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.


All revision task are in Google Classroom, please see the links below















Summer 2019 Revision 

Year 6 

Year 6 Summer Assessment Focus List

Year 8 

Revision Guidance
Level 1 Topic List
Level 2 Topic List


For those with upcoming scholarship exams, use the analysis sheet from the last exam (on Google classroom), click on the links to revise questions from each topic or use MathsWatch (pupils have been given username and password).

 click here


Use the electronic copies of the analysis sheets from the last assessment and watch the mathswatch clips for the topics where you scored zero/low marks.

You can also go through the assessments again and try to correct any mistakes that you made using a different coloured pen.



During the three week holiday at Easter you have an ideal opportunity to recharge your batteries and to relax. Make sure you have fun!

The holidays are also an ideal time for you to revise and review topics that you have covered since Year 4. You have been given your books, learning logs, the three CGP GCSE books, and a few good websites to help you with your revision.

Before the holiday we have been through your last papers and identified where you could have achieved more marks - some of this was knowledge based which we will address, however marks were squandered through poor exam technique and not maximising the marks available. We will be looking further into this after the Easter break. There is nothing new at this stage, however more reading and revision will benefit the basis of your knowledge.

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Mr Cook

Year 8 - OLW

Please use this document (click here) to help direct your revision. 

Well done this term, you have all worked very hard.

Easter Break

  1. To ensure you continue to make progress with your learning some revision over the Easter break may be useful.  Revision Documentation

  2. Science Learning Log - Ensure we are applying scientific concepts and demonstrating learning.

  3. Keep up the hard work!

Possible Learning Log contents:

Here is the document you all created in class for what could be included.

Learning Log Contents

Year 7- ASK

Year 7 Science - Sound Investigation - sound-proofing a recording studio. A Learning Log assessed activity.

The students have been provided with a card template, buzzer and full instructions for construction a 'model sound studio'. Following some initial research they should attempt to sound-proof the box they have constructed using the appropriate materials. 

The completed project should be handed in during the first lesson after Easter on Wednesday 24 April, periods 2/3.

Mr Kershaw


S8 - RSG
The Ipswich pupils have begun a writing exercise in class to help them revise their structures for the writing exam. They have been issued with a set of new phrases to try and learn and incorporate into their writing. They should re-share this with me once completed so that I can feedback to them.

French Astar phrases

Topic vocabulary and frequently used verbs should be practised using the links in Quizlet classroom - click here

Year 8 - SCA
Your revision is in Google classroom - click here

Year 7 - SCA
Your revision is on Google classroom - click here

Each pupil has been issued with a pack of exercises to help them practise the passé composé. This pack includes a recap on the construction of this tense as well as the answers so that they can check themselves.

Revision Pack


Summer 2019 Revision


Revise either the Battle of Trafalgar topic or the Battle of Waterloo topic for your assessment essay.

Use your notes in your history folder and your own google slides presentations.

Revise the theory and layout of the evidence question using the booklet in your history folder.

Revise the Battle of Trafalgar topic for your evidence question. 


Revise either the Battle of Trafalgar topic or the Battle of Waterloo topic for your assessment essay in the summer.

Revise either the Battle of Trafalgar topic or the Battle of Waterloo topic for your assessment essay.

Use your notes in your history folder and your own Google Slide presentations.

Revise the theory and layout of the evidence questions using the booklet in your history folder.

Revise the Battle of Trafalgar topic for your evidence question assessment.



PS7 Revision  

Year 7

Year 7 Revision

Year 8

Year 8 Revision


Years 7 & 8 additional revision

 Location Knowledge Exercises
 Mapwork Revision 2017 onwards

See the main Geography page (click here) for:

  • Geography - The Essentials
  • Key Terminology
  • Scholarship Essay Plans
  • Useful websites


Spring 2019


PDF icon Click here


Year 8 

PDF icon Click here


General Revision Tips

PDF icon Latin Translation tips

PDF icon  Latin Exam Revision tips

Spring 2019 Revision

Please see Google Classroom for translation practice. Please focus on vocabulary.

PDF icon  Grammar Revision - Year 8

PDF icon  S8 Vocabulary List (2)

PDF icon  S8 Grammar Revision - PS7 

PDF icon  Year 8 Vocabulary list - contains the grammar and endings for the exam (PS7 & Y8) 

Word icon  Vocabulary testing sheet  tricky words to look up and revise (PS7 & Y8)

Vocabulary Lists

Useful Links

Cyberlatin would be a good revision aid, but should not be your only port of call!

Another valuable website to visit is:  is particularly good for the grammar (question 3) section of the exam. - vocabular testing flashcards
: irenadevoy, password: holmwood