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If you want to do well in your GCSEs, then try these tips and revision techniques:

  • start revising from March/April for the May/June exams
  • aim to revise everyday - do more on the weekends and in the holidays, but allow time for a break and do short bursts of revision compared to hours and hours
  • revise for each subject equally but revise more for a particular one when the exam approaches

Way to revise:

  • use websites e.g. GCSE bitesize
  • make revision cards for each subject with a topic per card
  • timelines for history
  • mindmaps (this is good for case studies)
  • use library books - CGP books are great for the key facts
  • revise with friends by asking each other questions
  • make powerpoints
  • do lots of practice questions and all the previous exam papers to date
  • make post notes and stick them around your room
  • use highlighters and colour pens when making notes
  • keep reading through your notes and reward yourself!

I hope this helps, but remember that not all techniques will work for you, at it's important to rest well before exams and not panic. Revise as much as possible, but you have to relax and not overload on revision! Good luck with your exams!

Posted: 07-01-13 20:30 by Joanne

Thanks for the advice. I am doing AS levels but it still helps!

Posted: 07-01-13 21:29 by Tilly - Team GR

:) For AS I think revision needs to start right now for June exams :(

Posted: 07-01-13 22:07 by Joanne

Have you even finished your January exams?

Posted: 11-01-13 14:01 by Hannah

No I have one and that's on Monday - maths. You have any?

Posted: 11-01-13 17:17 by Joanne

Still got maths and biology to go! Biology is on the 21st and maths is on the 23rd.

Posted: 11-01-13 19:37 by Hannah

Which exam boards?

Posted: 11-01-13 19:46 by Joanne

Both are OCR. I think maths is MEI. Which maths are you doing?

Posted: 11-01-13 20:25 by Hannah

Maths with mechanics but no idea why because I do not get mechanics! That's with the AQA exam board.

Posted: 11-01-13 21:49 by Joanne

I do maths with statistics and the statistics makes no sense to me either!

Posted: 11-01-13 23:23 by Hannah

Great post, would just add a couple of extra-revision methods that I use, as I tend to find the 'traditional' ones like reading notes and highlighting them really difficult!

You could try teaching other people like a lesson, it really makes you think about what you're saying. You could also try chanting (putting key words or phrases to catchy tunes that stick in your head), flashcards (with just one fact on each - a question, then a straight one word/couple of word answer, a great way to learn straight facts), mnemonics (kind of a similar thing with making key words into funny phrases which spell the word), and acting/motion revision (you could, for example, act out a chemical reaction, pretending you are a central carbon atom and locating what atoms are attached around you with you hands).

Hope these help!

Posted: 12-01-13 22:04 by ex-Lechiayim

Have you got tips for a spanish writing exam?

Posted: 13-01-13 14:21 by amreena

amreena wrote:

Have you got tips for a spanish writing exam?

 Learn as much vocabulary as you can and make sure you understand grammar. If you know what the question is before you sit the exam (I had this when I did AQA GCSE) plan out some answers and learn the gist of ot. Don't try to learn it word for word because if you forget part of it it can become very stressful.

Also make sure you write enough to satisfy the word limit. You can write more but try to write concisely because you don't get any marks for talking about nothing!

And finally god luck!

Posted: 13-01-13 14:48 by Hannah

banana wrote:

amreena wrote:

Have you got tips for a spanish writing exam?

 Learn as much vocabulary as you can and make sure you understand grammar. If you know what the question is before you sit the exam (I had this when I did AQA GCSE) plan out some answers and learn the gist of ot. Don't try to learn it word for word because if you forget part of it it can become very stressful.

Also make sure you write enough to satisfy the word limit. You can write more but try to write concisely because you don't get any marks for talking about nothing!

And finally god luck!

Thanks a lot!!!

Posted: 13-01-13 15:01 by amreena