Revision Guide

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Why use GCSEPod?

GCSEPod podcasts are designed for mobile devices, so it’s like carrying a huge pile of textbooks and revision guides around with you everywhere. Have an expert read and explain everything for you clearly and precisely with all the right facts, quotes, keywords, dates and annotated diagrams on screen. You won’t need to use it for long before you feel the impact. Consistent use in just 10 minute chunks is proven to support achievement right up to A*.

It will help you get organised

Create personal podcast playlists to listen to in the run-up to a test or to help with homework. Use the viewing history feature to return to podcasts you found useful or access your favourite playlist to go over topic areas you find difficult. Download exam specific playlists, with everything you need to know for that exam all organised for you.

  • One website, Apple & Android app, over 4,000 audio-visual podcasts
  • Content produced specifically for mobile devices, tablets and PCs
  • Designed to squeeze exactly the right knowledge you need for exam success into short 3-5 minutes chunks
  • Helps you with learning, homework and revision
  1. Go to and click “log in”.
  2. Click students
  3. Click ‘sign in with office365’
  4. Select the subjects you study.


Create a new playlist, give it a name, add some podcasts and save. Watch the playlist online to brush up on your knowledge or download it and take it out and about with you on your device.

My Courses

Keep yourself organised by viewing a list of all your exams in subject or date order. View an exam playlist to see all the podcasts relevant to that exam, select the areas you find tricky and download to watch on the way to school.


View homework set by your teacher, watch the podcasts they have selected and complete questions to help test your knowledge on a topic. Results are instant so you can see which areas you still need to work on.


Android/Windows users can download to a computer first or straight to your device. Apple & Android users can download the GCSEPod app from the app store.

Effective Learning Strategies

Effective revision is key to exam success.

Too many times we see students working hard on their revision but not always doing the right things.  

Cognitive scientists study how our brain works and there is now a lot of research that you can use to make sure that your revision will lead to exam success.

This page summarises the 6 most effective strategies.  These are the strategies your teachers also use in lessons.  

Make sure when you are revising at home that you are carrying our revision effectively to make sure the knowledge sticks.

HEHS Revision Guide

When to revise? - Spaced practice

Spaced practice is simply ensuring that you don't cram revision for one subject into one day or evening. Spread it out over the weeks in smaller chunks of time and in the long run you will be able to remember more.  The best way to ensure this happens is to create a revision timetable so head over to guidance on planning for revision to help you. Spaced practice seems hard, but it forces you to retrieve information from your memory and fix it there in the long term.

When to revise? - Interleaving

Interleaving should be used alongside your spaced practice. Don't study one idea for too long. It is better to split an hour of revision into 3 20 minute time slots on 3 different topics rather than spending an hour on one topic. It will feel harder at first, but once you get used to it you will remember more. Switching between topics actually helps you fix the ideas into your long term memory.

When to revise? - Interleaving

How to revise? - Retrieval practice

Retrieval practice strategies are effective techniques that ensure your learning sticks. The least effective, but most common, revision strategies are rereading and highlighting notes. Put those highlighters away. Instead create your own quizzes, use brain dumps, create flash cards, use online quizzes like Seneca. Use the techniques that your teachers are sharing with you in lessons. Just make sure you check for accuracy when you are doing things like brain dumps and self quizzing.

How to revise? - Retrieval Practice

How to revise? - Elaboration

Elaboration is a useful technique to use with Retrieval Practice.  And if you revise with others, it will help focus your revision on the most effective learning.  Retrieval practice is very useful for helping you learn facts, key terms and key concepts.  Elaboration is when you ask yourself questions to develop your understanding further.  Using the 4Ws (what/when/why/who) can be useful as can asking yourself questions using key terminology.

How to revise? - Elaboration

How to revise? - Concrete examples

Using Concrete Examples as part of your Elaboration will ensure that you consolidate the topics you are revising. You can create the examples while revising on your own but Concrete Examples shared with your friends will provide additional benefits to your learning.​

How to revise? - Concrete examples

How to revise? - Dual coding

Using visuals with words helps your revision stick. It lodges information in your long term memory as you take in both the visual representation of the idea or concept and the words explaining it. Use Dual Coding as a main method of your note taking, sketching and writing when using Retrieval Practice, Concrete Examples and Elaboration. â€‹

How to revise? - Dual coding