We have been building up to the dreaded GCSE’s for what feels like forever but suddenly it seems to be looming overhead and it is just 58 days until Kian will be sat in an exam hall with his peers.
The mock exams are done and I have to say I am impressed with how Kian coped with them but I know the real exams are more stressful, after all the mock exams are there to see what extra revision is needed.
I have to say his school have been fabulous and at his last parents even we were given a list of revision books that they recommend to assist with his studies which we bought straight away, plus they gave him a revision timetable and have arranged revision sessions for the Easter holidays, but there are still plenty of things he can be doing at home too.
Here are some of our revision tips:
- Using a revision timetable is a great way to organise study time and helps boost your motivation to revise for your exams.
- A tip I learned when I did my exams is to use flashcards for important facts but fill them out using different colours. Whilst using colour makes revision more fun and notes more attention-grabbing, it is also a scientifically studied means of improving memory and recall.
- Mix up study habits and methods by listening to podcasts, watching videos or documentaries or moving to new study area as looking at reams of paper can get boring.
- Mind Maps are particularly helpful for revision as they give you a broad, visual overview of each subject.
- Take regular breaks, eat and drink healthily and get some fresh air. There is nothing worse than sitting in a room all day studying.
- Revision websites can break things up and BBC Bitesize is one of our favourites.
- Quizzes and sample questions are ideal methods for GCSE preparation as they ensure that you are exam ready and confident enough to face your exams. Technology has really come on, even since Abbey did her exams, and online Quizzes can be really helpful as some use a timed function and weighted scoring system which creates an exam-like scenario. Plus they use a mix of questions types and add images to really test yourself. There are even apps for phones now too.
- Using Mnemonics are great for two reasons. Firstly, remembering only one word gives access to many other words without cluttering the short-term memory. Secondly, they give an order or priority to the list of words. (I still remember BIDMAS in mathematics to help remember the order of operations – Brackets, Indices, Division, Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction).
Do you remember what worked for you, or has your child done their GCSE’s?
What worked for you?
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