GCSE Key Revision

Use the tabs below to see the key content you will need to revise ready for your GCSE exams.

Some people revise by doing past papers, or revision cards, or mind mapping – you need to do what’s right for you.

Make time to revise but also give yourself 5 minute breaks every half hour to process information.

Year 11 lessons will be focusing on revision and revision techniques over the next critical months.

Please find copies of the PowerPoint slides used in Year 11 M3 sessions. Techniques shared with students include: use of flash cards, post-its, graphic organisers etc.

Looking at the slides may explain why your son/daughter’s bedroom walls may be covered in post-its. Students have been given: post-its, flash cards, A3 paper etc to help with their revision.

Please click to download these PowerPoint slides – then SAVE AS to your own computer otherwise the images will not show!

GCSE Revision Lesson 1

GCSE Revision Lesson 2

You can also watch the videos from the PowerPoints below:

9 Best Study Tips

Revision Flash Cards

Mind Maps

GSCE Art & Design Top Tips – Aiming High

 

Examination Board:

AQA Art and Design : Fine Art

Assessment details

60% Controlled Assessment

40% Examination

Exam length: 13 School Weeks Prep & 10 hour exam all in your art room

Date of exam: Thursday 2nd May all day and Friday 3rd May all day

 

Exam Paper:

  • Given out in first week in January
  • 7 questions to choose from – these are starting points.
  • You will have 10 weeks of lessons to complete a portfolio of work in response to your chosen question.

 

Art Exam – What You Need:

All students will have:

  • A new book to record ideas, photographs, observations and responses to artists.
  • Large scale sheets that show a clear development of ideas, including exploring relevant media and techniques.

To score the top marks these words need to describe your exam work, these come from the top mark band in the exam specification.

  • Thoughtful
  • Refined
  • Fluent
  • Skilful
  • Accurate
  • Imaginative
  • Confident
  • Meaningful
  • Creative
  • Personal

 

REMEMBER TO USE YOUR COURSE HANDBOOK FOR MORE IN DEPTH HELP.

Art preparation/examination technique

  • At least 20 A6 printed own photographs linking to your question. These should be sharp, clear, close up.
  • Selection of best photos printed A5 ready to work from.
  • At least 6 excellent quality observations in a range of appropriate media.
  • Aim for 3 critical studies with own response to artist.
  • At least 6 development ideas showing relevant connections using a range of media, techniques, considering scale and surface too, to explore your idea.
  • Be prepared to start the 10 hour exam knowing exactly what you are doing, the media that will be best for you, the surface and scale appropriate to the idea.
  • Is the final piece a culmination of your investigations?
  • Does your book and sheets tell the story of the question you picked?
  • Is this the best work you can do?

Useful Art websites:

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/ 

https://www.studentartguide.com/ 

http://www.artcyclopedia.com/ 

http://www.wikiart.org/ 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/art/ 

https://www.youtube.com/user/tate    (Tate YouTube channel)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9CswYtb5rL31CHwyVoyJvQ  (Museum of Modern Art, New York YouTube channel)

GSCE Biology Revision Tips – Aiming High

 

Exam board:

AQA – GCSE Biology 8461

AQA – GCSE Combined Science “Trilogy” 8464

Date of exams:    Paper 1 = Tues 14th May

Paper 2 = Mon 7th June

Exams are 1 hour 15 min for GCSE Combined Sci

Exams are 1 hour 45 min for GCSE Biology

 

 

Exam Papers

  • All exam papers are structured into separate questions, and most questions are broken down into parts (1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc.)
  • Some parts of questions will be quite short – tick box, multiple choice, give the correct word or definition.
  • Other parts of questions need longer answers, such as a step-by-step explanation or calculation.
  • Some questions test recall of what has been taught. Some questions require application of what has been taught to a new situation. Some questions require evaluation of data or conclusions.
  • 10% of the marks on any paper will be for maths skills (calculations, data handling).
  • 15% of the marks will be related to experiments; often questions are based on the “required practicals” students that have undertaken over the last two years.

Revision material

All students have:

  • A topic-by-topic revision checklist.
  • Purple CGP Revision guides (available to buy on Wisepay), these contain practice questions and answers too.
  • Weekly revision work set in lessons, including revision notes and past exam question practice.
  • Access to revision resources on L-drive (use “home access” on the School’s website).

Revision topics

Paper 1

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation (systems in the human body and in plants)
  • Infection and response
  • Bio-energetics (photosynthesis, respiration and metabolism)

Paper 2

  • Homeostasis and response; nervous system, hormones, contraception and fertility
  • Inheritance, variation, evolution and classification
  • Ecology (ecosystems, adaptations, interdependence, biodiversity and environmental issues)

Revision tips/examination technique

  • Use the revision guide in conjunction with your exercise books to make flash cards or mind maps for each topic. Don’t copy the information – simplify it/organise it on the page.
  • Have a pile of flashcards by your bed which you run through every night. If you get a card right every time, move it to a separate pile and focus on the other cards
  • Use “look, cover, write, check” techniques to memorise key definitions, explanations and diagrams
  • Complete the weekly past paper questions. FIRSTLY revise the topic, THEN try the questions without looking at revision materials THEN use a different colour for answers where you had to refer back to your notes.
  • Once the weekly past paper questions are marked – go back and adjust your flashcards in the light of the feedback. Do you need to make new flashcards? OR – practise doing the question again (look, cover, write, check). Can you now get full marks?
  • Use the revision resources to make sure you understand each of the “required practicals” inside-out, and can write a method for each just from memory.

Useful Biology revision websites:

Examination board:

AQA Business

 

Date of exam:

Paper 1 – Influences of operations and HRM on business activity – 1 hour 45 mins – Friday 24th May 2019

Paper 2 – Influences of marketing and finance on business activity – 1 hour 45 mins – Tuesday 4th June 2019

Exam Papers

Both exams are 1 hour 45 mins long.  They are split into three sections:

  • Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.
  • Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.
  • Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

Revision material

All students have:

  • Books from year 10 & 11
  • CGP complete revision & practice book
  • Revision booklets for both units
  • Access to all resources on the L Drive: Business & Enterprises/student access

Useful Business Studies revision websites:

https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/business-studies/aqa-business-subjects-economics

Revision topics –

Paper 1 Influences of operations and HRM on business activity

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Business operations
  • Human resources

Paper 2 Influences of marketing and finance on business activity

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Marketing
  • Finance

Revision tips/examination technique

  • Revise thoroughly to demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding.
  • Make sure your answers are clear and fully written.
  • All your answers should relate to the scenario given.
  • Read the questions carefully and give clear examples where necessary.
  • Proof-read and check through your work carefully.
  • Make sure that longer mark questions contain evidence of analysis and evaluation for both sides of the argument, along with a well justified conclusion/judgement.
  • Outline your suggestion in the first paragraph so the examiner knows where your answer is heading.
  • In your final conclusion paragraph, don’t just repeat what you have already said; make sure you give further evidence.

