Welcome to the Silverdale Revision Support page.
How does Silverdale School support its students with revision?
Staff and form tutors work hard to support their students, particularly as they approach their exams.
For many students, this will involve working at home in a quiet space, revising in a calm and methodical manner, but we recognise that not everybody works in the same way. This is why we provide space in school to allow students to come in and work. Every day for the first 4 weeks of study leave, 2 study support classrooms are available for the students to come into school and use as a quiet space to revise. They are staffed by our teachers who will supervise students completing their own revision activities.
The timetable of study support classrooms is available at YEAR 11 STUDY SUPPORT TIMETABLE.
In these podcasts, subject leads give their top tips for revision in their subjects at GCSE and A-level. Useful advice for Years 10, 11, 12 and 13.
Business and Economics
Health and Social Care
Modern Foreign Languages
RE and PSHE
Year 11 Subject specific information videos
These videos will give you more detailed guidance about how to revise for specific subjects.
Business revision video to follow shortly
History video to follow shortly
Modern Foreign Languages
Physical Education revision video to follow shortly
Frequently asked questions
Do you have any hints and tips for revision?
How can I encourage my reluctant reviser?
- Help them to organise and set small goals.
- Offer incentives, if possible, for short term goals and work together to break down the size of the task.
- This process begins with prioritisation so scoring topics out of 20 to allow you to begin planning.
- Then design a timetable and try not to plan too far in advance.
- Play to your child’s strengths for example using revision styles like drawing (dual coding), mapping, flash cards, mind maps, storytelling, link their hobbies to their revision.
Should I work out a revision timetable together with my child?
Yes, work out together the blocks of time available each week. Try to consider when your child works best, how long they can hold concentration, and when they have access to a space to revise without disruption. Then divide the available time into one hour blocks and try to follow the structure recommended in the Silverdale Parent Guide to Intelligent Revision. You can download this revision template as a starting point.
One key aspect is prioritising topics within each subject and making sure every time your child sits down to revise that they have thought intelligently about which topic and how they plan to revise before they start.
How do you enable students to experience and practise past exam questions?
Students have many opportunities to practise past exam questions:
- Teachers give time for practice in lessons and for homework.
- Many subjects will deliver specific revision lessons leading up to the exams.
- Students can find past papers for each subject on the curriculum pages for each subject.
How can I support my child with techniques that they are learning at school?
Please read through the Silverdale Parent Guide to Intelligent Revision. This contains a suggested approach to revision.
Will you be doing timed activities to help students with time management during exams?
This will be done repeatedly in lessons, and we are conducting additional timed (mock style) assessments leading up to the exams. This is also something that can be practised at home.
- Using a stopwatch and a short answer question try to answer similar questions more quickly over time, marking down how long each took.
- Picking up the marks more quickly in shorter answer questions can often free up more time for longer questions that have the potential for higher marks.
- Practice is important especially as there are a lot of exams and you require strong hand muscles, so regular timed tasks that mirror the exam will be a very good use of revision time.
How can I help my child with their time management generally?
Are all teachers aware of any special arrangements (such as extra time) my child has been granted for exams?
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and exam access information is available to teachers on our secure school systems.
If you have suggestions about how we can improve this revision resource, or if you still have questions, please let us know by clicking the button below and completing the online form: