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GCSE French Revision Tips
Tip 1: Get yourself organised
Before you can start working out what you need to revise, you need to get all of your exercise books
and papers together. It is useful to check that they are complete and organised in the right order
by topic is usually a good idea. If you have a revision guide this will help you to see what topics there
are to revise. If you haven't already got one I'd get one!
Tip 2: Identify your strengths and weaknesses
It is important that you are aware of your own strengths and weaknesses. Maybe you missed some
lessons during the year or you found the vocab in a certain topic difficult. Maybe the material you
covered back in September is just a distant memory now. It is obvious that you should spend more time
on the bits that you find difficult than on the bits that you find easy. Unfortunately, most of us are
tempted to do the exact opposite!
Tip 3: Set your goals
Plan your personal revision effectively by putting a little more time into your weaker areas. Once you
have identified your strengths and weaknesses then you are ready to set your goals. Use your Revision
Timetable to make sure that you give sufficient time to any areas that you have identified as a
weakness. It is now your goal to actively get to grips with this material!
Tip 4: Divide up your time and plan ahead
The sessions in your Revision Timetable can be as long as you want them to be. In general, a series of
30minute or 40minute sessions followed by 10minute or 15minute breaks is advisable. You can also
do your revision sessions when it suits you. Some people work better in the morning; in this case you
would want most of your sessions to be before lunch. Be realistic about how much time you can devote
to your revision, but also make sure that you put in enough time. Give yourself regular breaks or
different activities to give you some variety. Revision need not be a prison sentence! Make sure you
have one weekend/day when you don't do revision or think about exams you'll come back to it
Now, you need to put on your Revision Timetable the exact date on which you will start your revision
and also the date of your exam. Also note any dates on which you will be unable to revise so that you
can get an exact picture of how much revision you will be able to do before you sit the exam.
Tip 5: Be honest
The first step in organising your revision is to make a promise to be honest with yourself about how
much time you have spent actually revising and how much time you have spent organising your files,
looking at Facebook and doodling in the margin of your file. There is no time target here. `How long
do I need to revise for?' is a meaningless question, to which the irritating but correct answer is `As
long as it takes you to secure the appropriate knowledge and understanding'.
Tip 6: Concentrate on what you are doing
Concentration levels vary from person to person and from time to time. Some of us revise more
effectively early in the morning, when there are fewer distractions. Few of us concentrate well when
everyone else is out having fun or when we are tired, hungry and emotional. It is important to
understand what is best for you, and stick to it.
Remember too, that to fully concentrate on the task at hand, it is wise to ensure that the location that
you choose to work in helps your learning. For example, can you concentrate with the television blaring
and your brother or sister constantly interrupting you? If not, then remove yourself from the lounge
and go to your bedroom, or the dining room perhaps, where you can sit more comfortably at a table.
Make sure that you get the most out of each revision session by keeping distractions to a minimum. Tell
your family about your revision time and ask them for help if you need it. They can help to limit
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Tip 7: Revise actively
Have a pen in your hand, jot down notes on revision cards, make word families, or write comments in
the margins of your marked work. It doesn't really matter which way you approach your revision, just
so long as you are taking an active part in the process. This will stop you `switching off' mentally. Some
of us learn best by watching material and YouTube and other providers have a lot of very useful
five-minute clips.…read more