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hello, i'm curious as to what i can do now to really improve my results

It's half term now and i have taken a few gcse's like english and science. My main worry is that i'm not going to get the grades i want.

Especially in science; i felt that the double papers were extremly off putting. They weren't necessarily difficult just didn't have a lot of the main things that i revised which means i cannot judge them. What can i do to truly ace the triple paper? I'd appreciate more than "revise"

One other thing is german. Can you recommend anyways to learn vocabulary really well? I have a lot of it and the exam is on the 20th and 27th of june.

For history and re is there any exam technique i need to know?

- Re is marriage and relationships; and medical ethics.

- Science i am on IGCSE for it so i'm not sure if there is any specific syllabus reference

ps i'm on edexcel for all of them

Posted Sat 28th May, 2011 @ 12:55 by world conqueror
Edited by world conqueror on Sat 28th May, 2011 @ 18:30

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Science - make sure you have an understanding of everything that could come up. It's better to know a bit about everything than loads about one thing as the marks will be spread over the different topics.

German - I reckon the best thing to do is to get an easy reader from the library and go through it. You'll get better at working out meaning from context as well as learning new vocab. If you can, get ones with CDs - listen to the CD for a bit, then go back and look up the words you don't know, then listen again to consolidate.

History and RE - this goes for other subjects as well. Look up mark schemes for past papers but also the examiner's reports. These are REALLY USEFUL. I like to get past papers, brainstorm what I'd write about, check that against the mark scheme and then look at the report to see how I matched up to other candidates.

Answered Sat 28th May, 2011 @ 15:51 by Fern
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Make Flash Cards with the English & German on opposite sides & test your self by putting them on the floor take one at random see if you  know the translation. Put the ones you got right & wrong in separate piles. Take the pile you got wrong & do the exact same process, untill you have them all right. I found that helped me learn them.

Good luck!

Answered Sat 28th May, 2011 @ 21:10 by sara
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Generally speaking, it's best to teach someone else whatever topic you're revising. Apparently you remember 90% of whta you teach others, so I uually grab a few friends NOT studying the same topic as me (say Science for example) and I'll teach them what I've revised.

It's really helped me in Science and History especially, and I've taken French for my language, so it's good with that too.

Answered Sun 5th June, 2011 @ 19:13 by Former Member
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I don't remember how I revised for all my other GCSE's, but for the sciences, as someone has said above me, understanding the topic is key. Honestly.

Also, I know you've probably heard this before, but make sure you do loads of past papers, this goes for maths as well,  trust me, they really do help. Even if you've done them all already, do the same papers again, because most of the time, the examiners repeat a lot of questions. Also, memorise some key definitions from the mark schemes. Reading examiners reports will also help, they let you see where other people went wrong and common mistakes that candidates made that year.

Hope that was of some use to you.

Good Luck with your exams :)

Answered Sat 28th May, 2011 @ 19:55 by RATM33
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For German try talking to someone to learn your vocab cos it's easier to learn when your saying it!! I did German a few years ago and I found it easier to learn vocab by having a German conversation with my mum! :-)

Good Luck!

Answered Sat 28th May, 2011 @ 20:00 by Hannah
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with german try doing little vocal tests with yourself and give yourself a set number of words to learn each day. Gradually building it up will help more than cramming the night before! you've got plenty of time!:)

Answered Sat 28th May, 2011 @ 22:23 by Kelly:)
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also for the exams you've already done, just forget about them! Stressing over them now when they're over with and you can't change them isn't going to help you at all! if you want to improve your grades in the other subjects, concentrate on them because theres still a lot you can do to improve those! :)

Answered Sat 28th May, 2011 @ 22:25 by Kelly:)
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follow this link: and dowload the 'mystudybar' app. You can create quick and easy floating sticky notes and mind maps and other revision tools. It really helps. Whatever info i need for an exam i now turn it into a virtual sticky note. Hopes this helps, it works for me. GOOD LUCK IN YOUR EXAMS :).

Answered Sun 29th May, 2011 @ 10:20 by Amritpal Mundra
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