GSCE Chemistry Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination board

AQA Chemistry 8462 AQA Combined Science 8464
  Paper 1 Paper 1
Length:      1 hr 45 min            1 hr 15 min
Date:        16th May              16th May
   

Paper 2

 

Paper 2

Length:        1 hr 45 min           1 hr 15 min
Date:         12th Jun             12th Jun

Exam Papers

All exam papers are structured into short and medium term responses. There will be a mixture of recall and application questions. There will be questions relating to the required practical activities and graph drawing and interpretation. There will be at least two long response question where spelling, punctuation and grammar are considered. Questions will usually be given within a context.

Revision material

All students have:

  • A revision folder
  • Past paper questions
  • Revision checklists
  • Revision mind maps
  • Access to a revision guide

Revision topics

Paper 1

Paper 1

 

Atomic Structure
Periodic Table
Bonding, structures and properties
Quantitative Chemistry (calculations)
Reactivity series

Acids and alkalis

Electrolysis
Energy Changes

 

Paper 2

 

Rates
Equilibria
Organic chemistry
Chemical tests; separating mixtures
Chemistry of the atmosphere
Using resources

Revision tips/examination technique

  • Use the revision guide in conjunction with your exercise books to make detailed flash cards or mind maps for each topic
  • Complete a “look, cover, draw” technique to recall key definitions and diagrams
  • Complete the weekly past paper questions; try to complete firstly without looking at revision materials then use a different colour for those answers you had to refer back to your notes. Think how you could revise this area again.
  • Do not forget the key terms used for controlled assessment, the exam could easily refer to these terms and ask questions in a practical context.
  • Remember for the long response question – set your answer in a logical order – it is fine to use headings. Write out advantages and disadvantages in two separate paragraphs, then write out your opinion as a concluding sentence. For full marks you often require at least two advantages and two disadvantages that are fully explained.

Useful Chemistry revision websites:

Past papers and mark schemes

Paper 1 – Chemistry revision summaries

Paper 2 – Chemistry Revision summaries

Paper 1 – Combined Science Chemistry revision summaries

Paper 2 – Combined Science Chemistry revision summaries

Bitesize – it lists by topic (not all are assessed by AQA)

GSCE Computer Science Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination board: OCR – J276 GCSE Computer Science

Paper length: 1 hour 30 minutes EACH

Date of exam: 13th May (am) & 16th May (pm)

 

Exam Papers:

 01 Computer systems. 02 Computational thinking, algorithms and programming. These are 80 mark written exams with a series of questions ranging from 1:8 marks in Value.

Revision material: All students have access to the revision material on the L: Drive.

 

It can be found here: L:\ICT\Student Access\GCSE Computing\

 

You also have all the notes in your books from your Computer Science Lessons.

 

CGP Revision guides are also available for £3 for those students who have not already purchased one.

 

Revision topics:

  1. Hardware
  2. Software
  3. Algorithms/Programming
  4. Ethical and Legal Issues (also called Computers in Society)
  5. Data Representation
  6. Databases
  7. Networking

 

Revision tips/examination technique

  • Highlight key words in the question to ensure you answer correctly.
  • Questions on flowcharts should use the correct symbols.
  • When revising for the ethics style questions, practise writing arguments for and against certain issues, e.g. writing in support of recycling old computers or writing against creating modular components for computers.
  • Ensure you understand the difference between the words “discuss”, “explain” and “analyse” in exam style questions.
  • Practise converting to AND from Binary, Denary and Hexadecimal numbers.
  • Use revision guides to supplement your own revision materials and materials provided in class.
  • Practise calculating the data amount for images and sound based on colour depth or sampling rate.
  • Try to create some mind maps for each topic area: Hardware, ethics, data, networking, databases, software, and legal issues.
  • Practise handwriting answers and not typing them. Poor handwriting can be a problem for computing students who are used to typing.
  • Write pseudocode to ensure that you are proficient at planning your code this way.
  • Try all questions and come back to questions you are stuck on.

Useful Computer Science revision websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty

– By far the best website; Works very well with the OCR GCSE spec and it has lots of great videos, tasks and information for all to access.

http://www.teach-ict.com/gcse_computing/ocr/GCSE_A451_topics.html – Has some work specifically designed for Computer Science revision.

GSCE Design Technology Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination board:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse

 

Assessment details

50% NEA (Non Examination Assessment)

50% Examination

 

Paper length: 2 hours

Date of exam: 24th May 2019 (PM)

 

Exam Paper       2 hours 100 marks – 50% of total qualification

Candidates answer all questions in three sections

  • Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks)

A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

  • Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks)

Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.

  • Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks)

A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

 

Revision Material:

All students have:

  • Year 10 folder of notes or a revision exercise book.
  • Access to a Revision guide.
  • A set of bespoke examination questions written specifically for the context of this year’s examination.
  • Past papers and answers.
  • Access to the Revision folder on the L drive L:\Design & Technology\Student Access\Resources\Key Stage 4

Revision Topics:

  • Systems Approach
  • Adhesives and fixings
  • Designing skills
  • Industrial processes
  • Tools/equipment and resources
  • Production Methods
  • Specifications & CAD/CAM
  • Quality Control
  • Equipment
  • Smart materials
  • Standard Components
  • Environmental, Social and Ethical /issues associated
  • Sustainability

 

Revision tips/examination technique:

  • Don’t just read through your notes – be active when
  • revising e.g. Make a set of revision cue cards/mind maps on each of the key topics.
  • Be as creative as possible when designing – you get extra marks for this. Think about what the question is specifically asking for.
  • Learn a way to remember, a mnemonic, the key information to include on a design idea.
  • Always annotate (explain) the design ideas not just label.
  • Work through the revision guide and then mark your answers using the mark scheme. Add extra points in a different colour pen.
  • Practise sitting whole papers under timed conditions using practice papers available on the AQA website.
  • Learn the glossary of key words and their meaning at the back of the revision guide.
  • Get into the routine of underlining the key words in the questions. Read the question several times before answering.
  • Remember to organise your notes or revision exercise book carefully this can be an invaluable resource when knowing what to revise effectively.

