We built Revision Tools to help you find the gaps in your knowledge and make your revision more efficient, targeted, and effective. Based on the principles of SMART targets (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) and the prior experience of many A Level students, these are the tools we’d recommend to unlock a higher grade!
Essay planning grids are a great way of planning the structure of your arguments and what you’ll discuss in an essay. It’s a great habit to draw up a quick plan in an exam to outline what you’re going to discuss and to make sure you don’t miss any points.
Making sure your revision notes are complete and you have revised everything is a must-have. We created these checklists to help you identify weaknesses in your studies and make more effective and targeted use of revision time.
November 2023 update: we’ve updated our Revision Checklists with a better numbering system, and enhanced syllabus coverage.
Tracking your in-class test results can help make your revision more efficient by focusing on topics you find more difficult. Our Test Trackers also include a list of common mistakes and how to fix them. We recommend having a copy of this Test Tracker in your folder with your notes and class tests, and particularly in with your revision materials.
We’ve written the Exam Topic Tracker so you can see which topics have previously come up in exams, and focus your revision on topics that haven’t been seen before.
These should not be taken as advice for what topics will/may come up on future exams.
A lot of the Politics course requires the use of synoptic links. This means that various parts of the course link together in content and exam technique. Identifying where you can use a synoptic link in essays and how to use a range of political information will help increase your exam marks.
We’ve also written a blog article about synoptic links, which we’d recommend you read to fully understand synoptic links.
The Key Word Portfolio helps you keep track of key political definitions, which demonstrate thorough knowledge of topics. We’ve added some extra pages at the end if you need to keep track of additional definitions. Keep this portfolio up to date to kick-start your revision.