Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    I understand that this is the "best" and most efficient form of revision but how exactly do you go about doing it? Do I read through the revision book first and then do the past paper or do you do the past paper without reading? Do you then do the same past paper multiple times? What am I supposed to do?
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by VincentBounty)
    I understand that this is the "best" and most efficient form of revision but how exactly do you go about doing it? Do I read through the revision book first and then do the past paper or do you do the past paper without reading? Do you then do the same past paper multiple times? What am I supposed to do?
    I did a variety. Start off doing one or two with books etc.
    Once you understand more about the paper etc., then try a few without books.
    Make sure you try a few to time as well.

    But most of all, correct yourself afterwards. There is no point in doing them unless you're going to learn from it. If you keep making the same mistakes, figure out why, then revise them, then try a question, or try a particular question again.

    I'd recommend trying different past papers, rather than the same one multiple times, although it can sometimes make sense to go back over certain questions, particularly ones you find difficult.
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by VincentBounty)
    I understand that this is the "best" and most efficient form of revision but how exactly do you go about doing it? Do I read through the revision book first and then do the past paper or do you do the past paper without reading? Do you then do the same past paper multiple times? What am I supposed to do?
    Also, always spend time going through the examiner report when you mark the paper as this can give you really useful information about exam technique and how to get the marks.
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by VincentBounty)
    I understand that this is the "best" and most efficient form of revision but how exactly do you go about doing it? Do I read through the revision book first and then do the past paper or do you do the past paper without reading? Do you then do the same past paper multiple times? What am I supposed to do?
    Pointless attempting exam Qs if you haven't actually gone over the content - you will end up seeing questions where you will convince yourself that you could answer them if you revised the content - so you may as well revise the content.
    When you revise content, you should also test yourself on purely recalling it at least 4-5 times over a period of days/weeks.
    Then try a full paper in exam conditions. Mark it, make sure you understand WHY that is the answer, then go back to revising content and trying more papers.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    a teacher at my school said to use all available resources to complete a past paper and then do it that way until you can answer the questions yourself and are getting near full marks
    Offline

    18
    This is how I like to do past papers.

    - revise the content/go over the content before past papers throughly.
    - Do the paper in timed and exam conditions
    - mark the paper. Be strict with yourself here
    - read the examiners report and make notes on the side of papers on a question you might have struggled or extra pointers
    - write down all the topics you might have struggled in the paper
    - revise the topics you listed
    - do the paper again to ensure that you have really understood the topics and what the examiner is asking of you.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    i literally just open the paper and the mark scheme at the same time, answer the questions myself and then check to see if I've got the answer correct and then move on to the next question. so i basically just memorize the mark scheme and it works because each year its the same kind of questions just worded differently.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    What I always found the best way was to do the first few with your textbook & exercise book & revision guides and just whatever the heck else you need.
    Look at the topic of the question/section, maybe skim read it, and then read all of your notes in your revision guides etc.
    Then go back and answer the question(s) to see what you've retained
    Once you've done that section, mark it and use the mark scheme. Understand every single question so that if you were to do the paper again, you'd get full marks (bonus points if you actually do the paper a second time )
    There's no point in guessing, or you'll just learn the wrong thing. To reiterate: Skim-read, notes, do the question, mark it, (then do it again!)
    Best of luck with your exams!
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by leahdw)
    I did a variety. Start off doing one or two with books etc.
    Once you understand more about the paper etc., then try a few without books.
    Make sure you try a few to time as well.

    But most of all, correct yourself afterwards. There is no point in doing them unless you're going to learn from it. If you keep making the same mistakes, figure out why, then revise them, then try a question, or try a particular question again.

    I'd recommend trying different past papers, rather than the same one multiple times, although it can sometimes make sense to go back over certain questions, particularly ones you find difficult.
    So are flash cards a waste of time? Because I'm spending around 40-60 minutes writing all the necessary flash cards for one topic in a Science unit but there are 144 topics in all of the units of Science that I have to study.
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Would you like to hibernate through the winter months?
    Useful resources

    Study tools

    Rosette

    Essay expert

    Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

    Thinking about uni already?

    Thinking about uni already?

    See where you can apply with our uni match tool

    Student chat

    Ask a question

    Chat to other GCSE students and get your study questions answered.

    Creating

    Make study resources

    Create all the resources you need to get the grades.

    Planner

    Create your own Study Plan

    Organise all your homework and exams so you never miss another deadline.

    Resources by subject

    From flashcards to mind maps; there's everything you need for all of your GCSE subjects.

    Papers

    Find past papers

    100s of GCSE past papers for all your subjects at your fingertips.

    Help out other students

    Can you help? Study help unanswered threads

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.