If you are determined to do your best and get the top grades you deserve… Nothing beats hard-work. Especially when it comes to studying. But there are ways you can guide your brain to remember information easier which supports your ability to learn.
Setting goals is a great place to start, as this will set the tone for the next few months. Start by writing down the GCSE subjects you’re studying for and the grades you want to achieve. Underneath each subject, write out the list of topics you’ll need to understand as well as question formats, techniques and the marking criteria the examiner will be using in the grade band you’re aiming for. Doing this will mean you can plan out your study sessions effectively and keep track of the progress you’re making.
Make a realistic timetable
Putting together a revision timetable can add structure to your revision, helps you manage your time more effectively and can assist you in identifying which GCSE subjects you need to prioritise.
It gives you a clear idea of what subjects and topics you’ll be revising each day and helps you organise your studies around your life.
Take a look at
Getrevising – a free unique revision timetable creator.
Here are some templates if you prefer a handwritten timetable.
A good revision plan should be:
Realistic: everyone has good intentions, but be careful not to set a plan you can’t stick to. Nobody can do 12 hours of revision a day.
Detailed: a good plan breaks revision into chunks, specifies times for studying and assigns each time to a subject or topic.
Flexible: some topics are difficult and may take you longer than you planned. Don’t be afraid to adjust your plan accordingly.
— i.e. months, not days before the exam.
Start early to avoid cramming later. Plan your revision well ahead of time. The longer you give yourself the less pressure you’ll be under throughout the exams and you’ll have time to focus, get help and go over all you need to know.
Switch up your learning styles
Try a variety of different revision techniques — answering practice questions, writing down notes from memory, and using Revision Guides, Flash Cards, Exam Practice Workbooks.
Mix up your study habits and methods by listening to podcasts, watching videos or documentaries, moving to new study area or even something as simple as using different colours for your study notes.
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.
Read up on the pomodoro technique!
Make practice papers your best friend!
One of the biggest recommendations that past GCSE students suggest is to practice questions by doing as many GCSE past papers as you can. Practising past papers will help you get familiar with the:
-Retrieve information quicker
Head over to the Revision Hub to find past papers for your particular exam board!
Keep your phone and other distractions away.
Phones are great, but they’re a one-stop shop for procrastination. Heed our warnings and stick it in a drawer while you’re revising (or give it to your mum to keep away!).
Quizlet provides fun and simple tools to help you revise for your GCSEs. Whatever the subject. Discover millions of flashcard sets created by other students and teachers or easily create your own to personalise your revision. Revise for the new GCSE exams with fun and interactive flashcards, games, diagrams and more.
GCSE Pod– create mindmaps and flashcards, then watch the pods back to consolidate your knowledge. GCSEPod helps the students to recap information from lessons. It can used to revise for exams as pods are short which makes them easy to listen to.
Gojimo is the UK’s most popular revision app used by 1 in 3 GCSE and A level students. It is free app that helps you pass exams. It provides access over 40,000 practice questions for free. Gojimo allows the students to download quizzes for offline use. It also tracks their progress, strengths and weakness across each topics.
Forest: Stay Focused
YouTube binging is a real problem, one innocent film trailer can quickly turn into a four-hour netflix marathon. If you want an app to help you put your phone down you’re going to want to check out Forest. Open the app whenever you sit down to revise and you’ll plant a tree, open your phone again while you’re meant to be revising… the tree dies. Don’t kill the trees.
Headspace – Meditation might sound a bit naff at first, but it can help to calm your nerves and keep you focused during the busy exam period. Headspace is a free download that has a range of themed sessions to help you reduce stress, stay focused and put your mind at ease. If you’re suffering from pre-exam nerves, give meditation a go.