How to study. Get Specific - GCSE & A-Level Revision Part 2

April 30, 2017

The best ways to study? Get specific! Part II

What are the best ways to study for my GCSE or A-Level exams

In Part I we tired of students asking us, “What are the best ways to study?” so we told them, “Get specific!”

Remember, specificity is the principle that how we prepare should meet the demands of what we’ll have to perform during an activity.

So, what are the remaining best ways to study?

Step 4: Get specific

The best way to study for any exam is to replicate it, so begin your study by completing exam questions and papers. Self or peer-assess these using the exam mark scheme, or have your teacher mark them, to identify the gaps in your knowledge/skill-base. Focus your revision on these gaps.

Step 5: Build up

As with fitness, you should build up your study level. Start by completing exam questions to target your knowledge gaps/skill weaknesses; build from these by completing sections of the exam paper.

For example, if your exam has 5 sections, complete 1 section on 5 days of the week, meaning you’ll have completed one exam each week; build into completing full exam papers in a sitting. Use your ‘rest’ days to review your exam paper and ‘fill in the blanks’.

Step 6: Keep being specific

Complete exam questions and papers until exam day. Now that you know the content and what you need to work on, focus on timing each section and working out the best order in which to answer each section (think answering the section you know best/that’s worth most marks first, what you know least/worth fewest marks last, etc.).

The more your practise, the more prepared you’ll be; the exam will seem like just another practice run.

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