Mocks looming? Don't stress – here's how to get ready
Mocks – 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-fuelled frown upside down, with advice from the TSR community plus our homegrown tools, resources and ideas for revising together online.
If you need a bit of extra inspiration to get you going, here are a few ways that mocks can help your chances when it comes time to take the real thing.
Give yourself time
It might feel like an extra chore, but planning ahead really does work. Having a solid plan in place will help stop those middle-of-the-night exam panics as well as giving you the best possible chance of acing your mocks.
Build up your revision stock
Mocks may not be much fun, but they can be a helpful learning tool. 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 keen on 'active learning', which is 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 exams.
Worried about maths and the sciences?
We've noticed that a lot of TSR users have been worrying about their maths and science GCSEs.
If this is also you, ask a question in our maths and science study help forums. We have separate forums for maths, maths exams and for each of the sciences: a biology forum, a chemistry forum and a physics forum. 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 on hand with a solution when you are desperate.
Embrace past papers
Practice papers are a key revision method for many TSR users. They test your knowledge, show what you need to recap and can help you ace your exams.
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.
And even if you end up doing badly in your mocks, all is not lost – here's how you can still make the most out of the experience.