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!

Year 11 M3 GCSE Revision PPT.lesson 1

Year 11 M3 GCSE Revision PPT. 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: 10 School Weeks Prep & 10 hour exam all in your art room

Date of exam: Thursday 5th May all day and Friday 6th May all day

 

Exam Paper:

  • Given out in first lesson from February 1st 2017.
  • 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

 

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

Useful Art Websites:

http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/a-level-art-sketchbook

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/art-and-design-community

http://www.tate.org.uk/ http://www.moma.org/ http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/ Google art project   https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/ http://www.juliastubbs.co.uk/exemplar-material/gcse-exemplar-material-1.html

GSCE Business Studies Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

AQA Business Studies

Paper length:

Unit 1 – 1 hour

Unit 2 – 1 hour

Date of exam:

Unit 1 – 24th May

Unit 2 – 9th June

 

Exam Paper:

Both exams are split into 3 mini case studies each consisting of shorter answers and ending with a 9 mark question.

Each mini section will have around 20 marks and should take around 20 minutes to complete.

 

Revision Material:

All students have:

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

 

Revision topics Unit 1:

  • Starting a business enterprise
  • Setting aims and objectives
  • Business planning
  • Choosing an appropriate legal structure
  • Choosing the location
  • Conducting market research
  • The marketing mix
  • Finance and support for small businesses
  • Simple calculations
  • Cash flow
  • Recruiting
  • Motivating staff
  • Legislation
  • Manufacturing
  • Customer service

Revision topics Unit 2:

  • Expanding the business
  • Changing aims and objectives
  • Operating overseas
  • The marketing mix
  • Finance for large business
  • Profit and Loss Accounts and Balance Sheets
  • Reorganising Organisational Charts and Management Hierarchies
  • Production Methods for Growing Businesses
  • Maintaining Quality Assurance in Growing Businesses

 

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 9 mark questions contain evidence of analysis and evaluation for both sides of the argument, along with a well justified conclusion.
  • 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.

 

Useful Business Studies revision websites:

GSCE Computer Science Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

OCR – J275 GCSE Computing

Paper length: 1 hour 30 minutes

Date of exam: Wednesday 7th June – 9am

 

Exam Paper:

A451/01 Computer Systems and Programming

This is an 80 mark written exam. It has a series of questions ranging from 1 to 6 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\Year 11 GCSE 2016\A451\2016-17

You also have all the notes in your books form 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/
  4. Programming
  5. Ethical and Legal Issues (also called Computers in society)
  6. Data Representation
  7. Databases
  8. 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.

The exam questions often use the following terms, ensure you know what each of these means in the context of Computer Science.

  • State;
  • Identify
  • Explain;
  • Describe;
  • Discuss

 

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 Drama Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

AQA Drama GCSE

Assessment details

60% Controlled Assessment

40% Examination

Paper length: 1 ½ hours

 

Exam Paper:     WRITTEN EXAM DATE: 18th May 1:30pm

  • Section A, B and C.
  • You only answer Sections A and B.
  • Section A; 4 x 10 mark questions written about the process and final performance of your devised coursework (you choose to write about ‘Brothers Grimm’ or ‘Suffragettes’/’Shakespeare’).
  • Section B; 2 x 20 mark questions. Question 5 will be about the process and Question 6 will be about the final performance of the piece. In this section you are to write about your scripted exam coursework (‘Two’, ‘Gosforth Fete’, ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’).

 

Revision Material:

All students have:

  • Drama Folder and ex book with drafts and redrafts of the predicted exam answers.
  • All performances of both devised and Scripted coursework can be accessed on L Drive – Drama – 2016-2017- year 11
  • You have past papers and mark schemes in your Drama files and Form Revision Packs
  • You have your Drama Revision packs.

 

Remember to include ACTING SKILLS in EVERY question apart from Section A Question 1.

