GCSE French (For Schools)
If you’re studying or teaching GCSE French, this is a great supplement to your existing study tools. The landing page of the app asks whether your studying foundation or higher level French and then the homepage has 2 tabs; ‘Questions’ and ‘Past Papers’. The Questions are split into the 6 main subject areas for the AQA, Edexcel and OCR syllabuses.
When you click on a subject area you go on to do a 10 question multiple choice test. Each question appears as a phrase or sentence (in French) with a blank space for a word or set of words. Below the question there are 4 possible multiple choice answers and when you complete a question, an explanation of the correct answer appears on the screen, with a handy translation of the sentence. When you get to the end of the section, you get a percentage score, which you can quickly share via social media (assuming you got a good score!).
A great feature of the app is that all of your test scores are saved for each subject, and are shown in an easily digestible graph. If you want to reset any of this saved history you can, which is also handy.
Splitting the multiple choice questions into categories is great as it’s much easier to focus on a small area at a time. All of the questions are varied – We never got the same question twice in a test, but you do have the option to repeat a set of the same 10 questions, which is a nice way to re-enforce learning. Another small touch that we liked, was that when you get an answer wrong, the correct answer doesn’t immediately show. You still have to choose between the remaining choices until you get it right. Again this increases learning potential as when you get a question wrong once, you’re then forced again to think of the correct answer.
The ‘Past Exam Papers’ section has past papers for all syllabuses dating back to 2011. This is a great feature which allows you to put your hard work into practice. The feature that sets this app apart is the fact that the past papers also have answers. This is something a lot of institutions fail to provide, and there is really no better way to study than to have access to correct past paper answers. It’s also something that we’ve not seen in a learning app to date, and is a massive progression, so ‘hats off’ to Revision Buddies for this.
The design of the app is fairly simple, but we liked that, as its intuitive design doesn’t overcomplicate things and keeps the focus on learning. We think this app is leading the way in the next generation of study tools. The next step would be to allow students to log-in so that a teacher could set homework and track their progress. That being said, as it is, this app is a great study tool and we would thoroughly recommend it.
From the Developer
Revision Buddies are here to help you to succeed in your exams!
This version of the app is sold 'complete' with no in-app purchasing or advertising. It has been prepared by popular demand for schools wanting to take advantage of the educational discount and Volume Purchase Programme.
This French GCSE revision app has been created to get up to speed with your GCSE vocabulary and grammar revision, specifically covered by Edexcel, OCR and AQA GCSE exam boards to ensure that you know your stuff to get up to an A* grade.
Based upon your selection you will be delivered either Higher or Foundation level examination questions.
There are over 1000 multiple choice questions for you to test yourself with, written by a qualified GCSE teacher in the subject who provides you with an explanation to each question whether you get it wrong or right.
We have also included past papers and answer sheets from all three exam boards to make this the most complete revision app for GCSE French.
Key Revision Topics covered:
Health, Relationships and Sport
Recognise and use a variety of the necessary vocabulary and grammar to express opinions on healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences; relationships with family and friends; thoughts for the future such as marriage and partnerships; discuss hobbies and interests, sporting events and lifestyle
Leisure & Entertainment
Recognise and use a variety of the necessary vocabulary and grammar to discuss your free time, plans, preferences and experiences; talk about what you do when you are getting around, socialising, special occasions and festivals as well as your opinions on TV, films, music, shopping, money, fashion, trends and technology
Travel & Tourism
Recognise and use the necessary vocabulary and grammar to discuss in detail how to travel, about experiences of holidays and exchanges – including the weather, accommodation, food, drink and cultural differences
Media & Culture
Recognise and use the necessary vocabulary and grammar to describe and discuss music, film, reading and books, fashion, celebrities, religion, blogs and the internet
Home & Environment
Recognise and use the necessary vocabulary and grammar to describe your home and the local area, what your local region is like; to talk about life at home, facilities nearby and how you get around; to give opinions and discuss the current problems facing the planet and how to be environmentally friendly.
Education & Work
Recognise and use the necessary vocabulary and grammar to describe your school, college and future plans as well as pressures and problems; to talk about current jobs, work experience/part-time jobs, school life, future study and jobs abroad
Key Grammar covered:
Verbs - regular and irregular, reflexive, negative forms, interrogative forms, impersonal verbs (‘il faut’), verbs followed by an infinitive and prepositions; Tenses - the present tense, the perfect tense, the imperfect tense, the pluperfect tense, the conditional tense with ‘vouloir’, ‘aimer’ and ‘pouvoir’, the immediate future tense, the future tense the imperative; Articles - definite, indefinite and partitive; The use of the negative; Adverbs - comparative and superlative including ‘mieux’ and ‘le mieux’, regular, interrogative, of place and time; Noun agreements; Question words; Adjectives - agreements and position, possessive, demonstrative (‘ce’, ‘cette’), comparative and superlative including ‘meilleur’ and ‘pire’, indefinite; Dates and time - including ‘depuis’ plus the present and imperfect tense; Pronouns - personal, reflexive, relative (‘qui’ and ‘que’), emphatic, demonstrative, indefinite, interrogative, the use of ‘y’ and ‘en’, object: direct and indirect; Quantifiers and intensifiers (‘assez’, ‘beaucoup’, ‘peu’ etc.); Conjunctions
Recognising: The passive voice in the present, future, imperfect and perfect tenses.. and much more!
Full details of each section can be found at www.revisionbuddies.com