How do I prepare for my GCSE? Is May too late to start?
May 7, 2016
It’s May – Too late to start revising?
It's May; exam season is just around the corner. If you haven't started revising yet, now is the time to get stuck in.
You still have some time to set things straight. Use the next weeks as focused, structured, healthy revision time.
Do. Not. Panic.
1. Find out where you stand
Over a couple of hours, skim through each of your topics, rate your knowledge and its importance out of ten, and see where you stand.
2. Draw up a revision plan
Based on your ratings, create a plan for the upcoming weeks and stick to it.
Print off a couple of schedules and stick one to the fridge. That way, your family will know what you’re working on and when you need to be left alone.
3. Get up early
Five minutes after you get up, you'll be glad you did. The house is quiet and before you know it, you'll have a couple of hours’ work done.
4. Go on a smartphone diet
Got an old Nokia lying around the house? Use it for the few weeks. After a couple of days, when your iWithdrawals are gone, you’ll feel pleasantly at peace.
If this isn’t an option, there are apps you can download that lock your phone for a set amount of time and prevent it from distracting you.
5. Rhymes, acronyms, and pneumonics are your friends
For example, the PE acronym FITT = Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type. The more foolish the rhyme is, the more likely you are to remember it.
6. Eat fruit & drink water
Fruit is a quick, healthy snack that will keep your energy levels high while you study; water is always essential but is particularly so when your brain is active. These will keep you hydrated and alert.
7. Act things out
Do you need to remember an important scene from Macbeth? Act it out with a friend or family member. It may sound and feel stupid, but it will help you remember.
8. Test yourself
Reading through a chapter is fine, but testing yourself on it really helps things stick. Have a little brother hanging around the house? Grab him and make him ask you questions on your topic.
9. Past exam papers
This is one of the most effective forms of revision. Past papers help you understand the exam structure, question types and wording, and time management.
10. Don’t panic
Panicking is the worst thing you can do; you will end up wasting time on ineffective cramming – or throwing in the towel altogether. Use the next few weeks wisely; the summer holidays are just around the corner.