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    Hi everyone :wavey:

    So, it's finally half-term. Phew! A bit of time to kick back and relax, away from school or college*

    *I'm sorry, anyone who is currently studying at university. A bit of a shock to the system to find out there are no half-terms there

    Here at Grow Your Grades HQ, we decided now would be a perfect time to have a little spot-prize competition, just so you don't get to forget about revision totally.

    We're offering not one, but TWO £25 amazon vouchers as a prize - imagine all the stationery, notepads and revision books you can buy with that! (You can also spend it on something fun, if you wish)

    All you have to do is share your best tip (or tips) for starting your revision. What things do you do to get prepared for exams? When do you start even thinking about it? What's the best thing you do that someone else might not have thought of?

    Just post your reply below, and we'll be doing a random draw of all the answers

    And have a great half-term! :woo:

    GYG


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    The best way to start of revision is to write notes or do mind maps but then applying the information on there not coping from textbook but then understand what you have wrote.The thing I do is when I have a test do a mind map read for it and try say all the information I know and see the one I haven’t said and write it down on a different sheet of paper.Then to learn the information from the different piece of paper and do past paper to see where I went wrong
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    ooh spot prize!! I'm imagining the stationery!! :laugh:

    Making notes is what I do. I make them to review and then remake them and make them look nice, etc but recently I've been finding that a bit too time-consuming and it's not working very well so I'm trying to switch it up a bit with mind-maps, some flashcards, random post-its on my bedroom wall showing random facts and definitions and something I would really like to try is voice recording Oh, and I forgot to mention past paper questions!! :love: I love those to bits

    Revision takes time. I try to start as early as possible by making my notes and stuff around December (or even before then) so that I don't have to make them later (I do that anyway )

    I can't think of something that I do that someone else might not have thought of because most revision tips are quite similar... Idk... pomodoro technique? bullet journal? I guess those are probably the ones that only study geeks know about
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    My best tip for revision is to make sure you create revision notes/cards/maps/etc before you intend to start fully revising - it is much easier to revise when you already have materials to revise from, and it gives you the added bonus that you will remember or at least recognise some of the things from your notes when the time comes to start hardcore revision.

    Another tip I've found useful is writing a 'to do' list - go through the course syllabus/textbooks and make a note of each individual subject that you need to revise. By going through methodically it not only helps to organise you, but can keep you motivated and sure of what you are doing! I've done one of these for half term and I am finding it incredibly useful!

    Finally, read every examiners report and do lots of past papers - know the format of the questions inside out, and what is expected in the answers, so you don't feel that last minute panic when you open the exam paper at the start of an important exam!
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    1. Getting rid of distractions eg your phone! turn it off or put it in a different room

    2. Not spending too much time making a timetable, timetables are beneficial, but spending countless hours putting one together and ending up giving yourself too much work doesn't help - its better to put together a simpler one with free slots.

    3. Make good use of youtube! There are thousands of videos out there to help GCSE and A-Level (i think) students on practically every subject. Shoutout to Primrose Kitten and Mr Bruff!

    4. For maths, i feel that practice is key. Once you learn the technique, you just have to practice exam style questions. over. and over. and over again.

    5. For the sciences, (GCSE level) you have to make sure you fully understand all the processes, and be able to know that link between the content, and the types of questions they ask.

    6. Mindmaps! Theyre excellent, and have helped me a lot with english lit. I also have a thread with english resources for GCSE texts on my page which I've sent to about 100 people now, heres the link! https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...4#post76030254

    7. Don't stress!

    8. Find an incentive/ something to motivate you to revise, it could be anything, from your dream uni or dream job, to the fab holiday you'll enjoy this summer!
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    Don't know if this qualifies as advice but it is useful to take the time before you even start revision to figure out what makes sense for you in every one of your subjects. For example, for some people elaborate notes in maths are a waste of time and it would be better to start with practice right away even if you don't know all the details. But at the same time notes might be a great idea for you in history, and so on.
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    I like stealing online notes and reading the textbook. Talking science with my friends is funny, which way is the quickest to which lesson because current always takes the path with least resistance :lol:
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    I'd definitely invest in a new ukulele bag with the money! Little Billie Joe (yes I named after the lead singer of Green Day) deserves a new bag, especially with how damaged his current one is.

    My ultimate tip is to find what study method is best for you. Try writing your notes, recording them and listening back, anything!

    After that try and build up how much you study e.g. 10 mins, break, 20 mins, break, 30 mins, break or 30 mins, 15 minute break, 30 mins etc.

    Do past papers! It gets you used to the format of the exam and once you get the hang of it you're blessed.
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    Like others have said, the first thing you need to start your revision is a plan. For example, if you have a weeks break, you should plan out what exactly you're going to do on each day. I tend to try and revise at least 2 subjects in depth. From your plan, you will know exactly what you have to get done by the end of the week and it can actually be productive as you're working towards something.