 

Useful Design & Technology revision websites:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse

http://www.technologystudent.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/

http://www.design-technology.info/revisionguides/

http://www.mr-dt.com/graphics/gcserevision.htm

http://www.dtapp.info/

GSCE Drama Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination board:

OCR Drama GCSE

 

Assessment details: 

30%-Devising Drama (Stimuli booklet)

30%-Presenting and Performing Texts

40% -Performance and Response (Written Exam)

Exam Paper:

WRITTEN EXAM DATE: Friday 17th May 2019

1 Hr 30 Mins (80 marks) 40% of GCSE

  • Section A –Spend 55 mins on this section

‘Blood Brothers’

A series of 8 questions ranging from 4-8 marks each. (50 marks in total)

  • Section B- Spend 35 mins on this section

Live Performance evaluation- ‘The Comedy About a Bank Robbery’ 5th February 2019, Grand Opera House, York. (30 marks in total)

You cannot take in notes or the script.

 

Revision material:

All students have:

  • Drama Folder and ex book
  • Form Revision Packs
  • ‘Blood Brothers’ Revision guide

Remember to include

ACTING SKILLS :

 

PHYSICAL SKILLS

Facial Expressions          Posture

Proxemics       Gesture    Levels

Walk    Movement    Gait

Eye Contact    Body Language

 

VOCAL SKILLS

Tone      Volume        Pace

Accent    Articulation   Emphasis

Pause      Intonation

Revision tips/examination technique:

  • Practise writing to time. You have to write quickly and to the point in this exam. No waffle is allowed!
  • If you struggle with timing start at the back and work to the front (as the questions with the least marks are at the start)
  • Use your book to look at notes we have made covering the variety of areas you could be asked on ‘Blood Brothers’.
  • Use and remember the rhyme on the live theatre evaluation help sheet.
  • Break the boxes into allocated timed periods (e.g 5 mins) so you can roughly spend so long on each section.
  • Use subject specific language
  • Ensure you give examples.
  • Reflect on each point you make explaining why you think this was done and filter audience reaction throughout.
  • Be clear that the character and the actor are different!
  • Ensure you cover both strengths and weaknesses in terms of the points below:
  • How to remember your key points:
  • Actors (Acting and Performance)
  • Are (Audience)
  • Crazy (Costumes)
  • People (props)
  • Several (Staging)
  • Like (Lighting)
  • Making (Music and Sound)
  • Drama (Directorial Choices)

Always mention Strengths and Weaknesses

 

Useful Drama revision websites:

GSCE English Language Top Tips – Aiming High

Examination board and exam details:

AQA GCSE English Language

Assessment: 100% examination

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%): 1 hour 45 minutes (Tuesday 4th June – morning)

Paper 2: Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%): 1 hour 45 minutes (Friday 7th June – morning)

 

Exam Paper 1:

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Students will answer questions based on a 20th or 21st century unseen fiction extract

Section A Reading: 45 minutes + 15 minutes reading time

Q1) List four things about…. (4 marks)

Q2) How does the writer use language to…? (8 marks)

Q3) How has the writer structured the text to…? (8 marks)

Q4) To what extent do you agree with…? (20 marks)

Section B Writing: 45 minutes

 Q5) Writing to describe or narrate (story) (40 marks)

Exam Paper 2:

Viewpoints and Perspectives

Students will answer questions based on two unseen non-fiction extracts, one of which will be a 19th century text:

Section A Reading: 45 minutes + 15 minutes reading time

Q1) Identify four true statements…(4 marks)

Q2) Write a summary of the differences between…(8 marks)

Q3) How has the author used language to…? (12 marks)

Q4) Compare the way viewpoints are presented …(16 marks)

Section B Writing: 45 minutes

Q5) Writing to explain a viewpoint or argue (40 marks)

 

Revision Material:

All students have:

  • A revision booklet with detailed information for each question and a practice paper for each exam;
  • Opportunity to purchase AQA revision guides from the English department;
  • Past mock exam papers to work on feedback and target areas;
  • An outline of the revision cycle and topic cycle in lessons;
  • A range of fiction and non-fiction texts to use for additional exam practice;
  • Glossary of key techniques and terms.

Paper 1 revision ideas:

  • Find a range of fiction texts to use: try opening a page at random and applying the stem questions to it!
  • Find a photo or an image of a landscape, city scape, crowded beach scene or a storm and use it to inspire a description or a short story.

Paper 2 revision ideas:

  • Read a range of non-fiction texts, particularly the feature articles or editorials and opinion pieces, which express clear viewpoints – try some of the major news websites.
  • Look at current news stories and try to write your own opinion piece in response to a current story.

 

Useful English Language revision websites:

BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zr9d7ty

AQA: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700 make sure that you select specification 8700

Mr Bruff’s English (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mr+bruff+english+language+2017

Broadsheet newspaper websites:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

https://www.theguardian.com/uk

http://www.independent.co.uk/

GSCE English Literature Top Tips – Aiming High

Examination board and exam details:

AQA GCSE English Literature

Assessment: 100% examination

Paper 1: Shakespeare and 19th Century Novel: 1 hour 45 minutes (Tuesday 22 May 2018)

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry: 2 hours 15 minutes (Friday 25 May 2018)

 

Exam Paper 1: Shakespeare and 19th Century Novel  (64 marks)

Students will answer essay based questions on set texts:

Section A: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (50 mins)

  • 30 marks + 4 SPAG marks available
  • All students will answer on this text
  • Closed text exam
  • Students will write an essay based on a character or theme, as specified in the question – there will be an extract provided.
  • Students must write about the character or theme in the extract, before linking it to the rest of the text.

 

Section B: 19th Century Novel (50 mins)

  • 30 marks available
  • Students will answer on EITHER A Christmas Carol or The Sign of Four, as taught in their English class
  • The question format and expectations are exactly the same as Section A – students will be given an extract as a start point, before linking a specified character or theme to the rest of the novel.

 

Exam Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (96 marks)

Students will answer essay based questions on set texts:

Section A: JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls (45 mins)

  • 30 marks available + 4 SPAG marks
  • All students will answer on this text
  • Closed text exam
  • Students will write an essay based on a character or theme, as specified in the question, but there is no extract provided.
  • The question will be more open and will require students to show knowledge and understanding across the whole text, without the support of an extract; however, there is a choice of question.

