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    (Original post by aimohamed)
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    (Original post by khatx)
    I don't know about how it works where you live, but I have 24 exams in the space of a few weeks. That may not seem a lot to some, but it is to me
    Oh wow. That's quite a lot. I only had about 10(including some AS ones).
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    I'm currently doing A2 and your point about cutting out bad habits is one I really need to work on Youtube is my biggest distraction, I end up watching random videos I don't care about just to avoid revision :facepalm::facepalm:
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    (Original post by morgan8002)
    Oh wow. That's quite a lot. I only had about 10(including some AS ones).
    Yeah I know It's tough because in my school (I don't know about others), the Chemistry, Biology and Physics paper are seperate an because I'm doing triple award Sciences, I have 9 science exams. Then your standard 2 Maths papers and 1 English Language exam. Then it's 3 History exams and 2 RS exams. And last but not least, I've got 6 Foreign Languages exams and 1 Drama practical exam.
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    (Original post by EmilyPlatypus)
    I'm currently doing A2 and your point about cutting out bad habits is one I really need to work on Youtube is my biggest distraction, I end up watching random videos I don't care about just to avoid revision :facepalm::facepalm:
    Yes girl! I totally feel you, it was one of the things that was definitely dragging me down on my revsion. If you have a YouTube account and you watch videos from your subscription box, try unsubscribing from certain channels that upload all the time. That way, you won't see when videos are being posted and you're less likely to get distracted.
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    (Original post by EmilyPlatypus)
    I'm currently doing A2 and your point about cutting out bad habits is one I really need to work on Youtube is my biggest distraction, I end up watching random videos I don't care about just to avoid revision :facepalm::facepalm:
    get the "self control app". it blocks certain web pages of your choice for a set number of hours. no matter what you do (diffrent browser, restart your computer etc.) you won't be able to acsess those apps until the timer runs out. just turn it on when your studying.
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    (Original post by khatx)
    This is a completely valid question, I guess I was too vague haha. Okay, I'll tell you what I did and you can either do it exactly the same, or make your own based on mine. And I'll try and make it as clear as possible. Also, personally, I don't think it's a waste of time, you just need to ensure that you stick to it and don't overlook it. If you make it for all your subjects in one go, you're done for the rest of the school year. Don't waste time making it look all pretty, trust me, there's no point. Just make sure it's legible and concise.

    So what I did was for each subject I had my own sheet of paper. It can be whatever size you prefer. The more topics, the larger the paper. For example, I do Edexcel Maths and there are a lot of topics, therefore I require two A3s, but that's cool, we can do that! Label it "*BLANK* CHECKLIST" for all subjects.Then using whatever materials you have (e.g. exam specification, a revsion guide, your own exercise book, use Bitesize - they have topics listed for each exam board etc), list everything you need to know in order to get that A*. It doesn't have to have subheadings and catergorised into relevant topics, but if it helps, go ahead. This is your checklist, do as you wish.

    I'll use my Maths checklist as an example. So I have a list from my Maths teacher which has all the general topics on it and if you ask your Maths teacher for one, they'll definitely give you one or formulate one for you. However, I found that it was too broad and not detailed enough so I bought the CGP Higher Level revision guide off Amazon. Highly recommend it, it was a great purchase for only £5. It is the one from my exam board, Edexcel, which means everything they cover in that book, is my exam guide. So I used the contents page of that revision guide and made my list using it. The contents page is split into 6 sections: numbers, algebra, graphs, geometry and measures, pythagoras and trig and stats and probability. Underneath are all the other topics, which I wrote down and that completed my Maths checklist.

    For a subject with more content, like Science, the best way to go about this is use your exam board specification. Honestly, it will be your best friend. Read through the spec and group together points that go into relevant topics. For example, in my Biology spec, there are a few points regarding enzymes and the lock and key model and optimum temp. for enzymes. I would group that into one category: ENZYMES. Then I'd do it for the rest.