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:

  • Learn what goes into every question on the paper.
  • Create a grid that includes the examples of practical work you will write about in each question.
  • Plan and then write and re-draft each answer to the questions until you have the perfect answer. Keep on asking Ms Pelleymounter to re-mark your answers so that your re-writes keep on improving.
  • Once you have your perfect answers memorise them.
  • This can be done by bullet pointing the main points to your answer, creating flow charts and re-writing the answer to time.
  • Practise moulding your answer to fit the question that is being asked. A history of all of the questions that have ever been asked can be found in your Drama revision packs.
  • Learn the ‘STRUCTURE TO SUCCESS’ to help you to answer QUESTION 4 and QUESTION 6
  • Aim to include ACTING SKILLS in every question apart from Question 1 Section A.
  • Practise describing your chosen Devised and Scripted Performances in so much detail that the examiner can imagine your performance perfectly in their minds.
  • Practise writing to time. You have to write quickly and to the point in this exam. No waffle is allowed!

 

Useful Drama revision websites:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse/drama-4240/past-papers-and-markschemes

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/z3c2yrd/revision

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zxpc2hv/revision

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/drama/exploring/drama_mediumrev7.shtml

GSCE Design Technology Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

AQA Design and Technology: Graphic Products; Resistant Materials or Electronic Products

Assessment details

60% Controlled Assessment

40% Examination

Paper length: 2 hours

Date of exams: Resistant Materials: Fri 16th June (PM)

Graphic Products: Tue 20th June (PM)

Electronic Products: Tue 23rd May (AM)

 

Exam Paper       2 hours 120 marks – 40% of total qualification

Candidates answer all questions in two sections

Section A: for all three GCSE Design Technology courses pre-release material, ​​​which identifies the focus for Section A (25% of the total exam marks) is available. This is released on the 1st March 2017. The focus/context for 2017 is:   ____________________

Section B: This section tests all of the specification and is 75% of the total marks. There are short answer questions and also extended questions, usually worth 8-10 marks.

 

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.
  • Practice 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 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 6th June)

Paper 2: Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%): 1 hour 45 minutes (Monday 12th June)

 

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 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 Buff’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 (Monday 22nd May)

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry: 2 hours 15 minutes (Friday 26th May)

 

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 Food Technology Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

AQA Design and Technology: Food Technology

Assessment details

60% Controlled Assessment

40% Examination

Paper length: 2 hours

Date of exam: Monday 5th June (pm) Week A (early start)

 

Exam Paper:

  • Section A: GCSE Food Technology has pre-release material ​​​which identifies the focus for Section A (25% of the total exam marks). This is released on the 1st March 2017. The focus/context for 2017 is:   ____________________
  • Section B: This section tests all of the specification and is 75% of the total marks. There are short answer questions and also extended questions, usually worth 8-10 marks.

 

Revision Material:

All students have:

  • Year 10 folder of notes and questions.
  • CGP Revision guide.
  • Year 11 Revision Booklet and Answer booklet including: revision notes and past questions. This must be brought to every lesson.

Access to the Revision folder on the L drive/Food & Textiles/ Student Access/Resources/GCSE

 

Revision topics:

  • Research methods
  • Nutrition knowledge: Macro/micro nutrients
  • The Eatwell guide, Dietary groups
  • Function of ingredients: Bread, sauces, pastry and cakes
  • Raising agents and Eggs
  • Functional Food
  • Preservation: Temperature Control
  • Food Contamination & Food Safety
  • Production Methods
  • Specifications & CAD/CAM
  • Quality Control
  • Equipment
  • Packaging/Labelling and Additives
  • Sensory Analysis
  • Standard Components
  • Environmental, Social and Ethical /issues associated with food.

 

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.
  • Learn two recipes, including quantities and method, for the design theme, but be prepared to modify the recipe in the exam.
  • Be as creative as possible when designing – you get extra marks for this. Think about different combinations of ingredients.
  • 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.
  • Attend the revision sessions after school with Mrs Burns and Mr Littlewood.
  • Practice 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 not to use Food Technology banned words e.g. nice.

 

Useful Food Technology revision websites:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-food-technology-4545/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

https://sites.google.com/site/foodrevision/revision-topics

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

http://www.projectgcse.co.uk/gcse_food

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/food-technology

https://getrevising.co.uk/revision-tests/gcse_aqa_food_technology_functions_of_nutrients

GSCE Textiles Technology Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

AQA Design and Technology: Textiles Technology

Assessment details

60% Controlled Assessment

40% Examination

Paper length: 2 hours

Date of exam: Tuesday 23rd May (pm)

 

Exam Paper:

  • Section A: GCSE Textiles Technology has prerelease material ​​​which identifies the design question for Section A (25% of the total exam marks). This is released on the 1st March 2017. The focus/context for 2017 is:   ____________________
  • Section B: This section tests all of the specification and is 75% of the total marks. There are short answer questions and also extended questions, usually worth 8-10 marks.

