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Revision at Pilton

We have developed a Revision at Pilton strategy to support students to prepare effectively for examinations and assessments.  The strategy centres around the three principles of Summarise, Revise and Test.

Summarise

Summarising is the process of condensing your notes into bullet points and/or pictures. This will help you to remember more information as you have to think hard about how to reduce the information.  Many students stop at this point but creating revision materials is only the start.  We suggest you spend only a third of your time creating revision resources such as mind maps and revision clocks.

Revise

This is where we embed knowledge into our long term memory.  To do this we suggest you recreate your mind maps or revision clocks from memory.  Test yourself with flash cards or retrieval loops.  Your revision guide will explain how to do this step.

Retrieving information from memory through testing yourself at every stage not only strengthens your ability to retain information but also improves connections in your brain between different concepts.  Active recall is more difficult and mentally more taxing than re-reading. But the key point is, revision should be cognitively demanding!

Test Yourself

Completing practice questions is the best way that you can prepare for the examinations.  Not only will you see similar questions time and time again, you will also see the mark schemes so that you can perfect the way to answer questions using the correct terminology.

Revision Timetables

For some students this is very easy, however we recognise that for many it can become overwhelming.  At Pilton we produce a suggested revision timetable well in advance for students to follow.

Recommended Revision Sessions

  • Year 11: 4 X 30 minute sessions each weekday night and 6 X 30 minutes at weekends.
  • Year 10: 3 X 30 minute sessions each weekday night and 6 X 30 minutes at weekends.
  • Years 7, 8 & 9:  3 X 30 minutes sessions weekdays and 4 X 30 minute session at weekends.

Subject-Specific Revision Resources

Subject-specific revision resources are available within the dedicated Student pages of the website, accessed via the Homepage.  A unique Pilton student login is required to access these pages.

We have also created 'Students and Parents Guides to Revision and Assessment' for each year group and each of the three assessment windows.  These guides contain topics that need to be revise and useful resources on what to revise and how to revise.  These can be found below.

 

 

Downloads

Page Downloads Date  
Year 8 Assessment 1 Parent's and Student's Revision Guide 26th Oct 2023 Download
Year 7 Assessment 1 Parent's and Student's Revision Guide 26th Oct 2023 Download
Year 10 Assessment 1 Parent's and Student's Revision Guide 26th Oct 2023 Download
Revision Guide Y9 Assessment 2 05th Feb 2024 Download