 

Section B: Poetry Comparison (45 mins)

  • 30 marks available
  • All students will answer on poems from the ‘Power and Conflict’ cluster of the AQA anthology
  • Closed text exam
  • Students will be given a copy of a named poem from the cluster, which they will have to compare with one of their choice

Section Ci: Unseen Poetry (30 mins)

  • 24 marks available
  • Students will be asked to write an analysis of an unseen poem: they will be using the same skills as in the other questions, but as it is unstudied, they will not be expected to make contextual links.

 

Section Cii: Unseen Poetry Comparison (15 mins)

  • 8 marks available
  • Students will then be asked to write a short comparison of Section Ci unseen poem with a second unseen poem, with a focus on writers’ methods.

Students will need to manage time carefully in this paper!

GSCE English Literature – Aiming High

Examination board and exam details:

AQA GCSE English Literature

Assessment: 100% examination

Paper 1: Shakespeare and 19th Century Novel: 1 hour 45 minutes (Wednesday 15th May – afternoon)

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry: 2 hours 15 minutes (Thursday 23rd May – morning)

 

Paper 1: Shakespeare and 19th Century Novel  (64 marks)

Students will answer essay based questions on set texts:

Section A: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (50 mins)

  • 30 marks + 4 SPAG marks available
  • All students will answer on this text
  • Closed text exam
  • Students will write an essay based on a character or theme, as specified in the question – there will be an extract provided.
  • Students must write about the character or theme in the extract, before linking it to the rest of the text.

Section B: 19th Century Novel (50 mins)

  • 30 marks available
  • Students will answer on A Christmas Carol
  • The question format and expectations are exactly the same as Section A – students will be given an extract as a start point, before linking a specified character or theme to the rest of the novel.

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (96 marks)

Students will answer essay based questions on set texts:

Section A: JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls  (45 mins)

  • 30 marks available + 4 SPAG marks
  • All students will answer on this text
  • Closed text exam
  • Students will write an essay based on a character or theme, as specified in the question, but there is no extract provided.
  • The question will be more open and will require students to show knowledge and understanding across the whole text, without the support of an extract; however, there is a choice of question.

Section B: Poetry Comparison (45 mins)

  • 30 marks available
  • All students will answer on poems from the ‘Power and Conflict’ cluster of the AQA anthology
  • Closed text exam
  • Students will be given a copy of a named poem from the cluster, which they will have to compare with one of their choice

Section Ci: Unseen Poetry (30 mins)

  • 24 marks available
  • Students will be asked to write an analysis of an unseen poem: they will be using the same skills as in the other questions, but as it is unstudied, they will not be expected to make contextual links.

Section Cii: Unseen Poetry Comparison (15 mins)

  • 8 marks available
  • Students will then be asked to write a short comparison of Section Ci unseen poem with a second unseen poem, with a focus on writers’ methods.

Students will need to manage time carefully in this paper!

Revision tips and ideas:

  • Pick three important quotations from each text and turn each into a PEAL paragraph
  • Create mind maps for each character and theme, in each text, with key quotes
  • Write a quiz based on the plot for each text and swap with a friend
  • Create a plot timeline with key events
  • Revise the context for each text: what was happening at the time that influenced the writer?
  • Explain the writer’s wider purpose in 100 words
  • Re-draft a mock exam
  • Practice paper questions: make up your own ,e.g. how is XXXXX presented in XXXX?

GSCE Food Preparation & Nutrition Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination board

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Assessment details

50% Non-examined assessment

50% Examination

Paper length: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Date of exam: Thursday 10th June (am)

Exam Paper

  • Section A: Multiple choice questions (20 marks)
  • Section B: There are short answer questions to test your knowledge and understanding. Extended questions, usually worth 8-12, marks test your analysis and evaluation skills related to nutrition, food, cooking and preparation. (80 marks)

Revision material

All students have:

  • KS4 folder of notes and questions.
  • CGP Revision guide.
  • Access to the Revision folder on the L drive/Food & Textiles/ Student Access/Resources/GCSE Food/Yr11 Revision.

Revision topics

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Macronutrients: Proteins, Fats, Carbohydrates
  • Micronutrients: Vitamins and Minerals
  • Healthy eating guidelines
  • Nutritional needs of different groups
  • Diet related problems
  • Energy needs.
  • Food Science
  • Heat transference
  • Cooking methods
  • Science: carbohydrates / proteins/ fats and oils
  • Raising agents
  • Food Safety
  • Food spoilage
  • Storing and preparing food
  • Food poisoning
  • Microorganisms
  • Food Choice
  • Influences on food choice
  • Ethical and moral food choices
  • Food labelling
  • Marketing
  • Cuisines – British and International
  • Food Provenance
  • Growing and rearing food
  • Food waste and packaging
  • Food miles and carbon footprint
  • Global food production
  • Primary and Secondary food processing
  • Food fortification and modification

Revision tips/examination technique

  • Don’t just read through your notes – be active when revising e.g. Make a set of revision cue cards/mind maps on each of the key revision topics.

Useful Food and Preparation revision links:

GSCE Geography Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination board

AQA Geography 8035

100% examination

Paper 1: Physical , 35% Paper 2: Human, 35% Paper 3 : Geographical applications, 30%

Examinations and dates

Paper 1: Physical paper- Tuesday 21st May, 1hr 30 mins

Paper 2: Human paper – Wednesday 5th June,  1hr 30 mins

Paper 3: Geographical applications paper –Thursday 13th June,  1hr 15 mins

Revision Material:

All students have (will have):

  • Revision guide (make sure you only look at the topics we have studied);
  • Y10 and Y11 exercise books;
  • Access to past papers and mark schemes on the L drive.

Revision topics:

Physical topics

  1. Tectonic hazards
  2. Weather hazards
  3. Climate change
  4. Ecosystems: Tropical rainforests
  5. Cold environments
  6. UK physical landscapes
  7. Coastal landscapes in the UK
  8. River landscapes in the UK

Do not revise or answer glacial landscapes in the UK or hot deserts

Human topics

  1. Urban issues and challenges
    1. Leeds
    2. Rio
    3. Sustainability
  2. Changing economic world
    1. India
    2. UK economic futures
  3. Resource management
  4. Water

Do not revise or answer food or energy.

Geographical applications

Issue evaluation based on resource booklet.

Fieldwork that you have not seen.

Hornsea and Leeds fieldwork.

