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I have my mocks on Tuesday and have only been revising the last week or two. I know this is nowhere near enough for the actual exams :P

how long are you going to start proper revision before your exams?
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Would say start at least around 2-3 months before your exams
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I've been revising as I have gone along so I'm in a slightly better position however I'm planning to start gentle revision from about Feb so I don't feel under so much pressure at the end.
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I have my mocks on Tuesday and have only been revising the last week or two. I know this is nowhere near enough for the actual exams :P

how long are you going to start proper revision before your exams?

Hello there. Saw you're question and thought I should reply. Well I did my GCSE this summer and revision in school and at home was tense! So you're original question: When shall I start revision?

Well my advise is when you have a lesson for example biology on a Monday, go home and make some notes. Summarise the topic by making spider diagrams, flash cards or making a rap. By doing this each lesson you're building upon you're knowledge and by rehearsing the information you're more likely to remember.

Using revision guides and answering the questions they contain will help you know how much of something you know and what you need to improve on I.e Revise. I would advise CGP books or often the book that you use in lesson often have they're own revision guides which you can buy of WHSmith or Amazon, Ebay, Water stones.

Revision is just overlooking the notes and learning and maintaining them in you're memory. I would advise you to start revision 2-3 months before you're exam. That does not mean you go to every lesson and not look back at the information then cram everything you've learnt in a small amount of time. (Not relating to you so please do not get offended.)

I think that's what some student do. Let me tell what I did in order to do well in my exams.
Brought a revision guide. Whether you're a visual learner, kinaesthetic or auditory, revision guides help a LOT. They break up the information for you. I suggest reading a chapter every night or two and writing on sticky note the things you remember. Do look, cover and check, an old way of revising.

Make the most of school interventions and revision session. I understand that It can get boring and one does go mad and but trust me by attending these interventions that school put on help dearly. Now is the time when it get competitive because Colleges are now looking for grade B'S. So it like imaging you're the only person in the jungle surviving against 20 other people. Who will survive?

And another tip use You Tube videos. There are a lot of people that post useful information regarding GCSE topics ,revision and the lessons content.

So I hope this helped I know there was more said however I hope these helped again once more. Good luck with you're GCSE'S.

Another thing if you're allowed to take you're mock, keep them and look back at them as they are the best source of revision as you learn the way exams are written and what the exam questions are like.
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Hello there. Saw you're question and thought I should reply. Well I did my GCSE this summer and revision in school and at home was tense! So you're original question: When shall I start revision?

Well my advise is when you have a lesson for example biology on a Monday, go home and make some notes. Summarise the topic by making spider diagrams, flash cards or making a rap. By doing this each lesson you're building upon you're knowledge and by rehearsing the information you're more likely to remember.

Using revision guides and answering the questions they contain will help you know how much of something you know and what you need to improve on I.e Revise. I would advise CGP books or often the book that you use in lesson often have they're own revision guides which you can buy of WHSmith or Amazon, Ebay, Water stones.

Revision is just overlooking the notes and learning and maintaining them in you're memory. I would advise you to start revision 2-3 months before you're exam. That does not mean you go to every lesson and not look back at the information then cram everything you've learnt in a small amount of time. (Not relating to you so please do not get offended.)

I think that's what some student do. Let me tell what I did in order to do well in my exams.
Brought a revision guide. Whether you're a visual learner, kinaesthetic or auditory, revision guides help a LOT. They break up the information for you. I suggest reading a chapter every night or two and writing on sticky note the things you remember. Do look, cover and check, an old way of revising.

Make the most of school interventions and revision session. I understand that It can get boring and one does go mad and but trust me by attending these interventions that school put on help dearly. Now is the time when it get competitive because Colleges are now looking for grade B'S. So it like imaging you're the only person in the jungle surviving against 20 other people. Who will survive?

And another tip use You Tube videos. There are a lot of people that post useful information regarding GCSE topics ,revision and the lessons content.

So I hope this helped I know there was more said however I hope these helped again once more. Good luck with you're GCSE'S.

Another thing if you're allowed to take you're mock, keep them and look back at them as they are the best source of revision as you learn the way exams are written and what the exam questions are like.
Thankyou very much! This was a perfect reply I have the CPG books for science and geography and they are helping a lot! My main problem with revising is that I get distracted sooo easily :P in fact, this website got me distracted today thought I'd make an account and see what it's about, whilst doing RE 'revision'.

I think I will start note taking in December, and do proper revision in February or March. My exams are in May.

Thanks again for the advise!
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Thankyou very much! This was a perfect reply I have the CPG books for science and geography and they are helping a lot! My main problem with revising is that I get distracted sooo easily :P in fact, this website got me distracted today thought I'd make an account and see what it's about, whilst doing RE 'revision'.

I think I will start note taking in December, and do proper revision in February or March. My exams are in May.

