For Parents

The aim of this site is to help you or your child find the resources they need to revise effectively.

We believe that one of the best ways of achieving this is to make use of a revision guide. Revision guides are essentially shortened versions of text books, with all the unnecessary information trimmed out and just the key facts left in. This makes revision guides quicker and sometimes easier to read than text books, but they don’t provide as much information or explanation. For this reason they need to be used alongside you child’s class notes and textbooks – not as a replacement.

There are a number of publishers who produce revision guides for GCSE and A Levels and, in practice, they tend to vary significantly in content. This is why we have provided reviews of each revision guide or series of guides so that you can choose the ones which are most suitable for your child. You can search for revision guides which match a certain subjects (e.g. maths) and level (e.g. GCSE), and also by exam board (see below for an explanation of exam boards). Most revision guides are suitable for use with any exam board, but some are specifically tailored to a certain provider, and in this case it is important to choose the right one.

Other Resources

We also provide links to useful online content, including syllabuses and past papers. Attempting past papers is a good way for your child to appreciate what the exams will be like and to see the sort of questions they will be asked. It is also a useful indicator of how well their revision is going. These links are organised by subject, accessed using the links to the left of the page.

Exam Boards

Schools can choose from several different companies who provide exam papers for GCSE and A Level, the main ones in England being Edexcel, OCR and AQA. Although exams from the different providers broadly cover the same topics, there are some differences, particularly in the format of exams. Your child’s teacher will be able to tell you which board is being used for each subject; this can be useful as some revision guides are tailored for specific exam boards. Knowing which exam board is being used will also allow your child to attempt relevant past or specimen papers.

Helping your child to revise

Everyone has their own way of revising, so while you can make suggestions its best not to impose a method of working on your child.

Encourage your child to start revising early, this will avoid some of the last minute stressful cramming, and will increase the chances that information is retained.

Motivation to revise may be hard to find if there is no immediate chance of a pay-off. Praise can encourage your child, as can a reward of some kind to look forward to after the exams.

Remain positive – there are times when the revision will not be going well, and your child may need extra encouragement to stick with it.

If you are lucky enough to have a very highly motivated child, try to make sure that they don’t work too hard. Short breaks every now and again, particularly with a change in activity, will help to keep the mind sharp.

We also have a guide to effective revision and list of general revision tips for you and your child.

Useful Books

Bibliography