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GCSEs: A Definitive Guide from Someone Who Got 11 A*s

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    Hi Joshiee. Could I have a copy of the list of Science topics where you keep track of progress please. Thanks
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    Thank you OP for posting useful information to help other GSCE students.

    I too have finished my GCSEs and have achieved 9.5 A* and 1 A (short course counts as half a grade, not a full grade), as well as an A in an AS level subject.

    My revision strategy for science subjects:
    1. Find the relevant specifications, print off a checklist and highlight the parts that you are unsure about.
    2. Look up relevant parts on revision guide/text book, and make short concise notes (one that meets all the marks in the mark scheme)
    3. After making all notes, revise them. I sometimes like using quizlet and sometimes flash cards.
    4. Do a ton of past papers and see which areas you are still unsure about. Then repeat.

    For the more subjective subjects such as English, where the marks can vary according to the marker, I'd recommend a different method. Start by creating a format, or a structure that will guarantee a high mark. For example, you need to know how much you need to write per paragraph, how many points to include, what quotes you may use etc. Then do practice papers in timed conditions, as you need to get use to the time pressure as soon as possible (many of my friends didn't perform as well due to spending too much time on certain sections). Make sure to give all your past papers to your English teacher to mark for feedback.

    It is important in GCSE to not be stressed about exams too early. I started serious revision 1 and a half months before the first exam, and only did light revision the month before that. Don't do it about a year before, as you are likely to lose the motivation to revise and thus, will affect your grades.

    Bare in mind that the language subjects are a bit harder, especially because you have to start a long time before the other subjects. This is because language GCSEs require a lot of memorisation of vocab, which is certainly not possible to achieve a week before an exam. The best way of revising for this imo, is to use flash cards or quizlet (language on one side, English on the others)

    I wish the new year 11s the best of luck in their GCSEs
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    This is an excellent guide and well done on achieving those grades!! 👍👍
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    Hi could I have your AQA A revision guide for geography please would be extremely grateful thanks
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    Free?
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    Hi could I have your AQA A revision guide for geography please would be extremely grateful thanks
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    (Original post by Kryptonian)
    Free?
    no he said he made one himself
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    LOOL why the hell did work so hard for gcse its soooooo easy, got same grade as you and didnt even pick up book once... pretty much played runescape alll through gcse's...then again i am an olympiad so would be funny if i actually had to work for something like gcse's...
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    (Original post by MathsMPhys)
    LOOL why the hell did work so hard for gcse its soooooo easy, got same grade as you and didnt even pick up book once... pretty much played runescape alll through gcse's...then again i am an olympiad so would be funny if i actually had to work for something like gcse's...
    what a horrible and arrogant thing to say. gcses aren't 'so easy' for everyone, and regardless of whether or not you are an Olympiad, your personality and attitude seems absolutely foul... studying is a personal thing, so, commenting rude things about people's learning and revision styles is a pretty low thing to do.


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    (Original post by JTran38)
    Hi Joshiee. Could I have a copy of the list of Science topics where you keep track of progress please. Thanks
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...gid=1601016715. OP posted it before
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    (Original post by Baaah)
    Thank you OP for posting useful information to help other GSCE students.

    I too have finished my GCSEs and have achieved 9.5 A* and 1 A (short course counts as half a grade, not a full grade), as well as an A in an AS level subject.

    My revision strategy for science subjects:
    1. Find the relevant specifications, print off a checklist and highlight the parts that you are unsure about.
    2. Look up relevant parts on revision guide/text book, and make short concise notes (one that meets all the marks in the mark scheme)
    3. After making all notes, revise them. I sometimes like using quizlet and sometimes flash cards.
    4. Do a ton of past papers and see which areas you are still unsure about. Then repeat.

    For the more subjective subjects such as English, where the marks can vary according to the marker, I'd recommend a different method. Start by creating a format, or a structure that will guarantee a high mark. For example, you need to know how much you need to write per paragraph, how many points to include, what quotes you may use etc. Then do practice papers in timed conditions, as you need to get use to the time pressure as soon as possible (many of my friends didn't perform as well due to spending too much time on certain sections). Make sure to give all your past papers to your English teacher to mark for feedback.

    It is important in GCSE to not be stressed about exams too early. I started serious revision 1 and a half months before the first exam, and only did light revision the month before that. Don't do it about a year before, as you are likely to lose the motivation to revise and thus, will affect your grades.

    Bare in mind that the language subjects are a bit harder, especially because you have to start a long time before the other subjects. This is because language GCSEs require a lot of memorisation of vocab, which is certainly not possible to achieve a week before an exam. The best way of revising for this imo, is to use flash cards or quizlet (language on one side, English on the others)

    I wish the new year 11s the best of luck in their GCSEs
    So do you think revising a month before will be more effective than revising about 8 months to the exams?
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    (Original post by daniella.14)
    So do you think revising a month before will be more effective than revising about 8 months to the exams?
    Not necessarily a month, but definitely less than, let's say 4 months. Effective revision within that period is definitely better than long term revision, as you are likely to not slack off. Many of my friends followed a good revision routine shortly before the exams (but not too short) and managed to get A*s in their subjects.

