An insight into REAL student learning habits based on data from GCSEPod subscribing schools

GCSEPod can help shed a clearer light onto different aspects of learning.

Last academic year, more than 4.8m Pods were watched by students in nearly 1000 schools UK and internationally. This year our subscribers have already watched 4.6m and we still have our busiest exam period to go!  Here we share some fascinating facts about student learning habits through the week and school year:


75% of GCSEPod usage happens outside of school in their own time!

There is a consistent 7.00pm peak in usage on school days as students settle down to their work after eating/relaxing.

Friday night is a night off for many and twice as many students log on a Sunday compared to Saturday.

There are a few (although not many) early risers on both days of the weekend, but they allow themselves a longer lie in on Sunday!  (less than 5% start before 10.00 a.m. on Saturday, less than 3% on Sunday).

A minority of students are working far longer into the small hours than might be considered wise: over the course of the year, just under 5% are still streaming content between 11.00 p.m. and 2.00 a.m. (our subscribers can identify exactly which students this applies to and perhaps offer extra support/mentoring).


In the critical exam period, we see a big surge in usage from 6-8 a.m. on weekdays as students fit in some last minute revision before going into their examination!

They are also watching double the amount they watched during the last term.

Sunday is the biggest revision day at the weekend and they prefer to work in the afternoon.


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The video below was take at last year’s BETT show and gives a great insight into how our subscribers are using GCSEPod.

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Nick Howe, Assistant Head,
North Huddersfield Trust School

“GCSEPod is an extremely high quality, cost effective and user friendly resource that has had clear and measurable impact in our Academy. The support given by the GCSEPod team is fantastic in all areas. Whether on their own device, or in the classroom, the resource is high quality and ever-developing! I would thoroughly recommend it!”

Dominic Howkins, Vice Principal,
Ormiston Sudbury Academy

“Test Valley School initially subscribed to GCSEPod after securing some external funding. However, the impact has been so significant that we have now subscribed in our own right.”

Andrew Page, Deputy Headteacher,
Test Valley School


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