    Anyways, I hope this was a lot clearer. Please message me again if you're still unclear about anything and I'll try my best to help you. Obviously for some exams, a checklist is not needed... like English Language (you may still want to do one), but do what you think is best.

    Happy checklist-ing!
    Thanks! That really cleared it up an gave me a few ideas on how to go about making my own I'll be taking all this info and cataloguing it into my brain.....maybe i should start now?...meh i'll get it done when i get my homework lugged off my back
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    (Original post by hals)
    sorry our teachers etc in school don't tell us...what's UMS?
    It stands for Uniform Mark Scale and you can use it's basically like the grade boundaries for all exam boards, idk it's kinda hard to explain very well.I'll just Google it and insert it in here:

    A Uniform Mark Scale, or UMS, is a way of standardising the marking of papers across different examination boards, allowing someone to compare two marks marked by two different examination boards. Grades are then calculated using grade boundaries set at particular UMS scores.
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    (Original post by hals)
    Thanks! That really cleared it up an gave me a few ideas on how to go about making my own I'll be taking all this info and cataloguing it into my brain.....maybe i should start now?...meh i'll get it done when i get my homework lugged off my back
    No problem! I'm glad it helped. Make sure you do it ASAP or you'll just put it at the botton of your priorities haha
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    (Original post by AuroraU)
    do you work out the UMS mark from the "normal" mark?
    I don't know how examiners work out the UMS mark, it must differ in each exam board.
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    (Original post by trachelm)
    get the "self control app". it blocks certain web pages of your choice for a set number of hours. no matter what you do (diffrent browser, restart your computer etc.) you won't be able to acsess those apps until the timer runs out. just turn it on when your studying.
    so using that app O.O already downloaded
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    (Original post by khatx)
    It stands for Uniform Mark Scale and you can use it's basically like the grade boundaries for all exam boards, idk it's kinda hard to explain very well.I'll just Google it and insert it in here:

    A Uniform Mark Scale, or UMS, is a way of standardising the marking of papers across different examination boards, allowing someone to compare two marks marked by two different examination boards. Grades are then calculated using grade boundaries set at particular UMS scores.
    errrr......ok i got the gist of it, makes more sense now, thank you
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    (Original post by khatx)
    Ladies and gents,

    I will share with you the secret of acheiving the dream set of grades. The best of the best. Are you ready? ...... It's all you. You, essentially, are the limits that you set yourself. If you believe that you deserve that A* in your exam, you have to put in the time and effort and grit and blood, sweat and tears into those grades. I read a book last year called 'The Secret' and it spoke about the Law of Attraction and how whatever you think, you will attract. Think good things and good things will come your way... In this first post, I just want to talk a bit a few of the things I have done/am doing currently to help me with my revision. Notice that I've made the word 'help' bold because these are not my revision tips, but what I do so that I am able to revise effectively. I can't promise that these tips will be original and life affirming because each to their own, I guess.

    This is how I stopped being lazy with my studies.

    1. Checklist

    I'm sitting a horrific number of exams in the summer and to be honest, I've never been more scared. But what I've done is established EVERYTHING that I need to know for my exams and stuck it up in my room, right besides my desk. I've literally written it out and yes, it took me 2 hours of my Saturday morning but it honestly makes the work you have to do SO much clearer and concise. And it may seem a bit daunting, looking at this long list of topics that you have to know inside out, but harness that fear and use it to boost your motivation! I don't care what anyone says, but having fear for your exams is a good thing. It shows that you care and with 4 months left until the final exams, there's no time at all to lose focus and start slacking. Once you have that list, you can begin to work your way through it, slowly but surely. If you've reached a dead end and you just don't get it, phone a friend, ask a teacher, post it on TSR and ask others for help. There are a lot of sources to help us, we just don't see it.

