My Revision Tips

Tried and tested revision techniques and advice for high school students


Broadsheets are concise, specification guided content revision aids. They are a great way to summarise key information,to produce succinct notes and generate a set of revision aids. Or/And they can be used as a way to test you knowledge, and a resource that you can keep coming back to.

The key to them being a useful and an effective tool in your revision is the actual process of writing each boxes’ prompt questions. You can find pre-made ones online, and some of them are pretty good, but there is a real benefit in making them, and then filling them in, as they require you to use the specification, so you know what you’re building is specific to you exam board.

This is how they work:

  1. Choose a unit or group of different ideas
  2. Identify what specification points are included in this topic/content you want to cover
  3. On a piece of A4 or A3 paper (depending how much content you’re including) draw different sized boxes from 3cm x 8cm (ish) – have some small and some large
  4. Using the specification, change each of the points into a question. For example, if the specification point required you to use an equation, make up a question that makes you actively solve it.
  5. Be inventive with the task or question for each box, from calculations to word fills
  6. Complete by using your brain (test), or notes and resources (revision aid)

These are some example that I use with my students which you can use (they’re for Pearson 9-1 combined science course):

qualitiative analysis

genetics broadsheet

Inspired? Try it now

Take a unit or an area of science and build a broadsheet. Be inventive and link in some tips from the Mind map section to help you produce a resource that’s going to help you do better.

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