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    (Original post by TheHobbit)
    Yeah, I struggled a lot with English Language too - I got a C in my year 10 mock :/
    I'm not sure what it's like at your school, but at mine they really emphasised how large the jump was. To be honest, I haven't found it that difficult - I did an extra AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths which basically meant our class could skip Core 1 and focus on the tougher modules, but that gave me a good impression of what A Levels Maths is like. Further Maths is a bit harder, it largely depends on which modules you take - at our school we do Mechanics 2 which is an A2 module so that's the hardest my long way, but Further Pure 1 and Decision 1 are not that much harder than the standard A level Maths modules. For physics, I'd say that the concepts aren't that hard to grasp - with the exception of quantum physics, they're just an extension of GCSE. However, the actual questions are far harder - whilst GCSE is basically factual recall, at A Level you have to apply quite basic principles in unusual situations, and that's where the difficulty lies. A level maths and especially further maths helps A LOT - often, the physics is harder in maths than it is in actual physics. Chemistry is basically factual recall but with a lot more facts, but I find it way more interesting than GCSE, especially the organic stuff. In terms of workload, you don't get much more homework than at GCSE - free periods mean than I actually have less homework to do at home than last year. However, the big step up is that you're expected to do lots of extra work outside of lessons and it shows if you don't - in the January mock exams, only three people got more than a D in our physics class of twenty! However, I did a similar amount of work to what you're doing now last year, and that quantity is easily enough to do well.
    Hope this helps
    Wow! This really helps thank you for taking the time to write this

    Yes my school too emphasise how big the jump is which is something I've been worrying about. As for maths, I really wish my school had let me take GCSE early so I could look ahead to AS because they always talked about doing it in Year 10 but never actually went through with it.

    Would you say it's worth looking at some of the content for AS during my summer break? And will any of my notes from GCSE help me next year (i.e. should I keep them)?

    Thank you again you've been so helpful
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    How many hours did you do per day and how many past papers per subject more or less like there are 5 years worth for my subjects which is like 20 papers per subject which seems excessive so not sure whether to try super hard to do all of them or focus on learning everything well before doing some/most of past papers. Cheers!


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    Hi, I started revising after the February half term, maybe doing two hours a night twice a week and then one hour on two other days - I always gave myself the day off on Friday and Saturday, which I felt was really important in making sure I didn't burn out. I left Sunday to complete any homework that had been set during the week. (I did fine art and there was LOADS of coursework that would take up most of the day) Whilst revising, I never did any more than an hour without having a ten minute break to have a quick break (drink lots of water). In regards to the papers, definitely finish covering the content before attempting any of them - although it may seem like there's a lot now, you'll soon finish them and they're the best resource you have. I personally did all of the ones I had access to, and it didn't seem that excessive, especially after exam leave starts. Knowing the content is only half of getting an A* - exam technique is just as important.
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    (Original post by Littleone2000)
    Today I've completed a Psychology Unit 1 paper and have begun to revise poems for English literature. brainzistheword I'm so grateful for your revision cards at the moment, they've helped so much with revision, I've been using them everyday and the app is especially useful on the bus and in the school canteen when I don't want to be pulling revision guides out. Thank you so much!

    On another note I was feeling very stressed going back to school last week with the looming exams, but I feel much more on track. I'm just trying to maintain perspective and not get too caught up in it all, because the only thing that's really going to jeopardise my grades in the real things is me getting stressed! I just keep telling myself that if I got this grade in the mock, it can only improve.
    Well done on your Psychology and English revision today. I'm really glad the flashcards have helped you, you don't understand how happy it makes me feel to know I am actually helping someone

    I'm really stressing out too - as I go back to school tomorrow for the first lot of teachers remidining us how exams are looming!! If you ever need to talk you can always PM me

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    Hi! I'm also sitting my GCSE exams this year and am aiming to get As and Bs, with the majority being As!

    Any tips on revision? I can't stick to timetables. And how do you revise for German? I do Spanish and I am brilliant in class and achieve decent coursework grades but I can't do tests! Help!
    Thank you!

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    How do you revise for languages? In everything, my grades are basically Bs or higher and I usually achieve those grades but Spanish drags me down! Love the language but it's hard to revise for it!
    Also, what's your timetable like?
    Hi thanks for passing by

    If you can't stick to timetables have you tried the pomodoro technique or a variation of it? If you don't know what it is I'll explain it for you - just let me know.

