5 Revision tips for GCSE Students
November 30, 2015
Revising for your GCSEs: 5 top tips
It is never too early to learn how to study effectively: the year leading up to the GCSE exams may seem long but once it begins, it flies by. It’s important to get stuck into revision and school work sooner rather than later.
Below are some study tips to help you get started.
Taking your own notes is a great way to help you revise. They should include a summary of the key points in the chapter or section.
Writing notes helps your brain to remember the information. Focusing on headings and key words only should be enough for you to learn the information, but you should be able to expand on these using your own knowledge of the topic.
Mind maps are a very effective way of summarizing a topic. They are good for subjects with a lot of theory such as Geography, Biology, Business Studies and History. The night before an exam, mind maps are great for a quick revision.
Once the course is completed, practising exam papers should be the main focus. It is extremely important to be familiar with the layout of the exam, know what examiners want from your answers, and also to be familiar with the time you should spend on each question.
From doing exam papers you will be able to identify where your weaknesses lie and from that you can improve.
This will also reduce stress as you will be familiar with the exam. On exam day, you will be less stressed and more confident in the exam because it’s one you’ve completed several times in preparation for the actual exam.
Set yourself goals and targets
This will aid your motivation. Once you have set goals you will be motivated to reach them.
It is sometimes a good idea to set grade targets for subjects; these will help you work harder at them, and would be seen as long-term goals.
A short-term goal could be to revise a topic or complete a certain number of exam papers.
By setting goals you are setting out all the work that needs to be done; this means you will be less likely to forget anything.
In order to succeed in GCSE exams you must be organised. It’s true, organisation really is the key to success. Folders are always a good idea and it usually helps to have a separate folder for each subject.
Keep all your notes together and make sure you know where to find them. This will save time and keep your stress levels low. Keeping a diary with all the important dates and other information you need to know is a good way to stay organised.
Study plans and technique
Creating a study plan is a really effective way of keeping on top of everything that needs to be learned over the year and it also keeps you organised. Have a plan for each subject and set out goals for achievement by a specific time. For example, for maths you may decide you want to learn a full chapter after each week of study. Study plans show what time you have available and help you to make the most effective use of your time.
Everyone has different study techniques that work for them; you need to decide what way of studying works best for you. You may be able to learn something by reading it a couple of times, but another student may need to write it down in their own words.