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GCSE Revision Tips

If you’re determined to get as many top grades as possible when you open your GCSE results, you may be searching for better ways to revise for your exams to make sure you get there. Nothing beats hard-work, especially when it comes to studying, but there are ways you can guide your brain to remember information easier which supports your ability to learn.

We have gathered the best revision techniques from past GCSE students who have overcome the exam stress to achieve top class results and help you understand how you can learn better to improve your GCSE results.

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Delve into the best practice advice and tips below to optimise your study time leading up to your GCSE exams at the end of Year 11.

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1. Create a Revision Timetable

Building a revision timetable can add structure to your revision techniques and help you identify which GCSE subjects you need to prioritise to get better marks.

Creating a revision timetable is a great way to organise your study time, plus it also helps boost your motivation to revise for your exams. Recognising a need for a revision timetable means that you have already made a great start to combat exam stress.

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2. Practice, Practice, Practice

One of the biggest recommendations that past GCSE students suggest is to practice questions by doing as many GCSE past papers as you can.

Practising past papers will help you get familiar with the:

  • Exam format
  • Question style
  • Time pressure
  • Retrieve information quicker
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3. Collaborate with Classmates in Groups

If you find your coursework too much to tackle alone, then why not enlist the help and support of other students? Create or join online study Groups and connect with thousands of GCSE students in any all of the subjects you are studying. This will allow you to fully prepare for your GCSEs as well as enrich your learning by exploring the thoughts and ideas of others.

Interacting with other students will also help you improve your communication and collaboration skills. And in addition, you and your classmates can also test one another’s knowledge and level of progress!

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4. Take Regular Study Breaks

Do you feel stressed, tired and that no new information is entering your head? There is no point forcing yourself to study for hours upon hours as this will not result in a positive outcome.

Taking regular study breaks and exercising is proven to engaging your brain in studying and improve your exam performance in the long-run. Exercise is a powerful enabler which boosts your brain’s ability to be productive so don’t underestimate how important it is to take the stairs rather than the lift!

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5. Understand Your Learning Style

Everyone thinks that there is a best way to study but the reality is that each person is different. Once you understand your learning style and revision techniques by deciding if you are a visual, auditory, reading/writing or kinaesthetic learner, then remembering and recalling new information will become much easier.

Practice will also tell you if you work better studying during the night or in the morning/daytime.

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6. Variety is the Spice of Life!

Mix up your study habits and methods by listening to podcasts, watching videos or documentaries, moving to new study area or even something as simple as using different colours for your study notes.

This is different to the other GCSE revision tips mentioned here as it encourages you to try a few different things to see what fits for you. Your brain will recall where you were or how you revised for a topic which will help you remember more information. Give it a go!

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7. Use Mind Maps to Connect Ideas

If you find it difficult to remember tons of new study notes, Mind Maps may be the key to improving your memory. The theory behind mind mapping explains that making associations by connecting ideas helps you to memorise information easier and quicker. There are much more benefits to using Mind Maps for learning including being able to map out your curriculum, develop GCSE concepts in-depth and create sample exam answers.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Mind maps can be an effective study tool, take a look at our GCSE Mind Maps page which is packed full of reasons to use this study aid and how you can apply them to your revision.

8. Day of Your GCSE Exam

The day of your exam can be the most stressful of the entire examination experience but there are ways which you can minimise your anxiety such as avoiding panicking friends and giving yourself plenty of time to get to the test centre on time.

Also don’t underestimate the power of eating a healthy breakfast the day of your exams!

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9. Adapt for Different GCSE Subjects

It may seem obvious but many students try to study for different subjects using the same study methods. Your GCSE revision techniques should take account of the difference between your subjects and the challenges they represent.

For example, Flashcards are an ideal study aid to help you prepare for a language exam where you need to remember key terms. Also, an Online Quiz is a great way to test your GCSE Maths skills with sample questions.

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If you’re stressed and feeling worried about your upcoming exams, try these GCSE revision tips to ease your mind!

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