Home Study & Revision

Welcome to the Student page of Idsall School’s website. Students will find many useful pages within this section such as year group information, who to speak to for advice, homestudy links and much more. They might also enjoy viewing the photo galleries of school trips and events at the school.

Student Login Guide

RM Unify

The school's portal and intranet home page is called 'RM Unify'.  It is available for both students and staff for accessing school resources from home.  It provides links to web based systems and can automatically 'Single-sign-on' users to Google Drive and Docs, Show My Homework/Satchel:One, Accelerated Reader and more. There are also links to other systems such as Office 365, Kerboodle, Linguascope and My Maths just to name a few.

RMUnify is accessed via: https://idsall.rmunify.com

Satchel: One (Show My Homework)

We have subscribed to the website "Show My Homework" in order for students to view their homework online and receive notifications of due dates.  The web address is -
https://idsall.satchelone.com

They access the site either by logging in to our RM Unify portal first as above, or using the "Google +" button or Office365 on the login screen using their school email address (e.g. username@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk) and their current password.  Help with logging in via RMUnify (PDF).

Direct Email Access

We are using Office 365 for school email. To directly access email, users login to https://outlook.office365.com/owa using their school email address (username@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk) and their network password.  If you wish to setup school email on a mobile device, please click on the following link -https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Set-up-Office-apps-and-email-on-a-mobile-device

Remote Desktop Access

Accessed via any internet browser, this presents users with an Idsall School Windows workstation as though they were logged in at school: https://pupilfolders.idsall.shropshire.sch.uk/

Problems logging in?

If you are unable to access the school's network services, then please email Idsall's IT Support team: ittechs@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk. Please describe what actions you have taken, what operating system and browser you are using and attach screen shots of your screen if possible. Alternatively, why not visit us in the IT Support Office (via B5).

Homestudy

We recognise that regular high quality homework which is closely related to day time learning activities is a very important feature of successful learning. All students are expected to complete homework, and are issued with Home Study Planners to help them to organise it and to get it in on time. We like parents to check on homework and to contact the school if they are concerned about it in any way.

The Study Planner has a space for parents to sign each week to let us know that they have seen it. There is also a space for parents or teachers to attach notes or messages, although this is not the best means of communication if there is an urgent concern. A note to the Form Tutor or a phone call is likely to be more effective. If the student loses their planner for some reason, then new ones can be purchased from the Finance Office.

Satchel: One (Show My Homework-SMHW) Website repeat information

We have subscribed to the website Satchel: One (Show My Homework-SMHW), in order for students to view their homework set by their teachers and receive notifications of due dates. The web address is: https://idsall.satchelone.com Further guidance on how to logon can be found by clicking on: Satchel One (SMHW) Guide

Homework Timetables

Below is a guideline of the expectation for homework set across the curriculum at Idsall School:

  • Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) at least one homework task for every 4 hours of teaching.  Tasks should take approximately 30 minutes
  • Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) at least one homework task for every 3 hours of teaching.  Tasks should take approximately 45-60 minutes
  • Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13) it is expected that as a minimum for every hour of study in the classroom there will be an hour of study out of the classroom

Revision Books

Please click on: Revision books for Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & 11for a list of books for the academic year starting September 2020. The books are useful as a concise summary of our courses and they often include questions to test subject understanding.

Homework and Exam Revision Websites

HegartyMaths - A maths learning tool with short videos and quizzes. Idsall students login using their name, date of birth and set their own password

BBC KS3 Bitesize Revision Site

BBC GCSE Bitesize Revision Site

S-Cool - Dedicated to providing high quality GCSE and 'A' Level revision material totally FREE

Homework Elephant - Internet resources to help complete homework assignments. Over 5000 carefully selected resources to assist with your homework problems

Revision World- Aims to provide a fun and free revision resource for GCSE and AS & A2 Levels

Revision Centre - Here you will find revision notes, links, tips, and many other resources to help you make the most of your revision and get through those exams

Project GCSE - Offers many resources for students revising for their GCSEs including: GCSE revision notes and practice questions, a GCSE bookshop, GCSE help and advice and the take a break section

Linguascope - Idsall School has subscribed to this web site for students to practice their French, German, Spanish and Italian. Students have been supplied with a school username and password

The information provided on this page includes hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. Idsall School provides the above links solely for our users' information and convenience. When users select a link they are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of such outside websites. Idsall does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, or completeness of the sites and does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites of their views. We cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites and are not responsible for the possible transmissions users receive from linked websites.

Exam Revision Techniques

We hope students will find the documents below useful.  They cover various revision techniques that students could use to improve their performance in exams to give them the best chance of being successful at what is a very challenging time for them:

Please click on the link to view the Home Learning Policy.

Revision Guidance

Revision for your Exams

There are lots of ways to revise and different methods will suit different people.  The most difficult thing is not the revision itself, but actually getting started.  Once you start the ball rolling, it will become much easier!

There are some essential things that you need to get in place, however:

  1. Plan your revision
  2. Organise your work and notes
  3. Set up a revision space
  4. Stay motivated
  5. Think positively!

BBC Bitesize is a great resource to help you with your revision.  Try these links for:

If you want to plan your revision timetable online, try this interactive planner, which is available from the Student Room

Make your revision manageable:

  • Create a revision plan, but make sure that it includes social activities and breaks
  • Break down the revision into smaller ‘chunks’.  Work through one section at a time
  • Create a visual record of how the sections are related, using a mind map or spider diagram
  • Mix up the subjects that you revise so that you don’t get too bored.
  • Don’t do more that 45 minutes’ work before taking a break.

Dealing with exam stress – try these links for advice

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