Revision

Click here to watch a very helpful video on revising.

 

Best Approach

1. Break your revision into chunks

It's better to use spaced practice. Learn a topic over several shorter sessions rather than studying for hours on end until you’ve finished. Even leaving gaps of days between sessions is fine.

Take breaks and keep going back to your topics. This way your brain has to work to recall what you're learning every session and the information is more likely to get stored in your long-term memory. In other words, you'll be more likely to remember it in the exam.

2. Revise actively

Instead of just reading through your notes or highlighting them, make question and answer flashcards or turn your notes into something more visual like mindmaps, tables of advantages and disadvantages, timelines or cause and effect tables. These will help you recall the information you need and turn what you've learned into answers to real questions.

3. Test yourself

Test yourself regularly and do it often. Be ruthless with yourself; find the gaps in your knowledge and fill them. 

Why is testing so effective? It seems there are two reasons.

Firstly, the act of testing involves retrieving information from long-term memory – the answer you need but also related information. Pathways in the brain are created that link information and make it easier the next time you need the information.

Secondly, testing yourself teaches you what you know and what you don't. That means you can restudy the material you were weaker on – plugging the holes in your learning.

4. Combine all three!

How can you put these three pieces of advice together? Let’s say you're learning an important topic. You might allocate five revision sessions for this, each half an hour long and a few days apart.

In the first session, make your own brief notes based in your class notes and in the second session, turn these into question and answer flashcards.

In the third session, test yourself on these cards and in the fourth, practise an exam question, checking your answer against the mark scheme. For the fifth and final session, check how well you did and filling in gaps in your knowledge.

This way, you’ve used all these three techniques: spaced practice, active learning and testing.

 

Click below for useful information and hints and tips on effective revision strategies:   

PDF icon  Note-taking Hints 

PDF icon  Hints on How to Revise 

PDF icon  How to Make a Mind Map 

Download PDF icon  Revision Timetable Planner    

You should also visit the various subject sections below for more subject-specific revision advice.   

Revision Guidance and Information for Pupils

Equipment List 

  • Two pencils
  • A rubber
  • A ruler
  • A pen and cartridges or two pens
  • A sharpener
  • A few colouring pencils
  • A 360/180 degree protractor
  • A pair of compasses

For Science and some Maths papers you will also need:

A calculator

  • You may take one small mascot into the exam room.
  • You may take a bottle of water in to the exam room.
  • Bags should not be brought in to the examination room.
  • The examination should take the time indicated on the exam paper. If you finish early please check through every question at least once.
  • Please assemble outside the exam room five minutes before the start. 

  • All exams will start on time. It is your responsibility to ensure that you arrive on time with the required equipment.

Examinations are always conducted in silence and no pupil should communicate
with another at any time during the exam.

English

All English prep, spelling tests and revision are set via Google Classroom. Individual classrooms can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link below:

4CEO 4JES
5HJM 5IDV
6XSRP 6YSRP
7XCEO PS7SRP

8XPJD

Continue working through the revision booklet that was started in class.

S8SRP

Maths

7X Maths MVM

All pupils have been given a revision booklet to work on. They are not expected to complete the whole booklet but they are expected to date the work they have done and to log how much time spent on each section.

Click here for the booklet.

7PS Maths RGU 

Please click here. All information has also been emailed to you.

Year 8 RGU (February 2020)

Please click here.

Science

PS7 Science revision - OLW 

Please use this document to help direct your revision. 

This is also on google classroom

  • You will be assessed across Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • You will be revising topics covered since Year 4. 
  • Be honest with revision - Do not keep revising the photosynthesis equation if you already know it.  
  • Revise the aspects you struggle with. 
  • Re-reading a textbook again and again is not revision. Test yourself using various formats and question styles. 

Pupils can ask or email OLW@holwmood.house for advice. 

Useful sites and apps are;

Good app for revision - Device, chromebook and computer versions available

Good luck

8X Science Revision - FCB (February 2020)

Your assessments in February will be split into three papers; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The questions in these papers will cover topics you have covered in Year 6 & 7, as well as what you have learned this year.

Please use this document to help direct your revision.

  • Be honest with revision - Do not keep revising the photosynthesis equation if you already know it.
  • Revise the aspects you struggle with.
  • Re-reading a textbook again and again is not revision. Test yourself using various formats and question styles.

Please click here for a full list of revision topics.

There is a revision grid on Google classroom to use to sign off when you have covered a topic.

Useful sites and apps are:

PS8 Science Revision - ECC (February 2020)

Please click here for your revision document.

Languages

Year 8 French - MKJ (February 2020)

Pupils have been given specific individual revision material to practise for their forthcoming assessments.

Pupils have been given the following information:

  • Go through the Practice Exam Paper and complete both the Reading and Writing Section tasks.
  • Highlight things you have found tricky.

PS7 French - MKJ (February 2020)

Pupils have been given specific individual revision materials for their forthcoming assessments. It is important that the 'Writing Skills' practise work is hand written to ensure consolidation and fluency of accents and spellings.

7X French - RSG

Should be revising: 

  • the different words for the jobs that people can do.
  • the sentences we learned at the start of term to give basic information about themselves. This includes being able to say them and write them down.

