We put a call out for GCSE student revision tips and hacks and the response has been amazing. We’re pulling together our definitive guide but in the meantime, we thought we’d share a selection of some of the best advice you’ve shared with us so far.
There are so many GCSE student revision tips out there. How do you sort the wheat from the chaff? We thought the best way to do this was to go directly to you, the students and get as many of you as possible to contribute to our guide. Of course, we’re an Ai company so we expect to add a few gems of science into the mix and hopefully we can create a blueprint that’s both flexible and should work for every student.
Virtually everyone who responded is studying for their GCSE’s but a number of these tips are universal. We’ve grouped them into various categories to help you get organised. The first of which is about getting organised!
If you haven’t shared your tips yet head over to our survey here
Top tips for getting organised
Making lists and creating timetables feature highly here, one of the best tips we’ve had is:
“Placing all your weakest topics at the top of the to-do list. I did this by highlighting my weak topics in red, the best in green and then ones okay in yellow in each subjects, then went to work to finish all the red ones before going onto the yellows.”
Not only is it a great way to organise revision and have a clear set of tasks to accomplish. But it also focuses time on weaknesses first. Even a minor improvement in weaker subjects can have a major impact on results and this is a great approach to achieve that.
Another great tip was:
“I have put up maths posters and physics equations in my bathroom so when I brush my teeth I can see it.”
Having constant reminders of the basic knowledge you’ll need to memorise is a great way to keep them fresh in your mind.
It’s been proven that consistently revisiting a particular topic over a period of time is a great way to absorb and most importantly retain knowledge.
Memorising the subject matter
Even for subjects like maths where there’s an big emphasis on understanding principles and applying the knowledge there’s still a fair amount of content to remember. For some subjects memorising is vital. Practise questions, flash cards and mind maps all feature. We loved this tip:
“For quotes and equations, set it as your phone background and lock screen until you’ve memorised it, then change to a new one”
Let’s face it, you probably look at your phone a lot. If you’re a visual learner then this is a great way to keep reminding yourself.
Another student was keen to share the idea that before you embark on a certain approach, it’s a good idea to figure out what kind of learner you are. Some learn visual, others need to continually practice. If you can figure out what works you can then avoid a revision approach that doesn’t really suit you.
GCSE student revision tips always include practice questions. But rather than just tell you to do them, we wanted to find out what questions you do and where you get them. The obvious place to look is at past papers. We were also recommended Seneca amongst other revision websites, there’s loads out there.
Shameless plug – The virtual maths tutor we’ve created is a great place to practice questions.
Anything that makes your brain actually work is proven to be a more superior way to learn and retain knowledge. It’s why practice questions always feature highly on a list of GCSE revision tips.
This is definitely an area worth spending time reviewing when you revise. Understanding the marks schemes and examiners notes is important, as it will help you shape your answers towards what they are looking for to award better marks. In fact some students swear by this even above tons of revision. We’re not sure we would advocate that drastic an approach, but each to their own!
Some great advice:
“Always look through the mark scheme and identify the keywords and phrases they use regularly from all past papers.”
“Read over the mark scheme whenever you finish any test. It helps you understand what they expect you to write and the wording along with it.”
There are some great tips here and we’ve only just scratched the surface as more and more GCSE student revision tips roll in. You can keep up to date with the latest tips and advice on improving your maths and how you revise in our monthly newsletter, just sign-up below.
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