Organise - Filing

Why file?


Ten GCSEs involves a huge amount of paperwork - probably more than you will ever see again! Filing avoids lots of loose paper lying around and enables you to find things easily and save time.


Outcomes after using this page:


  • You know how to use ring binders to organise your practice and past papers

  • You know how to use notebooks to record your learning

Ring binders


Ring binders are a great way to collect loose paperwork such as:


  • Specifications

  • Papers

  • Mark schemes


Have a ring binder for each subject and ideally have a different colour for each subject. Some textbooks are colour coded, so if possible match the colour of the ring binder to the textbook.


Inside each ring binder, sort papers into ‘to do’ and ‘completed’. It is really useful to read through completed papers as part of warming up for exams, they help to build confidence and remind you what you got wrong and why.




Studying and Revision involves making notes and to avoid even more loose paperwork it is best to use notebooks.


Have a notebook for each subject and ideally have the same colour for the notebook as for the ring binder as this will make things easier to find.


If you follow the study and revision guides you will use notebooks for:

  • Understanding - key points and worked examples

  • Memorising - summarising and making notes

  • Practicing - doing practice questions and notes on my practice paper errors


Changing Location


Having all of your materials colour coded and filed is great if you need to study in a different location as all you need to grab is: textbook, ring binder, notebook, and pencil case.