Revision tips/examination technique:

  • Don’t just read over your notes, be as active as possible! Test yourself using your named example cards, write down all you can remember about a topic/named example then compare it to your notes.
  • Practise exam style questions as much as possible to test your knowledge and understanding.
  • Learn command words so that you understand what is being asked of you.
  • Always ask your teacher if ever you are unsure about anything
  • Revise smart – focus on topics/named examples you’re less confident with.
  • Practise exam questions and mark in real time with mark schemes on the school L: drive or on the AQA website.
  • Attend sessions put on by staff that might help you with certain aspect of the course e.g. understanding examination questions.
  • Use time in form /M3 to work with other geography students to test each other; you can cover two named examples in a 20 minute form time.
  • Read over feedback on mocks and end of topic tests to see where you need to improve your examination technique.
  • Produce a clear plan – you have 12 topics to revise so if you give yourself a 3 month timetable this will mean you can learn and cover one topic a week. Leave it any later and you’ll be cramming.

Useful Geography revision websites:

aqa.org.uk/8035 past papers, mark schemes and examiners’ reports, specimen papers and mark schemes

https://www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/zy3ptyc be careful to only select topics we have studied.

http://www.gcsegeography.co.uk/ has most topics we’ve studied.

http://www.coolgeography.co.uk/GCSE/AQA%20GCSE.htm  has some topics we have studied.  More useful for physical geography.

https://www.geography-fieldwork.org/ Some useful fieldwork techniques that could help with the unseen fieldwork questions.

GSCE Health & Social Care Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/http-www.ocr.org.uk-images-82071-summary-brochure.pdf.pdf

 

Assessment details:

75% Controlled Assessment

25% Examination

 

Paper length: 1hr

 

Date of exam:

 Mon 10 June at 1.30 pm

Exam Paper:

Essential Values of Care for use with Individuals in Care Settings (R021) The exam paper is out of 60 marks:

Section A = 34 marks and Section B=26 marks

There will be a wide range of questions on the paper: some 1 mark questions requiring one word answers, some multiple choice, short answers worth 2-4 marks, and longer extended response questions worth 5-8 marks. You have to answer all of the questions.

Revision Material:

All students have: Cambridge National Level 1 / 2 Health and Social Care Revision Notes Text book published by Hodder.

Revision Topics:

Essential Values of Care for use with Individuals in Care Settings (R021)

L01: Understanding how to support individuals to maintain their rights. L02: Understanding the values of care and how they are applied.

L03: Understanding how legislation impacts on care settings.

L04: Understanding how personal hygiene, safety and security measures protect individuals

Revision tips/examination technique:

  • Attend all your lessons, do not be absent from school unless absolutely necessary and complete any extended learning on time. Always catch up with work missed due to absence.
  • Use your revision notes text book: Cambridge National Level 1 / 2 Health and Social Care, published by Hodder Education
  • You need to learn key facts for all four of the Learning Objectives. Listed under ‘Revision Topics’
  • Remember the questions on the paper can be about one particular L0 topic or might require answers that require combined information from two or more different L0s.
  • Learn: the glossary of terms and their meaning at the back of the revision book (pages 101 -103).
  • Vary the ways to remember facts, a mnemonic, and tests for all the key information, make a set of revision cue cards/mind maps on each of the key topics.
  • Get into the routine of underlining the key words in the questions. Read the question several times before answering.
  • Understand what the command words are asking.
  • Work through the whole revision book answer all the questions and then mark your answers using the mark scheme provided at: hoddereducation.co.uk/myrevisionnotes . Add extra points in a different colour pen.
  • Practise sitting whole papers under timed conditions using past papers available on the OCR website.

 

Useful Health & Social Care revision websites:

https://www.brookfield.hants.sch.uk/subpage-content/content-pdfs/exams10/Health%20and%20Social%20Care/ALL%20LOs%20REVISION%20TOPIC%20LIST.pdf

 

https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/http-www.ocr.org.uk-images-82071-summary-brochure.pdf.pdf

 

www.hoddereducation.co.uk/myrevisionnotes

 

GSCE History Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

4th June am: Site Study Fountains Abbey

8th June pm: People’s Health and Norman Conquest

12th June pm: The Making of America and Living under Nazi Rule

Revision Material:

If lost, spare copies available on request. E-copies available  to download at home on Student Access L: drive.

Exercise Books: essential detail.

Exam guide for each paper: information about the different types of question for each exam. Lots of practice questions and activities to complete.

Knowledge Organisers:  the basic information. Use alongside exercise books.

For students:  Things you can do to get ready for the exam

  • Accurate recall is required – this means you must know your material really well. Use active strategies and activities to learn key facts and examples linked to each topic area.
  • Written work must be developed, your answers should be well substantiated – this means use all your knowledge, understanding and skills to write detailed, supported and clear answers.
  • Manage your time in the exam. Make sure you understand how much time you should be spending on each question. Ensure you leave enough time to answer the extended writing questions which carry the most marks.
  • Practise your skills – do a range of tasks from the exam preparation booklets, including some extra sample exam questions, which you should give to your teacher to mark.

For parents: things you can do to really help your history student:

  • Ensure they complete all extended learning set in class.
  • Encourage good habits in line with whole school guidance.
  • Help them find space and time to focus on revision.
  • Ensure they are not just reading through notes to re-learn the content, but creating timelines, flash cards, mind-maps etc to strengthen their knowledge.
  • Quizzing and testing on knowledge:
    • use black and white knowledge organisers;
    • highlight bits they get wrong, test again on these.
  • Encourage students to complete exam-focussed activities and practise questions in the coloured revision guides, and hand these to their teacher for feedback.
  • If you can, visit Fountains Abbey! Students can take you, using their notes, on a guided tour – they know their way around. This might be a great day out in the Easter Holidays!

GSCE Mathematics Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

Edexcel

Paper length: 3 Papers, each 1 hour 30 minutes

Date of exam:

Paper length: 3 Papers, each 1 hour 30 minutes

Date of exam:

Paper 1 – Tuesday 21st May

Paper 2 – Thursday 6th June

Paper 3 – Tuesday 11th June

Exam Papers:

Paper 1 – Non-Calculator

Paper 2 – Calculator

Paper 3 – Calculator

Each paper can assess any topic – even a renowned calculator topic like Trigonometry can be on the non-calculator exam.

 

Revision Material:

All students should have:

  • Revision Guide (£2.50);
  • A folder of practice papers including diagnostic QLA analysis;
  • MathsWatch access;
  • MyMaths access.

