documents for students and teachers
Study tips for
visual, auditory and tactile learners
Revision ideas for different learners
Ideas for exam revision time (GA Secondary Phase committee)
Word mat -
What is the examination asking you to do?
Word mat- starters and connectives
resources for pupils
Gary Dawson and
at Fair Oak
Business and Enterprise College in Rugeley have recently
produced some revision resources (watch this space
for some more!) Originally for AQA A but could
be used for other specs too.
These simple PowerPoint
presentations that could be used in class, in an ICT room or at
home by students. Multiple choice answers based on past exam questions.
Answers are provided at end of
guidance for pupils and parents
Thanks to Helen Nurton for this
booklet which provide lots of generic guidance to help pupils with their
Revision guidance for pupils.
Helen has also
created a smaller booklet of
advice for parents to help their offspring with revision.
Hart, Barnwell School, Hertfordshire, runs after-school sessions from
the beginning of Feb until year 11 leave. Each session obviously
has a subject focus but students arrange themselves into teams,
activities vary, but include some of the following. Students,
understandably, are very enthusiastic about this approach!
1. Geography Fortunes – based on Family
Fortunes e.g I question all GCSE Geographers before the session e.g
What is the most important factor in explaining the growth in tourism
over the last 30 years ? Then in the session, I’ll say 56 GCSE
Geographers were asked ……., what do you think the top reply was?
They discuss in teams and then give their answer.
2. Miming and drawing case studies
3. Case study Kafuffle ( Little Britain link !! ) I write clues to
case studies which gradually get easier, but are worth less points
4. Pass or play. I have prepared questions on the topic. Students
select a number and I read their team question to them. If they decide
to play and get it right it’ worth 2 points, but if they play and
get it wrong they lose a point. They can also decide to pass to
another team. Bonus points are also available e.g. explain the impacts
of acid rain in a Swedish accent, explain why you are concerned about
the hole in the ozone layer in an Australian accent – it’s fun and
reinforces the location of the case study.
5. Quick on the draw. E.g students sit back to back , one draws
the other describes- an example of use is with a diagram showing the
causes and effects of acid rain.
6. Student as teacher. Groups nominate a teacher from their teams
. They then prepare an explanation e.g the Greenhouse effect . They
are then sent out of the room and called in one by one and give their
account . We award them marks (Strictly dancing style!) Other teams
7. Rainforest Bingo
8. Team exam questions. Teams are given GCSE question and write a
team answer. ( I have tried Pass the Buck with exam questions in these
revision sessions – but they play dirty !!)
9. What’s going on? Students are given a fairly obscure photo or
set of images and have to explain what they are showing or what the
link might be between images e.g gave them some photos of Greenpeace
10. The odd one out with photos ( Have I got news for you style )
11. Zoomed. This drives them mad ! I zoom in on a photo and they
have to guess what it it e.g wind turbine.
These are just some of the activities we have used.
The sessions last for an hour, they start promptly and finish
promptly. Students give their teams a fun name at the start of each
session and a points tally is kept throughout the session. Every
Tuesday morning I go to Tesco and buy 30 doughnuts – gives
everyone including myself a boost!!!! Sessions have worked
particularly well for competitive students – especially boys.
Students have fun and are motivated and so are we!! Teams may change
from week to week, they don’t get hung up on always having to be in
the same ones – I let them decide .
for GCSE and A Level and has a forum for students
grade Bitesize (Scotland)
Higher grade Bitesize (Scotland)
recommends many sites
Mapskills assessment revision
- word matching
For GCSE a short revision activity, a
card sort activity from Linda Beskeen, St. Mary Redcliffe &
Temple School, Bristol.
If you are aware of the game taboo,
as described in More Thinking through Geography [ed Adam Nichols] then
Victoria Ellis, Swanwick Hall School, Derbyshire offers the cards ready
made for you to use on these themes:
Weather and Climate Taboo
To start this feature off Garreth Stockton from Cheadle
High School shares a technique he has been using with his students
for a couple of years which he calls Red Pen
Black Pen; this technique draws upon the two sides of our brain and
uses concept maps and helps visual learners in particular.
The technique is detailed here. An example of a
concept map for farming and a
blank template for other concept maps
Thanks to Richard Lycett at
Stafford Sports College, for these great ideas. Richard's GCSE
results are outstanding. He
prepares the candidates with simple games using these mats. Create
recall the case studies, Match the
case study to the question,
following help make revision fun
|Read the case study - draw it in
images - try it out on your neighbour see if they can work it out. The
processing of words into pictures helps make it memorable|
|Five Ws - what? where? why? who
? and how [sic]?|
|The world of case studies - take
a world map and write in the correct location - five essential things
to remember. |