Revision Tips


  • If you have honestly done the work/revision you will achieve good or excellent results.  You should therefore take heart from knowing this and just “fine tune” your revision from now on.  You have only a few days left so do not falter now!  Please eat well and get lots of sleep, you will be so more effective the following day.

    Any last minute issues, come and find me - Mr Scott

  • During the Easter holidays you will have 2 weeks of time to spend as you see fit.  You should devote a good proportion of this time to your extensive revision.  This is the one holiday that you should sacrifice and get lots of work done.  Redesign your revision timetable so that it goes from 9:00am until 9:00pm each day for 2 weeks.  Plan out what you are going to do and when.  STICK TO THE PLAN.

    Remember the hardest part is actually making yourself start, once you are in a position to actually put pen to paper it will seem so much LESS of a chore.

    TIME IS LIKE A POUND COIN, YOU CAN SPEND IT ANY WAY YOU LIKE BUT CAN NEVER HAVE IT BACK AGAIN

    Get your revision done and then treat yourself to a biscuit.

  • “When the going gets tough”

    Do not stop working on the areas that you find hard (if anything they need more of your time!).

    Resist the temptation to “bury your head in the sand” and ignore things, if you are struggling with feelings, managing your time etc then speak to your parents, they can help you put it all in perspective.

    And most importantly, IGNORE what your friends are doing and saying to you about their revision.  Remember that YOU are working for a better future for YOURSELF.

    Do not stress yourself if you are doing the work/revision.  Remember the only ones who should be worrying are those students who are NOT doing the required amount of revision!

    Just do the work and you will be fine, treat yourself to a biscuit.

  • Students, get on with doing 15 hours revision a week minimum!!  Parents, you could try the following : 

    1.     Support your child by talking about their revision in a non- threatening way.  Get them to stick to their revision plan.  Give them praise when they work hard during the evening (most of them will still really appreciate you showing that you are proud of their efforts).

    2.     Keep reminding them of the fact that a short term sacrifice of their free time will lead to long term benefits.  Better results will give them more opportunities and possibilities from next year onwards.

    3.     Buy a box of biros!  Top up the box if they lose them, it is not worth falling out over a 50p pen.


  • Less than 2 months now!  You need to fully focus on revising and forget other worldly distractions that take your time away from learning.  Remember the following : 

    1.     Starting is the hardest part.  Make yourself do it.  Once you have begun it is a lot easier than you think!

    2.     Keep the room cool and have lots of water and healthy snacks (it makes your brain work better!).

    3.     Do some of the difficult bits first, do not leave them to the end of the session when you are tired.

    4.     If you get stressed and angry because you do not “get it” move on to another topic and return to it a while later with fresh eyes. 

    You must do the time now, there is no shortcut to success!  15 hours a week minimum! 

    Every time that you exceed 15 hours in the week treat yourself to a biscuit!


  • Less than 2 months now!  You need to fully focus on revising and forget other worldly distractions that take your time away from learning.  Remember the following :

                1.     Starting is the hardest part.  Make yourself do it.  Once you have begun it is a lot easier than you think!

    2.     Keep the room cool and have lots of water and healthy snacks (it makes your brain work better!).

    3.     Do some of the difficult bits first, do not leave them to the end of the session when you are tired.

    4.     If you get stressed and angry because you do not “get it” move on to another topic and return to it a while later with fresh eyes.

     You must do the time now, there is no shortcut to success!  15 hours a week minimum!

     Every time that you exceed 15 hours in the week treat yourself to a biscuit!

  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. This quote is very relevant at the moment to you all in Year 11. I have continually talked  to you about doing a minimum 15 hours revision a week and that is still VITAL to  your chances of success. A few more hours would not hurt BUT you have been asked to plan your revision with a revision timetable for a very specific purpose in mind. 

    You cannot work all night, every night and be productive! I am becoming aware that some students are doing this and also feeling the pressure of Sixth Form interviews and applications for apprenticeships etc. They are subsequently miserable, tired and stressed. This is not the state you want to be in if you are to do your best in the exams. 

    So, look at your revision timetable, make sure that it tells you what you are going to spend the 3 hours a night doing and do it! 