    I make my plans on word so that if an event happens, i can move the stuff i need to get done around. In addition to this, if you get more done than expected you can remove stuff of your timetable.
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    Hi everyone :wavey:

    So, it's finally half-term. Phew! A bit of time to kick back and relax, away from school or college*

    *I'm sorry, anyone who is currently studying at university. A bit of a shock to the system to find out there are no half-terms there

    Here at Grow Your Grades HQ, we decided now would be a perfect time to have a little spot-prize competition, just so you don't get to forget about revision totally.

    We're offering not one, but TWO £25 amazon vouchers as a prize - imagine all the stationery, notepads and revision books you can buy with that! (You can also spend it on something fun, if you wish)

    All you have to do is share your best tip (or tips) for starting your revision. What things do you do to get prepared for exams? When do you start even thinking about it? What's the best thing you do that someone else might not have thought of?

    Just post your reply below, and we'll be doing a random draw of all the answers

    And have a great half-term! :woo:

    GYG





    My best tip for revision is to start early and make sure you follow the routine of understand, learn and apply for revision!
    I like to use a variety of different sources for revision (depending on the subject!):

    The reason I've put a detailed plan below for each subject is so hopefully some other people may be able to benefit from it!
    What do I do to get prepared for exams (A levels)?
    Chemistry
    For chem, I use Snaprevise to learn content before the lesson (helps me understand the lesson better- chem isn't my strongest subject)! When I revise, I go back over the videos and I use chemrevise and Dr Boes notes for revision. When I have understand the content, I learn and memorise it! Next, I apply my knowledge. I go to the OCR textbook to see if I have left anything out. I then do the OCR Summary Questions and have a flick through the CGP ones! Then, I go to PMT and do the past paper questions by topic! Finally, I do the Practice Questions in the textbook for the new spec, mark them and go over any I have got wrong!

    Maths
    Practice is key for maths! I do all the questions in the book for the chapter before/after we study it in the lesson. For test, I do the questions by topic on PMT! When I have done this for every chapter, I am planning on doing all the past paper, Solomon papers, IYGB papers etc! And exam solutions is AMAZING if you need any help to understand the content!

    Economics
    I use the economics help revision guide to make revision cards for the topics. I also make notes from EconplusDal videos. I am planning to plan/write every essay question on the spec before exams!

    When do I start thinking about exams?
    Usually Feb half term so now!

    Other tips
    Don't stress! Make sure you have an incentive to revise, e.g. going to uni or your dream job etc. Anything to motivate you! Make sure you exercise, get plenty of good food and sleep and socialise. The key to being successful in exams is a balance!
    I also LOVE using the Pomodoro technique- it makes me so much more productive and completely stops procrastination! The timer I use is linked below
    http://tomatotimers.com/
    Ana Mascara is also an AMAZING youtuber she has videos on almost everything for studying! Go and check her out:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/anamascara

    Finally, always LOOK AFTER YOURSELF! A good mental and emotional state is crucial to be successful in exams! Write your own affirmations, meditate, pray, do yoga, keep a journal- anything to relax you!

    Have a good half term everyone and best of luck with your exams!x
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    As I'm in Year 10, I'm starting to compile my notes and revision resources now! Personally, I find that watching Youtube revision videos are really useful! (Mr Bruff for English, FreeScienceLessons for Science (never!), Hegarty Maths and Corbett maths for maths
    I also really love revision Youtubers like Revision with Eve, Unjaded Jade and Ruby Granger. They're really inspiring and motivational!

    I really like mindmaps for subjects like music and physics where you need to know the key words and definitions, however I find that these just don't work for subjects such as chemistry and maths :yes:
    You need to accept that you will have different revision methods for different subjects and even these might change!

    Most important tip: Make sure you understand the content! There's no point revising something that you don't fully understand - it won't make any sense! eg. Trying to revise Osmosis and having the definition as "The movement of water molecules from areas of high water concentration to areas of low water concentration through a partially permeable membrane" but not knowing what half the words in the sentence mean won't do you any good!