    For German, I do as many past papers as I can find and mark it, but then also go back and find any new vocab out of it, so that I can build up a bank of familiar words. Flashcards are useful fort his. For Listening exams watching videos or listening to audios in that language will get you used to the speed and fluency of the lnaguge - as well as doing past papers to get you used to the format.

    I really hope this helps but if you need nanything else do let me know and I'll be more than happy to help
    Good luck
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    (Original post by Littleone2000)
    Today I've completed a Psychology Unit 1 paper and have begun to revise poems for English literature. brainzistheword I'm so grateful for your revision cards at the moment, they've helped so much with revision, I've been using them everyday and the app is especially useful on the bus and in the school canteen when I don't want to be pulling revision guides out. Thank you so much!

    On another note I was feeling very stressed going back to school last week with the looming exams, but I feel much more on track. I'm just trying to maintain perspective and not get too caught up in it all, because the only thing that's really going to jeopardise my grades in the real things is me getting stressed! I just keep telling myself that if I got this grade in the mock, it can only improve.
    Hey there,
    I also do Psychology is your board Edexcel? If, so how are you finding it because i haven't found anyone doing Psychology on TSR !! Well done for today
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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    Wow! This really helps thank you for taking the time to write this

    Yes my school too emphasise how big the jump is which is something I've been worrying about. As for maths, I really wish my school had let me take GCSE early so I could look ahead to AS because they always talked about doing it in Year 10 but never actually went through with it.

    Would you say it's worth looking at some of the content for AS during my summer break? And will any of my notes from GCSE help me next year (i.e. should I keep them)?

    Thank you again you've been so helpful
    Don't worry about it, I've done GCSEs and I know how stressful they can be! At my sixth form we were set summer bridging work - CGP release special "bridging the gap" revision guides covering essential GCSE knowledge and basic A Level concepts for Physics and Chemistry, so its definitely worth keeping your GCSE notes. In Maths, we were given a surprise test on the first day back on A and A* GCSE topics - anyone who didn't get more than 50% wasn't allowed to continue the course, so it's worth keeping your notes and revising some of the harder topics (mainly algebraic manipulation and equations) before you go back. In terms of looking at some of the AS content, it certainly wouldn't do you any harm, but by no means is it necessary. My one tip for the summer is enjoy it, because you won't believe how fast year 12 goes!
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    (Original post by TheHobbit)
    Hi, you seem to be really organised and well on your way to achieving your goals - just to give you some context, I did similar GCSEs last year and got 9A*s so it's definitely not impossible! I'm currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at AS so if you have any questions I'd be glad to answer them. Good luck with your revision, I know this was a while ago, but if you need any help with English Language, go on MrBruff's youtube channel, I can safely say I wouldn't have got an A* without it!
    Hey there,
    WOW well done on the 9A*. How did you revise for English Literature? Also, what was you exam board?Also, how much did you revise a day and how did you revise ? It would be really helpful for me and other people on this thread Thank you
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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    Well done on your Psychology and English revision today. I'm really glad the flashcards have helped you, you don't understand how happy it makes me feel to know I am actually helping someone

    I'm really stressing out too - as I go back to school tomorrow for the first lot of teachers remidining us how exams are looming!! If you ever need to talk you can always PM me



    Hi thanks for passing by

    If you can't stick to timetables have you tried the pomodoro technique or a variation of it? If you don't know what it is I'll explain it for you - just let me know.

    For German, I do as many past papers as I can find and mark it, but then also go back and find any new vocab out of it, so that I can build up a bank of familiar words. Flashcards are useful fort his. For Listening exams watching videos or listening to audios in that language will get you used to the speed and fluency of the lnaguge - as well as doing past papers to get you used to the format.

