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The BRA Way to Revise

Research and experience show that children whose parents/carers take the opportunity to be frequently interested in their child’s learning make most progress. So how can you best help your child to navigate calmly and confidently through their revision? Our top tips on how you can assist with and encourage your child’s revision strategies can be found in our Parents Revision Guide. We also suggest using a Revision Timetable to help pupils plan their revision - a blank template can be downloaded and printed below.


Effective Revision Strategies

It is about having:

  • The right attitude
  • Making the effort
  • Using effective systems

Make sure you know:

  • What you need to learn
  • When and how you will be assessed

Flash Cards & Mindmaps

These two methods are straightforward and useful but at GCSE you need to change your expectations.


Cornell Notes

At GCSE our aim is that you will all produce Cornell notes as we consolidate material.

  • They help memorise facts quickly
  • They help practice the same information over and over again
  • These are useful for learning recall information and definitions of terms
  • Also good for Balanced equations, Vocabulary, Facts and figures, Diagrams, Formulae
  • Keep them short and not too much info on them
  • Very visual method
  • Concise –limited space
  • Super summaries fit this category
  • GCSE level of consolidation and study
  • Good way to use your specification to good effect
  • Concise information
  • Covers recall and can highlight where application occurs
  • At GCSE our aim is that you will all produce Cornell notes as we consolidate material

Key Revision Points

  • Lovely notes in a neat file are great, but if they are never looked at there is no point in the first place.
  • Notes and Flashcards need to be repeatedly reviewed.
  • Look through your notes for 5 minutes on a regular basis to reinforce the information in your brain.
  • You will never remember any information from one glance at your notes.
  • You need to train your brain to learn and remember.
  • Use a range of revision techniques – trial them to see what works best for you.
  • Create a revision timetable.
  • Quiz yourself – use flash cards / quizlet or other online quizzes.
  • Try practice questions and past papers to assess your knowledge – get your parents to help you with this if needed

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