    2. Cutting out bad habits

    Now this is one to make note of, people. Everyone has habits that they can't let go of. If you don't, well done, you're one step closer to those dream grades, because let me tell you... You have to cut out distractions if you want to revise. My habit was constantly watching YouTube videos. I love a good Tyler Oakley video, but it wasn't working out with my revision timetable. My cousin absolutely loves watching Korean dramas but each episode is about an hour long, and then she asks me why isn't she motivated like I am. It's simple. Her priorities do not lie with her studies and she's constantly procrastinating by wasting her time. Not bashing Korean dramas, I'm sure they're great but is it really worth letting time go by now, rather than in the summer holidays where you can watch to your heart's content? And it's different for everyone; whether it's texting your friends after school, watching YouTube videos, scrolling through Instagram and Tumblr, you can do it all in the summer. So the solution is get rid of the source. Tell your mum or dad to keep your phone after school and only give it back once the revision is completed, or turn the beloved wifi off, or even delete the apps off your phone! Seems a bit drastic, I know, but these things will only help you get that A*. Go to those measures people, you will thank yourself on results day.

    3. Results' day

    Speaking of results' day, my final point is actually about it! This is what genuinely motivates me to revise and I'm surprised to hear from my friends that they don't do this. Okay, so every time I reach a slump or a low point, I imagine myself on results' day opening my results to the best possible grades. Just that feeling of utter pride for yourself and glee. Imagine how happy your parents will be and how satisfied you will feel inside. There will be so many opportunites opened for you, so many choices that you can pick from. I know for a fact that if I don't receive the grades that I want, I will be absolutely devestated and I will keep thinking about all those times I could've revised but I didn't. I've felt that feeling before and it's the worst thing ever. It's kind of like you're sinking whilst everyone else is so happy and ugh... Never want to feel that again. Use the time you have now wisely and trust me, think about results' day and how wonderful it will feel to have those grades.

    All in all, it's a few more months guys. That's honestly the best way of looking at it. A few more months of working so hard for your future and you are on your way to being a cardiologist, or a successful lawyer! Become organised, prioritise and look ahead; my three main tips on helping with revision!

    I hope it helped anyone who's having difficulties with staying motivated. I think my next post will be about my actual revision tips and what is most effective for me! So watch this space haha

    Very good list and advice, I actually feel really motivated now which is a first
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    and really emotional over exams and stuff :cry2:
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    (Original post by trachelm)
    get the "self control app". it blocks certain web pages of your choice for a set number of hours. no matter what you do (diffrent browser, restart your computer etc.) you won't be able to acsess those apps until the timer runs out. just turn it on when your studying.
    Thank you! I will definitely do this from now on

    (Original post by khatx)
    Yes girl! I totally feel you, it was one of the things that was definitely dragging me down on my revsion. If you have a YouTube account and you watch videos from your subscription box, try unsubscribing from certain channels that upload all the time. That way, you won't see when videos are being posted and you're less likely to get distracted.
    That's a good idea! The people I'm subscribed to now upload pretty much everyday and that doesn't help me at all :erm:
    Starting on Monday I'm going to try to stay at school late to get work done so I can't access any distractions haha
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    (Original post by KaylaB)
    Very good list and advice, I actually feel really motivated now which is a first
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    Wow, that's great! Honestly, keep that motivation going, you can do it! Sometimes I give myself pep talks in the shower to keep me going and after I come out, I feel like a new woman! Try it some time hahahaha
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    (Original post by EmilyPlatypus)
    Thank you! I will definitely do this from now on



    That's a good idea! The people I'm subscribed to now upload pretty much everyday and that doesn't help me at all :erm:
    Starting on Monday I'm going to try to stay at school late to get work done so I can't access any distractions haha
    Yes! That's awesome, I'd advise staying by yourself or with one friend so you don't get distracted.
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    (Original post by khatx)
    Yes! That's awesome, I'd advise staying by yourself or with one friend so you don't get distracted.
    My friend and I usually stay back together till late and she's busy doing her own work as well so we don't really distract each other (well not much )

    Thanks for making this post! I've made a list of all I plan to get done this week and I feel motivated (I hope it lasts)
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    Thank you so much!
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    So... Someone messaged me asking what my revision tips are and how I consolidate my knowledge. And I did say I'd do a seperate post on how I revise effectively, so here it is!

