Since the first GCSE revision thread has appeared, and I know what I was like last year, I have created a thread so you can post tips of how to revise, keep calm etc. If you have any more, then feel free to add them below
GCSE REVISION TIPS
â€¢ It is never too late to start revising. Starting in March/April is usually a good time. Make sure you have a specification for all your subjects (the ones for science are especially useful, as they are like mini revision guides) and ask your teacher for notes on anything youâ€™ve missed
â€¢ Make a revision timetable. Ok, they donâ€™t work for everyone, but you donâ€™t know until youâ€™ve tried it. Even if you make one and only loosely to stick to it, it is better than nothing. Good site for this is www.bbc.co.uk/onelife, go to education > revision > revision planners
â€¢ Your brain can only concentrate for 30-45 minutes, so it is more productive to do lots of little revision sessions than 2 long ones. Have frequent breaks
â€¢ Find how you learn best, and use it to your advantage. Are you a visual, kinaesthetic or auditory learner?
â€¢ Put posters round your room â€“ you sub consciously take them in
â€¢ Make some fun plans for after GCSEs, so you have something to look forward to
â€¢ Get rid of distractions when you revise, turn off phone, make sure family doesnâ€™t interrupt you
â€¢ It is vital you continue to eat and sleep well in the run up to exams, so plenty of fruit and veg, and drink lots of water. It is unlikely that working til the early hours will benefit you in any way.
â€¢ Study with friends. I remember doing Music revision over the phone to a friend. It makes it more enjoyable, and is helpful as one of the best ways to see if you know a topic is to teach it to someone else.
â€¢ Tape GCSE revision programmes. The BBC do some at about 2am, and you can find when these are on the website or in the Radio Times or something. Theyâ€™re not in masses of detail, but can be helpful
â€¢ Be creative with revision by using coloured pens, posters, highlighters
â€¢ Do lots of practice papers. This is one of the best ways to revise. Either do a whole paper and see where you need to improve, or revise a section and then do the questions related with what youâ€™ve just learnt. AQA (www.aqa.org.uk), OCR (www.ocr.org.uk/) and Edxecel (www.edexcel.org.uk) have some practice papers you can download.
â€¢ Mix study with fun! If youâ€™re anything like me, youâ€™ll panic and want to revise all the time, but doing something with friends or going out to eat is just what you need during revision time. A balance is vital.
â€¢ Get subject specific revision guides. CGP are especially good for Science and Collins is good for Maths.
â€¢ If you feel tired/ill or a session isnâ€™t going well, leave it and come back to it later, otherwise itâ€™ll be counterproductive
â€¢ In the exam, take deep breaths before you open the paper. That is the worst time. Always read the question carefully, highlight/annotate things if you need to. Work at your own pace, but keep an eye on the clock. Take water in with you.
â€¢ Use mneumonics and other techniques to remember information. For my Physics exam, I remembered all the equations in some silly long mneumonic which I remembered and as soon as I got into the exam I wrote down on the question paper. I did the same with Maths.
â€¢ Reward yourself, a friend of mine had a strategy, where they'd buy a box of chocolates and for every 200 words of an essay they wrote, they'd have a chocolate.
â€¢ Don't revise all day. Say for a day in the Easter holidays, get up at a reasonable time, say 9, and aim to start work by 10. With the time you have left, work for half, and relax for half. Have an hour for lunch, where you fully relax before going to back to studying.
â€¢ Revision is a good excuse to go and buy some cool stationery
â€¢ Don't watch the clock, rather have aims, but bear in mind your concentration level goes down after 45 minutes. For instance, you could aim to have revised p35 of the revision guide. If it is going well then keep on going, but don't just stare at a page for 30 minutes just because that is when your brain is concentrating
â€¢ Use different media, and vary your revision. One subject, you could watch a video and take notes, the next you could make a poster. My History teacher for AS got us to revise for our first test by giving us a table, and we had to cut it up and stick the things in the table in order of importance. You could make flash cards with questions on one side and answers on the other.