I realise that this post is slightly late for those poor Year 11 that have just sat their 20-something GCSE exams! So, this post is aimed at Year 10s (going into Year 11 in September) or below! I’ve been meaning to write a post about GCSEs for a while, but something else always came up, but I’ve finally got round to it now! Yay! I’m going to do another post in the future about CHOOSING your GCSEs, but in the post I am going to cover everything I believe you need to know about revising for your GCSEs:
How To Revise For GCSE
I just want to get it clear that it is not the end of the world if you don’t do as well as expected at GCSE, you can re-sit the important ones without any problems. But please, if you know you want to do a certain course at college (or similar) and you need certain grades, you need to know that You. Need .To .Work .For .It! Honestly, you’ll get what you work for. That’s rule number one of GCSEs! Even if you don’t know what you want to do at college, or after GCSEs, I’ll assume you have some idea of the grades you want to get – at least. GCSEs are a HUGE deal at the time but as soon as you start A Level, they feel like nothing!
As for revising for them, my number one tip would be to revise as you go! I WISH I did this for my GCSE! I’m now doing it for my A Levels and honestly life is so much easier! As soon as you start GCSE content, start making those revision aids, be it posters, flashcards or condensed notes – they will save your life. Continue it all year! It will be hard work, I never said it’d be totally easy, but it will be worth it in the end honestly! I became ill two weeks before my recent transfer exam for A Level and if I hadn’t had revised as I went all year, I definitely would have failed. (See my results HERE)
Another super top tip for revising for GCSE is to make it exciting. Yes, it might be some super boring RE or Physics module but you’re going to have to learn it whether you like it or not! I used to change the lyrics of songs or make board games out of some of my GCSE revision! The more quirky it is, they more likely it is to stick in your head without you even knowing!
A boring but effective way to aid your revision is practise/past papers! They literally tell you the sort of things that you’re likely to be asked. The more you do, the more that the real exam will just feel like you’re doing another practise paper and you’ll be much calmer (it honestly works!). You’ll be able to get practise questions from your textbook/revision guides and past papers online from your exam board website. Many schools put past/practise papers up on their student site/VLE/Moodle as well, or you could ask your teachers! They’ll like that you’re being keen. Most teachers will offer to mark/go though them with you too! If your teacher is rubbish, don’t be afraid to ask a different one. Your grade shouldn’t be determined by how well your teacher can do their job!
My final few points are to firstly manage your time, and secondly think of your end goal! You need to make sure you leave adequate time to revise, but not revise all the time. Seeing your friends is important too! Or maybe you can revise together, that can be fun too! Use results day/your future a level course/future career to motivate you. You know what you want and you know you’ll be really happy when you get what you want so if you work now, you’ll get that later!
My final, final point is good luck to anyone starting GCSE course/final years this September! And good luck to anyone collecting GCSE/A Level results this August!
I understand that this is quite a boring post but I think that some of the points I mentioned were really important. You may also find it useful to look at some of my other posts including 6 Ways To Stay Organised (for time management and planning revision around other exams etc.), My Top Ten Revision Tips, My Studying Essentials and 5 Ways To Stay Productive! You may also want to look at 5 Ways To Deal With Stress. And as I said, I will do a post about choosing GCSEs and A Levels soon too!
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you’d like to see my GCSE results, look at THIS post
Thanks for reading- Do you know anyone starting GCSEs soon?