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    Hey there.

    I'm in Year 11 at the moment; taking my final exams in May/June. I'm thinking of starting revision in the coming half term, but I have no idea what I'd revise, perhaps with the exceptions of Maths and Science Double Award (I'll probably just read through the CGP Key Stage 4 books/the work I've done throughout the year).

    I'm wondering when you, personally, started revising for your GCSE's, and what you actually did for revision (any techniques would be helpful, too).

    Thanks in advance,

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    I'm gunna go through the textbooks and make notes. Then learn those notes. Pretty much it
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    I really do think it depends entirely on how you learn best...if you are like me for instance, anything learnt more than a few weeks before will be time wasted as I'd just forget it all, but some people prefer to go over things repeatedly to make sure it sticks in their mind.

    I think the best option right now would be to make sure there are no concepts or anything that you don't understand, so that by the time you come to revise you are just remembering everything, not learning it.

    Unfortunately I'm not the best example in the world, as I revised for each of my GCSE exams a maximum of a few days before...saying that however, when I did revise it was pretty full on and efficient.

    As for revision techniques, I read my specific course textbooks thoroughly, then did loads of past papers - after a few you'll realise just how repetitive they are
    Making notes/mind maps/revision cards didn't personally work for me (because I hate writing ) but loads of people say it's great, so it's worth a try. Everyone's different, so I guess you won't really know which methods best for you until you play around with a few (that's another thing you could do in half term...).

    Anyway, good luck! And PM me if you need any specific help .
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    Seems a bit early, could risk burning out?
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    A few weeks before the exam in question, but when there all together could be a few days before.

    As above you don't want to lose drives by revising too much (it happens), light revision if your set on it?

    I personally don't do notes, usually crap, revision books all the way!
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    Thanks for the replies and haha, was only considering light revision at the moment. I've burned myself out previously. Won't be making the same mistake again.

    I'm gonna try a get a few practice papers, where do you get them from? Online?
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    Personally I didn't do anything, but that's not very good advice :giggle:
    I remember my school did some 'revision technique' days, and there was some good advice in there. Firstly it depends how you learn best, but making notes using colour or diagrams can help, some people like to copy out the text book, Making bullet points, mindmaps, discussing topics with people or getting people to quiz you, maybe explaining a topic to someone who hasn't studied it, flash cards, using revision guides, making mnemonics may work for some subjects, look cover write check repeat for things like french vocab and practice papers (available on exam board websites)

    Other general points were start revision early (like you're doing) and make sure to eat well, sleep an appropriate amount, have some fun, exercise and keep hydrated...which are helpful but a little random :s:
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    I have my german oral in the end of March so I have started learning my 6 topics already, and will be learning key phrases/practising role plays etc.
    I have also started science and maths revision. I'm basically learning CGP off by heart for science, then doing loads of past papers; it worked in my mocks!
    good luck!
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    (Original post by Yooth)
    Thanks for the replies and haha, was only considering light revision at the moment. I've burned myself out previously. Won't be making the same mistake again.

    I'm gonna try a get a few practice papers, where do you get them from? Online?
    Which is your exam board?if its AQA then here are the papers
    http://web.aqa.org.uk/admin/qp-ms_gcse.php
    I'm doing my GCSEs too and i've started light revision.I'll start revising harder on half term.
    As for techniques read your CGP books,Collins books,do past papers.I usually make mind maps with the key terms that i'ld have read then i try to memorise them by writing what i remember at the back of the mind map.And try answering all questions at the end of each chapter.Sorry if my English is bad,it's my second language.

    Hope i've helped
 
 
 
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