GCSE Revision Tips

Like many other people in your situation your GCSEs are looming and thought of getting through them let alone gaining the grades you need to get the PS4 off your parents as a reward seems so far away. But fear not, everyone learns in different ways and there are lots of different techniques to suit you and get you ready for the big day, or days! Everyone is good at different things, finding the right revision method and techniques that you’re comfortable with can make all the difference.

Here are our top tips to get you in the zone for your GCSEs.

1. (Don’t) Get your freak on!

Fail to prepare then prepare to fail. As if you haven’t heard that before, but it’s true! Planning ahead and preparing how you will approach your GCSEs will help stop you freaking out when the time comes. Taking control of your exams will reduce stress and improve concentrations. Try and get your exam dates as soon as you can, and then work backwards from there in terms of what subjects to revises first. If you can start early and make a revision plan then this will help avoid cramming it all in at the end, as well as reduce the amount of energy drinks you need.

2. Priorities

Once you know your exam timetable this will allow you to prioritise what to revise first. The temptation is to revise your favourite subject because this is what your good at or enjoy doing. But by prioritising the subjects that need a lot more work or attention can help with your focus and stop you wasting your time on things you already know!

3. Find your golden time

Figure out when you're most productive and schedule your revision then. It will vary from person to person and if it's 6am in the morning, so be it! Just make sure you catch up on your sleep the next day.

4. Pace yourself

You'll revise far easier if you take your time and pace yourself. Organise revision into small sessions up to 30 minutes with regular breaks to eat, drink, relax and just have some general time away from it all.

5. Teach friends or family

Teaching others is perhaps one of the best ways to actually revise and learn yourself. Get with a group of friends and see who needs help on what topics and teach each other or as a group. You can also grab a friend or family member who doesn't do your course and give them a lesson to help your revision.

6. Make flash cards

Flash cards are bitesize revision notes that you can look at and refer back to in a bid to make things sink in. Even if you don't actually use them that often, the process of making them is itself helpful in helping your memory.

7. Ask for help

Never be afraid to ask for help be it from teachers, friends or even online forums, almost certainly someone else has the same query.

8. Create an exam day cheat sheet

Finally draw up an exam day cheat sheet: A piece of A5 or A4 paper that contains key facts, formula, ideas or keywords you need to make sure you remember and have sunk in. Customise it for yourself to feature what you're struggling with and be sure to take it with you on the day of the exam to refer to before you sit the paper 9. Reward yourself! All work and no play will make for a VERY stressed out student so reward self with whatever you want for, say, every hour of revision you complete. It can be time on Facebook, games or just food!

Good luck!