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GCSE Revision Support

GCSEs are a challenging time for pupils and for parents and carers. On this page you will find guidance, advice and resources focusing on effective revision strategies and supporting with wellbeing before and during exams.

Revision Advice

Being able to revise effectively is a skill that needs to be learnt and practised. At Fairfield we share effective strategies and resources with pupils in lessons, form time, assemblies and in bespoke revision advice sessions with our education partner, Elevate Education. The following guide ‘Effective Revision Habits and Strategies’ summarises six of the most effective strategies that pupils can use. The ‘Learning Scientists’ have produced this summary of the most effective revision techniques.

 

 

 

The single most effective revision strategy is retrieval practice. Retrieval practice means trying to recall information from your memory instead of just copying out or reading notes. Each time information is recalled it strengthens the memory. To do this pupils can use a variety of techniques such as flash cards, quiz questions and past exam questions and papers. It is incredibly simple but also incredibly effective.

Evidence shows that the most effective revision timetable spaces out topics within a subject to be revised over a longer period of time. The aim is to avoid completing a whole day of revision on one subject – it is better to break a subject up into four of five blocks over a number of days. To do this an effective revision timetable is essential. Ideally revision sessions should be planned in blocks of 30 minutes with specific revision tasks to complete. The following blank revision timetables can be used to create a fortnightly revision schedule either digitally or on paper.

This presentation is a summary of the top five revision tips that we share with pupils. If any GCSE pupils need help with revision
they can speak to their form tutor, their subject teacher or can contact Mr Di Paola on Teams for extra guidance.

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Advice for Parents and Carers

The following guides have been produced by Tassomai and Elevate Education for parents and carers and contain a wide variety of useful information.

This Tassomai guide covers advice on wellbeing and mental health, supporting pupils with English, Maths and Science and finally some top revision tips.

This Elevate Education guide focuses on supporting pupils with motivation and revision timetables, avoiding technological distractions, building resilience and overcoming stress.

This year we have hosted two Parents’ Information Evening for Year 10 and Year 11 with a focus on revision and GCSE exams. The presentations are below.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

For young people coping with the pressures of GCSE exams is a challenge for their mental health and wellbeing. At Fairfield we support pupils every step of the way with advice and guidance in form time, assemblies, Life Skills lesson, and through the work of our Pastoral team. The following guides offer advice on coping with exam pressure, wellbeing and the importance of sleep.

Ofqual have published excellent guidance on coping with exam pressure that we have put into this simple document. There is excellent advice on how to control physical reactions to anxiety by using a simple breathing technique to help calm down and feel in control.


 

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Mindmate, an NHS mental health and wellbeing website, have excellent advice on the importance of sleep and strategies to promote better sleep. Again, we have summarised their advice in the following document. There is also further advice regarding sleep in this booklet.

Tassomai have produced an effective summary of practical tips to support your child with mental health and wellbeing during the revision and exam period.

Finally, the mental health charity YoungMinds have produced guidance on how to overcome the pressure to succeed, which is a challenge for so many young people. This advice has been put into the following document.

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