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Useful Revision Information (Alevel and GCSE)

AS and A2 examinations

You should now be working with a real sense of urgency and determination to use the remaining weeks of your AS/A2 courses to reach the highest possible standard. At this stage you should be working for up to four hours each day in addition to classroom teaching. This will include homework tasks as part of a structured revision programme.  The Final Countdown booklet is useful for parents, form tutors and subject teachers to gain an overview of how your revision is progressing.  

The pages of this booklet provide guidance as to what you should be doing as part of your revision plan and there are sheets provided to help you plan your time sensibly – it is now only 12 weeks until the start of the AS/A2 exams! In addition to this booklet, we would recommend that you take advantage of revision sessions run throughout the school over this period as much as possible. You will have also started to receive revision materials from your subject teachers so you can revise independently at home. Moreover, you should know what grade you are aiming for and what you can do in order to achieve or indeed surpass this. 

The BBC Bitesize Post-16 revision series has proved to be popular and useful to students in the past. This comes in the form of TV programmes, videos, booklets and websites for different subjects. Similarly, it is worth browsing www.getrevising.co.uk and the school’s own Virtual Learning Environment if you have access to the internet. In addition, all good bookshops, such as Waterstones and W H Smith stock a range of revision guides from different publishers ranging from the subject specific to those that give guidance on general study skills and examination technique. They are all worth investigating. 

I hope that together we can help you to achieve results which reflect your full potential. 

Good luck!

GCSE examinations

You should now be working with a real sense of urgency and determination to use the remaining weeks of your GCSE courses to reach the highest possible standard. At this stage you should be working for up to two hours each night. This will include homework tasks as part of a structured revision programme. The Final Countdown booklet is useful for parents, form tutors and subject teachers to gain an overview of how your revision is progressing.  

The pages of this booklet provide guidance as to what you should be doing as part of your revision plan and there are sheets provided to help you plan your time sensibly – it is now only 10 weeks until the start of the GCSE exams! In addition to this booklet, we would recommend that you take advantage of revision sessions run throughout the school over this period as much as possible. You will have also started to receive revision materials from your subject teachers so you can revise independently at home. Moreover, you should know what grade you are aiming for and what you can do in order to achieve or indeed surpass this.  If you don’t know – find out! 

The GCSE Bitesize revision series has proved to be popular and useful to pupils in the past. This comes in the form of TV programmes, videos, booklets and websites for different subjects. Similarly, it may be worth browsing www.getrevising.co.uk and the school’s own Virtual Learning Environment if you have access to the internet. In addition, all good bookshops, such as Waterstones and W H Smith stock a range of revision guides from different publishers ranging from the subject specific to those that give guidance on general study skills and examination technique. They are all worth investigating. 

I hope that together we can help you to achieve results which reflect your full potential, but remember, how well you do is down to how hard you work now, so make sure you give this your best shot! 

Good luck!