As exam time creeps closer we share some expert revision tips that are bound to boost your confidence! We spoke to some students who successfully completed last year’s round of GCSEs to get their top tips on revision.
Here’s what they recommended…
1. Plan, don’t cram!
Plan in advance. Don’t cram! Before you start, make a list of all the topics you need to revise for each subject and then make a daily revision plan. Breaking topics and subjects up so you are not revising a single subject all day really helps you to focus. Revision plans also help guide you; having a timetable to follow means you have a start and finish point. Without this you could feel overwhelmed which may put you off ever starting! Making a plan also helps you to understand how much time you need to dedicate to each subject.
2. Timing is everything
The subjects you feel the least confident in are the ones you need to devote extra time to in order to feel prepared for the exams. And let’s face it, these are often our least favourite subjects, so this is no easy feat! But if you can find your most productive time of the day to concentrate on these, it will seem better. Everyone’s best times are different so it may take a few practise runs to find out when you feel the most focused. Take advantage of these peak times!
3. Revise with friends and family
Meeting with friends for a revision session can be really motivating. Although you need to make sure it doesn’t just turn into a catch up! Being sociable and feeling like you have achieved something will really help spur you on. You can learn from friends, swap notes, test each other and revise creatively e.g. act out a history scene or use the internet for inspiration.
Getting your family to test you will also boost your revision skills. You can find test questions online (all exam boards have past papers available online) for many subjects or better still, write your own!