Top Tips for GCSE | A Level Exam Revision

March 7, 2017

 

The time is flying by and with so many of our students preparing for their GCSE, A Level and University exams, we thought it would be useful to write a blog post on some of the ways you can organise and plan your revision.

 

What do you need:

 

1. A Notepad

How to use it:

Divide the notepad into as many equal sections as the amount of subjects you have exams for.

* Separate them with the divider stickers. 

* On the first two pages of each subject, construct a table with 4 columns. The first column will include the individual subject topics.

The second column - revision covered for the topic (in the row only include a tick if the topic has been covered)

The third column - topic worksheet practiced (in the row only include a tick if the worksheet has been completed)

The fourth column - Exam questions (only tick if you have completed a set amount of exam styled questions for that topic).

 

The third and the fourth column can be substituted for essay practice or any equivalent method of exam preparation.

The notepad should help you keep on track of the revision and ensure you have not missed out any topics.

 

2. Revision Calendar 

How to use it:

* Divide the calendar into days of the week and the available time you have to study.

* Be honest with your time and include small breaks (max 15 minutes or 30 minutes for lunch/dinner)

* Aim for 45 minutes to 1 hour per study slot.

 

3. Focus on ONE thing

How:

Often times student panic and skip from topic to topic or subject to subject. This is NOT efficient. You must practice by focusing on one topic at a time, if you have decided to revise Maths for an hour then please stick to the subject until it is time to move on to the next subject. 

 

4. Eliminate Distractions

How:

Clean your desk. Ideally you should only have on your desk:

*A pencil Case (Calculator if needed)

*Workbook and the textbook for the subject you are studying

*Water

 

Things to avoid:

*Other subject books - to resist the temptation to jump onto other more favourable subjects

*Food - try to resist food during the study time and only eat in your breaks

*Any fun toys which you could unconsciously play around with. Avoid! Avoid! Avoid!

 

5. Believe

Last but not least, do not give up when things get hard. If you stumble on a topic which is challenging, don't ignore the topic, instead seek for help. This could either be via your school teacher, private tutor or other sources but do not ignore it. Each topic which you avoid could cost you up to 10 marks!

 

We hope the above is helpful! If you have any questions and need help to prepare, feel free to contact us on enquiries@powertutors.co.uk and we will be more than happy to answer any questions to our best ability.

 

Good Luck Everyone!

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