Revising for your GCSEs

Getting ready for your GCSEs doesn’t have to be as daunting as you might imagine.
Below, you’ll find some top tips to help you make the most of your preparation time, plus a list of helpful links.

Planning a revision programme

• Start in good time
• Spread out the range of subjects
• One or two subjects per evening
• Time for relaxation
• Allow days off (unless close to exams)
• Chunk your revision time
• Revision Timetable & Exam details
• Half-hour or one hour slots

‘Chunking’ your revision

If you study for a long period, there is only one beginning and one end. Your attention drops in between and you remember less. But if you divide that one long period into three short ones, you have three beginnings and three endings. So you remember more.

 

Organisation

• Organise a quiet space to work at home
• Organise materials needed to revise
• Ask teachers for list of topics to revise
• Make time to revise

Revision Techniques

• Play to your strengths, using the learning styles that suit you best.
• Know what to revise for each subject and each paper.
• Key terms
• Self-testing
• Mind Maps & Spider Diagrams
• Pair/group work – teach what you’ve learned to a friend!

Dealing with stress

• It can be positive!
• Find someone you can talk to.
• Build exercise into your revision programme.
• Make some time for yourself.
• Eat well.
• Positive Mental Attitude.
• Work in a tidy, organised environment

Revising for your GCSEs: Using the Internet

Managing your revision

Knowing that you’ve organised your revision and have a plan of action can be a tremendous relief. If you plan a revision timetable carefully, you can manage your workload, plan time to relax, play sports or whatever you like to do to unwind, and reward yourself for working hard.
The following sites offer useful tips on how to revise and how to plan your own revision timetable.
www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels
This BBC website had lots of tips on how to revise.
www.activerevision.com
An excellent website by Collins, the educational publishers. Includes a revision timetable creator that does some of the work for you! It takes a couple of minutes to register, but is worth the effort.
www.s-cool.co.uk/article_
Student-friendly tips on how to prepare for your exams without getting stressed

Revision skills

Use these links for revision tips and skills.
www.gcse.com/revision.htm Three pages of revision tips for GCSE Students
www.revision-notes.co.uk/GCSE Short, sweet revision notes on a range of subjects.

Learning and testing yourself

What do you do if you missed vital lessons, or weren’t paying attention, or lost the notes? It’s not too late to catch up on missed topics, if you know where to look.
www.activerevision.com
An excellent website by Collins, the educational publishers. Great online tests to help you check your knowledge in English, Maths and Science. It takes a couple of minutes to register, but is worth the effort.
www.s-cool.co.uk/subject_index.
S-Cool revision guides cover Biology, Chemistry, English, Food Tech, French, Geography, Maths, PE and Physics.
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/
The BBC’s site has revision sessions for a wide range of subjects, presented as games, puzzles and short learning exercises.

Revision links for all subjects

Use these links to find out information on all subjects.
http://revisioncentre.co.uk
Useful topic summaries for a wide range of GCSE subjects.
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize
The BBC’s site has revision sessions for a wide range of subjects, presented as games, puzzles and short learning exercises.
www.revisiontime.com/gCSE.htm
Web portal of revision websites for lots of subjects.
www.gcse.com
Revision notes on English, French, ICT, Maths and Physics
www.vuevue.com/connection.php
Revision games. There are currently two mathematics products, three science products available in physics, chemistry and biology, and two design and technology products available in resistant materials and food technology.
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/games
A selection of fun games to test your knowledge in a range of subjects. Great for when your brain’s getting bored.
www.sparknotes.com
Revision guides on a range of subjects – stick with the free ones!