.gcsepod.com  - this site covers most GCSEs and includes short podcasts and quizzes

www.tassomai.com - a great Science revision tool. This identifies areas you need to work on. Do the daily challenge every day for maximum impact. 

www.corbettmaths.com - a Maths site with short, clear videos which are broken down into topics. There are also practice questions for every topic. 

www.bbc.com/bitesize - covers a range of GCSEs