Have your say: Seven steps to doing brilliantly in your GCSEsWatch
I am going into Year 10 next year and starting my GCSE course, just wondering should I have been revising over the holiday? I've done very little other than a few pieces of work we were asked to do.
2. Make notes as you go along or if you're lazy like me before a class test so you never have mountains to do
3. For subjects still with coursework (prob very few) DO THEM WELL - this will save you so much stress a lot of my friends had because they left things too late
4. If you can, print off the spec for all your subjects (I never did this thought it was overkill) as it lets you know exactly what you need to know (or just have it in the back of your mind at all times)
5. REVISE FOR YOUR MOCKS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY YOUR YR 11 MOCKS; single greatest tip I can give you, it saved me from having to revise everything from yr 10 and onwards during the exam season and I was sooooo happy
6. Still have a social life and don't get involved in school beef (trust me this happens so much throughout yr 11), be friends with as many of your year group as you can because at the end of the day they're great really once you get past all the shade
7. Just remember if you don't do well on a test or even the exam itself: it's not that deep. A levels are much more important anyway but that doesn't mean you should flop. If you try your best then you should get the grades you deserve.
Just finished yr 11 so hope that was useful, stress can EASILY be avoided if you just put the work in and enjoy being at school in the company of friends.
If you have a careers adviser at your school, talk to them as much as possible if you're struggling to pick your A Levels. They know loads and will really help you decide what to take based on your chosen career/degree course. Alternatively, they're also good at helping you look at your options in life by seeing what you're good at/enjoy and recommending industries to consider.
Use your teachers as much as you can! They know you and how you learn so they'll be able to explain certain concepts to you in a way that a textbook just can't. This was invaluable in the weeks before exams, especially in English where my teacher was able to tailor revision sessions to how I learn best. You can also get them to mark past papers for you so you don't have the whole *takes a peek at mark scheme* "yeah, I knew that" situation.
If you can, plan some amazing stuff to do over the summer; whether it be a holiday, NCS, festivals, or just socialising with your friends. Whilst this probably shouldn't be on the forefront of your mind over the exam period, it can act as a really good motivator to get you through.
Over the summer after year 10, don't work too hard. I'd recommend doing your summer homework and just having a flick through what you've done over the past year. However, if there wasn't anything you really understood in year 10 (3D trig/pythagoras for me) try and do some more work on it by using practice questions and YouTube videos. The new GCSEs certainly have more content and you may not get time to revise everything at the end of year 11, so you want to have a good understanding of everything.
Try and incorporate revision into your day from the start of year 11. I don't mean full on past papers/notes/etc but just going over what you've learned that day for about 30 mins. This will help you get used to doing a bit more independent work which you can then ramp up as mocks/actual exams come about. It will also give you a chance to see how you manage to fit in studying with your other commitments (guides/cadets/sports/drama/whatever).
This is really good advice - thanks!!
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