Thanks again for the advise!
Any tips on how to not get too stressed to the point it disturbs your learning ?


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Any tips on how to not get too stressed to the point it disturbs your learning ?


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Revise in small bits and take regular breaks, overloading information all at once just makes your brain explode and you won't be able to think straight.

The key is to spread your revision out as long as possible so the earlier you start revising, the easier it will be
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Revise in small bits and take regular breaks, overloading information all at once just makes your brain explode and you won't be able to think straight.

The key is to spread your revision out as long as possible so the earlier you start revising, the easier it will be
Ok thank you!!


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Revise in small bits and take regular breaks, overloading information all at once just makes your brain explode and you won't be able to think straight.

The key is to spread your revision out as long as possible so the earlier you start revising, the easier it will be
Have you just done your GCSE's or?


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Ok thank you!!


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no problem, good luck with your exams!

*edit - I'm doing my GCSE's next year, in May I think
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no problem, good luck with your exams!
Aw thank you


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no problem, good luck with your exams!

*edit - I'm doing my GCSE's next year, in May I think
Ohh and your already a pro at giving out advice hahaha


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Ohh and your already a pro at giving out advice hahaha


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aha I wouldn't say pro XD I know what I need to do, the trouble is I'm too lazy to do it :P
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Seriously don't sweat about your GCSE's too much, they seem hard whilst you're doing them but they're not MASSIVELY important, if you go on to do A levels thats really what matters... that being said, revise as much as you feel necessary, that's all I can say. If you feel confident with the course material and can do well on past papers, then take it easy, if you're really struggling then pick up the pace and revise more.

Some people find GCSE's a complete breeze and some people just struggle with exams in general, personally I barely revised and got 7A*'s 3A's and 2 B's, revised a bit more for my AS levels and got 4A's, you really just need to do enough so that you're comfortable though, you can't really gauge it off how much your friends are doing, everyone's different
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Thankyou very much! This was a perfect reply I have the CPG books for science and geography and they are helping a lot! My main problem with revising is that I get distracted sooo easily :P in fact, this website got me distracted today thought I'd make an account and see what it's about, whilst doing RE 'revision'.

I think I will start note taking in December, and do proper revision in February or March. My exams are in May.

Thanks again for the advise!
Great, I'm glad to hear that my advice has helped you. My tip for distraction is try to keep electronics away from you, I understand this is hard. I would say lock them up or give them to you're parents to keep them safe (obviously make sure there is a password on it) and tell them not to give you any of the electronics unless you seriously need them. I understand in the 21St century its hard without THE Internet but what I would advise you is to only use the laptop or interest if you really need it. I know it can be hard but make it like this at the end of the day if you have completed you're revision and know the stuff. Treat you're self to some 'you' time, about 25 to 20 Min, Catching up on Facebook, instragram and other stuff.


Sometimes a quiet room without anything helps, or sitting in the garden. If those options are unlikely make a soft spot/corner in a room or in a place with some cushion, lighting and food and go there to revise and do work.Kind of like an imagery world without the electronics.


One advise on revision, don't go revision crazy. Revise about 25 to 35/40 Min as the mind starts to wonder. Eat fresh veg, or fruit, drink plenty of water and a variety of nuts and the carbs, protein and fats. Once again good luck. And I would like to say Thank you for reading my comment and taking it on board. Its nice to know that people really appreciate my advise.
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Thanks OP! I needed this question too!
Repped most of you's!
I don't want to "Hijack" this thread but is 3-4 hours per day until exams enough to cover make notes on EVERYTHING?
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Thanks OP! I needed this question too!
Repped most of you's!
I don't want to "Hijack" this thread but is 3-4 hours per day until exams enough to cover make notes on EVERYTHING?

Hello. A good question.I would say yes, depending on what subject you are revising. I would say revise 30 Min in the first half then 30 Min for the second half.

It not just only about covering certain hours in a day, the main goal of revision is knowing the stuff even when you're not revising. So divide you're time and time for you're self. My advise is use a time table , this really helps covering all the notes. Good Luck with you're GCSE'S hope my advice helps!
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Hello. A good question.I would say yes, depending on what subject you are revising. I would say revise 30 Min in the first half then 30 Min for the second half.

It not just only about covering certain hours in a day, the main goal of revision is knowing the stuff even when you're not revising. So divide you're time and time for you're self. My advise is use a time table , this really helps covering all the notes. Good Luck with you're GCSE'S hope my advice helps!
Thank You, I'll Try That!
You've helped me loads, trust me!
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Thank You, I'll Try That!
You've helped me loads, trust me!

I'm Glad, it makes me smile every day when a person replies how much my advice has helped them. I wish you the best of luck in future coming exams.

Check out my forums for more advise on revision and on GCSE/ A LEVEL and other school related topics. There is only one forum but in the up coming future there should be more.
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