 

Revision Material:

All students have:

  • Year 10 folder of notes and questions.
  • CGP Revision guide.
  • Year 11 Revision Booklet and Answer booklet including: revision notes and past questions. This must be brought to every lesson.

 

Revision topics:

  • Research methods
  • Fibres
  • Fabric construction
  • Modern and smart materials
  • Fabric maintenance
  • Dyeing
  • Printing
  • Decoration and enhancement
  • Fabric finishes
  • Textiles and the environment
  • Consumer rights and safety including labelling
  • Production Methods
  • Use of ICT and CAD/CAM
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance
  • Social, Moral and Ethical issues associated with textiles.

 

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. Try to go for the wow factor.
  • Be prepared to change or adapt your design in the exam as the question may ask for something you haven’t considered or prepared.
  • Learn a way to remember the key information to include on a design idea e.g. a mnemonic
  • 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.
  • Get into the routine of underlining the key words in the questions. Read the question several times before answering.
  • Sketches and diagrams can help to answer a question and will be credited.
  • Use appropriate textiles vocabulary – make sure you are familiar with this.

The examiner is looking for: accurate information, relevance of knowledge in relation to the question, breadth of knowledge and examples to illustrate points made.

 

Useful Textiles Technology revision websites:

GSCE Geography Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

Edexcel B – Geography

Paper length: 25% Controlled assessment 75% Examination

(25% Unit 1: Physical , 25% Unit 2: Human and 25% Unit 3 : Decision making paper)

 

Examinations and dates

Unit 1: Physical paper (year 10 topics) Monday 22nd May: Afternoon 1hr 15 mins

Unit 2: Human paper (year 11 topics) Tuesday June 6th: Afternoon 1hr 15 mins

Unit 3: Decision making paper Monday 12th June: Afternoon 1hr 30 mins

 

Revision Material:

All students have (will have):

  • Revision folders with all end of topic tests and named example cards in for all topics.
  • Green department produced revision guide.
  • Y10 and Y11 exercise books
  • Access to past papers and mark schemes on the L drive

 

Revision topics:

Y10 topics

  1. Restless Earth
  2. Climate change
  3. Battle for the biosphere
  4. Water world
  5. Coastal change and conflict

Do not revise or answer rivers question 6

Do not revise answer oceans question 7

  1. Extreme environments

Y11 topics

  1. Population dynamics
  2. Consuming resources
  3. Globalisation
  4. Development dilemmas
  5. Changing economy of the UK

Do not answer or revise changing settlements in the UK question 6

  1. Challenges of the urban world

Do not revise or answer Challenges of the rural world question 8

Practice DME papers.

 

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
  • Practice exam style questions as much as possible to test your knowledge and understanding
  • Ensure you know named examples in detail and practice applying them to different questions
  • Learn key words (as these can stop you understanding questions)
  • Always ask your teacher if ever you are unsure about anything
  • Revise smart – focus on topics/named examples you’re less confident with
  • Practice exam questions and mark in real time with mark schemes on the school L: drive or on the Edexcel 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:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/geography-b-2009.html – under course materials, exam materials will give you access to all past exams and mark schemes (please only use exams and mark schemes from 2012 onwards as the specification from  pre-2012 is different)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/ be careful to only select topics we have studied. Might be good for looking at things such as plater boundary animations and convection current

http://www.gcsegeography.co.uk/ has all topics we’ve studied and keywords available to view online.

GSCE Health & Social Care Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html

Assessment details:

60% Controlled Assessment

40% Examination

Paper length: 1hr 15 mins

Date of exams:

Unit 1: 12 June pm (Single H&SC)

Unit 4: 21 June pm (Double H&SC)

 

Exam Paper:

Single H&SC (Unit 1) Section One: 15 multiple choice questions

Section Two: 2 questions based on a case studies and short scenarios. Each question is split up into several parts, short questions to begin with and longer answers involving extended writing. All questions are compulsory and may be about any aspect of the unit content.

