There is no silver bullet in terms of how best to support your students with revision tools and approaches for exams, but you might find these websites/blogs particularly useful:
- Alex Quigley (aka The Confident Teacher) has written a lot on revision and shares his Top 10 Revision Strategies that are engaging, teacher tested and evidence based
- GCSE student blogger Mili has written a very thoughtful and insightful Easter blog titled The Learning Effects. She distils her first-hand experience on preparing for exams this summer that is likely to strike a chord.
BBC Bitesize Smart Revision Advice is also worth a look – you can cherry pick elements most useful for your students, particularly to help with breaking down large tasks into manageable activities and helping quell pre-exam nerves.
Poetry revision can present a particular challenge, given that students need to be confident about their studied 15 poems as well as ready to tackle unseen poems in the exam.
OCR’s free online digital poetry anthology has a Revision section that takes student through the specific demands of the poetry exam question. This includes practical activities such as having a go at marking a sample candidate response and choosing a studied poem and writing about it from memory.