Thursday 15th February 2018
Current King Ed’s students share their advice on getting ready for your GCSE’s….
1) Whilst revising particular subjects or topics, try eating a food with a distinctly strong flavour. Then later, before your exam for that subject, eat that food again and you'll associate the taste with everything you learnt during your revision and be able to remember exactly what you need.
2) Don't overly stress about GCSEs, they are important but it isn’t the end of the world if you don't get the grades you expect.
3) Don't compare yourself or your way of revising to those around you. Everyone learns differently and at different paces.
4) Aim to do a little bit of revision every day, if you expect too much of yourself then you will always end up disappointed and annoyed you haven't done what you feel is enough – something is better than nothing. Be realistic about revision goals.
5) If you're aiming for the highest grades, it never hurts to do a bit of extra reading around your subject, especially for things like English or History. The examiner won’t expect you to know every possible thing related to what you're talking about. But if you develop extra knowledge, it will help your understanding and even impress the marker by making you stand out amongst other students
6) Try and think of fun ways to revise, no-one enjoys sitting at a desk for hours on end no matter what your teachers might say…….
7) When you say ‘I will revise tomorrow’... tomorrow can extend to a few weeks which can end up to the dreaded cramming right before the exam! To avoid that...Start now! You can thank me later…..
8) Eat a lot of fish. Or walnuts. Or spinach. They're all high in omega 3 and supposedly that helps your brain function. At the very least it's an excuse to eat fish and chips three times a week. Maybe.
9) Motivation is one of the biggest obstacles to overcome when trying to revise. If you have no motivation to start your revision, tell yourself that you are only going to do 5 minutes of revision. Pretty soon you will lose track of the time and you would have got so much done.
10) Practice past papers and learn from the mark scheme. This will give you the most realistic prediction of what you are most likely to get and also teach you how to structure your answer so that you get full marks.
11) Go into each exam with the mind-set of 'I either get the grades or I don't, it's not the end of the world'. See the exams as an opportunity to demonstrate your skills.
12) Make sure the environment you revise in is suitable – a quiet, comfortable workspace. Bad places to revise include roller-coasters, swamps, and refrigerators.
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