Double H&SC (Unit 4) 3 questions based on a case studies and short scenarios Each question is split up into several parts, short questions to begin with and longer answers involving extended writing. All questions are compulsory and may be about any aspect of the unit content.

 

Revision Material:

All students have: Life Stages Booklet,

Revision Guide issued in March

 

Unit 1 (Single H&SC)

  • Life Stages + human development
  • Factors affecting growth and development
  • Effects of relationships
  • Effects of life events

Unit 4 (Double H&SC)

  • Range of care needs of the major client groups
  • Care Values commonly used in practitioners work
  • The development of self-concept and personal relationships
  • Promoting and supporting health improvement

 

Revision tips/examination technique:

  • Attend all your lessons, do not be absent from school unless absolutely necessary and complete any extended learning on time.
  • Learn: All Key facts – Life stages and ages, human development, factors affecting development, relationships and life events. Plus -Care values + health promotion for Double H&SC
  • Learn: the glossary of key words and their meaning at the back of the revision guide.
  • 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.
  • Practise exam questions and check the mark scheme.
  • Practise evaluations, writing positive and negative impacts in/to scenarios.
  • Practise applying the PIES in/to scenarios.
  • Work through the whole 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 past papers available on the Edexcel website.

 

Useful Health & Social Care revision websites:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/health-and-social-care-2008.html

http://www.channel4learning.com/sites/gcsease/health_social/quiz.html

https://getrevising.co.uk/resources?q=&level_id%5B%5D=gcse&subject_id%5B%5D=health_and_social_care&board_id%5B%5D=edexcel&topic%5B%5D=Life+Stages

 

GSCE History Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

OCR Modern World History (B)

Assessment details

Paper 1: 45%     Paper 2: 30%

Controlled Assessment: 25%

Paper 1: Monday 5th June AM – SHORT MONDAY

Paper 2: Wednesday 14th June PM

 

Exam Papers:

  • Paper 1: International Relations (Cold War, Cuba, Vietnam) and The USA 1919-1941

Length: 2 Hours

A mixture of source and extended writing questions

  • Paper 2: British Depth Study 1890-1918
  • Source analysis questions
  • Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Revision Material:

All students have (or will have after the Controlled Assessment):

  • Year 10/11 classwork books
  • Key Terms booklet
  • Paper 1 Revision Booklets x3
  • Paper 2 Revision Booklet
  • Access to past papers in form revision boxes and from their History teacher

 

Paper 1 Revision topics

Causes of the Cold War

Yalta, Potsdam, Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Berlin Blockade etc

Cuban Missile Crisis

Causes, Events, Consequences etc

Vietnam War

Causes, Tactics, Outcomes etc

1920s USA

Causes, events, consequences of the boom, Red Scare, Prohibition

1930s USA

Depression, 1932 Election, Events, effectiveness and opposition to the New Deals.

Paper 2 Revision Topics:

Liberal Reforms

Women 1890-1918

WW1 Home Front

Source Skills

 

Revision tips/examination technique:

  • Accurate recall is required – this means you must know your material really well. Identify and 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.
  • Show an understanding of the ‘wider historical context’ – make links, use a wide range of sources and information to explain your points and to secure them in the topic, era or event you are writing about.
  • Source skills – be analytical – question, evaluate, analyse, interpret the sources. You must use your skills in an intelligent and thorough way.
  • 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 – ask your teacher for previous examination questions. Attempt to answer them in timed conditions.

 

Useful History revision websites:

The best materials are the ones we provide however- they are related to how we have learnt the course and focus on the evidence we have selected for you to learn! Other sites select other info.

GSCE Mathematics Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

Edexcel

Paper length: 3 Papers, each 1 hour 30 minutes

Date of exam:

Thursday 25th May

Thursday 8th June

Tuesday 13th June

 

Exam Paper:

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
  • Aiming for a ‘5’ revision booklet.
  • MathsWatch 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:

AQA Media Studies

Assessment details:

60% Controlled Assessment

40% Examination

Paper length: 1 and a half hours

Date of exam: 23rd May 2017 (am) Week B

 

Exam Paper:

You will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete 4 questions. They will cover various elements of this year’s exam topic: ‘Television Game Shows’.  Each question is marked out of 15. The weighting of each assessment objective is as follows:

A01: recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed (10%)

AO3: demonstrate research, planning and presentation skills (5%)

AO4: construct and evaluate their own products using creative and technical skills (5%)

The external assessment will examine television game shows through a combination of written and production tasks. Skills in production work will have been developed throughout the two year course.