Revision topics:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry, Shape and Measures
  • Data

The above areas encompass a huge amount of individual topics. In particular – you need to memorise the following:

  • Area/volume formulae
  • Pythagoras’ theorem
  • Trigonometiic ratios
  • Exact trigonometric values
  • Sine rule (H)
  • Cosine rule (H)
  • Area of a triangle (H)
  • Quadratic formula (H)

Revision tips/examination technique:

  • Don’t just read through your notes – be active when revising – e.g. Make a set of revision cue cards/mind maps on each of the key topics, in particular – you need to memorise lots of formulae;
  • Focus on your QLA slips from each Exam Paper Cycle that you complete during maths lessons – use MathsWatch to look at specific topics.
  • Try the ‘5-a-day’ questions from the Corbett Maths website. Little and often is the key to success!
  • Practise sitting whole papers under timed conditions using practice papers available from the Corbett Maths website.
  • Get into the routine of underlining the key words in the questions. Read the question several times before answering.
  • Always show full working out and check your answers carefully. Make sure that you round answers to the specified accuracy and have included units (e.g. m2) where appropriate.

 

Useful Mathematics revision websites:

 

GSCE Media Studies Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination board:

Eduqas Media Studies

Assessment details:

30% Non-examined Assessment

70% Examination:

Component 1: ‘Exploring the Media’ Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (40%)

Date of exam: 3rd June PM

Component 2: ‘Understanding Media Forms and Products’ Written examination:

1 hour 30 minutes (30%)

Date of exam: 10th June PM

SUMMARY OF ASSESSMENT:

Component One Exam Paper:

Section A: Exploring Media Language and Representation:

This section assesses media language and representation in relation to two of the following print media forms: magazines, marketing (film posters), newspapers, or print advertisements. There are two questions in this section:

  • one question assessing media language in relation to one set product (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
  • one two-part question assessing representation in relation to one set product and one unseen resource in the same media form.

Part (a) is based on media contexts.

Part (b) requires comparison through an extended response.

 

Section B: Exploring Media Industries and Audiences:

This section assesses two of the following media forms: film, newspapers, radio, video games. It includes:

  • one stepped question on media industries
  • one stepped question on audiences

 

Component Two Exam Paper:

This component assesses all areas of the theoretical framework and contexts of the media in relation to television and music. Section A: Television

  • one question on either media language or representation, which will be based on an extract from one of the set television programme episodes to be viewed in the examination (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
  • one question on media industries, audiences or media contexts. Section B: Music (music videos and online media)
  • one question on either media language or representation (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
  • one question on media industries, audiences or media contexts.

Section B: Music (music videos and online media)

  • one question on either media language or representation (reference to relevant contexts may be required)
  • one question on media industries, audiences or media contexts

Revision topics –

Paper 1 Influences of operations and HRM on business activity

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Business operations
  • Human resources

 

Paper 2 Influences of marketing and finance on business activity

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Marketing
  • Finance

Revision tips/examination technique

Plan your time wisely – make sure that you understand exactly what is required of you in each exam and work out a plan to ensure that you will cover every key text that you might be tested on and that you know how to apply the relevant parts of the theoretical framework to each text!

Know how to revise and what works best for you – you will be tested on your ability to recall knowledge but also make judgements ad draw conclusions – make sure that you have the skills to do this through practicing past questions, creating your own questions and refining any answers that you may have completed in class or for extended learning.

Organise your folder and re-write your notes in a format that makes sense! If there are any gaps consult your teacher and ask for help.

Use the excellent eduqas (exam board) digital resources to help you to revise.  They are full of on-line activities and include fact sheets for each of the texts that we have studied.  Find them here.

Useful Media Studies revision websites:

The following links will take students to excellent resources that have been created by the exam board. If they want further guidance on how to navigate these pages they should ask their subject teacher.

 

The specification: click here

Digital resources: click here

 

General sites:

BBC Media Studies Revision

Media Know All

General sites:

BBC Media Studies Revision

Media Know All

GSCE MFL Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

AQA

French 8658/German 8668 /Spanish 8698

Paper length:

Listening Higher tier: 45 mins

Listening Foundation tier: 35 mins

Reading Higher tier: 1 hour

Reading Foundation tier: 45 mins

Speaking Foundation tier: 7 – 9 mins

Speaking Higher tier: 10 – 12 mins

Writing Foundation tier: 1 hour

Writing Higher tier: 1 hour 15 mins

Exam Papers:

 

All four papers are each worth 25% of the total exam

Reading: respond to a range of shorter and longer written texts, adverts, letters or signs. Translation into English.

Listening: respond to a variety of spoken extracts, announcements, texts and conversations.

In both papers questions in section A are in English, with answers in English or non-verbal. In section B questions are in the Target Language, with answers in the Target language or non-verbal.

Speaking: Role play, photo card and general conversation

Writing: structured or open-ended (in Higher tier) writing tasks and a short translation into the Target Language.

Revision Material:

All students have:

Vocabulary booklets.

Usernames and passwords for websites to which we subscribe.

Booklets with their own model speaking questions and answers

Available to buy from the department:

Grammar and Translation workbooks

Reading and Listening practice Workbooks.

Revision topics:

Theme 1: Identity and Culture

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free time activities
  • Customs and festivals in target-language communities

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and Future study and employment

  • My studies
  • Life at school/college
  • Education post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Revision tips/examination technique:

  • Make sure your book and/or file is well organised and that your notes are complete.
  • Learn vocabulary regularly; aim to learn at least 20 words each week.
  • Learn 5 -10 key verbs in present, past and future tenses. Stick them up on cards around the house!
  • Practise exam-style Reading and Listening questions in the Revision Workbooks.
  • Go on Active Learn: you can access any of the tasks on the site.
  • When doing exam practice questions look carefully at any questions you get wrong and work out why. Note down any vocab in them you didn’t know and learn it.
  • Learn your model answers to sample speaking questions to help you practise developing answers beyond the minimum.
  • Take advantage of any extra help available from your teacher. If you do any extra Writing tasks ask them to check them for you
  • To aim for an 8/9 you need to read as much French/German/Spanish as you can, to learn to cope with unknown vocabulary and increase your reading speed. Ask your teacher to borrow a reading book or for suggestions of suitable websites.
  • Learn and practise a range of complex grammatical structures for incorporating in your Speaking/Writing
  • Try listening to or watching French/German/Spanish news headlines or summaries.
  • Take advantage of any opportunity to make contact with young French/German/Spanish people.

