Easy Learning Secondary
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Secondary Easy Learning?
Easy Learning offers revision guides and matching workbooks that provide a
complete revision programme for English, Maths and Science (English at KS3
only). The books make revision easier through level/grade specific content
and level/grade exam practice questions presented in a clear design.
Where and when can I use the Easy Learning revision guides?
Anywhere! They are designed to be flexible. Students can use them in school
or at home, to revise individually or with a group of friends. Teachers can use
them in the classroom to work through a specific unit or topic at KS3, or a
specific module or unit at GCSE. They can be used at home on a daily basis
for supporting and consolidating the key points covered in lessons. And they
can be used as a revision tool in the weeks prior to the exams.
What is this companion site for?
This site gives advice on how best to use the revision guides and workbooks
and provides additional resources such as outline lesson plans, revision
checklists and extra practice. It also has the answers to the KS3 workbook
questions (and GCSE in February 2007).
How will Easy Learning help my students revise in class?
The revision guides provide the key facts that students need to know and
clearly show them which level/grade the content is. The clear and visual
layout helps to make the facts easy to understand and remember. The worked
examples show how the facts can be applied to answer an exam question.
The Spot Check questions test understanding of the key facts.
How will Easy Learning help my students revise at home?
The workbooks provide exam-style questions to match the key facts in the
revision guides. Students can apply what they’ve learnt in class by working
through the level/grade specific questions at home. They can write in the
workbooks and then check their answers in class, either independently or
hand in their work for the teacher to mark.
How does Easy Learning support National Curriculum objectives?
The revision guides and workbooks are structured according to the Attainment
Targets in the National Curriculum at KS3 and the exam board specifications
at GCSE. A revision checklist in each workbook (and revision guide at GCSE)
clearly sets this out so students can monitor their own revision. The
levels/grades are clearly highlighted on every page, which helps students to
know exactly what level/grade they are working at, and how to achieve the
The practice papers at the end of the KS3 workbooks are closely modelled on
the real exams and give students the opportunity to practise sitting a paper so
they are thoroughly prepared for the exams. Once students have worked
through these and the rest of the practice questions, they can assess
themselves by checking their answers and working out their level/grade using
the mark ranges.
Who writes the Easy Learning series?
Keith Gordon is a team leader for KS3 Maths National Test marking. He was
formerly Head of Maths at Wath Comprehensive School in South Yorkshire
and has written numerous Maths books for Collins.
Patricia Miller is a Science Adviser for KS3. She was previously Head of
Department and is an experienced writer and SATs marker.
Lucy English is currently Head of English at a school in Guildford, Surrey,
and is the author of several KS3 publications.
Kim Richardson is an experienced writer and editor for English, and a
contributor to Collins' KS3 course Impact English.
Keith Gordon has 30 years teaching experience in South Yorkshire including
24 as Head of Department. He has 20 years examining experience including
11 years as a principal examiner and 6 years as Chief Examiner.
Chris Sherry is the series editor of GCSE Science for OCR. He is a Key
Stage 3 Manager at Tiverton High School, in Devon and has been a Chief
Examiner in GCSE Science A, Principal Examiner GCSE Science D and
Principal Examiner in Entry Level Science.
Louise Smiles Louise Smiles is a Science Teacher at The Pingle School in
Derby. She has worked as a Team leader for GCSE Science A and Entry
Sandra Mitchell is the Head of Science and Physics at Haberdashers’ Aske’s
School for Girls, in Herts. She has been Team Leader GCSE Science, was
formerly Chief Examiner GCSE Nuffield Science.
Ann Daniel is a Headteacher at Castle Hill Middle School in Suffolk. She has
previously worked as a reviser and assessor for GCSE Science.
What makes Collins Easy Learning different from other home learning
Collins Easy Learning makes achieving exam success easy by providing clear
level/grade guidance on every page. It instantly shows you what level/grade
students are working at and how to improve. Together, the revision guides
and matching workbooks offer a ready-made revision package that is easy for
students and teachers to use.