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I've started revising 5 and a half hours a day every day except Saturdays (I've got school from 9:10 to 15:10, then studying from 16:00 to 21:30. I've been praised by many people that it's going to get my target grades, but people have also mentioned it's a bad style of revision. Any thoughts or opinions?
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you really don’t need that much revision this early for gcses, you’ll burn out well before the exams and likely miss your target grades rather than achieve them
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I've started revising 5 and a half hours a day every day except Saturdays (I've got school from 9:10 to 15:10, then studying from 16:00 to 21:30. I've been praised by many people that it's going to get my target grades, but people have also mentioned it's a bad style of revision. Any thoughts or opinions?
Everyone has their own style of revision and if it is working for you, you are using the time wisely and the knowledge is going in and you feel prepared to answer exam questions, then stick with it. It is a good idea to take breaks from time to time and to also have enough free time for yourself e.g. hobbies, meeting with friends so you don't lose concentration on your studies because you find it too boring.
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you really don’t need that much revision this early for gcses, you’ll burn out well before the exams and likely miss your target grades rather than achieve them
I'm doing the higher courses on all my subjects, so I'm kind of starting early so I can burn through these past papers and GCSE specifications so I'll have less stress during the holidays. But I get what you mean by overworking yourself, so I'll have to do my best to embed this system I've made.
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I've started revising 5 and a half hours a day every day except Saturdays (I've got school from 9:10 to 15:10, then studying from 16:00 to 21:30. I've been praised by many people that it's going to get my target grades, but people have also mentioned it's a bad style of revision. Any thoughts or opinions?
for most people, that is WAY too much for that early on in the gcse course. you will get so sick of it so quickly you will more likely not find the motivation to do anything by y11. however if you feel like you have no problem with it, go ahead
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(Original post by Daniel_DM)
I'm doing the higher courses on all my subjects, so I'm kind of starting early so I can burn through these past papers and GCSE specifications so I'll have less stress during the holidays. But I get what you mean by overworking yourself, so I'll have to do my best to embed this system I've made.
Don;t burn yourself out

Additionally, don't do all PP's yet or anything as you won't have any new exam content to practice when the exam comes. Focus on other revision methods for now or get question from other books
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Everyone has their own style of revision and if it is working for you, you are using the time wisely and the knowledge is going in and you feel prepared to answer exam questions, then stick with it. It is a good idea to take breaks from time to time and to also have enough free time for yourself e.g. hobbies, meeting with friends so you don't lose concentration on your studies because you find it too boring.
Maybe after I've done past papers after doing my first round of revising everything on the GCSE specs, I'll look into finding out where I mess up on my past papers and slowly narrow down where I need to focus on in my studies. I've kind of come to terms with the path I have to go on to get in to the courses I want to be on. Thanks a lot for the advice!
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Don;t burn yourself out

Additionally, don't do all PP's yet or anything as you won't have any new exam content to practice when the exam comes. Focus on other revision methods for now or get question from other books
I've essentially come to terms with what I have to do, but if the possibility of me ever burning out arises, I'll drop my time to 4 hours. Then bring it back up to 5 hours once I've gotten accustomed to it after a week. Or maybe cycling through 2 different weeks, same timetable but one week having 4 hours per day, and one week 5 hours. I guess I'll have to keep moving forward to see what lies ahead. Thanks for the advice!
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I've started revising 5 and a half hours a day every day except Saturdays (I've got school from 9:10 to 15:10, then studying from 16:00 to 21:30. I've been praised by many people that it's going to get my target grades, but people have also mentioned it's a bad style of revision. Any thoughts or opinions?
Good that ur serious but for now u only need a couple hrs of revision. near the exams u should focus more
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I'm doing the higher courses on all my subjects, so I'm kind of starting early so I can burn through these past papers and GCSE specifications so I'll have less stress during the holidays. But I get what you mean by overworking yourself, so I'll have to do my best to embed this system I've made.
i did the higher courses on all my subjects too and didn’t revise until a couple weeks before. you won’t remove stress by working so early, it’ll increase as you’ll be concerned for longer. doing past papers now is pointless, you should use them as closer to the time revision to ensure you’re strong on everything.
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I've essentially come to terms with what I have to do, but if the possibility of me ever burning out arises, I'll drop my time to 4 hours. Then bring it back up to 5 hours once I've gotten accustomed to it after a week. Or maybe cycling through 2 different weeks, same timetable but one week having 4 hours per day, and one week 5 hours. I guess I'll have to keep moving forward to see what lies ahead. Thanks for the advice!
I would give yourself a day off a week where you do nothing
You need some work free days or you will go crazy
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This sounds more like an absolute waste of time tbh.
There is more to life than grades, why are you starting so early?
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I've started revising 5 and a half hours a day every day except Saturdays (I've got school from 9:10 to 15:10, then studying from 16:00 to 21:30. I've been praised by many people that it's going to get my target grades, but people have also mentioned it's a bad style of revision. Any thoughts or opinions?
Way too much, 3 hours max
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I presume you're in year 11. Revising for 5 hours every single day is really not needed, especially this early on in the year. When I was in year 11, I didn't do proper revision until a couple of weeks before my mocks in November, after which I took a break from revising and resumed around February to March. You definitely don't have to revise 5 hours a day for your mocks, and even right before your actual exams it's unlikely you'll need that much time. When I was on study leave before GCSEs, I revised 3 topics (each from a different subject) each day.

