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Revision Guides and advice guides for timetabling revision etc, year 10

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DoNotBringLulu Sat 14-Jan-17 19:40:44

My ds is finding year 10 tough; he's just had some GCSE predictions on the new 1 to 9 grades, and feels he has to work hard to achieve better than expected (he's disappointed sad).

They have been advised to revise for 15 minutes per evening.

Does anybody have any recommendations for good revision guides for Math, English Language and Literature, also Science? He would like some practical advice about organising himself; an easy guide for suggestions for making a timetable etc would help him.

Thanks

noblegiraffe Sat 14-Jan-17 21:40:17

Here's some advice here:

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/secondary/2822454-Study-tips-and-websites-for-those-with-children-in-Y11

TheSecondOfHerName Sat 14-Jan-17 21:47:41

I sympathise, because DS1 (now Y12) had difficulties with organisation and learning how to revise effectively. He needed support from me until the end of Y11, and is only just coping with A-levels.

DS2 (Y10) is the opposite: extremely conscientious, has much stronger organisational skills and independently does extra bits of study to consolidate what he is learning.

This is the sort of thing DS2 does (on top of homework):

Maths: He makes sure he understands each topic fully and does practice questions. He uses the textbook from school.

Foreign languages: he learns & tests himself on vocab using websites & flashcards. He is also conscientious about learning grammar and does a bit of Duolingo regularly.

English literature (his weakest subject): For each text, he creates quote banks for each character & theme. He also reads other works for context, e.g. after reading Frankenstein and seeing that it made reference to Paradise Lost, he read Paradise Lost.

Sciences: he uses an online textbook to practise questions on the most recent topic and then checks his answers against the mark scheme to see how he could have worded the answer better to get more marks. He learns definitions of key words.

KittyVonCatsington Sat 14-Jan-17 21:51:46

Have a look inn Youtube. There are often exam syllabus revision videos for each topic for a wide variety of subjects. A good way to spend the 15 minutes.

The CGP revision guides for most subjects plus are fab and pretty cheap.

mummytime Sun 15-Jan-17 09:28:20

I would suggest discussing this with him, and probably trying lots of different revision techniques to see what works best for him.

Post it notes, revision cards, revision quiz cards (he writes them himself), revision guides, mind maps, condensing his notes, explaining stuff to you, BBC bite size, other online revision sites, YouTube etc.

What works for one person might not work for another (regardless of what teachers say - they are often showing their revision preferences).

Are his notes in order? Does he understand concepts - explaining to you can help him identify gaps.

Allthebestnamesareused Mon 16-Jan-17 15:56:09

My DS in year 10 (after disappointing (for him) results in the end of year 9 exams has started writing a set of revision notes, mindmaps etc at the end of each topic in each subject so that it will be easier when he comes to revise at the end of the year. So as above basically ensures he has got his notes in order and that he understands each topic rather than just moving on.

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