How not to make a mockery of your mocks

Mocks - aagghh! No one likes them, everyone seems to do badly and they're yet another excuse for teachers to have a go at you.

But there's no need to stress. Here's all you need to turn that revision frown upside down, with advice from the TSR community plus our homegrown tools and resources and ideas for revising together online. 

Give yourself time

How many times have you heard a teacher say “fail to plan, plan to fail”? They’re saying it for a reason. By planning ahead, you’ll prevent any middle-of-the-night terrors and give yourself the best possible chance of acing your mocks. 

“Plan ahead! Print out a calendar, mark important deadlines, exam dates and structure your study” genes

Get ahead by trying our study planner. It helps build revision around your life so not only can you plan in your study but also all the lovely treats to give you that extra boost when you need it the most.

Build up your revision stock

Mocks are actually a valuable learning experience. Not only do you get to test your learning in a time-pressured environment, you also get the opportunity to start building up your bank of revision resources. 

So, what’s the best way to revise? Our community is super-keen on “active learning”, basically being creative and developing a stock of flashcards, mindmaps, notes, quizzes - whatever helps you learn best. You can use these for your mocks and then develop them by adding new subject topics as you get closer to the real thing come the summer. 

Make revision cards for topics as you go along, so when it comes to revision you have these cards readily available to test yourself on. Claros

After studying a topic within a unit, I complete a quiz on it online. Make a list of what you got wrong so you can prioritise when going back over it again. buksie

Make flashcards that you can revise with if you have a spare five minutes. Brainstorm all of the things you can remember about it. Then go back through the topic and when you've revised it, fill in the bits you missed or got wrong on the brainstorm. NavyBlueBear99

Worried about maths and the sciences?


We've noticed that a lot of TSR users have been worrying about their maths and science exams. 

I'm most worried for science and maths. I just feel as though my brain can't process it, and there is a little door locked inside my brain that is stopping me from understanding it!  GabrielleJoyxx

Ask a question in our maths and science study help forums. We have separate forums for maths and maths exams and for each of the sciences. We also have a revision and study tips forum which can be pretty handy when you're stuck. Our study help community is full of helpful members who are keen to support their peers. We also have a group of brilliant study help volunteers who are always onside with a solution when you are desperate. 

Knock your mocks off with past papers


Practice papers are definitely a key revision method for many TSR users. 

Practice papers are your best friends. Especially in science, once you're familiar with exam techniques, you'll ace those exams. Areej Panju

Past papers, try lots of exam questions! Test what you've learnt. Then mark them/get your teacher to mark and make a list on which areas you still need to review Black Rose

TSR has its own bank of past papers for all the major subjects. 

Why not set up a subject revision thread in one of our study help forums to work through the papers together? By taking a topic and bullet-pointing key information, you can create a megathread of revision resources that you can come back to whenever you need it.

How are you feeling about your mocks? If you've already completed them how did it go? What's your top revision tip?

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We've spoken with our tutors and students to give you some of the best advice around. Head over to our revision hub to find out more.

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