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Welcome to the Eckington School revision support page.

Revision support for our students

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. Our Sixth Form students always have a quiet place to work in the Sixth Form Study Area. Every day throughout the exam season, our Year 11 students are welcomed into the Sixth Form Study Area and can use it as a quiet place to revise. This area is staffed throughout the school day until 4pm.

Year 11 subject specific revision information

Frequently asked questions

Do you have any hints and tips for revision?

Yes. We have compiled the 'maximising potential: revision presentation' to help with this. You can download this guide below:

We have also put together this selection of revision activity templates to help make revision a more active process for our students:

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.
  • Encourage your young person to attend period 6, where they will be able to revise under the supervision of a subject-specialist and with their friends.
  • Play to your young person’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 young person 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 'Maximising Potential: revision presentation'. 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:

  1. Teachers give time for practice in lessons and for homework.
  2. Many subjects will deliver specific revision lessons leading up to the exams.

Will you be doing timed activities to help students with time management during exams?

This will be done frequently in lessons, and it 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.

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.