Useful MFL revision websites:

www.pearsonactivelearn.com

www.linguascope.com

www.quizlet.com

www.languagesonline.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize

www.memrise.com

www.aqa.org.uk

 

 

GSCE Music Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

AQA

Unit 1: Understanding Music. (40% of GCSE)

  • Final exam 1hr 30 long marked externally by AQA.
  • 2 sections: A: Unfamiliar Music (68 marks), and B Study Pieces (28 marks)

Unit 2: Performing (30% of GCSE) coursework completed by (Feb half term), marked internally and moderated externally by AQA.

  • Performance 1: Solo (36 marks)
  • Performance 2: Ensemble (36 marks)
  • Minimum time 4 minutes, (ensemble min. 1 minute)

Unit 3. Composing (30% of GCSE) coursework completed by (Feb half term), marked internally and moderated externally by AQA.

  • composition 1 and composition 2.(36 marks each)
  • Minimum time 3 minutes.

Exam Paper:

  • first hour – unfamiliar music with a CD broadcast – questions are elements and style driven as you have been taught
  • final half hour in silence with your 2 set works – Haydn and Copland

Revision Material:

Your handbook – which you have a paper copy of but can also be found in:

  • L:\Music\Student Access\Resources\GCSE\yr 11\Course handbook, specification and coursework documents;
  • Practice papers with audio tracks in L:\Music\Student Access\Resources\GCSE\yr 11\unit 1 Listening;
  • Listening paper revision tracks. Questions in your handbook, audio tracks in L:\Music\Student Access\Resources\GCSE\yr 11\unit 1 Listening\ listening extended learning tracks;
  • Copies of everything we have studied in lessons also located in L:\Music\Student Access\Resources\GCSE\yr 11\unit 1 Listening.

Revision tips:

  • 15 minutes regular and often
  • Spend 5 minutes with language in silence, trying to group terms into element groups, then 10 minutes applying the language to sound using the listening practice questions and vocabulary in your course handbook.
  • Expand the 15 minutes to 25, then 40, then 50 then 1hr 10, then 1hr 30 as you get closer to the exam to extend your concentration and stamina. There are 3 full papers with extract for you to practise the first hour with in L:\Music\Student Access\Resources\GCSE\yr 11\unit 1 Listening.
  • As you attempt questions in the early stages, have your vocabulary lists to hand.
  • Underline the elements in the questions. Turn to this area of vocabulary in your handbook.
  • After answering the questions identify terms that you still are unsure about and ask next lesson.
  • Next practise questions using the “coloured blobs” single side of A4. If you have lost yours print another one off from: L:\Music\Student Access\Resources\GCSE\yr 11\unit 1 Listening.
  • After answering the questions identify terms that you still are unsure about and ask next lesson.
  • Next look through your mock paper and the analysis we have done. Highlight one area of weakness. Find questions specifically about that area of weakness in the extended learning listening questions in your handbook. The listening tracks to go with the question are in: L:\Music\Student Access\Resources\GCSE\yr 11\unit 1 Listening\listening extended learning tracks.

Examination technique (first hour)

  • Use the silent reading time at the start to ready yourself for the timed questions to come.
  • Look through multiple choice questions and remind yourself of what all the terms mean. Look at sections with notation in – identify keys. Look at questions with chords in – think about the most likely chords in any key. Ask you look at questions on harmonic devices, tonality, cadences etc. think about the most likely answers that we have been through. Get ready to use them.
  • During the first playing of the first extract underline the elements in each question, and underline how many answers you are being asked to give. (A really common error is to circle 1 thing when you are being asked to circle 2 or 3).
  • In the first silence read each questions and write down likely answers.
  1. Name the harmonic device heard in the intro. You underline harmonic device and do a list of likely suspects: pedal note, drone, sequence, modulation, ground bass. Listen in the next playing and choose an answer – rub the rest out.
  • Now choose 1 or 2 questions to answers in the next playing. (clock the number of playing you are being given to pace yourself).
  • After the second playing look at what’s left to do. How many marks are there for each question. If it’s 3 then you need to say three things etc.
  • If the questions says “describe or comment on” it can’t be a 1 word answer.
  • In the long questions look at what elements are in the question. List them down the LH side of the page. If there isn’t a list of elements in the question eg “Comment on musical features of the extract” use DRSMITH methodically, and clock the number of marks being awarded.
  • Identifying chords questions: go for the obvious (I, IV, V, and VI if the chord sounds minor )
  • Learn all the most likely answers for each type of question – as rehearsed in lessons.

Examination technique (final half hour)

  • obey the mark a minute rule;
  • analyse the question – check which elements are being asked for;
  • if elements are not specified structure your answer using DR SMITH;
  • don’t just write down everything you know about the work – be concise and only address the areas specified in the question;
  • write in short sentences;
  • 1 word responses are only any use if there is just 1 mark available for the question;
  • write legibly (it sounds obvious but some of you need to slow down and open your handwriting up).

Your one stop Music revision website:

Huntington.musicfirst.co.uk

User name: FirstnameSurname. Password: huntington1. You all have a user name and password for this.

Don’t use BBC Bitesize – it is full of things you don’t need to know for the course you are on.

GSCE Physics Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination board

AQA – GCSE Physics 8463

AQA – GCSE Combined Science “Trilogy” 8464

Date of exams:    Paper 1 = 22nd May (PM)

Paper 2 = 14th June (AM)

Exams are 1 hour 15 min for GCSE Combined Sci

Exams are 1 hour 45 min for GCSE Physics

 

Exam Papers

  • All exam papers are structured into separate questions, and most questions are broken down into parts (1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc.)
  • Some parts of questions will be quite short – tick box, multiple choice, give the correct word or definition.
  • Other parts of questions need longer answers, such as a step-by-step explanation or calculation.
  • Some questions test recall of what has been taught. Some questions require application of what has been taught to a new situation. Some questions require evaluation of data or conclusions.
  • 30% of the marks on any paper will be for maths skills (calculations, data handling).
  • 15% of the marks will be related to experiments; often questions are based on the “required practicals” students that have undertaken over the last two years.

Revision material

All students have:

  • A topic-by-topic revision checklist.
  • Purple CGP Revision guides (available to buy on Wisepay), these contain practice questions and answers too.
  • Weekly revision work set in lessons, including revision notes and past exam question practice.
  • Access to revision resources on L-drive (use “home access” on the School’s website).

Revision topics

Paper 1

  • Energy stores and transfers, energy calculations and efficiency
  • Energy resources
  • Particles, thermal energy and changes of state
  • Electricity
  • Atomic Physics and radioactivity

Paper 2

  • Motion: speed, velocity, etc.
  • Forces, momentum, moments* and pressure*
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space Physics*

*=GCSE Physics only (won’t come up on Combined Science exams).

Revision tips/examination technique

  • There is a list of physics equations which you have to memorise.
    Make sure you know them ALL, and can write each one out from memory when prompted (e.g. “write out the equation which links force, distance and work done”). Use flashcards, test yourself, do ‘look cover check’ until they’re ALL memorised!
  • There is a second list of physics equations which are given on a sheet in the exam. Find example practice calculations (e.g. in your book) and try them again, using the equation sheet.
  • Use the revision guide in conjunction with your exercise books to make flash cards or mind maps for each topic. Don’t copy the information – simplify it/organise it on the page.
  • Have a pile of flashcards by your bed which you run through every night. If you get a card right every time, move it to a separate pile and focus on the other cards.
  • Use “look, cover, write, check” techniques to memorise key definitions, explanations and diagrams.
  • Complete the weekly past paper questions. FIRSTLY revise the topic, THEN try the questions without looking at revision materials THEN use a different colour for answers where you had to refer back to your notes.
  • Once the weekly past paper questions are marked – go back and adjust your flashcards in the light of the feedback. Do you need to make new flashcards? OR – practice doing the question again (look, cover, write, check). Can you now get full marks?
  • Use the revision resources to make sure you understand each of the “required practicals” inside-out, and can write a method for each just from memory.

Useful Physics revision websites:

GSCE Physical Education Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/gcse

Paper length: 2 x 1h15m papers

Date of exam:

Paper 1 – 15th May 2019

Paper 2 – 17th of May 2019

Assessment Details:

60% Written Examination

40% Practical Coursework

Exam Paper (60%) –

Both papers combine multiple choice, objective test questions, short answer questions and extended answers.

Paper 1 – Human body and movement in physical activity (78 marks 30%)

Paper 2 – Socio-cultural influences and wellbeing in physical activity and sport (78 marks 30%)

Non- Exam Assessment (40%) –

  • Marked out 100
  • 3 X 25 marks for practical performance
  • 1 x 25 marks “Performance Analysis Assessment”

Revision Material:

All students have:

  • Year 10/11 classwork books
  • GCSE Text book
  • Revision Guide
  • Year 11 Revision booklets
  • Past paper booklets and mark schemes

Revision topics:

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • The structure and function of the cardio-respi8ratory system
  • Anaerobic and aerobic exercise
  • Movement Analysis
  • Physical Training
  • Sports Psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Commercialisation of physical activity and sport
  • Ethical issues
  • Health and Fitness
  • Use of data

Revision tips/examination technique:

Revision Tips

  • Don’t just read through your notes; be active when revising e.g. make cue cards/mind maps on each topic.
  • Practise exam questions from AQA website under exam conditions.
  • Use CRAM (CHUNKING, REPETITION, ASSOCIATION and MOVEMENT FOR MEMORY) to aid memorability of your notes and revision.
  • Make revision effective and apply revision techniques discussed in M3 for example mnemonics or top 10.
  • Attend all available revision sessions!
  • Complete revision booklets 1-11 and revise all key terms.

Examination Tips

  • Underline command and key terms in the exam questions to streamline and structure your answer.
  • Read the question thoroughly and be aware of marks available.
  • Where appropriate use a specific sporting example to underpin your answer.
  • Re-read your paper when finished to ensure you have answered all questions adequately.
  • You can start with the long answers first if you are concerned about time.
  • Use the process of elimination for the multiple choice questions.

Useful Physical Education revision websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/znyb4wx

http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

http://www.gojimo.com/

https://getrevising.co.uk/

https://www.brianmac.co.uk/

GSCE Religious Studies Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

AQA Religious Studies – Specification A – The Study of Religions (Christianity and Buddhism) and Thematic Studies

Paper length: 1 hour 45 minutes x 2

Date of exams:

Religions – 13th May (pm)

Thematic Studies – 20th May (am)

Exam Papers:

Paper 1: 50% of result. Religions – Questions on the key beliefs and practices within Christianity and Buddhism.

Paper 2: 50% of result. Thematic studies – religious and secular perspectives on ‘Crime and Punishment’, ‘Peace and Conflict’, ‘Relationships and Family’ and ‘Religion and Life’.

 

Revision Material:

All students have:

  • Their books from Year 10 & 11 which include notes on all topics, key words and exam answers.
  • Access to past exam papers in revision guides in form boxes, text books and online.
  • Access to revision guides in form boxes.

Revision topics:

 

  • Christian Beliefs
  • Christian Practices
  • Buddhist Beliefs
  • Buddhist Practices
  • War and Peace
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Relationships and Family
  • God and revelation.

N.B There are many topics within each of these broad headings. Use the textbook to help you produce a tick list for each section to make sure you cover every possible exam question.

e.g. War and Peace will require the ability to explain and evaluate;

Peace, forgiveness and reconciliation, violence and violent protest, reasons for war including greed and retaliation, just war theory, pacifism, WMD’s and nuclear war, victims of war, including contrasting beliefs in contemporary British society.

Revision tips/examination technique:

  • You have started the process – make sure you continue it regularly.
  • Don’t just read through your notes – be active when revising e.g. mind-maps, revision cards, diagrams with key words to help memory re-call etc.
  • Make the most of the revision lessons – if there is anything at all you feel unsure about ask your teachers to clarify.
  • Practise answering exam questions to time – regularly. This is the best way to prepare you for the exam.
  • Design your own exam questions and then answer them. Make them difficult and focus on the topics which are most obscure or difficult to you.
  • Learn the key words for each topic ‘religiously’ (pun intended).
  • Learn key religious teachings and ideas for every possible topic.
  • To help with the two points above – why not try to sing/chant key terms/teachings. Mrs Yeadon will give you some examples. Honestly – it works.
  • Try to have some examples which you could include e.g. key dates or case studies to support the points you make (Hiroshima date, Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes/dates, Tzu Chi Foundation etc)
  • Make sure you are clear on which religion believes what.
  • Remember to use terms like ‘Most..’, ‘The majority of..’ to show you understand that often within a religion not everyone agrees.

Useful Religious Studies revision websites: