Our Ultimate Guide to 10 Last Minute GCSE Revision Tips

June 11, 2015

Here are 10 last minute GCSE revision tips to ease you in to the exams:

gcse last minute revision tips

1.  Create a Revision Planner 

Even if time is now very tight and you are very close to the exam dates, it is never too late to create a time planner for your work.  Whether you prefer a handwritten wall chart or a digital diary, write down the number of days left and create a chart with the actual number of hours you have left and pencil in the work you need to do around this subject-by-subject. You can also create flashcards that will help you to organize your revision.

2.  Be Realistic 

If you think you are going to stay up all night cramming, this is not going to be sustainable as you’ll just be too exhausted facing in to your exams and this will backfire.  In your revision planner, build in time for adequate sleep and exercise and then focus all your revision time in to the hours you have left.

3.  Know Your Patterns

Are you an Early Bird or a Night Owl? Find out what works best for you.

Are you a morning person or do you peak late in the evening?   Work with your own natural rhythms and if you are normally an early bird, use this to your advantage and think about setting your clock that little bit earlier.  If, however, you find that you work best late in the evening then manage and plan your timetable around this.  Do not work too late however as this will result in fatigue.

4.  Do A Trial Run

A great way to revise, although it can be a little challenging and scary, is to get your hands on as many GCSE past papers as possible, set your clock and set up a desk – even if it is the kitchen table – like an exam situation.  Set your clock and time yourself and go through each paper as if it is the real exam.  

5.  GCSE Past Papers 

When examining GCSE past papers, drill in to each of them in detail.  Look at patterns, how questions are worded and the language and wording that is used in questions.   Really explore what is being asked of you – are you being asked to examine, explore or analyse?  Are you being asked to compare or contrast? 

6.  Turn off Your Phone 

Even if you usually have your phone turned on 24/7, try to switch it off during the times that you have allocated to revision.  Even if it is nearby and on silent you will still be aware of it in the background and it can be a distraction, to try to leave it in another room so that you can fully concentrate.

7.  Don’t Forget to Hydrate 

Water is an important factor in studying.

Hydration is just as important as good nutrition during exam time.  Drinking adequate water will actually improve brain function and help with memory and better focus.

8.  Exercise will give you an advantage

Exercise will give you an advantage at exam time as it improves the heart rate and will actually improve the flow of oxygen to your brain.  If possible, try to get a few minutes of exercise before going in to your exam and this may help to boost your results.

9.  Make Food Your Friend

If you want the edge on other students, don’t reach for the sugary snacks as they will only result in sugar highs and lows.  Wholegrains, oily fish, blueberries, tomatoes, broccoli and nuts are just some of the foods that will benefit your health at exam time.

10.  Use Memory Aids

Whether it’s mnemonics or rhymes, work out the best way for you to remember key facts, no matter what the subject.  If you can memorize a few key facts around the various subjects it will give you a confident start.

Follow these 10 last minute GCSE revision tips and you’ll hopefully reap the rewards at results time!

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