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GCSE and A level students: Start revising now to get ahead of the game

GCSE and A Level Revising

Now that it’s dark and cold outside, what better time than to start revising?

I can hear you all groaning but using a bit of time every week for a revising can go a long way to avoiding a last minute panic next summer. Here’s how:

Make a plan

Organisation is always key. Map out a system that works for you in the long term – for instance, would revising every weekend help? Find a regular time slot that’s convenient and when there are no other distractions. Revising for a short amount of time regularly is much better than a marathon cramming session a few weeks before the exams.

Top Tip: Get yourself set up to revise properly.

Revising as you go

If you revise topics that you’re currently studying it will be easier to retain the information in the long term; so when it comes to your exams you should be able to recall a fair amount of the material and avoid a last minute panic. Mix it up and use bullet points, flash cards, diagrams and any other way that will engage you and help you absorb a topic.

Top Tip: Give retrieval journaling a go.

Practise past questions

Practising past exam papers is a great idea for many reasons. If you find sitting exams nerve wracking then getting used to the format of the papers and working in exam conditions can help ease tensions on the day. If you struggle with timing then practising past papers will help you get into the rhythm and help you gauge how long you should spend on each question. Finally, practising past papers is a great way of finding out where your knowledge gaps are. Once you’ve made a list of the areas you’re not sure on, you know exactly what to revise.

Top Tip: Try box breathing to calm any nerves.

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