Year 10 Exam Preparation

At the beginning of next half term you will have exams in science on the 2nd March and maths on 9th March so you need to make sure you are prepared. You will then have your year 10 exams the week beginning the 4th of April.

Firstly you need the correct equipment so, a see through pencil case containing black pens, pencils and a ruler, make sure you have a calculator as well. Mobile phones are best left at home on exam days.
Secondly you need to make sure you are fully prepared in terms of revision. Your subject teachers will give you indications of what to revise but remember there are other sources available such as SAM learning and BBC Bitesize which help you test your knowledge.
Working out your revision timetable
To help plan your half term revision there is a timetable with this letter which you should fill in to ensure you cover all you need to and don’t waste time.
A revision timetable does not need to be very complex, but does need to be realistic. A simple breakdown of the available time is likely to work better than trying to allocate every hour and half-hour. Do not spend a great deal of time redrafting and beautifying your timetable, rather than getting down to the revision.
Some practical points when planning your revision:
  • The serious risk of working without a timetable is that the revision will be unevenly spread over the subjects.
  • It is unwise to assign a lot less time to a subject you feel is your easy subject.
  • You should at least spend some time looking through the year’s material so that you can confirm, or not, that the subject is firmly in your mind.
  • It is worth trying to complete a topic within one revision session but there is no need to attempt to complete entire subjects before moving onto the next.
  • As you work through your timetable you should gain a fairly accurate view of how fresh your memory is of the different topics and how much work may be needed to be ready for the exams.
  • The timetable is divided into big blocks which you cannot revise solidly through. Working for 40 minutes then taking a 10 minute break will ensure you stay fresh and more able to take on board what you are doing.
Remember your revision needs to be active, just reading your books will not make the work stick. You should make revision summaries, mind maps, post it notes etc, also test yourself or use practice questions to aid your learning.