A brief will be given to all students on Monday 24th April.  This will provide key information that you need to act on, as it will provide you with ‘clues’ to the specific requirements of the examination, as well as asking you to research and plan in key areas.

 

Revision Material:

All students have:

Their GCSE Media folders, with key media terminology and theories in.

Their Exam topic folder, with detailed examples and homework tasks in.

An in-depth ‘Exam Revision Booklet.’

You could be asked to answer a question about anything you have learned about TV Game Shows, so you must revise thoroughly! The ‘type’ of tasks that you could be asked to complete are:

1) Explain what makes a successful game show, (using examples of real, successful shows that you have researched).

2) Provide your pitch for your game show, writing to persuade the examiner why your show would be successful for your target audience.

3) Design a poster / website / opening sequence for your own game show.

4) An in-depth analysis of your own / other game shows; showing how and why they have changed over time.

IMPORTANT: make sure that you can show that you understand the Media Key Concepts and their meanings!

 

Revision tips/examination technique:

The most important thing is to be confident because you have revised and feel prepared. In class we will go through the Brief from the exam board together but you must then ‘plan’ for all of the potential questions that could arise.  Planning how you would answer a question, including structuring paragraphs, in limited time, is vital!

It is important that you show that you have completed research: be able to provide specific examples, knowing actual names, titles, dates, etc. Find new ways to remember these if you need to.

You have to use media specific terms and theory. Using and applying these will impress the examiner.

Remember that you need to answer ‘in role’. Practise this. This means being able to respond via diagrams, bullet points, etc.

Be prepared for the practical task!

 

Useful Media Studies revision websites:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-48101-TG-2017-IM-TGS.PDF

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/media-studies/gcse/media-studies-4810

http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/1360447/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zc8tv4j/revision/3

http://www.mediaknowall.com/gcse/keyconceptsgcse/keycon.php?pageID=keyterms

GSCE MFL Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

AQA

French 4655/German 4665/Spanish 4695

Paper length:

Listening Higher tier: 45 mins

Listening Foundation tier: 35 mins

Reading Higher tier: 50 mins

Reading Foundation tier: 30 mins

Date of exams:

French: 16th May

Spanish: 19th May

German: 7th June

 

Exam Papers:

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

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

In both papers questions are in English, and answers are either non-verbal (such as multiple choice or true/false) or answers in English. The Reading and Listening papers each account for 20 % of the total exam mark. The remaining 60% of the total exam mark comes from the Controlled Assessments in Writing and Speaking.

 

Revision Material:

All students have:

Vocabulary booklets.

Usernames and passwords for websites to which we subscribe.

Available to buy from the department: Reading and Listening practice Workbooks.

 

Revision topics:

Leisure

  • Music /Cinema/TV
  • New/traditional media
  • Sport and free time
  • Shopping/money/fashion
  • Holidays and travel

Lifestyle

  • Family and relationships
  • Social issues
  • Lifestyles/Eating habits
  • Health and illnesses
  • Smoking/drugs/alcohol

Home and Environment

  • Home life/household chores
  • House/local area
  • Festivals and celebrations
  • The environment

Work and education

  • Jobs and the world of work
  • Work experience
  • School life
  • Future plans

 

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 words and sentences. Stick them up on cards around the house!
  • Learn to recognise and use the past, present and future tenses
  • Practice exam-style Reading and Listening questions in the Revision Workbooks.
  • 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.
  • Take advantage of any extra help available from your teacher.
  • If you have access to the Internet, try some revision websites such as those listed above.
  • To aim for an A* 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.
  • 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.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: Listening to and Appraising Music. (20% of GCSE)

  • Assessment takes place in the summer of year 11 in a final written exam, marked externally by AQA
  • The exam is 1 hour long This is completed as coursework, marked internally and moderated by AQA.
  • Unit 2: Composing and Appraising Music (20% of GCSE)
  • (already completed)This is completed as coursework, marked internally and moderated by AQA.
  • Unit 3: Performing Music (40% of GCSE)
  • (already completed)This is completed as coursework, marked internally and moderated by AQA.
  • Unit 4: Composing Music (20% of GCSE)
  • (already completed)

 

Exam Paper:

  • between 10 and 12 unfamiliar pieces of music with elements based questioning
  • 1 hour long

 

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 1hr10, then 1hr30 as you get closer to the exam to extend your concentration and stamina. There are 3 full papers with extract for you to practice 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 practice questions using the “coloured blobs” single side of A4. If you have lost your 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 the 2 full past papers you 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.
  • Write a list of questions you need to ask next lesson.
  • Look through the 2 full past papers you have done again. Highlight a new area of weakness. Find questions specifically about that area of weakness…….. rinse and repeat.

Examination technique:

  • 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.
  • eg. 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.

 

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 Physical Education Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

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

Paper length: 90 Minutes

Date of exam: 19th May (PM)

Assessment Details :

40% Written Examination

60% Practical Coursework

 

Exam Papers:

Section A Part 1 – Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Section A Part 2 – Short Answer Questions (30)

Section B – Preliminary Material & Long Answers

 

Revision Material:

All students have:

  • Year 10/11 classwork books
  • GCSE Text book
  • Revision Guide
  • Year 11 Revision booklets 1-11
  • Past paper booklets series 2013-2016 + mark schemes

 

Revision topics:

  • The Participant as an Individual
  • Physical and Mental Demands
  • Leisure & Recreation
  • Diet
  • Training
  • Muscular and Skeletal Systems
  • Skills Acquisition
  • School and Physical Education
  • Cultural and Social Factors
  • Competitions
  • ICT in Sport
  • Science in Sport
  • Media in Sport
  • Sponsorship
  • International Factors
  • Opportunities for Further Involvement
  • Organisational Influences

Revision tips/examination technique:

ision 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 5/25.
  • 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 an 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 B – Units 2 & 3

Paper length: 1 hour 30 minutes x 2

Date of exams:

Unit 2: Religion and Life: Wednesday 17th May (pm)

Unit 3: Religion and Morality: Tuesday 23rd May (pm)

 

Exam Papers:

Each of the two papers has 6 possible sections from which the students will answer 4 (the four on each side they have studied in depth – detailed below).

Unit 2: 50% or result. War and Peace, Animal Rights, Prejudice and Discrimination, Life issues (abortion etc.)

Unit 3: 50% of result. Death and the Elderly, Matters of Life (Medical Ethics), Crime and Punishment, Rich and Poor in British Society.

 

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 form boxes.
  • Access to revision guides in form boxes.

 

Revision topics:

Unit 2: War and Peace, Animal Rights, Prejudice and Discrimination, Life Issues (abortion etc.)

Unit 3: Death and the Elderly, Matters of Life (Medical Ethics), Crime and Punishment, Rich and Poor in British Society.

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.

 

Revision tips/examination technique:

  • 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.
  • Practice 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’.
  • 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 (First IVF baby? First human-animal hybrid? Euthanasia court cases 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:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zb48q6f

https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/rs-religious-studies/social-issues

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-b-4055/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

http://www.rsrevision.com/GCSE/shortcourse/medicalethics/index.htm

http://www.rsrevision.com/GCSE/shortcourse/peaceandjustice/index.htm

GSCE Biology Revision Tips – Aiming High

Exam board: AQA – GCSE Biology 4401

Date of exams: Unit 1 (everyone) = Tue 16th May PM

Unit 2 (everyone) = Friday 9th June AM

Unit 3 (triple only) = Friday 9th June AM

(U3 immediately follows the U2 exam)

All exams are 1 hour.

 

Exam Paper:

All exam papers are structured into short and medium term responses. There will be a mixture of recall and application questions. There will be at least one how science works question and one long response question where spelling, punctuation and grammar are considered. Questions will usually be given within a context that may be unfamiliar.

Revision Material:

All students have:

  • A topic-by-topic revision checklist
  • Revision booklets (available on the school L-drive)
  • Weekly revision work set in lessons, including weekly recall and past exam question practice
  • Access to revision resources on L-drive (use “home access” on the School’s website)

Revision topics Unit 1:

  • Keeping Healthy.
  • Nerves and Hormones.
  • The use and abuse of Drugs.
  • Interdependence and adaptation.
  • Energy and Biomass in Food chains.
  • Waste material from plants and animals.
  • Genetic variation and its control.
  • Evolution.

