If you’re studying or teaching GCSE Physics, this is a great supplement to your existing study tools. The homepage has 2 tabs; ‘Questions’ and ‘Past Papers’. The Questions are split into the main subject areas for the AQA, Edexcel and OCR syllabuses, for the additional or common core examination at higher or foundation level.
When you click on a subject area you go on to do a 10 question multiple choice test. Each question has 4 possible answers and when you complete a question, an explanation of the correct answer appears on the screen. 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
Welcome to Revision Buddies’ GCSE Physics App!
We are determined to provide the most comprehensive GCSE revision apps and are delighted to introduce you to the first of our science series. This Physics GCSE revision app allows you to self assess your knowledge of the Additional and Core topics for each of the AQA, Edexcel and OCR 21st Century Science exam boards, including a distinction between the higher and foundation tiers within each topic. You can mould this app according to your own requirements by selecting the applicable board and syllabus tiers, this way we can deliver the questions and explanations that exactly match the criteria of your GCSE Physics exam.
Using thousands of Multiple Choice Questions – all with detailed explanations, you can develop your knowledge and understanding and monitor your progress using our self-assessment graphs as well as by competing against your friends by using Facebook and twitter! Many of the questions also make use of custom illustrations.
And there’s more…. we provide you with direct access to past papers AND the mark schemes so that you can familiarise yourself with the exam lay out and what is expected of you without having to waste your precious revision time finding them.
Topics covered are….
AQA: Energy Transfer by heating processes; Energy and efficiency; Using electrical appliances; Generating Electricity; Waves and the Universe
Edexcel: Visible light and the Solar System; The electromagnetic spectrum; Waves and the Universe; Waves and the Earth; Generation and transmission of electricity; Energy and the future
OCR 21st Century: The Earth in the Universe; Radiation and life; Sustainable energy
AQA: Forces and their effects; Kinetic energy; Currents and electrical circuits;Household electricity;
Atoms and radiation; Radioactive materials
Edexcel: Static and current electricity; Controlling and using electric current; Motion and forces; Momentum, energy, work and power; Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion; Advantages and disadvantages of using radioactive materials
OCR 21st Century: Explaining motion; Electric circuits; Radioactive materials
For more detail on the content of each topic please see our website: www.revisionbuddies.com
Our author, Dr. Hanna Beyer is a qualified teacher and holds a PhD in Chemical Biology. As well as her qualifications she helps students with online tutoring for their exams in all areas of science, which she has done for over 6 years. Prior to her teaching, she contributed to science academia as well as working as a research and biomedical scientist. Hanna is passionate about her subjects and we have worked hard to ensure that all content is engaging as well as accurate to exam requirements.