10 Great Websites for Revision

 

  1. Quizlet (quizlet.com)

This is probably my all time favourite website for revising, particularly for languages, however it could be used for anything. You can find or create your own flashcards and can be tested on the information. They also have an app, which is great for revising on the go.

  1. getrevising (getrevising.co.uk)

Students upload their revision materials for you to use. The quality varies significantly, however often you can find full sets of notes to complement your own. I found this particularly helpful in science.

  1. TES (www.tes.com)

I think this website is aimed at teachers, however there are still great resources for students. It is similar to getrevising in the way that quality varies, but it is still good on the whole.

  1. BBC Bitesize (www.bbc.co.uk/education)

Some people swear by BBC Bitesize. Personally I have never been much of a fan, because often there isn’t as much detail as I would like. However, to get to grips with the basics and for some extra facts in your revision, this is a trustworthy resource.

  1. sparknotes (sparknotes.com) (including No Fear Shakespeare (nfs.sparknotes.com))

Mostly for English Literature, this website has summaries and some good analysis. However, my favourite part of the website is “No Fear Shakespeare” because for someone like me who finds Shakespeare hard to understand, this website has the Shakespeare text and a “translation” into modern language. So helpful!

  1. schmoop (www.schmoop .com)

Similar to sparknotes but some different texts. I like the colloquial style of this site and there’s some good analysis and different perspectives.

  1. johndclare.net

Modern History GCSE students look no further. This website has great information on most of the key events in the modern history syllabus. When I did my GCSE, I incorporated a lot of this information into my notes.

  1. MyMaths (www.mymaths.co.uk)

Such a life saver for maths. A lot of teachers at my school used this and I always found it so helpful. Step by step guides and examples for both GCSE and A-level maths. There are also lots of activities for practice!

  1. mathcentre (www.mathcentre.ac.uk)

I discovered this at A-level and while I prefer mymaths, mathscentre has more examples and alternative methods and explanations.

  1. Languages Online (www.languagesonline.org.uk)

Lots of different language resources. I mainly used this at GCSE.

 

Is your favourite revision website in the list? Comment below if I have missed any out!

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How Do I Make A Revision Timetable?

Making a revision timetable is the first step in any exam period. I’m a planner and although this step can be stressful, I actually enjoy it.

First you need to ask yourself these questions:

  1. How much time do I have?

This is definitely the first question to ask. Later, I will do a longer post on how much time I would recommend, but for the main summer GCSEs and A-levels I would start in the Easter holidays. However, I have known others to wait much later and others who began in February. In the time, include weekends and study-leave – basically from when you begin until when your final exam is. When you know how much time you have and how many days you can dedicate to revision, take a breath. It will look like A LOT, but the more time, the better.

  1. How many subjects do I need to revise for?

Write down every subject you are studying and, for each subject, the different exams. Each type of exam will require a different form of revision, so while it may be great to schedule “German” as a whole, in fact “German Speaking” and “German Reading” require very different skills and so need to be scheduled differently.

  1. What topics are in each subject?

This part of the planning can take the longest. You need to go through every subject, either from the exam board websites or by talking to your teacher, and get the specification for each topic. The way you approach this differs for each subject. (There will be a post on specifications in general at a later date.)

For example, I did GCSE Edexcel triple science. In each science, there were three levels. Each level had different modules and each module would have a list of specifications.

Print this list of specifications. If you don’t have one, create your own list of topics, which will be on the exam – even if you think you could recite the topic, still write it down.

Now that you have all the aspects necessary to create your timetable, print off a calendar (or draw one by hand). I like to do monthly calendars.

Write down all the exams and mock exams you have to revise for.

Many teachers say that you should timetable your revision hour by hour, or in 50 minute sessions. I have never found this achievable. Instead, I find it better plan what I will do day by day. Then I can decide on the day, when I want to do the revision.

Write in the topics you are going to revise each day. You can either do one subject per day and several topics from that subject, or you can mix the subjects up. This depends on personal preference.

It can be tricky as you will have a lot of different topics and it will seem very difficult to cram everything into the timetable. You must count the number of topics you have and then schedule them. It involves a lot of juggling and thinking how you will spread everything out and achieve everything, but it is possible.

Be realistic with what you plan on revising everyday. It may be tempting to just write ‘biology’ and think in one day you can revise everything biology-related, however this is simply not the case. You will maybe do one module, or even half a module. You should also write down the type of revision you will be doing for that module. For example, “Core Biology Topic 1 Notes Booklet”.

I normally try to include “catch-up” days for revision periods during holidays. While I try to be realistic with my revision, I always fall behind. This means that a catch-up day allows me to do what I didn’t achieve the other days without getting even further behind.

If you get to a day and you think your revision is too far behind to catch-up, then re-plan. Go back to the start and make a new timetable. You shouldn’t do this too often because otherwise you will just let everything pile up and the new timetable will be a week before the exam with 50 topics to revise. But, don’t let yourself get 3 weeks behind schedule and continue following the original plan – it’s obviously not working.

Below are my GCSE exam timetables, so that you can see how I planned everything.

April GCSE Revision Timetable
These are my actual GCSE timetables, when I needed to schedule revision for 13 exams. The green shaded boxes show school holidays or weekends during school time, whereas the pink show days during study leave.

May GCSE Revision TimetableJune GCSE Revision Timetable

Making a timetable can take a lot of time and it can be quite complicated to explain, so I hope everything is clear, but feel free to comment any questions below if you’re not sure.

Also look out for my similar posts on how to use specifications.