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28 March, 2018

Keystone's Director of Education, Ed Richardson and senior tutor Jon Gale discuss their top tips for effective revision.

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1 August, 2017

The age old common entrance exam is still insisted upon by many of the UK’s independent schools for 11+ and 13+ entry. The 11+exams tends to comprise English, Maths and Science whilst the 13+ comprises of ten subjects (Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Latin, French/Spanish/ German/Mandarin). The full syllabus for each subject is available online as are practice papers and revision materials.

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2 April, 2017

Keystone's Director of Education shares his thoughts on making an effective revision plan. What? You should ask your subject teachers for advice about what to study and revise. They usually have a good idea about which topics appear regularly on exam papers and which are less frequent. Although you should aim to have a good understanding of the whole syllabus, it is not unreasonable to want to prioritise your learning.

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31 March, 2017

Revision can be daunting and establishing a starting point is often a challenge at this time of year. The following article aims to provide ideas about where to start and how to approach revision with suggestions that can be immediately put into practice and will hopefully ease any revision concerns during the exam season.

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17 February, 2017

As a tutor I have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of students, but despite the differences between them I often encounter some of the same issues over and over again.

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28 April, 2015

At this time of year, I am often asked where to find decent revision materials. My response is always the same: your child’s rucksack. Parents look at me confused: do I really think that their child has matured enough in the run-up to exams to have finally started making colourful, concise and comprehensive notes? Of course I don’t. Most of them have lost their folders or thrown them into bogs.

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30 March, 2015

Easter is at a sharp approach and following this weekend students and parents may be feeling daunted by the exams ahead. An organised approach to revision is fundamental to success and I hope the following suggestions will help you in the run up to the summer exams. Time organisation A good revision timetable is crucial. Remember not to be overambitious; use realistic targets and increase the workload at your own rate.

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9 May, 2014

Exams have a way of creeping up on you, don’t they? It was not long ago that you were starting the academic year, and now your final exams are just weeks away! It is easy to get caught up in the stress and panic of the final weeks, but few things more imperil successful exam performance than unnecessary worry. As such, we thought we would share a few final pre-exam tips that our students have found useful in the past. Go for a stroll.

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28 March, 2014

With the Easter holidays on the horizon, many Keystone students are gearing up for those final few months of GCSE revision.  Here are Keystone’s NINE top tips to help you with the process: Take responsibility. Teachers, tutors and parents are all on hand if you need support, but remember: no one can revise for you; it’s down to you. Be ambitious. Most adults work over eight hours per day.

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In the press

Ed Richardson
Times Educational Supplement
The West Journal