    You are more likely to be in a concentration mode when you start to feel the pressure of exams incoming.

    However, if you know you are capable of preparing beforehand, then go for it.
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    that link doesn't work because TSR has automatically shortened it wherever the op has posted it and you've copied the short version which doesn't link to the spreadsheet now. (I can't tell you how many times I've done that before lol)
    I suggest you post where the op linked to it before on here for people to access it
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    Actually ignore me, I found it
    Jacky it's here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...gid=1601016715
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    (Original post by ?Hannah)
    what a horrible and arrogant thing to say. gcses aren't 'so easy' for everyone, and regardless of whether or not you are an Olympiad, your personality and attitude seems absolutely foul... studying is a personal thing, so, commenting rude things about people's learning and revision styles is a pretty low thing to do.


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    tbf he's entitled to his opinion. No need to bash him.
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    Thanks. This was helpful!

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    (Original post by Lemur14)
    that link doesn't work because TSR has automatically shortened it wherever the op has posted it and you've copied the short version which doesn't link to the spreadsheet now. (I can't tell you how many times I've done that before lol)
    I suggest you post where the op linked to it before on here for people to access it
    whoops sorry glad you found it anyway!
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    (Original post by rumaisa_)
    whoops sorry glad you found it
    no worries
    when I discovered the OP onky had 4 posts on TSR it was a lot easier to find lol
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    Thanks so much on the tips and congratulations on your brilliant score! I am doing exactly the same subjects excluding art and am predicted your grades, so hopefully i will be able to achieve them! Ill definitely be trying these.
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    Sorry for the late replies to everyone! College got me

    (Original post by JTran38)
    Hi Joshiee. Could I have a copy of the list of Science topics where you keep track of progress please. Thanks
    Sorry for the super late reply. Sure: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

    (Original post by Baaah)
    Thank you OP for posting useful information to help other GSCE students.

    I too have finished my GCSEs and have achieved 9.5 A* and 1 A (short course counts as half a grade, not a full grade), as well as an A in an AS level subject.

    My revision strategy for science subjects:
    1. Find the relevant specifications, print off a checklist and highlight the parts that you are unsure about.
    2. Look up relevant parts on revision guide/text book, and make short concise notes (one that meets all the marks in the mark scheme)
    3. After making all notes, revise them. I sometimes like using quizlet and sometimes flash cards.
    4. Do a ton of past papers and see which areas you are still unsure about. Then repeat.

    For the more subjective subjects such as English, where the marks can vary according to the marker, I'd recommend a different method. Start by creating a format, or a structure that will guarantee a high mark. For example, you need to know how much you need to write per paragraph, how many points to include, what quotes you may use etc. Then do practice papers in timed conditions, as you need to get use to the time pressure as soon as possible (many of my friends didn't perform as well due to spending too much time on certain sections). Make sure to give all your past papers to your English teacher to mark for feedback.

    It is important in GCSE to not be stressed about exams too early. I started serious revision 1 and a half months before the first exam, and only did light revision the month before that. Don't do it about a year before, as you are likely to lose the motivation to revise and thus, will affect your grades.

    Bare in mind that the language subjects are a bit harder, especially because you have to start a long time before the other subjects. This is because language GCSEs require a lot of memorisation of vocab, which is certainly not possible to achieve a week before an exam. The best way of revising for this imo, is to use flash cards or quizlet (language on one side, English on the others)

    I wish the new year 11s the best of luck in their GCSEs
    Excellent tips! Thanks for posting this - I am aware that short GCSEs are half a qualification but to avoid questions I tend to just say 11. Although 10.5 is technically correct, yes.

    (Original post by Kryptonian)
    This is an excellent guide and well done on achieving those grades!! 👍👍
    Thank you!

    (Original post by samaad1)
    Hi could I have your AQA A revision guide for geography please would be extremely grateful thanks
    Sure. Mail me to tell me what topics you're doing (should be 3 for human 3 for physical), just to make sure it can actually be of use to you.

    (Original post by MathsMPhys)
    LOOL why the hell did work so hard for gcse its soooooo easy, got same grade as you and didnt even pick up book once... pretty much played runescape alll through gcse's...then again i am an olympiad so would be funny if i actually had to work for something like gcse's...
    Claims to get 11 A*s yet doesn't even know the correct use of an apostrophe. Oh the irony. Get out, troll.

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    Thanks. This was helpful!

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    Not a problem! Glad it helped.

    (Original post by Sherlyyyn)
    Thanks so much on the tips and congratulations on your brilliant score! I am doing exactly the same subjects excluding art and am predicted your grades, so hopefully i will be able to achieve them! Ill definitely be trying these.

    Thank you Hopefully you get those grades! Just work hard throughout and I'm sure you will.
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    That's 10.5 A*s, not 11. Just saying
 
 
 
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