    Look at the “other” things that you have put down in the “blank” spaces AND GO AND DO THAT AS WELL!!!!!!!!  Playing your new Xbox; guitar; playing football with your mates; talking about the best colour to have Converse Classics in with your friends. They may all actually lead you to getting better results not worse ones!!! 

    Do your revision BUT make sure you have a break and look after yourself in what is a stressful time for you. 

    Have you read this to the end and understood? Good, treat yourself to a biscuit!

  • You are now entering the most vital; 7 weeks of your school career!!!  You need to get lots of the hard graft and learning done before the Easter holiday.  15 hours a week minimum.  DO NOT justify to yourself that it is not possible and that you can only do a few.  You are fooling yourself.  Friends will agree with you and then go home and actually do revision, do you want to be the one who feels sad when the results come out?

    Try these 2 tips by using technology:

    1.     Take pictures of your revision notes, mind maps etc and read them on your phone as you travel on the bus or walk to school (be careful and do not walk into anything)

    2.     Down load a free voice recorder app to your phone and record yourself some revision notes.  You can listen to these on the way to and from school and when you go for a run or bike ride.  Friends will think you are listening to music and be non the wiser.

     Do things suggested above by the end of the week and use them from now on.

     Done it?  Treat yourself to a biscuit!!

  • You have realised that you can manage 15 hours a week of revision during school term time.  You now have the holiday.  You can therefore do even more (and the sensible ones will do this).  You should use this holiday to really get yourself organised and ready for serious hard work! 

    1.     Make sure that you have turned all your files and books into MANAGEABLE notes.  You should have A4 pages for each main topic in each subject.  The actual process of reading your notes and then re writing them in shortened form gets the information to ‘stick’ into your memory.

    2.     Display the pages somewhere.  Blu tac them to your wall, door, ceiling (?) or keep them in neat, orderly piles!

    3.     Try to turn the A4 pages into mind maps, diagrams, revision cards.  Use colours for each theme in your mind map (as this also helps it ‘stick’).

    4.     By the end of the week you should have done the following

    a.     Turned ALL notes/files into revision sheets (for ALL topics)

    b.     Filled out a revision timetable (last weeks tip) and stick to it!

    c.     Decided which topics are hardest for you.  Make sure you revise these when you are at your ‘freshest’ and most receptive

    d.     Actually START to do the revision!!

    5.     It is psychological!  If you do the above and will undoubtedly feel much happier and less stressed because you know that you are in control (even though it is hard going at times).

    6.     If you have done all of the above by the end of Half Term treat yourself, have a biscuit!

  • Once you have sorted out your notes and then got your room and equipment ready (that is the easy bit by the way!) you now actually get down to DOING something!!!  The biggest comment is that students have so much to do that they do not know where to start (and then bury their head in the sand and do nothing at all).  To be effective students need to plan their life week by week and allocate specific time to revision.  They can use the attached ‘blank’ timetable and fill in all demands on their time during the week.  They should then look at what “blocks” are free and allocate specific subjects to these.  This will ensure that they cover all work and more importantly, know what they have to revise on any given day.

    Now just get on and do 3 hours a night as per the plan.  After every hour treat yourself to a biscuit!

            Blank Timetable

  • Make sure that your area for working is always available and you have got all the things you need. Switch off phones/ipads unless you are REALLY using them for revision! Hide them under your pillow/cushion/blazer. If you can see them the temptation to play will be too great.  

          The hardest thing is actually starting. Once you have opened the book you will then find it much easier. Remember 45 mins and then you can reward yourself and              have a short break, treat yourself to a biscuit!"

          PARENTS, check out the following powerpoint. It justifies the way that your son/daughter can do 15 hours revision a week and still have a life! If they keep telling you           that they cannot do this amount of revision use the powerpoint to defeat their argument !!!



  • Go through the folder/file/books you have for each subject. Under a title of the subject( i.e Geography) list all the main topics/sections you have studied(i.e  coastal erosion; Hazards; etc). When you have done this allocate one piece of A4 for each topic. Put the title at the top in colour. You now need to read through all the pages /handouts etc that you have that relate to this specific topic. Bullet point all the main things you need to know. You should now have ALL the information you need about this topic on one piece of paper. This is stage one complete, treat yourself to a biscuit."