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How do I revise?

Revision is never going to be fun and interesting but when done right can really pay off in your exams. Remember revision should be an active process - test yourself, make notes, draw diagrams and flow charts and use past papers with the mark schemes. The aim is to ensure you really understand the material and that you can apply what you know to answer exam questions effectively.

Below are some tips on how to revise. The best revision would comprise a combination of these methods rather than just one method alone.

Specific information for each course can be found by clicking on the relevant tab for the year group who studies that course.


Revision Notes
1) Download the specification for the course that you are studying. These can be found by clicking on the tab for your year group on the menu on the left.

2) Then find the section that lists in a numbered list exactly what needs to be learnt for the unit that you are revising.

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3) You will see that there are a number of statements that begin with the word "recall".

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4) in your notes, you should rewrite these in your own words. You simply have to remember these statements and recall them in the exam.

5) You will then have a list of 15 - 20 statements to learn for that unit. 33% (or 1/3) of each exam will be asking you to recall these facts. These facts will also be linked to the remaining questions and therefore knowing them will also help you with the rest of the paper.


Past Exam Papers
Work through past papers but not as a test. Try the following method:

• Attempt to answer the question using your class notes, revision guide, etc.
• Check your answer against the mark scheme. It is worth looking carefully at the advice given about what is/ is not an acceptable answer. (Remember that using the mark scheme is not cheating. You are trying to learn how to answer exam questions and this is a really powerful tool.)


Drawing Diagrams
It is said that a picture paints a thousand words. This is very true when revising. Try drawing and adding notes to a diagram of a process or practical procedure that you must know about, and including it in your revision notes. Do not just download pictures from the web – you will learn them if you draw them. You could always stick it on your fridge or bedroom wall. Examples of some useful diagrams are

• The structure of an atom
• Circuit diagrams showing how current and voltage change in series and parallel circuits
• DNA replication and structure
• Electrolysis of aluminium


Revision Cards
You could purchase a pack of blank postcards from any stationers or supermarket and write your revision notes or diagrams on these. These can then be taken anywhere (e.g. on a bus, in a doctor’s waiting room, etc) so that you can make the most of any spare time that you have.


Online homework site
If you are in Year 9 or 10, you have access to the online homework site that has a large number of activities that you can do in your spare time. These will be marked instantly so that you can see your progress. More information about this can be found by clicking on the 'Year 9 & 10' tab on the menu on the left.


Websites
Websites can also be a valuable source of revision material, quizzes and exam question practise. Here are some revision sites we recommend:

BBC Bitesize: Key Stage 3
BBC Bitesize: Core Science
BBC Bitesize: Additional Science
S-cool revision
Doc Brown's Science

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