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Examinations

Sitting examinations, believe it or not, should be an enjoyable experience with students having the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. We recognise that in an ideal world, most young people would not want to go through the ordeal of examinations but that is the system we have – and that is the system that The Warren has been very successful at supporting students through for many years.

Please visit this page regularly for important examination updates. Should you have any queries please see Ms Ashe  – Exams Officer or your ATL.

Year 10 Exam Information

To view year 10 exam information, please click here


Tips and Advice and Websites for GCSE Students

Revising

There is no one way to revise as every pupil has their own learning style, however the following tips may help:

  • Ensure you fully understand what to revise. What topics do you need to understand? What does the exam specification say?
  • Manage your time. Planning to spend 4-5 hours on one topic is unrealistic. Create a suitable timetable which makes time for rest and other activities.
  • Check your understanding by practising exam style questions. Feedback from teachers is vital at this point, to see if you are on the right track.
  • Start revision early. Trying to cram a 2 year course into 6 weeks has never worked!
  • Find an appropriate environment. Some people work better alone and some work better in a group. Some people work better with music and other don’t. Find what’s best for you!
  • Set yourself revision goals. Aim to complete certain tasks every time you revise that way you will be able to monitor and track how much you have done/need to do.

Before the Examination

Again everyone has their own personal routines but these tips could make the difference:

  • Ensure you know the correct time, date and venue of the exam
  • Prepare resources the night before (i.e. calculator, pen, pencil etc.)
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Have a good breakfast and stay hydrated
  • Don’t be put off by what others say.
  • Think positively, don’t underestimate yourself.
  • Visualise your revision material and remain calm.

During the Examination

It’s important to remain focused during an examination. If you have put in the hours preparing then the exam is just a chance for you to showcase your talent!

  • Read the question carefully. Read it more than once and take time to think about your answer
  • Save time by not repeating the question.
  • Use the amount of marks to gauge how many points to make.
  • Understand the command words (describe, list, evaluate, explain etc.)
  • Re-read your answers and double check you have included everything.

After the examination:

Time to reflect on the exam and ask yourself the following questions:

  • What did you do well?
  • What have you learnt for the next examination?
  • What do you need to improve next time?

Coping with GCSE’s

The work you do now in Year 11 is extremely important.

  • Work hard now and you will be better prepared. Never settle for a first draft of work. You can always improve.
  • Complete all classwork and homework! Missing work could potentially cost you marks and that grade you want to achieve.
  • At the end of the day you study for yourself and your bright and wonderful future!
Subject Website
Revision Help Site

http://getrevising.co.uk - Create your revision timetable here.

http://www.revisionworld.co.uk

English

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z4nc87h

http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/

http://www.poetryarchive.org/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/dramamacbeth/

http://nfs.sparknotes.com/macbeth/

Maths

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/maths

https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

http://mathswatch.co.uk/

http://www.collinsrevisionapps.co.uk/ - This is a link to an app you can purchase for your iPhone to revise your maths.

Science

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

http://www.creative-chemistry.org.uk/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/chemistry

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/biology

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/physics

French & Spanish

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z4dqxnb

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z9dqxnb

http://www.frenchrevision.co.uk/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/french

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/spanish

Geography

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

kids.natonalgeographic.com

www.kidsgeo.com

www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography

History http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zj26n39
ICT & Computer Science

http://www.teach-ict.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsbk

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/

Design Technology

http://www.mr-dt.com/

http://www.the-warren.org/

Art

www.thewarrenart.co.uk

www.studentartguide.com

Media http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/ztnygk7
Music http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpf3cdm
Business www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/gcse/business
RE

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zb48q6f

 

Year 11 Exam Information

Tips and Advice and Websites for GCSE Students

Revising

There is no one way to revise as every pupil has their own learning style, however the following tips may help:

  • Ensure you fully understand what to revise. What topics do you need to understand? What does the exam specification say?
  • Manage your time. Planning to spend 4-5 hours on one topic is unrealistic. Create a suitable timetable which makes time for rest and other activities.
  • Check your understanding by practising exam style questions. Feedback from teachers is vital at this point, to see if you are on the right track.
  • Start revision early. Trying to cram a 2 year course into 6 weeks has never worked!
  • Find an appropriate environment. Some people work better alone and some work better in a group. Some people work better with music and other don’t. Find what’s best for you!
  • Set yourself revision goals. Aim to complete certain tasks every time you revise that way you will be able to monitor and track how much you have done/need to do.

Before the Examination

Again everyone has their own personal routines but these tips could make the difference:

  • Ensure you know the correct time, date and venue of the exam
  • Prepare resources the night before (i.e. calculator, pen, pencil etc.)
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Have a good breakfast and stay hydrated
  • Don’t be put off by what others say.
  • Think positively, don’t underestimate yourself.
  • Visualise your revision material and remain calm.

During the Examination

It’s important to remain focused during an examination. If you have put in the hours preparing then the exam is just a chance for you to showcase your talent!

  • Read the question carefully. Read it more than once and take time to think about your answer
  • Save time by not repeating the question.
  • Use the amount of marks to gauge how many points to make.
  • Understand the command words (describe, list, evaluate, explain etc.)
  • Re-read your answers and double check you have included everything.

After the examination:

Time to reflect on the exam and ask yourself the following questions:

  • What did you do well?
  • What have you learnt for the next examination?
  • What do you need to improve next time?

Coping with GCSE’s

The work you do now in Year 11 is extremely important.

  • Work hard now and you will be better prepared. Never settle for a first draft of work. You can always improve.
  • Complete all classwork and homework! Missing work could potentially cost you marks and that grade you want to achieve.
  • At the end of the day you study for yourself and your bright and wonderful future!
Subject Website
Revision Help Site

http://getrevising.co.uk - Create your revision timetable here.

http://www.revisionworld.co.uk

English

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z4nc87h

http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/

http://www.poetryarchive.org/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/dramamacbeth/

http://nfs.sparknotes.com/macbeth/

Maths

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/maths

https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

http://mathswatch.co.uk/

http://www.collinsrevisionapps.co.uk/ - This is a link to an app you can purchase for your iPhone to revise your maths.

Science

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

http://www.creative-chemistry.org.uk/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/chemistry

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/biology

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/physics

French & Spanish

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z4dqxnb

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z9dqxnb

http://www.frenchrevision.co.uk/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/french

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/spanish

Geography

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

kids.natonalgeographic.com

www.kidsgeo.com

www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography

History http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zj26n39
ICT & Computer Science

http://www.teach-ict.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsbk

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/

Design Technology

http://www.mr-dt.com/

http://www.the-warren.org/

Art

www.thewarrenart.co.uk

www.studentartguide.com

Media http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/ztnygk7
Music http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpf3cdm
Business www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/gcse/business
RE

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zb48q6f

 

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