I have NO idea how to revise! Help?!

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I really have no idea how to even start with revising and I have my GCSEs coming up! Help!!!

Posted Tue 12th February, 2013 @ 22:13 by Marzenka Opalinska

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Marzenka Opalinska wrote:

I really have no idea how to even start with revising and I have my GCSEs coming up! Help!!!

A good starting point would be to generate a revision timetable, outlining what exams you have when and this will help you plan the time you have available to revise most effectively.

Lots of people have this issue with getting started with revision so you're not alone. Once you get started you will find you actually know more than you realise and you can pick up in your weaker areas as you revise.

Motivation to spend time revising is also common and although you know you should every distraction grabs your attention to get other things done first. 

One good approach to get in the habit is to set yourself goals and rewards. This can be anything from onces I've achieved X I get to watch something on the TV or when I have nailed the topic Y I get to go out with my friends somewhere fun.

Setting rewards for small tasks and larger ones for completing sections can really help.

Obviously there are also the resources we have here to help you, you can do a quiz on your subject and then repeat it with the aim of getting everything right in a faster time.

You can work through sets of revision or flash cards to absorb the material in a short form and see what you've learned.

With our premium service you can even combine sets of revision cards together to create your ultimate study guide. Then you can test yourself on these when we intelligently remove words and phrases to help you understand. This type of active learning is a proven way to increase your retained knowledge.

Anyway, I hope this helps :)

Answered Wed 13th February, 2013 @ 04:43 by Pete Barnes: GR Director
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One of the key things you need to do, once you've got that timetable sorted and know what you need to learn, is to test your recall of information rather than just rereading all your notes and being happy that it looks familiar.

One excellent way to do this is to create cards with a question one side and the answer the other. Obviously you can do this with real bits of card but you can find smart phone apps and websites that work out which ones you know and which you don't and will test you on the ones you really need to work on. They also work out how often you need to test yourself on different bits of information. It does take time to create the cards, but the thinking that goes into it helps recall in the exam.

Another good way is summarising a topic into mindmaps using as much colour/pictures as possible. Once you've finished, practise doing a quick sketch of the whole thing from memory. This will help you to visualise the poster in the exam (that's where the colour and pictures help). You'll find you remember where stuff goes on the mindmap and this helps trigger your memory.

BTW, you're doing the right thing by starting early. It'll give you time to prepare all your revision resources.

Answered Thu 14th February, 2013 @ 13:06 by janet m
Edited by janet m on Thu 14th February, 2013 @ 13:06
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There are plenty of resources on this website

Answered Thu 14th February, 2013 @ 13:51 by TeeHee