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Useful links for revision

Access hundreds of learning resources, download the app and revise on the go.



The main GCSE exam boards used by schools are:

Assessment and Qualifications Alliance  (AQA) aqa_og_logo
Pearson Edexcel logo_edexcel_colour_2
Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Exams (OCR) ae8b7b0e-c88b-45d9-bf26-aa5fb7c1f578-org-ocr-logo
Welsh Joint Examinations Committee (WJEC) wjec-logo

On each site you can download past papers and mark schemes, which will help you with your revision.


Brain Boosting Tips

Get sweaty

  • Jogging and walking improve circulation to the brain.
  • Studies have shown that exercise can help sustain cells in the hippocampus - part of brain vital for memory and learning.

Feed your brain

  • Omega 3 fatty acids in tuna or sardines improve cognitive abilities and mood.
  • Vitamin B - Marmite helps to boost your brain. YOU EITHER HATE IT OR LOVE IT!

Take a Break

  • Pace your revision.
  • Cardiff University report - 'The number of facts that can be retained drops after 40minutes. A 20 minute break allows you to work for another 40 minutes.'

Relax your Body

  • Use relaxation techniques before an exam to help your mind to access facts and solves problems more effectively.
  • Deep breathing - inhaling, exhaling at a slow pace for 2 minutes.

Sleep on it

  • Lack of sleep can effect creativity and decision making skills.
  • 7-8 hours sleep a night is essential.
  • Learning facts just before you go sleep helps cement what you have learnt.
  • 30 minute power nap increases afternoon brain performance and prevents information overload.

Drink Water

  • Our brains contain 80% water so dehydration is bad for you.
  • You are recommended to drink between 4-5 pints of water a day.

Lay off Technology

  • Psychologists claim frequent use of texting, on computer playing games can lower IQ more than twice as much as marijuana.
  • Temporary loss in IQ is due to the brain multitasking and losing its overall effectiveness.


Websites to help with school

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BBC Bitesize revision materials for GCSE students

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