Step 1 – Get prepared.
You should know which subjects you are going to have exams in!! In order to prepare adequately you need to know the exam board and course code of each qualification you are revising for.
Check that you know exactly what you have to revise. This will maximise your effort. For each subject speak to your teachers and explore exam board web sites so that you:
- understand the demands of the syllabus
- completed some past papers
- read the examiners reports
Be very clear about the knowledge and skills you are being assessed on and how the exam will do this.
Make sure you know how many papers you will be sitting, and what topics/skills are being assessed by each paper.
Step 2 – Get organised.
Know the dates and times you examinations will take place, so you know how long you have to revise and how best to plan your revision schedule.
Create a work space at home with all your revision materials to hand and away from distractions – including electronic devices and TVs.
Organise your time to ensure a balance between revision, other commitments and relaxation time. Produce a revision timetable, or plan that encourages and motivates you to spend the appropriate amount of time on each subject.
Step 3 – Get Started 🙂
Mix up your study habits and methods
Your revision should take account of the difference between your subjects and the challenges they represent.
For example, flashcards are an ideal study aid to help you prepare for a Spanish or French and exams such as Science where you need to remember key definitions. An online quiz could be a great way to test your Maths skills. You may need to practice your writing skills for subjects like English, History and Geography,
Listen to podcasts, watch videos or documentaries, move to new study area or even something as simple as using different colours for your study notes.
Your brain will recall where you were or how you revised for a topic which will help you remember more information.
Take regular breaks
Do you feel stressed, tired and that no new information is entering your head?
There is no point forcing yourself to study for hours upon hours as this will not result in a positive outcome. Taking regular study breaks and exercising is proven to engaging your brain in studying and improve your exam performance in the long-run.
Practice Practice Practice
One of the biggest recommendations that past GCSE students recommend is to do as many GCSE past papers as you can. Practising past papers will help you get familiar with the exam format, question style, time pressure and overall improve your ability to retrieve information quicker.
Understand your own learning style
There are loads of ways to revise and each person is different. Once you understand whether you are a visual, auditory, reading/writing or kinaesthetic learner, then remembering and recalling new information will become much easier. Practice will also tell you if you work better studying during the night or in the morning/daytime.