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    Hi, I hope you are are having an amazing day.

    It is the last week of the summer holidays and I am about to go into year 11 in September and I am really scared about this year 11 as I have my GCSE exams this year and the GCSEs have become tougher. The reason why I am scared is that I have a lot of pressure from my parents as they want me to do well in my exams and I am the first child sitting GCSEs in my whole family and as I am the first child in the family sitting GCSE's i have no one like my cousins or siblings to talk to and get advice. In year 10 I have done well acedemically but i think I have not taken GCSEs seriously but now at the end of these summer holidays I have really started to feel the pressure and every night I think about what will happen if I fail and how I would end up in life. I have sat my Business exam this year and I think I done well in the exam and I have submitted 4 assignments for business. I have also done my 60% of my Spanish course and I have managed to get 2 A's and 2 A*'s in my controlled assessment.
    I just want advice for GCSE exams next year and I want to know when I should start revising for my exams. I am also scared about the exams because most exams are going to take place in the month of Ramadan so I will be fasting during the exams which will make it really tough.

    The subjects I am taking next year are Spanish (AQA), Geography (Edexcel B), Business Studies (Edexcel), the new tougher maths GCSEs (Edexcel and the grading for maths is now 9-1), statistics, further maths, core and additional science (AQA) and the subjects I am most scared of, English language and literature as i will be sitting the new English GCSEs which is 100% exams so there are no controlled assessments and English has now become a really tough subject as I will have to know 15 poems from an anthology as we will not be given them in the exam.

    I would like to know if I should start revising as soon as school begins or just before exams and I would love to receive advice and tips from people in order to pass my GCSEs and I would like to know when I should start revising for mocks and the real exams (how many months or weeks before the exams) as I am aiming for A's and A*'s as I believe I have the potential to achieve these grades but not in English as I am not really good at English. It would be great if anyone could offer me any tips and advice for year 11 as I would really appreciate it.

    PS: I will be going on holiday in the October half term between 22 October and 30 October to meet my grandparents and I don't know if that might effect my revision and grades.

    Thanks for taking your time to read my post and I hope I get many tips and advice from you and I hope you have an amazing day.
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    hey
    Am going into year 11 as well this september and surely am equally scared as you are and have decided to start making some flashcards for subjects like spanish where I know I have to learn alot of vocabulary
    well for science I just started making notes online so that am ahead of everyone else
    maths just go through past papers over and over and over and over again and yeah I would also recommend using a refill pad for everyone lesson to write down what you've learnt and also an example just to make sure you don't forget because the work in your classwork book is complicated for you to keep flipping through the pages
    Hope that helped.

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    With that attitude, i think youll be ok. I didnt start revision until the week before my first exam and i managed to do fine so if you start revising early im sure youll get the grades you want. Just make sure all your exercise books have the complete notes in because its annoying the night before the exam when you realise you forgot about a topic.
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    (Original post by Naomeyz_01)
    hey
    Am going into year 11 as well this september and surely am equally scared as you are and have decided to start making some flashcards for subjects like spanish where I know I have to learn alot of vocabulary
    well for science I just started making notes online so that am ahead of everyone else
    maths just go through past papers over and over and over and over again and yeah I would also recommend using a refill pad for everyone lesson to write down what you've learnt and also an example just to make sure you don't forget because the work in your classwork book is complicated for you to keep flipping through the pages
    Hope that helped.

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    look, i just completed the GCSEs and can give you some tips. personally i am not the brightest, but also not an idiot. i have remained on the fringes of top set under constant threat of moving down. i didn't really revise until about 2 weeks before the first exam. my main advice would be to sort your coursework out, without getting full UMS in my science ISA's (i was in triple science) i would not have got AAA. i realise the new exams have less coursework but do not underestimate any of it. My next set of advice would be to plan what to revise, when the exam dates are released learn them and know when best to start a schedule, if there is a subject you are crap in, for me it was Chemistry, leave that revision until about a week before the exam so it stays fresh.

    Also, i'd say be prepared to sacrifice some subjects. on the same day as my drama exam i had my media one and i am doing media next year at A-level so i prioritised that revision. i got an A in media and a B in drama. i did not revise German at all as it was in a tough week of about 8 exams and got a C, Make sure you prioritise the subjects you want to do in further education. finally i would say dont worry about it until about a month before, but them clamp down and revise hard. get your resources ready weeks ahead, print off past papers and be organised with school notes, you will learn more in 2 weeks before the exams than 2 years before seriously. i would just say to not worry for the whole year but remember to be ready, if you fail an exam dont think about it, dont talk to your friends about it - move on, not every battle can be won but i certainly hope you can win the war.

    my results:
    English language- A
    English Literature - A*
    Maths - A
    Further Maths - C
    Physics - A
    Biology - A
    Chemistry - A
    History - A*
    Religious Studies - A*
    Media - A
    Drama - B
    German - C



    EDIT: i would also add it would be smart to make flashcards and NOT use books but paper and folders, tell your teachers it is better for your revision, i wish i would have done that as in the last few weeks you can easily find what you need to know if you separate the notes by topic and subject. Good Luck.
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    Don't worry GCSEs aren't that hard, secondly any mock exams you do at like Christmas time will not represent how well you are doing and thirdly don't leave revision till a week before the exam.
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    Dont stress yourself out too much .

    They're not as difficult as you think. My school had two sets of mock exams which REALLY helped. If you treat them like the real thing, when the actual one comes you won't be stressing out too much. I was perfectly calm with mine. If you know you're prepared then you will be fine. All i did to revise was just consistently write down notes. But don't make any. Just write them down and they will go in your head. And i got A*AAAAABBBC which was pretty good . Good luck, i remember being in your place a year ago, but its not too bad.
 
 
 
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