Updated: Sep 4, 2021
Online resources can provide a valuable way for A-Level students to expand and improve on their classroom learning. A lot of these students, however, can be put off by the sheer quantity of resources available. There are so many blogs, websites, and video tutorials that sorting through them to find the really valuable material can seem impossible. To help you avoid this problem we’ve compiled in this post a list of some useful online revision websites for A-Level students. These resources take a range of formats and will help your learning in a variety of different ways, including revision notes, past papers, and guidance on exam technique. Hopefully, this will help you to use the internet for studying in the most effective way possible.
1. Revision World
While Revision World may appear at first to be a fairly average study website, it sets itself apart from the rest with its extra resources, aside from the main content notes. These extra resources cover things like key terms, exam prep, and revision strategies. They explain the types of questions you will encounter in exams and how best to answer them. Some also look into the particular skills you will need to answer these questions; for example, the A-Level physics module covers the maths skills that you would need to do well in the exam.
Sometimes when revising it can be easy to only focus on a course’s content itself. Revision World gives you the opportunity to develop your abilities in the broader skills that go into revising and sitting exams.
The extra resources on Revision World are specific to each subject. This has both benefits and drawbacks. On the one hand, it is often more helpful for advice and guidance on exam technique to focus on the needs of a particular course. On the other hand, this specificity means that not all subjects have as extensive extra content as every other, with the extra resources for Maths, Physics and English being the most helpful.
2. Exam Solutions
Exam Solutions is a website that provides comprehensive courses of video lessons in Maths. These lessons are tailored to the individual A-Level exam boards. They cover the content in a clear and engaging way and are often supplemented by videos where the teacher works through exam style questions.
Some students find that they can easily become distracted or disengaged when their whole study time is dedicated to reading and writing. Exam Solutions can provide a useful break from this style of revision. Having a theory or an exam question explained you with the active use of diagrams emulates the kind of learning that you find in the classroom. As such, at a time when classroom learning has been minimised, these video lessons can be really useful.
The one limitation of Exam Solutions, however, is that it only caters to Maths.
3. Exam Board Websites
When you’re revising, its easy just to think of your exam board simply as the organisation who sets and marks exams. While this is obviously their main role, they do often provide some useful resources on their websites to help you prepare. The two most useful of these resources are the specification and the examiner’s reports.
The specification is a detailed outline of the content of a particular course. It will include topics you need to learn, any required background knowledge or qualifications, as well as information about the assessment, such as general marking criteria. While it is probably not necessary to read the specification in full, it is a good thing to consult if you have any questions about the form or content of the final exam.
Also, each year the chief examiner of a particular paper will produce a report which makes general comments on the submissions that they’ve marked. They will comment on how well students did on each questions, common mistakes and difficulties, as well as their rationale in marking the papers. Reading the examiner’s reports from previous years is a good way to understand how a marker thinks and how to avoid common pitfalls.
When revising, one of the most effective ways to consolidate your learning, and to track your progress, is to test yourself. StudySquare provides a range of easy to access revision materials, with a particular emphasis on learning through testing. It provides short study notes on Maths and the Sciences, alone with short questions and answers. These resources are best used throughout a revision session; going through these kinds of questions is a good way of establishing that you understand a topic before you go on to look at others.
StudySquare also provides a comprehensive bank of past papers for Maths and the Sciences. Completing past papers helps you to discover your areas of strength and weakness, as well as developing your familiarity with the style of questions you’ll meet in the real exam.
Given all this, StudySquare is a really valuable resource to have at hand during your day-to-day revision.
A-Level study is so much easier and less stressful when your time is well organised. Schooltraq is a free and easy to use online school planner. It allows you to upload your individual courses as well as the the various deadlines you have for them, which could be coursework submissions or even just revision targets. Schooltraq then produces a calendar which allows you to keep track of these. This is a good way of staying on top of your work as it helps you to avoid neglecting one of your subjects and overemphasising another. Schooltraq can be used on a phone as well as a computer, so you can always have access to your timetable. Unfortunately, their app is currently only available on Android, not iOS, though it is possible to log in through your mobile browser as well.
As we’ve seen, online resources can provide a variety of ways to enhance a student’s revision time. Using this wealth of material can make revising more fun and engaging. Drawing on a wide range of resources other than textbooks and class notes helps you to understand concepts and skills to a greater depth, and also prevents certain areas of knowledge from being underemphasised. We hope that the revision websites outlined above can help you to make your studying a more relaxed and productive experience.
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Logic Enthusiast is an independent writer and is studying for an MA in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He is particularly interested in Logic and the Philosophy of Science.