Exams are just around the corner
For many GCSE students, this week marks the return back to school after a deserved Easter holiday. It also comes with the sudden realisation that exams begin in a month, and you’ve forgotten absolutely everything. Firstly, don’t panic. Use this opportunity to take a deep breath in and out; reassure yourself that everything will be OK. Secondly, here’s some crucial tips for maximising your revision in preparation for the Summer exams.
If you haven’t already, organise a revision timetable with your tutor. Mapping out subjects across a calendar or diary will help plan what topics to cover and when. Having so much work to do over a short period can feel overwhelming, leading to a defeatist attitude. Breaking this down into smaller chunks will make revising feel manageable and helps to develop a consistent routine. Moreover, this consistency ensures you’re covering each subject too, not just focusing on your strongest or least favourite.
Curriculum Tick List
Having mentioned strengths and weaknesses, it can be easy to hone in on the extremes and forget the rest. Websites such as Corbettmaths or revise4science provide full coverage on each individual topic, helping to fill in any gaps. Don’t worry, not every line requires the same amount of time, and some can be ticked off together. Being able to show your progress like this will help motivate you in wanting to finish off the list. Furthermore, they can be implemented within the revision timetable for more structured planning. Remember to allow time for breaks!
Now that you’re organised with which subject matters to cover and when, we’re in the position to ask questions. Whether it’s during class or one-to-one with your tutor, you’ll be able to ask specific queries and receive clear answers. Linking back to making revision more manageable, discussing a tricky step or piece of analysis will lead to more efficient learning. Additionally, tutors can then tailor sessions to your needs effectively without wasting precious time. There’s no need to struggle on a question by yourself – ask for assistance!
The closest experience to an exam is past papers, as you will have found out with your mocks. Past papers highlight the types of questions that could come up, whilst providing methods on how to answer them. Therefore, they should be the main source to revise from to fully prepare as we reach the last couple of weeks. Set your tests under exam conditions as well, allowing you to fully focus and familiarise yourself with the atmosphere. Don’t burden yourself with too many past papers in one week and collaborate with your tutor by marking them together.
In conclusion, by implementing this four-point strategy into your routine, you’ll be clued up again in no time. Past papers are vital to the revision process, and a curriculum checklist means no nasty surprises will come up. Schedule your time accordingly to find the right balance and ask your tutor and teachers for help if you get stuck.
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