Tips for preparing for your GCSEs:

March 21, 2017

 Create a timetable - this one is an absolute must! Not only will it help to structure the time leading up to the exams but it will also break down the task of revising so that it doesn’t feel too big and ominous to tackle. Make sure your revision timetable includes which exams are on, and when, and in which slots you will study each subject on the lead up to the exam.


Make your revision slots the right length for you – some people have the drive to keep on studying for hours in the evenings and at the weekend (that certainly isn’t me). You need to do what works for you. We recommend 1-2 hour slots so that you can remain focused whilst still having a decent enough amount of time to actually get stuck in to revision.


Breaks – you must take breaks; drink, eat, take a walk, listen to music! Just make sure your morning break doesn’t end up with you binging Netflix/Computer games/social media/*insert other addictive activities here*, eating a load of junk food and waking up after a 3 hour long afternoon nap… 5-20 minute breaks are ample.


Learning styles – this gets talked about A LOT when it comes to revision, and yes it is incredibly important to revise using your preferred method (take a look at some learning styles here) but never underestimate the importance of having variety in your learning. If you’re a visual learner, try talking through and teaching what you have learnt to someone else. If you learn through copying out notes, try adding some pictures and diagrams. Basically just mix it up a bit, trust us it will keep things interesting.


Revision space – make yourself a revision area. This can be in your own home or at a library or in school. If it is at home then mark your territory (not in the cat/dog sense of the term) whether it be your disused dining room table or the desk that’s been gathering dust in the study, cordon off the area if possible and stick your revision aids up around you.


Learning with other people – find yourself some other people to study with. I’m not suggesting that this be your only way to revise but try some group or paired revision now and then so that you can test, teach and push each other to learn new things. If of course you end up revising with people who just distract you and you don’t come away from the session more knowledgeable, then you need to think about finding a new revision buddy. Let them down gently though…


Tutoring – Getting a one to one tutor or signing up to group lessons is a great way to gain a good understanding in some of those areas which have left you flummoxed all year at school. Take a look at what we can offer here.

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