Revision Habits at GCSE


Typical C Grade Candidate

Knows that half the battle with revision is starting

Creates a revision timetable

Uses a variety of revision techniques

Systematically reduces notes to key words

Learns a whole range of material relating to a topic

Uses a variety of approaches to starting revision that are effective

Knows that little and often is the key to effective revision

Listens to soothing background music

Systematically learns material thoroughly

Learns all topics equally well

Treats all topics the same way

Concentrates well

Knows the link between effort and attainment

Uses any opportunity to revise eg unexpected teacher absence

Completes their coursework before it is time to start revising

Revises for all subjects equally

Discusses revision with parents and friends and teachers

Typical Grade D Candidate

Leaves revision until the last minute

Sets aside time for revision but does not use the allocated slot

Constantly rewrites notes in full

Has lots of excuses as to why they cannot revise ‘tonight’

Writes out a model answer on a topic and attempts to learn it by heart

Puts off revision entirely (see Procrastination)

Revises too much and gets put off

Starts to panic

Thinks that simply reading through material counts as revision

Learns the first topic well

Avoids topics they don’t like

Revises favourite subjects only

Is distracted easily

Uses revision time as a chance to catch up on their course work

Does not discuss revision with anyone



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7 Responses to Revision Habits at GCSE

  1. Very user-friendly advice. Thanks Bill- will be sharing. Sarah @kiptonbridge

  2. Zoe Trodd ~ Kip McGrath Sevenoaks says:

    Reblogged this on Kip McGrath Education Centres ~ Sevenoaks and commented:
    Are you a Grade C and above, or Grade D and below student?

  3. I think all students need to read this blog. It will serve as a wake up call.

  4. Reblogged this on Leaderinlearning's Blog and commented:
    Excellent revision tips from one of our colleagues.

  5. sifish67 says:

    Great clear advice Bill, I hope you don’t mind but we’d like to base our latest newsletter around this.

  6. kipmcgrathtonbridge says:

    Reblogged this on kipmcgrathtonbridge and commented:
    Solid advice from my colleaugue Bill

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