If you revise this much at this point in time, you'll get burned out really quickly.

The most important thing when it comes to revision is quality over quantity. Don't sit down and think "I'm going to revise for X hours" - instead, you should think "These are the topics that I need to revise and make sure I understand, and I will stop once I am sure I understand the topic well enough".
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(Original post by Daniel_DM)
I've started revising 5 and a half hours a day every day except Saturdays (I've got school from 9:10 to 15:10, then studying from 16:00 to 21:30. I've been praised by many people that it's going to get my target grades, but people have also mentioned it's a bad style of revision. Any thoughts or opinions?
hey
I'm in year 10 and I do 3 ish hours a day? sounds like a lot and pointless, but my school isn't great so working at home really helps. I'm not particularly smart either so..
I started making revision material and kind of revising from year 9 and I'm not burned out nor sick of revising.
If you think what you're doing is valuable and you see that your grades are growing, then carry on. But if you're having to force yourself to sit down and revise content for no reason then don't (unless you have some exam coming up).
It really just depends on you
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It's good that you're revising early and I'm going to try to do more revision because I really want to do well in my GCSEs.
Don't listen to the people who say that it's too much or it's a waste of time. Just keep revising because imagine that feeling that you are confident for the exam whilst other people are stressing about the lack of revision they did. If you carry on revising, you're mostly like to get straight 8s and 9s or even straight 9s.
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I've started revising 5 and a half hours a day every day except Saturdays (I've got school from 9:10 to 15:10, then studying from 16:00 to 21:30. I've been praised by many people that it's going to get my target grades, but people have also mentioned it's a bad style of revision. Any thoughts or opinions?
You are doing way too much considering it's only October. No matter what your target grades are there is no need to do nearly that much even for gcses
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It's a great hobby to have. As long as you're having fun, are exercising and socialising and are doing this by your own free will - it will stand you in great stead to do anything you want in the future. This said I'd probably cut back a little bit hour wise or at least ensure that the topics you are studying are also things you are passionate about - sustainability matters too.

Lots of people can seemingly effortlessly get good results in exams - the rest of us have to crack the books - sooner or later we all have to crack the books. Learning how to work hard, revise and research are transferable skills for the future which are critical at University level. Nothing is wasted.

I saw many of my brilliant peers stumble and drop out at University level because they never had to learn to revise, struggle and put in the hours at high school level. It's a great hobby to have.
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I've started revising 5 and a half hours a day every day except Saturdays (I've got school from 9:10 to 15:10, then studying from 16:00 to 21:30. I've been praised by many people that it's going to get my target grades, but people have also mentioned it's a bad style of revision. Any thoughts or opinions?
Do you enjoy the subjects you're revising? If not, as some people have said, there is a chance you could burn yourself out too soon. However if you like doing them then in my opinion there's nothing wrong with that! I've been doing the same as I recently changed my timetable so have had loads of catch-up to do on Physics, but I love it so it doesn't really drain me. Just make sure you do give yourself some breaks
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