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As the title says, I would like to know whether if doing past papers counts as revision. Recently, I have been spending a lot of time doing past papers instead of making notes. I am worried that I am not spending time doing the appropriate task at this time of the year. Help!

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As the title says, I would like to know whether if doing past papers counts as revision. Recently, I have been spending a lot of time doing past papers instead of making notes. I am worried that I am not spending time doing the appropriate task at this time of the year. Help!

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Just because you're not making notes doesn't mean you're not revising! I made only made notes for 1 subject when I was doing my GCSEs

As long as you're learning and you find it helpful then it doesn't matter what you're doing. Past papers can be of use at whatever point in the year.

Good luck!
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Personally I find past papers are the best thing for revising. Just never do them lmao
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Just because you're not making notes doesn't mean you're not revising! I made only made notes for 1 subject when I was doing my GCSEs

As long as you're learning and you find it helpful then it doesn't matter what you're doing. Past papers can be of use at whatever point in the year.

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If you don't mind me asking, how did you perform in your GCSE's using this method?

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If you don't mind me asking, how did you perform in your GCSE's using this method?

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I got A*A*A*AAAABBC
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I got A*A*A*AAAABBC
Oh that's not too bad

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Definitely. Making notes really shouldn't be counted as revising imo, it's passive and things don't really go into your head. Past papers allow you to go over material, check your exam technique, work out what the examiners want, check your timing, all at the same time. Flashcards and things are good too, but past papers are the best tool you have.
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To clarify, I don't mean you should make notes, you should, so you can get all your material from one place - but I personally think it's better to do this as you go through the year, not in the lead-up to exams.
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Definitely! Past papers show what you have and haven't learned, helping you to focus on the topics you struggle with most, and give you a chance to practice your exam technique and get familiar with the exam structure and question style before the real exam. Past papers can actually be one of the best forms of revision for some subjects, such as maths
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Definitely! Past papers show what you have and haven't learned, helping you to focus on the topics you struggle with most, and give you a chance to practice your exam technique and get familiar with the exam structure and question style before the real exam. Past papers can actually be one of the best forms of revision for some subjects, such as maths
Indeed! Not so much for science though I think. That's good to hear that past papers are not a waste of time as I have spent all of today doing past papers instead of making notes.

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To clarify, I don't mean you should make notes, you should, so you can get all your material from one place - but I personally think it's better to do this as you go through the year, not in the lead-up to exams.
I would agree. I have made so many notes and spent countless hours doing this but its all passive and as a result, little goes into my head. Perhaps, past papers are the way to go. Also, flashcards are too time consuming I think. Otherwise, I'd be on top of that.

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Making notes imo is something you do once. Make a good set of notes and read through them in your free time and then do past papers at home to consolidate exam technique etc
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I would agree. I have made so many notes and spent countless hours doing this but its all passive and as a result, little goes into my head. Perhaps, past papers are the way to go. Also, flashcards are too time consuming I think. Otherwise, I'd be on top of that.

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It's worth having a look on quizlet to see if you can find some ready-made flashcards... Although you have to keep a keen eye out for potential mistakes.
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Indeed! Not so much for science though I think. That's good to hear that past papers are not a waste of time as I have spent all of today doing past papers instead of making notes.

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More for science than you'd think actually - examiners (at least for my board) were surprisingly fussy about the precise words used in written questions - especially in biology. Plus, if there are topics you can't quite get a handle on, it's good to work out what marks you can get without a complete understanding.
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It's worth having a look on quizlet to see if you can find some ready-made flashcards... Although you have to keep a keen eye out for potential mistakes.
Erghh. I hate internet flashcards. Sorry, just one of the weird opinions I have. If I were to use flashcards, they would have to be real and probably created by me. Once I get around to it, I think I will start making flashcards myself.

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Past papers are possibly the best form of revision
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More for science than you'd think actually - examiners (at least for my board) were surprisingly fussy about the precise words used in written questions - especially in biology. Plus, if there are topics you can't quite get a handle on, it's good to work out what marks you can get without a complete understanding.
What exam board is this? Also, that's a nice tip. I just printed some Unit 3 papers for that reason (as I just started Unit 3). Do you think I should complete the question papers with the correct answers before I complete the unit? So I know what they require of me.
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What exam board is this? Also, that's a nice tip. I just printed some Unit 3 papers for that reason (as I just started Unit 3). Do you think I should complete the question papers with the correct answers before I complete the unit? So I know what they require of me.
Do them yourself first, then self-mark with the markschemes, then if you have a teacher who'll go over them get them marked again just to make sure. My board was CIE (ugh).
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Do them yourself first, then self-mark with the markschemes, then if you have a teacher who'll go over them get them marked again just to make sure. My board was CIE (ugh).
Lmao, I have never heard of that exam board, must be really obscure. Sure, I'll do this as opposed to what I imposed. I doubt my science teacher would want to mark the questions himself (as this can be done by oneself). Thank you.

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Lmao, I have never heard of that exam board, must be really obscure. Sure, I'll do this as opposed to what I imposed. I doubt my science teacher would want to mark the questions himself (as this can be done by oneself). Thank you.

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I wouldn't necessarily do this, this is just what worked for me. I'd just play around and try and figure out what works for you. Good luck
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