    1. Don't read through textbooks, hoping it will sink in. You read the content and try to understand what it's saying, make notes on it and review the notes at the end, so make a summary of it all. For example, take a topic, learn it and write notes, then summarise into short bullet points. If you completely don't understand something, then it means seek help from someone else, perhaps a teacher or a friend, so make note of it and make sure you go over it more times than the other topics.

    2. This is a really useful tip but can easily make you distracted as well. Meet up with ONE friend after school or during the weekend and teach each other the content. Sometimes seeing something from a different perspective helps you understand it better, and you never know, their explanation of something could make a whole lot more sense to you. Or you could teach it to them. Trust me when I say thay nothing sticks more in your head than teaching it to other people. Why do you think teachers seem to know everything? It's because they've taught it which has helped them to consolidate their knowledge as well. Also, I've capitalised 'one friend' because I've tried meeting in a group and it always ends up with all of us eating chocolate and forgetting the revision.

    3. This links with the 2nd point. Repetition. If you've learnt about something, don't dismiss it, because chances are that you'll forget it in a few days or even hours. It takes a lot of repeating for information to be processed from your short term memory to your long term. So do step one, then a few weeks later, do step one again. Soon enough, you will begin to be able to write out that information from memory.

    4. This is an obvious one, but exam papers and practice questions. It's a no-brainer really! I can't stress how important this tip is and it actually works. It gets you from that A to an A*. It gets you from that D to an A*!! Persist through those 6 mark Science questions and long English questions. The more practice you have at doing these questions, the better you'll create your own style of effective writing. Get your teachers to mark it and give feedback, and if you've made mistake, fix the errors and re-do the whole question again.

    5. Do not revise with music because studies have shown that music doesn't help. Your brain will associate what you learnt with it and so you may find it hard in exams to remember content. Yeah, some say that classical music helps but honestly, you'll be taking in so much content, why would you want excess noise in the background as well? But if it helps you, obviously continue doing so. I just found it to be distracting. And often times, I'd find myself back on YouTube stuck on which song I'd want to play next.

    6. Use your specification for different subjects to go over all the topics. The specification is basically the examiners reaching out a helpful hand. This is the guidelines of what they're allowed to put in the exam. Anything that's not in the spec and they've decided to add in... well, I'm pretty sure you could sue.Then you can prioritise and start studying on the parts you need help on, before the parts you're confident on.

    7. DO NOT COMFORT YOURSELF BY REVISING STUFF YOU ALREADY KNOW. In all honesty, I can truthfully say that I used to do this. I used to revise all of the easy stuff, the stuff that I understand, and at the end of the day, I felt productive. But there's no point in kidding yourself that you don't need to know the hard stuff. If you get titrations, great! Move onto purification and measuring yield. There is no point revising for things that are already in your long term memory. Yes, go over them but revising them all the time will not help you.

    Anyways, these are my tips and I hope they benefit you in any way. Let me know how you get on with your revision and if you have a great revision technique! I'd love to include it in my revision!

    Happy revising!

    I hope this helped a lot as this is what's making the information stick in my brain!!
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    (Original post by EmilyPlatypus)
    My friend and I usually stay back together till late and she's busy doing her own work as well so we don't really distract each other (well not much )

    Thanks for making this post! I've made a list of all I plan to get done this week and I feel motivated (I hope it lasts)
    That's great! When you realise that you're chatting more than revising, the revision squad needs to break up! But I'm glad it works for you.

    And you're welcome! I hope that you get all of your revision done, I think you can just put your mind to it!
 
 
 
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