KS4 Revision Videos (Techniques)

We have hand picked the following revision guidance techniques to help you learn how to revise in various ways.  On each subject's revision webpage are the details on what to revise, but most importantly the suggested techniques that the subject specialist feels is best for their subject, along with the specific content for that subject.

However, you might find on this journey of revision experimentation and perfection, that some techniques work for you but others do not.  This is absolutely normal and is the reason that your revision techniques and strategy will differ from those of your friends.

Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro technique is about managing your time and planning.  In the video it goes through the best way to manage your time when revising and how to plan out your revision schedule.


Brain Dump

A brain dump, in the context of revision, refers to a technique where a person writes down or "dumps" all the information they can recall about a particular topic onto paper. It's a form of self-assessment and an effective way to consolidate and reinforce what has been learnt.


Mind Map

Mind mapping is a visual technique that helps students organise and represent information in a hierarchical and interconnected manner. It can be a powerful tool for revision and learning. It takes Brain Dumping one step further. Watch this clip to learn how to effectively use this technique to support effective revision.



Flashcards serve as a concise and versatile tool for effective revision and learning. Students create bite-sized cards with key information on one side, fostering active recall. Organising cards by topics promotes focused study sessions, and the use of colours and visuals aligns with inclusion, appealing to diverse learning styles. Regular review and self-testing encourages resilience and continuous improvement. This approach respects students' time, promoting quick and focused study sessions.


Self Quizzing

Self-quizzing is a dynamic and efficient revision technique where students actively test their own knowledge. They formulate questions based on key concepts and quiz themselves, promoting active recall and deepening understanding. This method respects students' time by allowing for quick, focused assessments. It encourages regular review, fostering resilience and continuous improvement. Self-quizzing is adaptable, catering to individual learning styles, and aligns with the school's value of inclusion.


Using ChatGPT to aid revision

Using ChatGPT for revision questions is an innovative and effective approach for students. By formulating targeted queries related to their study material, students can receive detailed and context-specific explanations, aiding a deeper understanding of complex topics. This method respects students' time, providing quick and accessible answers to specific queries. It promotes active engagement with the material as students articulate their questions, aligning with our value of collaboration by utilising technology as a supportive tool. Regularly incorporating ChatGPT into their revision routine encourages a resilient and adaptable learning strategy. Additionally, this approach caters to diverse learning styles and needs, reinforcing the school's commitment to inclusion.


Quiz it, Map it, Link it, Shrink it

"Quiz it, Map it, Link it, Shrink it" is a comprehensive revision strategy that incorporates multiple techniques. Firstly, the "Quiz it" component involves actively testing one's knowledge through self-generated questions, fostering active recall and understanding. "Map it" encourages the creation of visual mind maps to organise and connect key concepts. "Link it" emphasises drawing connections between different ideas, enhancing the interconnected understanding of topics. Finally, "Shrink it" involves condensing information into concise, manageable forms, respecting students' time and enabling quick, focused study sessions. 


Self Elaboration - exploring the power of talking to yourself

Engaging in self-elaboration during the revision process is a powerful technique that involves explaining concepts to oneself in detail. This method encourages students to articulate their understanding of a topic in their own words, promoting a deeper level of comprehension. The act of explaining reinforces knowledge, aligning with the school's value of resilience by encouraging continuous improvement.


Using Past Papers to prepare for GCSE exams

Utilising past papers as part of the revision process is a strategic and effective approach. Working through previous exam papers provides students with practical exposure to the format and types of questions they may encounter. It allows for self-assessment, respecting students' time by focusing on areas that require improvement. Actively engaging with past papers promotes active recall and application of knowledge, fostering a deeper understanding of the subject matter.


Terrible ways to revise

Finally, we have gone through techniques that are proven to be ineffective and waste time.  Some of these techniques you might be using and it is important that you change to one or some of the recommended techniques which we have gone through above.