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Our aim is to provide free and genuinely useful educational resources for A level and GCSE/IGCSE students. Simple. Whether you are just starting out on the road to GCSE or retaking AS or A2 modules or even coming back to education to retake exams to further your career prospects we will be delivering no-nonsense advice in a student-friendly way. Hopefully we can cut through much of the cryptic exam-speak you find on exam boards' and other educational websites.

Much of the content on this site is designed to sit alongside the Oxford Science Studies Study Skills Program which is run over their Easter and Summer courses.

So what will you find on this site?

At the moment this site is pretty new. It was launched on the 18th January 2012, so there are only a handful of pages. However, the site will expand pretty rapidly, with new pages or updates being added on a daily basis.

What is available now?

A guide to essay writing: advice on writing good exam essays by Dr. Robert Beddow.

Essay writing - Shakespeare: more advice from our friendly "Shakespeare scholar" Dr. Rob Beddow.

A level syllabuses quick finder: does exactly what is says on the tin. The page enables you to find your syllabus quickly; it also provides links to exam papers, marking schemes, examiners’ reports, etc. Currently it only covers the more popular subjects. We are planning to expand this page to create a GCSE page too.

A level syllabus guide: A brief guide to A level syllabuses – aimed at students.

Exam timing widget: A useful little widget to help you calculate how much time you should be spending on each question in an exam.

A level grades - post mortem: Essentially a brief guide on how to work out what happened in the modules you sat and why you may not have achieved the grades you were hoping for.

Resitting A levels guide: Another brief guide to help students who are considering resitting their AS or A2 module(s).

Memory Skills: A brief outline of some memory techniques that may be useful for your studies.

Random Stuff: Just some bits and pieces we thought were interesting...

What’s in the pipeline?

Other content we are working on:

  1. Motivation
  2. Tackling exams
  3. Tackling revision
  4. Using marking schemes
  5. Reducing stress, dealing with exam nerves, relaxation techniques, staying healthy
  6. Memory techniques
  7. Revision techniques
  8. Time management/organisation
  9. Prioritisation
  10. Visual - Auditory - Kinaesthetic: different types of learners
  11. Creating a revision plan/timetable
  12. How to divide up revision and condense information
  13. Examiners' Reports
  14. Understanding your syllabus

Distant dreams

Below is list of proposed pages, these are currently just ideas but will become real pages rather than just dreamy ones.

Help for dyslexics: some practical guidance for dyslexics

Perfect answers: a selection of model exam answers

Exam papers: specially written for us – not the exams papers that are currently available on the exam board websites.

A levels, modules and all that – a guide for parents: the exams most parents sat were radically different to those run today – this guide will explain the current A level system.

Revision the movie: not that this will be a full cinema production but rather a series of videos to help with various subjects and revision.

Ideas and Feedback

As this is a new venture for us we would really welcome any feedback on what we have done so far or any suggestions as to what we could include in the future. Contact Nick Strugnell (nick@oxss.co.uk)

Hidden Agenda?

In the spirit of openness I want to tell you exactly why we are providing lots of useful stuff for free. In part it is because we are lovely and want to educate the world; it is also because we want lots of people to visit our website – the more popular our website the better it is for us. That’s all there is to it – partly we are just lovely and partly we want to be popular. If you are really interested in why it’s good for us to spend time, money and effort in providing free stuff please go to our why we did it page: click here for further information.


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