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    I'm so frightened of my upcoming exams and I don't think I have done efficient revision. I was so indolent for the past few days and yesterday, instead of attending a revision session, I just skipped and went to get my nails done instead. I have no motivation and even though my mum booked me two holidays as an incentive, I STILL lack in productivity. I'm especially scared for my English exam, Maths and Ancient history (I don't know anyone who can help me with this subject!). So far 50% of my English language is at a solid A+ but I'm scared for English lit because I'm terrible at remembering or memorising quotes. For my mocks I got a A for English lit and a B for language which I'm aiming for in my actual mocks.
    Also Maths. I really really need to get a C in maths. I'm not even focussing on Science in order to pass maths. Can anyone tell me what to do for maths? I've nearly done every pass paper and my tutor is even saying I'm improving which is great. Are there sites or past papers that are not official but are helpful for gcse?
    For Ancient History, I'm sure I'll just do a bit of revision but I couldn't care less for it. It's incrediblly time consuming, hindering me from revising other subjects. Plus it's half a GCSE. Pfftt.
    My sister, who's now in Uni told me that for GCSES you could literally start revising end of april and you'll still get good grades. Any A-level students agree?
    Thanks in advance and good luck children!!!


    Motivation: Just remember results day, you don't wanna be holding a paper with rubbish grades.

    English Language: (these are my tips for the AQA exam board, possibly similar to WJEC?)
    • Practise your writing skills by writing different types of texts
    • Read books to build your vocabulary
    • Read the newspaper daily and analyse them
    • Watch Mr Bruff's videos on YouTube
    English Literature: (same as above, tips for the AQA exam board)
    • Make sure you are confident with the books you are studying
    • Summarise the books you know in bullet points and check if you have covered each important section
    • Analyse every single thing in every poem, each little bit has a meaning
    • Try to compare different poems
    And of course, past papers.
    Not sure which exam board you're doing but these are specifically for AQA, however these tips can be used for many exam boards.

    Here's some tips for your Maths GCSE: All I can say is past paper questions. Only start doing the past paper questions once you are sure you have covered every topic.
    • Work through the ExamSolutions videos if you ever feel you feel like you are stuck on any section
    • Feel free to post in the TSR GCSE Maths Forum if you are unsure about something (make sure provide the question and what you have already done)
    • Do every single past paper
    • Mark your papers and see where you have gone wrong
    • Look to do IGCSE papers once you have done all of the GCSE ones
    • Summarise the content of each module on one sheet of paper and memorise this
    • Condense events into 3 bullet points [Linking with the point above]
    • Make a list of significant events and their dates and highlight each one you manage to remember
    • Do every single past paper question
    • Plan your essays with bullet points within a minute
    • Time yourself when doing essays
    • Practice writing really fast
    You can always use the TSR Study Resources for any subject, pretty helpful revision material on there. Also there is a very useful Study Planner on TSR which you may use, if you find that timetables are something you don't stick to then make a list of things to do per day/week and tick it off as you go along.

    Check out these awesome revision tips by a fellow TSR user.

    If you need any help TSR is a great platform to ask on. I can help best with your GCSE Mathematics if you like, so you can PM me whenever. What other subjects do you do I may be able to help?
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    Thank you so much! This is great information. Helping me with Maths would be really nice too!

    Don't panic! You've still got quite a lot of time left (Even if it doesn't feel like it!) Start revision now and work everyday up until the exams and you'll get exactly what you want

    I really need that C in maths as well I use mathswatch and revise the topic I am weak and then use http://keshmaths.com/gcse-maths-takeaway-3/ to do a few questions on them that site has all the questions that has ever came up for that topic. Also each day as a starter maybe in the morning use http://corbettmaths.com/5-a-day/gcse1/ and it gives u a list of questions you can practice everyday.
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