To do this there are two Quizlets on https://quizlet.com/join/eTmaAA9RS

Each Quizlet has a flashcards section, learn section, write section, spell section and test section as well as some games to help them learn. The test section  can be done as many times as wanted so that scores can be improved upon. The test can be customised so that pupils can remove/add certain types of question. There is also an option to print an assessment at the end and these can go in your child's subject Learning Log.

S8 French - RSG

They are to follow the work set in class to prepare their speaking exams and practise on Quizlet

Global Studies

PS7 Scholarship Students (Topic: France) (February 2020)

Revise OS map skills using the revision book you have been given. 

Make sure you know the facts related to the Norman Conquest. 

Practice the evidence question you have been given and review source questions that you have answered in class. You will answer a similar question in the exam.

Review the work that we have done on Lourdes in class. You will be asked similar questions to the ones you responded to.

S8 (Topic: Wonderful World) (February 2020)

Pupils have been given time in prep and class this term to organise revision notes and to begin reviewing work. Please check Google Classroom for missing notes and background information.

  • You will be expected to answer questions on TWO of the following topics - Plate Tectonics, Coasts and Rivers. Revise TWO of these topics using the questions you were given during the term. You should have already created a set of answers to practice from. Questions on the exam will come from the bank of questions but not all of them will be used.
  • You will be asked to explain what you understand free will to be and to explain this using examples. You should refer to some of the scenarios that we discussed in class and your own examples. You should include examples that show situations which you believe illustrate total freedom to choose, no freedom at all and a spectrum of situations in between. You should use at least 6 examples. You will also be asked about The Garden of Eden and The Fall.
  • The exam will also include an evidence/source question based on the Tower of London. There is no real need to revise this topic but you should review activities and source questions we have answered in class.

8X (Topic: Wonderful World) (February 2020)

Pupils have been given time in prep and class this term to organise revision notes and to begin reviewing work. Please check Google Classroom for missing notes and background information.

You will be expected to answer questions on TWO of the following topics - Plate Tectonics, Coasts and Rivers. Revise TWO of these topics using the questions you were given during the term. You should have already created a set of answers to practice from. Questions on the exam will come from the bank of questions but not all of them will be used. The questions are on Google Classroom if you have lost your copy.

You will be asked to explain what you understand Free Will to be and to write about some scenarios, like the ones we did in class. Look over the work in your book to revise this. You will also be asked about The Garden of Eden and The Fall.

The exam will also include an evidence/source question based on the Tower of London. There is no real need to revise this topic but you should review activities and source questions we have answered in class.

Year 8 Ipswich Scholarship

The following is a list of revision topics for the Ipswich scholarship papers. Work over half-term should be a consolidation and continuation of work that has been done during the term. You should focus on areas which need the most work.

Geography

  • OS Map Skills - use the practice questions you were given at the beginning of term.
  • Physical Geography - Plate Tectonics, Coasts and Rivers - use the bank of exam questions you were given during the term.
  • Human Geography - Settlement and Industry

History

  • Evidence/source question - review the practice you have done this term and use the bank of questions to practice.

PRE

  • Revise the agreed list of topics and continue working on the practice questions:
    • Stewardship
    • Martin Luther King
    • Mosques
    • Exodus and Passover
    • Parables - The Sower, The Lost Son, The Good Samaritan
    • Zaccheus

Latin

Please refer to the following pages to help with your child’s revision. These documents are intended to be helpful reminders of the topics covered and should be used for reference in conjunction with the material on Google classroom.

The documents on translation tips and exam revision tips are generic and should be referred to by all classes.

Each class has a specific set of revision guidelines which are to be found on Google classroom and below.

Year 8 (February 2020)

We have been looking at vocabulary and endings this term, and the assessment will reflect the work that we have done.

It is important to know the vocabulary. This is listed on classroom via links to quizlet where you can test yourself. 

You will need to know as many of these words as possible. You will also need to know the endings that go onto the words which are in your prep diary.

Here is the link to Year 8 Quizlet page.

PS8 (February 2020)

We have been looking at vocabulary and endings this term and the assessment will reflect the work that we have done. It will largely be a translation exercise, so really think about the targets for improvement that we have created this week.

It is important to know the vocabulary. This is listed on classroom via links to quizlet where you can test yourself.

You will need to know as many of these words as possible. You will also need to know the endings that go onto the words which are in your prep diary.

Here is the link to PS8 Quizlet page.

PS7 (February 2020)

The assessment this term will have two parts:

  • The first will be a vocabulary/endings test to see if you can recognise the vocabulary required with the correct ending. This follows exactly what we have been learning in lessons.

You might be asked to translate:

  • ambulamus - we walk (vocab plus ending)
  • servi - slaves (vocab plus plural ending).

Quizlets are on hand to help with this, as well as the work we have covered previously on classroom.

  • The second will be a 'viva voce' spoken exam where you and I will discuss aspects of Latin language and history (in English) with your Learning Log as a starting point.

PS7 Latin - IDV

Y7 Latin Grammar

Year 8/PS8 Latin - IDV

Y8 Latin Grammar

PS8 Latin - IDV
Useful Latin Links:

www.cambridgescp.com is the online area for the Cambridge Latin Course. It has practice translations and grammar and vocabulary games.

www.quizlet.com every class has its own quizlet area which can be accessed through Google classroom

cram.com - vocabulary testing flashcards
username: irenadevoy, password: holmwood

There are other valuable websites such as:  http://www.arlt.co.uk/celinks.html 
http://www.virdrinksbeer.com  is particularly good for the grammar section of the exam