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Red Hot Lesson Blog post 3:Exam Technique/ Literacy and collaboration

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The FARM Plan

I had the pleasure of observing a Year 11 Religious Studies GCSE class last week. I had previously seen Kerry Anstee use the FARM PLAN resource, in another lesson and was delighted to see it used once again. In groups of 4, the class used a graphic organiser to discuss and develop their their viewpoint on the statement ‘religion and science can never agree’. This lesson not only allowedFarm plan the students to practice exam technique, sequencing thought within a framework and literacy skills but they were also able to collaborate and work together therefore developing independent learning and more importantly the shift was towards the students doing the hard work and not the teacher! An excellent example of great practice that can be adapted for use in any subject.

Becky Edwards


Revision Strategies

Greetings citizens of the internet! (™Ryan Sherbet on YouTube)

I’m Jonathan Dunn, director and founder of, and a year 11 student who’s partway through his exams. I started my revision at the end of January, which is completely reasonable and earlier than when most people started – I think it was just over 100 days until my exams started when I began revising. This means that I have had plenty of time to master my revision techniques, and so I hope to share them with you today.

First of all, revision strategies vary from subject to subject. Also this isn’t necessarily the best way for you to revise as this is a matter of personal preference and so you should do what works best for you.

I would highly recommend a revision timetable; if you want an easy template that I used, then I would be happy to share it. It works best if you lay out pretty much all of your day and then you can visually see where you have free time. I found that 45 minute sessions with 15 minute breaks between each session works best for me. I did initially an hour and a half each day with a day off on Sundays.

I’ll start with Maths as you all should be taking that. Here past papers are key. Work through as many as you can and make sure you understand all the questions you went wrong on; take them to your teacher during lunch if you don’t get them at all.

English. Now, everyone says that you can’t revise for English; well they’re kind of right. It’s not so much revising knowledge, but improving your skills. With the language exam you want to practice the questions and take them to your teacher to get feedback. Then go back and try it again. Also read examiners reports and check out Mr Bruff, on YouTube.

Sciences. You should be taking Chemistry, Biology and Physics. Now for these I disagree with doing past papers partly. I think it’s more important to actually learn what you’re being tested on first. So read through the entire textbook. This seems like a big task, so do it in little manageable bits, like when you’re on the bus. Then read the syllabus through properly. (You can find these with a quick Google search). After reading a topic and its syllabus section, then do the past papers.

MFL. Here you should be learning as much vocab as possible. If you get a vocab book then put them onto Quizlets. I can’t recommend Quizlets enough. (Email me if you’re interested in a complete German Quizlet set of all the vocab you need).  Then practice them regularly.

The other subjects are all your options, which will be different to mine, so you can work out how to revise for them yourself. I hope this has been of use. Any questions then email me.

Happy revising and good luck!

(It isn’t about luck; it’s about the hard work you put in now. Success is not by magic it’s by work!)

Jonathan Dunn


My Revision Techniques

The key to revising, in my eyes, is planning. Throughout the year I think that it is crucial to make notes in every lesson and make sure you understand what you have learnt, then go over your notes that evening so that you are confident on the subject. Don’t be afraid to ask your teacher for help if you do not understand at the time, it will make your life significantly easier in the future. When it comes to serious revising in summer, the process suddenly becomes a lot easier and manageable as you have already understood the whole course. From Christmas time to Easter I will write all my notes on to revision cards, with a question based on the syllabus on one side, and the answers on another side. However, I know that revision cards are not best suited to everyone, some prefer just writing on paper or making posters, but what you have learnt needs to be written down because the process of physically writing involves conscious thought and it is much more difficult to switch off, unlike just reading through a textbook. I can then use these cards at anytime, making sure I regularly test my knowledge and, most importantly, make mistakes which I can then learn from. After this learning stage, past papers are very useful. I usually do one or two for each exam using the book to help me and take a long time over each question, then mark them in detail. If there are any topics that you are finding particularly difficult, make sure you spend time doing extra questions, until it becomes your strongest topic. I usually do the remaining papers on my own without the book as a mock and I spend a lot of time seeing how the mark scheme wants me to answer the question. I do as many past papers as I possibly can, and I usually do about two within the week before the exam. During this intense revision period, take breaks and use your breaks productively, such as doing some exercise or playing an instrument. You cannot work all day every day with no breaks. It is also normal to be stressed, and I would be worried if you weren’t stressed. I believe it is important to be able to use that stress wisely and convert it to motivation to revise.

Matthew Adams

How I Revise

Hi, it’s almost time for the end of year tests and everyone has to get ready. Have you ever wondered what revision means? Have you thought about going through your work? Well it’s basically just that, moving information from your short-term memory to your long-term memory. All you learn goes into your short-term memory and if you keep revising it it will go to your long-term memory. Short-term memory is good for remembering things for almost a day and long-term memory can store information as long as you revise things. However, everyone revises differently. You might be wondering how to revise, how are you going to get good levels. Well, I have a simple solution. This is how I revise!

A pen,
A ruler,
A cosy place to sit,
And of course the respective book or website based on what you’re revising.

Basically, all you have to do is switch off the tv or gadget and switch on your brain. Have a drink, kick back and concentrate. If that doesn’t work try having some jazz or Mozart or relaxing music playing in the room, no head phones to fiddle with. Always remember what you have revised before bed this helps move what you have learnt to your long-term memory. Pretty soon you’ll be finding yourself in the bed after a “fun” day revising. Always revise the same thing two days in a row. When you revise just quickly go through what you had revised last time.

Do’s and don’t:

You should always make a timetable for when you are revising. You should always revise mathematics and English for 1 hour each every day. You shouldn’t stick to your favourite subjects and forget about the others. Weekly, do sample tests to see the bits that you’re not so good at.

Helpful websites:

BBC bitesize

So, have a go at revising using the method and have some fun. Tests aren’t always boring and this one doesn’t have to be either.

Samarth year 7