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If you have any queries about examinations within Rivington and Blackrod Sixth Form, please email exams@rbhs.co.uk and a member of our team will respond back to you. Thank you very much.

All students have been issued a personalised exam timetable. If you have any queries relating to exams please contact Mr Wylie on the Exams Department email (see above) or by telephoning 01204 333266 ext. 375.

Examination Preparation


  • Make a revision plan you can stick to, with a daily outline that includes times for breaks and meals.
  • Know your strong and weak subjects and mix them up on your timetable, don't do all the nightmare topics at once.
  • Set targets that you know you can reach and tick them off as you accomplish them.
  • You will need help at some point; ask parents, siblings, teachers and friends for support.
  • Find somewhere quiet to revise. You could also try working with other people but, if you can't concentrate, save get-togethers for breaks from the books.
  • Put your exams into perspective, they are only one aspect of life.

The Seven Rules of Revision:

1. Make your own revision notes. You'll learn as you write and, once you've got them, you're halfway there.

2. Check the syllabus or ask a teacher to make sure you've got the key areas sussed.

3. Concentrating on the plus points of revision helps keep you going. Start by thinking how much easier you'll find the exams.

4. Don't overdo it. Your concentration lapses after a couple of hours, so take regular breaks.

5. Experiment with different revision techniques. Variety beats boredom.

6. Focus. Don't make pointless notes. Look at past exam papers and see how questions could be asked.

7. Have confidence, if you are positive about exams, you should take in more information and remember it when it counts.

Six Simple Techniques to ensure Revision Success: 

1. Condense your notes onto one side of paper. It makes them easier to remember.

2. Highlight and target key areas using colours and symbols. Visuals help you to remember the facts.

3. Record. Try putting important points, quotes and formulae on tape. If you hear them and read them, they're more likely to sink in.

4. Read your notes out loud, it's one way of getting them to register.

5. Test yourself, see what you can remember without notes, but avoid testing yourself on subjects you know already.

6. Do past exam papers against the clock; it's an excellent way of getting up to speed.

Practice Exams

For examples of practice exams, find out from your tutor which examination board you are studying for and go to their website below for practice examinations:

AQA (http://www.aqa.org.uk/)

Pearson Edexcel (http://www.edexcel.com/aboutus/Pages/AboutUs.aspx)

OCR (http://www.ocr.org.uk/)