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How to revise for GCSE's : Revision plan, tips and techniques

Updated on April 20, 2014

The Method

Revising for Exams is hard , whether it is a GCSE, A-level or an end of year test. Most of the time its not just one test and it doesn't seem like there is enough time. thats why you need to organize your time well - Here is how.

Have a plan

Like pretty much any website on how to revise , I stress the need for a plan. Write out on a calender how long you are going to revise each subject for. prioritize so that the subjects you need to work on have more time. If writing a plan isn't your thing , there are apple and Android apps available for revision plans.

know it all

Make sure you have covered all the topics in you exam a good way to do this is find your exams specification on and work through it (These are lists of the things you should know written by the examiners) to find your go on to the website of your exam body.

(click for website of AQA , OCR)

or you could work your way through the exercise book that will cover what you need to know and more.

Test your self

This is the most productive way of revising - by doing mocks. Not only are you recalling the information you know but you are also getting used to the kind of questions the examiner will give you. These can also be found with mark schemes on the examining body's website.

Work most on your weak points

if in mocks you are losing marks on one type of question or still don't understand a point , work hard on this topic. You could ask your teacher to go over it with you or look it up on the internet - whatever you would prefer.



How to get the facts in your head.

  • Write it out - your brain registers it more.
  • listen to Pod -casts or audio clips - BBC bite-size revision audio.
  • Write in different colors
  • Test your friends - help them out with their revision too.
  • Test your self on little pieces of flip cards right questions on one side and answers on the other , a great way to improve on word definitions.
  • Type up notes - not only is it clearer than than writing but you can copy images.

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  • Make sure you know what is happening on the day of you exam ( how you are getting to school , where the exam is ) this helps you be less stressed on the day,
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat healthy.
  • If sitting multiple exams have a banana or chocolate bar between to keep your energy levels up.
  • After every 30 minuets of revising have a break - this increases productivity.
  • Relax , worrying won't help.
  • Exercise will help relieve stress.
  • Get a good nights sleep.
  • Get to know the answers for questions that appear in all the mocks.

Here is an idea for a revision plan



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