Preparing for Success Programme:

At St Robert’s we explicitly teach pupils how to revise. All pupils follow our Preparing for Success Programme. This programme is based on cognitive science and teaches the pupils how to revise effectively. The programme is delivered in Tutorial lessons and is complemented by whole year group assemblies.

Please click here for a sample Year 9 Preparing for Success Work booklet and click here for a Year 9 sample lesson.

The Pupil Planner:

The pupil planner contains useful revision resources. There is a revision guide, revision timetables and a list of effective revision strategies.

GCSE Revision Guide

This revision guide includes course information for every subject offered at GCSE. It includes the following information for every subject.

  • Course overview and format of the paper
  • Past papers and mark schemes
  • Course content and key information
  • Top websites for revision
  • Subject specific revision tips

The aims of this booklet are to:

  • Prepare you thoroughly for your GCSE examinations, coursework and controlled assessments.
  • To support you in achieving your potential.
  • To ensure you know the examination demands of every subject you take.
  • To equip you with a wide range of revision strategies.
  • To ensure you “Let Your Light Shine”.
  • Click here for the Year 10 Revision Guide
  • Click here for the Year 11 Revision Guide

Recommended Online Revision Tools

Learning Scientists. Six Strategies for Effective Learning.

This website explains the 6 Most effective ways to study and retain knowledge and skills. Please click here to access the site.


Brainscape’s Confidence-Based Repetition technique is scientifically proven to help you learn more efficiently than ever before. Please click here to access the site.

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How I revised for my GCSEs – Hannah Robinson

First of all, I had the mind-set of “it’s never too early to start revision” because the earlier you start, the less rushed and panicked you are when it comes to the exam period – you already have revision notes that you can build upon and modify if you want to. The most effective way I revised was to rewrite the information in my school books or revision guides in an easily-readable way – either a poster, mind map, or well set out notes that I could easily refer to if I needed to. Diet and sleep are also significant factors in your exams; it isn’t just about how well you sleep that one night before the exam, it’s about how well you sleep every night during exam time. You should aim for about 8 hours sleep per night, so I never stayed up until 11pm or later rushing through last minute revision. It’s much better to get up a bit earlier in the morning, have a good breakfast and then continue revising in the time you have before it’s time to leave for school. Eating properly is vital during exam times as the last thing you want is to be exhausted and unable to think properly. A well-balanced diet especially during the exam period is key; if you have an exam in the morning, make sure you have a particularly nutritious breakfast that morning so that you have enough energy to walk into the exam hall feeling fully awake and able to do whatever the exam throws at you to the best of your ability. Energy drinks and chocolate first thing on a morning are not the way forward, as much as you might like it to be!