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GCSE Revision Tips
Firstly, there is no getting around the basic memory principles that:
The 4 key memory processes (required for GCSE revision)
- Material is initially processed in short-term memory
- Understanding the material eases this first memory process – as well as the…
- Follow-on memory process of transferring learned material into long-term memory
- Revision is the process of going over and repeating summaries of the same material. This helps to transfer material into long-term memory (memory stage 3 above). In fact, memory stages 3 and 4 work best if material is revised the first time the same time so aim to write your revision notes the same day. Then next to go over a second time within the same week. Depending upon the individual the material should be stored within long-term memory.
- Now the only memory process required is recall – the retrieval of what’s been learned and memorized from within one’s long-term memory. A quick recap the day before an exam should suffice.
GCSE Revision planning
It’s helpful for a tutor to make an initial assessment of a pupil’s current ability level in the GCSE subject(s) they specialize in.
Ask your GCSE tutor to advise on the necessary frequency of tutorials and specific revision targets for the following week.
GCSE revision tips
Time Management for GCSE Revision
This may be the first time a pupil has needed to practice/revise for a ‘life-changing’ exam. Learning some time management principles is therefore key.
There is a popular misconception that the more you revise in a day, the more effective it is. This concept is wrong, rather, it would be better to take small revision sessions during the day. Even so, if an individual finds it easier to revise for two 30-minute sessions – rather than one 60-minute session, then that’s fine.
GCSE Revision Flashcards
– Referring to a list of key topics – either online or provided by a specialist GCSE tutor.
– Making notes on one topic at a time.
– Always time your revision session(s). Plus,
track your GCSE revision progress. In combination these two revision tips will help you to stay productive.
The GCSE revision flashcards technique:
– Formulates the laws of repetition and trains our brain to work effectively. The flashcard technique
– Comes with a simple query in the front and an answer on the back. Flashcards engage active recall and can be recommended easily to someone who is looking forward to better their techniques for revising.
– Helps GCSE students to practice the same information over and over again and practice will always make an individual perfect. However, it is noted that flashcards must have a key term on one side and the answer/definition or description on the other side.
Revision tips for GCSE exams
Colour pen GCSE revision technique
This is another effective and popular revision technique – especially combined with flashcards. From working with the many students using the colour pen revision method, we advise:
– Using 3-4 different coloured pens as the most efficient approach. It avoids becoming overly colour, or design-focused…
– Rather than keeping the main focus on identifying key points with the actual revision material!
– Choose the topic or unit and then set the time that you’re going to spend on revising that.
– Then as soon as you’ve finished highlighting a section, go back over the highlights.
– Spend 10 minutes revising it and using two-color pens to write and mark any changes that they are making. The same process should be continued such as ten minutes of recall and ten minutes of checking. This will be effective during exams as our brain does not recognize the information, it recalls it. The most important step towards active revision is that students should always be recalling the information that they are learning initially.
GCSE exam board websites
Using the exam board websites and reviewing tests will also build an idea about the exams in the mind of the students, which in turn will improve their thinking capability during exams.
Managing pre-exam stress
Efficient revision is the key to managing exam stress. At the same time, a realistic expectation that nothing is guaranteed. It’s ill-advised to assume that a student has to pass.
Always try to stay calm throughout your 11 plus / 13+ exam. Even if the answer seems initially unknown. you should expect some questions that challenge your thinking. Even if the answer seems initially unknown. you should expect some questions that challenge your thinking.
Combining all of the above-discussed methods, GCSE students can be prepared for some of the most important school exams of their lives.
GCSE revision tips
GCSEs, or the General Certificate of Secondary Education, is a particular type of examination conducted in Wales, England, Northern Ireland and elsewhere around the world. These exams are usually taken by 15- and 16-year-old students after studying for two years. They are also used to mark their graduation from the phase 4 stage of secondary education.
GCSE Revision prep
Revision for GCSE exams is essential as it helps the students to memorise figures, topics, facts and methodologies that they have studied. This process also helps to enhance their confidence level and lessen anxiety. Some students find these tests tougher than others, however, it is possible to achieve good grades in GCSE exams if revision is started three months before.
The students can also prepare themselves for GCSE revision by setting detailed goals. It is very important to identify areas of weaknesses and put goals in place accordingly as this will support them in their studies for the next few months. The students can further set their goals by looking at the marking criteria.
These show them what the boards are searching for and what they should study in order to obtain specific scores. It is also essential for the students to create a revision timetable. With the help of said timetable they can add structure to their lessons and organise the time according to their schedule.
Accelerated learning techniques for GCSE test prep
Accelerated learning is a specific method of teaching that builds an environment where students can retain and absorb ideas in a way that is more effective than the traditional method of learning. Various accelerated learning techniques help students in the process of preparing for GCSE exams.
Organising GCSE revision notes
Revision notes for GCSE include keywords, definitions and terms, and other important elements. For this reason, the students need to organise their notes carefully as per their daily lessons so they can easily locate their topics later and read over the details during their revision time. To efficiently organise revision notes, students need to create a table of contents. The students can develop a full overview of the revision notes’ contents and then easily jump into their desired subject.
Making effective notes
Making effective notes for GCSE revision is a very important part of this process. During learning sessions, making effective notes can help the pupils to focus and to better understand major concepts. The process of effective note-taking will also enhance their active listening, retention and comprehension of the subjects.
These notes are essential for evaluation and analysing class material so they can train themselves properly for the exams. Effective notes can save energy and time, as well as reducing mistakes far better than normal insufficient and disordered notes.
GCSE Memory techniques
Memory techniques help the learners to develop their working memory and their long-term memory.
GCSE students can use different memory techniques whilst preparing for GCSE exams. Some of the well-known memory techniques include storytelling, repetition, chunking, mind maps, etc. With the help of these techniques, the students can hold onto their learning long enough to use it.
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GCSE Practice testing
With this particular learning technique, the students can intentionally set practice sessions and challenge themselves to remember what they have learned throughout the lessons without any help.
The positive side of the practice test is that it allows learners to identify their mistakes, provides opportunities to rectify these and to memorise the correct answers.
Practice testing helps the students with their studies by highlighting their weak points so they can successfully work on these areas. Practice testing also lets the students shift their learning outcomes from short-term to long-term memory.
Self-explanation is one of the commonest and most effective learning techniques that students may use in their GCSE revision. In this particular technique, the students usually explain what they have learned during the sessions to themselves.
This process is more suitable when studying theoretical and academic material. Students who are self-explainers train themselves just like their teachers. This method will help them to become aware of detailed concepts that they have not noticed before throughout their studies.
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