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Easter Revision Time

For most students you will be enjoying a well earned break over Easter weekend after what I’m sure has been a busy and frantic school term. However, when it comes to Monday or Tuesday you will probably be searching for some motivation to start your revision. Getting started can be the hardest part of revision, my advice is to plan plan plan. You can spend a lot of time procrastinating otherwise but if you wake up and you know exactly what you are meant to be studying that day you will get started much quicker. You can also tick off tasks as you complete them throughout the day. I recommend three sessions of revision per day, with decent breaks in between and two at the weekend.

Spend this weekend planning what you want to achieve over the next three weeks. Make sure all your subjects are covered in the right amounts and write specific tasks, such as ‘complete paper 1’ or ‘notes on bonding’ rather than just the subject name.


Mr Exham

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New IB Biology Pages

It has been a while since I have managed to update due to other work commitments, but as I approach revision time with my IB students it seems logical to create some resources that are useful for everyone at this stage.

Therefore I have made a new IB page for revision resources which can be found here.

I have made a quick IB revision quiz for Core topic 1 on cell biology to start with. This is designed to quickly assess your factual recall on this topic, and is a good way to remind yourself of all the little details you need to know.

There are plenty of skills required to get a 7 in IB Biology such as; data interpretation, evaluation, application and practical science understanding to name just a few but if you don’t know these key facts then you don’t have the foundations needed for these higher level skills.

I will be posting similar tests for all the core topics over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

You will also find a very useful resource covering the 7 key practicals you should have completed.

Many of you will also be carrying out your Internal Assessment projects at the moment so I have created a page to help you with writing that up. It can be found here.

I plan on blogging more about the IA in the future as I am marking my classes now and have learnt a lot about going through the process for the first time this year.

Mr Exham on iBooks

I am very pleased to announce that my first eBook has been published on the Apple iBooks store.

It has been designed for iBooks and will work on iPad, Mac and iPhone (depending on operating system).

It is hopefully the first in a series of books covering the IGCSE course. This first book is FREE and covers the sections on life processes and classification. It contains interactive multiple choice questions at the end of each section and practice diagrams to label.

Why not download it now and give it a 5* rating? 

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IGCSE Biology – 6 Marker Question Revision

Some of the hardest questions in IGCSE Biology are the 6 marker questions and the paper nearly always finishes with one which is more than often about carrying out an experiment. As there is no coursework for this course they must make sure they test you on your experimental knowledge throughout the paper.

If you can master these questions you are giving yourself a good chance of achieving a top grade.

In my new revision resource I have written 10 original example 6 marker questions followed by a mark scheme for each one. You can download it here:

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Note carefully how many of the answers are looking for the same things, especially in the practical questions. The key is to think about the variables.

Remember that the aspect the scientist is altering is the independent variable. Whatever they measure or record in the experiment is the dependent variable and all other variables in the experiment must be controlled. If you explain how to vary the independent variable, how specifically to measure the dependent variable and how to control the other variables then you should do well.

IGCSE Revision Diagrams

One of the most important parts of IGCSE Biology is to be familiar with the key diagrams. I have therefore created a great revision PowerPoint that contains the 25 most important diagrams on individual easy print slides. Also included are all the answers. If you are a teacher these are great for testing your class, if you are a student you can print multiple copies and try them until you get them all right. Click on the image below to purchase this new resource:

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You can download a free diagram of the heart by clicking this link.

Included in the presentation are diagrams for: the kidney, urinary system, digestive system, reproductive system, the leaf, the eye, a motor neurone, the circulatory system, plant cell, animal cell, sperm cell, menstrual cycle, nitrogen cycle and many more.


Mr Exham – Past, Present and Future

I have been meaning to write this post for a while in order to let you know what the plans are going forward for, and this week seemed like as good a time as any with the GCSE results coming out and a new academic year starting.

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who has used the website in the last year, I have received some great emails and tweets and I am really glad that it’s been useful to so many people. I’ve now decided to take in a few different directions. Firstly I am making some of my key resources, which take the most time and effort to make, available to purchase through This has meant spending more time on these resources to make them as clear and informative as possible, and it has also given me the impetus to make more of them! There will soon be a PowerPoint for each section of the IGCSE course along with revision quizzes.

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I will continue to make free resources as well, including Quizlets, revision sheets, YouTube dissections, practical demonstrations, worksheets and I also intend to write Socrative quizzes for teachers.

Given that there will be a new A-Level starting in 2015 (read the Ofqual announcement here) I will no longer be adding to the current A-Level pages and resources. Instead I will focus on making new resources ready for the launch of the new linear A-Level next year. I will also be blogging about the various courses and exam boards offering Biology A-Level as my department make their decision about which to choose.

Thank you once again for all the positive feedback and please let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to see on!

Mr Exham

Do you study the AQA AS Biology course. Why not try the revision quizzes on my new AQA AS Biology page.

Use your student book to correct your answers and keep trying the quizzes everyday to improve.

New A2 Revision Quiz

Here is the latest revision quiz for A2 Biology. It covers Unit 2 Module 1 – Cellular Control and Variation. It does not have any detailed genetic problems or maths questions as it is purely meant to be for factual recall of the key words and definitions.


New IGCSE Quizlets available

I know a lot of recent visitors to the website have enjoyed using Quizlet to help with their revision. For anyone who hasn’t used Quizlet before you can learn what it is, and how to use it, by clicking here. There are now two new quizes available to help you revise Food and Digestion, just click on the links below to access them:

IGCSE Biology – Nutrition and Biochemistry

IGCSE Biology – Digestion and Enzymes

For anyone studying this topic I’d recommend watching Hank Green’s YouTube video below. He will take you on a crash course through the bowels of the human digestive system and explain why it’s all about surface area!

Hank’s YouTube channel is a great resource for anyone studying Biology, it has 40 different videos covering topics such as photosynthesis, meiosis, natural selection and ecology. Why don’t you check it out!

The final 3 IGCSE revision tests

The last three revision tests for IGCSE have now been uploaded to the IGCSE revision page. Download them from SlideShare, complete them, use the textbook to mark them, write out anything you get wrong on the revision tracker, and then repeat the test every couple of days until you are getting close to full marks!

Click here to find a test for Section A: Organisms and Life Processes.

Click here to find a test for Section E: Variation and Selection

Click here to find a test for Section F: Microorganisms and Genetic Engineering

As always these tests have been created using the relevant textbooks so the answers should be easy to find. However, if you’d like the answers for any of the tests available on just send me an email.

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