    I really hope this helps but if you need nanything else do let me know and I'll be more than happy to help
    Good luck
    Please explain what the pomodoro method is!
    Really appreciate this, this is brilliant, thank you!
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    (Original post by TheHobbit)
    Hi, you seem to be really organised and well on your way to achieving your goals - just to give you some context, I did similar GCSEs last year and got 9A*s so it's definitely not impossible! I'm currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at AS so if you have any questions I'd be glad to answer them. Good luck with your revision, I know this was a while ago, but if you need any help with English Language, go on MrBruff's youtube channel, I can safely say I wouldn't have got an A* without it!
    Brilliant! Well done, you! I'm going to be sitting mine next month! How did you revise timetable wise?
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    (Original post by nisha.sri)
    Hey there,
    WOW well done on the 9A*. How did you revise for English Literature? Also, what was you exam board?Also, how much did you revise a day and how did you revise ? It would be really helpful for me and other people on this thread Thank you
    Thanks, it was a bit surreal on results day I did AQA English literature, and we studied conflict poetry, An inspector calls and of mice and men for our texts. Well I'm a bit of a control freak so for the poetry, I made posters for all of the poems with what I thought were good points for analysis on language and structure, along with basic ideas for talking points, and then pretty much memorised these. It wasn't as hard as it sounds because you're allowed a clean copy of the anthology in the exam so if you forget any points, you can just check the poem for which line it was. For unseen poetry, by the time I got to the exam I was just able to "see" points which I could talk about, so my biggest tip is basically read as many poems and poetry essays as you can, and the ability to write about them comes naturally. I probably spent the most time revising English literature because I found it the hardest - its not so much about time revising, but what you do. I did lots of timed essays which my teacher marked and gave feedback on. I would also try and write a PEA paragraph a day running up to the exam. It all paid off though, as I got full marks on this exam
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    (Original post by oli19919)
    Ive kinda done the same, went from 7-8 hours to 4-5 hours a day on weekend and 5 on schoolday to 2-3... Think a way to motivate is to do a past paper and when you do bad it'll motivate you to work cos you're like woah imagine if I do this bad irl and then if you actually do well it'll make you feel better. At least you're actually revising even if it's just a bit. I think you can afford to not do so much rn cos you worked so hard before so you can afford to relax, it's just a surprise that you don't have to work loads in order to learn everything before the exams.


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    Yeahh, thank you so much this was really comforting. It's also been a hard weekend in terms of drama so hopefully that's the real issue and I'm not burned out fully!


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    (Original post by TheHobbit)
    Don't worry about it, I've done GCSEs and I know how stressful they can be! At my sixth form we were set summer bridging work - CGP release special "bridging the gap" revision guides covering essential GCSE knowledge and basic A Level concepts for Physics and Chemistry, so its definitely worth keeping your GCSE notes. In Maths, we were given a surprise test on the first day back on A and A* GCSE topics - anyone who didn't get more than 50% wasn't allowed to continue the course, so it's worth keeping your notes and revising some of the harder topics (mainly algebraic manipulation and equations) before you go back. In terms of looking at some of the AS content, it certainly wouldn't do you any harm, but by no means is it necessary. My one tip for the summer is enjoy it, because you won't believe how fast year 12 goes!
    Ah right I never knew CGP released those so I will definitely keep an eye out for them. And wow a surprise test that seems harsh but I'm going to try and look over some of the content briefly just so I have a vague idea what to expect.

    And that's a very good tip I will certainly try my best to - I never expected Year 11 to fly as it has done!!

    You've been ever so helpful and I'm really greatful for your time. Good luck wiht your AS levels and A Levels

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    Please explain what the pomodoro method is!
    Really appreciate this, this is brilliant, thank you!
    Well basically it is where you set a timer (the traditional one is 25 minutes) and you decide what you are going to do for that time - for example make notes on a science module. You work on this for the whole 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break. The 25 minutes should be uninterrupted and full concentration. After 2 or 3 of these sessions take a break longer than 5 minutes, maybe an hour and then repeat it all. The reason I mentioned variation is because you may find that you're better working in 40-minute chunks with 10 minutes or 20 minutes with 5 minutes break. Just experiment with it but keep the principles the same.

    I really hope this helps you
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    (Original post by kiransohail)
    Brilliant! Well done, you! I'm going to be sitting mine next month! How did you revise timetable wise?
    Thanks, I never really thought I would do that well but all the hard work pays off! I found one most daunting things when revising GCSEs was the number of different subjects (something which is far more relaxing at sixth form). Obviously, revising French was very different to revising Science! I found a timetable really useful as it gives you much needed structure in your revision - I downloaded a revision timetable and then allotted at least an hour a week to each subject, prioritising which subjects I felt needed the most work (i.e. English) You can find the revision timetable Jake Wright's "Organisation" video on youtube (He studied Computer Science at Cambridge) Hope this helps, good luck!
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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    Ah right I never knew CGP released those so I will definitely keep an eye out for them. And wow a surprise test that seems harsh but I'm going to try and look over some of the content briefly just so I have a vague idea what to expect.

    And that's a very good tip I will certainly try my best to - I never expected Year 11 to fly as it has done!!