Revision topics Unit 2:

  • Cells and simple cell transport.
  • Tissues, organs and organ systems
  • Photosynthesis.
  • Organisms and their environments.
  • Proteins-their functions and uses.
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration.
  • Cell Division and inheritance.
  • Speciation.

Revision topics Unit 3 (triple only):

  • Movement of molecules in and out of cells.
  • Transport systems in plants and animals
  • Homeostasis.
  • Humans and their environment.

 

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. 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, remove it 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?
  • Look back through your book to find example calculation questions to practice. You also need to practice interpreting information presented in different types of graphs.
  • Remember the key terms for analysing data in controlled assessment; the exams WILL ask questions in a practical context.
  • Try full past papers from the AQA website. Study the mark schemes – what precise wording do you need to use? http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-4401/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

 

Useful Biology revision websites:

GSCE Chemistry Revision Tips – Aiming High

Examination Board:

AQA – GCSE Chemistry 4402

C1                                                           C3 – Triple candidates only

Paper length: 1 hour                      Paper length: 1 hour

Date of exam: 18th May                 Date of exam: 14th June

C2

Paper length: 1 hour

Date of exam: 14th June

 

Exam Paper:

All exam papers are structured into short and medium term responses. There will be a mixture of recall and application questions. There will be at least one how science works question and one 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
  • Weekly revision exam questions, provided by class teacher
  • Access to a revision guide

 

Revision topics Unit 1:

C1

  • Fundamental ideas
  • Rocks and building materials
  • Metals and their uses
  • Crude oil and fuels
  • Products from oil
  • Plant oils
  • Our changing planet

Revision topics Unit 2:

C2

  • Structure and bonding
  • Structure and properties
  • How much? (Calculations)
  • Rates and energy
  • Salts and electrolysis

Revision topics Unit 3:

C3 – Triple candidates only

  • The periodic table
  • Water
  • Energy calculations
  • Analysis and synthesis
  • Organic chemistry

 

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.
  • Remember to balance equations and use the correct symbols!

Useful Chemistry revision websites:

Past papers and mark schemes

C1 – revision summaries

C2 – Revision summaries

C3 – Revision Summaries

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

GSCE Physics Revision Tips – Aiming High

Exam board: AQA – GCSE Physics 4403

Date of exams: Unit 1 (everyone) = Weds 24th May PM

Unit 2 (everyone) = Friday 16th June AM

Unit 3 (triple only) = Friday 16th June AM

(U3 immediately follows the U2 exam)

All exams are 1 hour.

 

Exam Paper:

All exam papers are structured into short and medium term responses. There will be a mixture of recall and application questions. There will be at least one how science works question and one long response question where spelling, punctuation and grammar are considered. Questions will usually be given within a context.

 

Revision Material:

All students have:

  • A topic-by-topic revision checklist
  • Revision booklets (available on the school L-drive)
  • Weekly revision work set in lessons, including weekly past exam question practice
  • Access to revision resources on L-drive (use “home access” on the School’s website)

 

Revision topics Unit 1:

  • Energy transfers and efficiency
  • Heat transfer processes
  • Generating electricity
  • Waves, the Doppler effect and evidence for the Big Bang

Revision topics Unit 2:

  • Forces and motion
  • Static electricity, electrical components, circuits, electrical safety and home electricity
  • The atom, nuclear radiation, fission, fusion and stars

Revision topics Unit 3 (triple only):

  • Light optics: refraction and lenses
  • Medical physics (X-rays, ultrasound, the eye)
  • Electromagnets, the motor effect, transformers
  • Circular motion, pressure, moments & centre of mass

 

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. 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, remove it 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?
  • Look back through your book to find example CALCULATION questions to practice. Use the equation sheet you will have in the exam (you DON’T have to memorise most of the equations)
  • Remember the key terms for analysing data in controlled assessment; the exams WILL ask questions in a practical context.
  • Try full past papers from the AQA website. Study the markschemes – what precise wording do you need to use? http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-4403/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

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