Getting great GCSE results takes a lot of hard work and self-determination. What you don’t need is unnecessary stress and wasted time - so we’ve put together 7 top tips for GCSE revision. Keep these in mind when planning your child’s study schedule, and they may get the grades they’ve been striving for.
#1. Learn the Format, and Practice
The format of exam papers, especially for GCSE’s, are a challenge in of themselves. You can learn every fact and formula for a subject, but unless you try past exam papers and learn how to master the question format, it’ll just be unfocused revision.
#2. Make Pacing a Focus
Every year, many students come to exams with all the knowledge they need, but end up getting beaten by the clock. Know how much time to spend on a single question, and always answer practice papers with a timer at hand.
#3. Set Rewards & Goals
The big trap when revising is to rely on “breaks” that are unfocused. Sure, you’ll always need time away from the books, but going out with friends or watching a movie should be your reward for reaching certain study goals, and not an escape.
#4. Make Your Own Notes - Don’t Copy
Cue cards and notes are a time-tested revision tool. Problem is, if you copy verbatim from the textbook, you won’t retain the information. Make sure all your facts are noted down from your memory. You can also design and add your own diagrams, flowcharts etc. as additional reminders.
#5. Don’t go it alone
Whilst it will be just you in the exam chair, other students can be the best aid when revising. Aside from just pure motivation, collaborating with classmates will help you share resources, and discover novel solutions to difficult questions you might be stuck on.
#6. Eat Healthily
A healthy mind needs healthy food. As tempting as it can be to retire to your desk with a packet of crisps, you should instead be eating regular helpings of fruit, fibre and protein rich foods. Missing meals is also a big no-no.
#7. Sleep Regularly
Coffee cups stained from overuse.
The sunrise coming into view...these are typical images of an all-night study session.
A lack of sleep befalls many University students every year, but for younger GCSE students it should be avoided at all costs. Sleep is vital for concentration. If you don’t plan well in advance, and go to bed at regular hours, then you’ll inevitably arrive at your exam exhausted and with a heavily reduced chance of passing.