    You've been ever so helpful and I'm really greatful for your time. Good luck wiht your AS levels and A Levels
    Well they told the normal maths students about it but then told the further maths students that we wouldn't have it so pretty harsh yeah don't worry, there was a girl in the year above me who got 8A*s in her GCSEs and I found her advice invaluable, so I'm happy to help. Thanks, I'm hoping to apply to study maths in September so fingers crossed, you too
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    (Original post by TheHobbit)
    Well they told the normal maths students about it but then told the further maths students that we wouldn't have it so pretty harsh yeah don't worry, there was a girl in the year above me who got 8A*s in her GCSEs and I found her advice invaluable, so I'm happy to help. Thanks, I'm hoping to apply to study maths in September so fingers crossed, you too
    Oooh that's sneaky!

    And that's great - I've found your advice invaluable too.

    I know Nisha has already asked you but do you have any advice for English Literature in terms of characters and quotes - are they really as important as teachers make out or is it better to know about the small details in chapters?

    Thank you
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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    Oooh that's sneaky!

    And that's great - I've found your advice invaluable too.

    I know Nisha has already asked you but do you have any advice for English Literature in terms of characters and quotes - are they really as important as teachers make out or is it better to know about the small details in chapters?

    Thank you
    Is this for the non poetry exam? (I can't remember what it's called)
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    (Original post by TheHobbit)
    Thanks, I never really thought I would do that well but all the hard work pays off! I found one most daunting things when revising GCSEs was the number of different subjects (something which is far more relaxing at sixth form). Obviously, revising French was very different to revising Science! I found a timetable really useful as it gives you much needed structure in your revision - I downloaded a revision timetable and then allotted at least an hour a week to each subject, prioritising which subjects I felt needed the most work (i.e. English) You can find the revision timetable Jake Wright's "Organisation" video on youtube (He studied Computer Science at Cambridge) Hope this helps, good luck!
    Thank you! Really appreciate the tip!
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    (Original post by TheHobbit)
    Thanks, it was a bit surreal on results day I did AQA English literature, and we studied conflict poetry, An inspector calls and of mice and men for our texts. Well I'm a bit of a control freak so for the poetry, I made posters for all of the poems with what I thought were good points for analysis on language and structure, along with basic ideas for talking points, and then pretty much memorised these. It wasn't as hard as it sounds because you're allowed a clean copy of the anthology in the exam so if you forget any points, you can just check the poem for which line it was. For unseen poetry, by the time I got to the exam I was just able to "see" points which I could talk about, so my biggest tip is basically read as many poems and poetry essays as you can, and the ability to write about them comes naturally. I probably spent the most time revising English literature because I found it the hardest - its not so much about time revising, but what you do. I did lots of timed essays which my teacher marked and gave feedback on. I would also try and write a PEA paragraph a day running up to the exam. It all paid off though, as I got full marks on this exam
    WOW well done and thank you so much for these tips No wonder why you got A*'s for your exams you seem to be really hardworking and very organised. Well done to you, you must be really proud of yourself How did you revise for science? I'm so sorry i'm asking you too much but your a real inspiration Thanks
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    (Original post by nisha.sri)
    Hey there,
    I also do Psychology is your board Edexcel? If, so how are you finding it because i haven't found anyone doing Psychology on TSR !! Well done for today
    I'm doing WJEC, sorry! But basically I've had so many problems with the exam board that I haven't really thought about it as a subject haha, it's probably quite different to yours as WJEC seem to do whatever they want and it's a million miles from my other subjects sadly. I enjoy psychology but with my experience of it at GCSE I've decided to take politics instead at A level.
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    (Original post by TheHobbit)
    Is this for the non poetry exam? (I can't remember what it's called)
    Yeah I think so - I do WJEC so they might have been set out differently
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    (Original post by nisha.sri)
    WOW well done and thank you so much for these tips No wonder why you got A*'s for your exams you seem to be really hardworking and very organised. Well done to you, you must be really proud of yourself How did you revise for science? I'm so sorry i'm asking you too much but your a real inspiration Thanks
    Thankyou, yeah reading that piece of paper on results day has got to be the proudest moment of my life so far. I can't really describe the feeling you get knowing all your hard work has paid off, and that you can finally relax after worrying about results all summer (by the way try not to do this, it's not good at all) Hopefully your results day will be just as great! Well I started the earliest for science, because as I did triple, I had 18 modules to cover and it was pretty daunting. What I find works best for me when recapping concepts and remembering facts is walking around the house, reading the revision guide out loud as if you're teaching it to someone else. It may sound a bit peculiar but I find it works really well for me. I then put the revision guide down and try to talk about the topics on the same page from memory. Closer to the exam, I basically just tried to do as many past papers as possible and then check the mark schemes, examiner reports and grade boundaries.
    Hope this helps!
 
 
 
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