    Use your revision guide! These will explain the basics for you, so don't rely on them, but they are awesome for understanding and consolidation

    Past papers are your best friend! Also practise exam style questions relating to the grade higher than you are aiming to achieve (after making sure you can do the ones relating to the grade you want!)
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    I always recommend mind maps! I love that they work for people who like computers or handwritten notes, and for people who like pretty notes or those who prefer function over style. They're just really versatile. My English lit revision always used to be focused around creating mind maps for themes, characters, quotes etc.
    I also think half term is a great time to ensure that your notes are properly organised as revision is always much easier for me if my notes actually make sense and are properly filed.I always use this as an excuse to go stationery shopping for new stationery
    Additionally I tend to get bored cooped up revising all day so I go to my college/local library to switch it up, it helps me retain my focus.
    Good luck! And if you're reading this right now when you should be working, go ace that revision!
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    I really love the idea of graphic organisers that I saw on someone's GYG blog, I'd never thought of doing anything like that before! I like to use an app such as Forest to track the time I spend revising and to stop me from the temptation of using social media I usually set it for 45 minutes, although on a good day I might go for 60 and a particularly tiring day I might go for 20, and then I set tasks to get done throughout this time. When the time is up, I'll take a little break, maybe eat a kiwi, then set a new timer. It's really important to vary your revision techniques because doing the same thing over and over can be really boring and will make you get tired so much more quickly!

    Depending on the resources I have available and the subject I'm studying for, I might go through a lecture podcast or powerpoint pausing to make full notes, then make flashcards from these notes, then move onto something else and come back to condense the notes later on. If past papers or practice questions are available, I'll also make full use of these - it helps to ensure your understanding :yep:
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    Unfortunately, no half term for me, though my attendance has been touch and go recently so pretty much counting myself as having a half term


    Usually start thinking about revising around 8 weeks before main exams, and 2-3 weeks before a course test (depending on other coursework/tests happening). I find that this gives me enough time to step back from everything and have a think:

    - Firstly, I go through each subject, and make a list of all the topics I've done. I then make sure I've got the lecture notes, and my own notes I make at the time of lectures neatly organised, and make a note of anything I've got missing. Same with seminars. I find doing this though isn't necessarily revising, helps me to get in a positive mindset having done something that requires little effort, but also reminds me about topics I've done that I had totally forgotten about.

    - Then I make sure I'm up to date with any notes I missed, before then making mind maps for each module - within these I have the main topics, and then the key areas within these. This is kind of like my plan for revision notes, so for Derivatives and Financial Risk Management, I would have clouds such as Options and Valuing Options, Forwards and Futures, etc... Then sub headings might be Valuing a European option, Valuing an American option...
    Some may even interlink, and sticking a line between them is all good - if it makes sense to you, then that's what matters!

    - Next, having made my notes, I go through all the seminar questions, course tests and other exemplar material I have, so that I can apply this. I don't mind at first if I need to look at my notes, but if I do, then I write this down as an area that I need to go over thoroughly - there's no point revising crap you already know! At times, I do questions with ease, and doing these questions is my revision for those topics, there's really no point wasting time and effort on something you know...

    - Then onto the past exam to get the real kind of example for what I'll be facing... Read over the notes before the exam, and hey presto, it seems to work to me!

    Some general things:
    - Don't stress!!! If you're having a disaster of a day, I find it's much better to just sack it off, relax, but tell yourself that you'll start afresh tomorrow, with a better attitude.
    - I also like to think effort is something that you use up throughout the day. I find starting in the morning and doing most the work in the morning to be best. A bit in the afternoon, but I'm pretty done by 3/4, and rarely do uni work past dinner. I keep that for other work I have.

    - Do what works best for you - that means working when is best for you, working where works best for you, with the best methods for you.

    This is what works best for me, but it can be something different for everyone!
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    My favourite revision technique is to shorten the notes for one sub-topic of the main topic (e.g. carbohydrates for the biological molecules topic in biology) onto a piece of a4. This can be notes spilt under sub-titles or a mind-map. I draw diagrams of most things - particularly for parts that are a long explanation of a process. As a visual learner, it really helps to see just how it works.

    I also love to make my notes pretty and colourful. Every subject and each half of that subject has a different colour scheme for titles and sub-titles of the notes. It makes it much easier to organise, and nice to see. Having neat notes makes it much easier to read over them when you need them for an exam.

    From the mind-maps and shorter notes, I then make the notes into quick and easy flashcards for quick recall. I try to slim my notes down as much as possible. Trying to be more effective with your learning is better than doing more revision. Quite often when doing mocks or end-of-topic tests I'll actually draw a picture of something out when I need to explain a process. A labelled diagram can sometimes be all I'll need to remember that particular thing.

    Finally, after all this, I'll go through some exam questions to truly practice how to actually answer the questions.

    It's a long process, but it really helps to keep going over things. Sometimes a bit of repetition can really get things into your head. This is the best method for me, but everyone is different.

    Do a quiz on what type of learner you are - helped me look at even better ways to revise for the way my brain works

    Obviously, the best advice has to be actually doing revision yourself and not just taking notes from the internet or reading your own. I know it can help give you an idea of what you need for your notes, but sometimes you might not write down the things that you always forget. For instance, I always seem to forget which monosaccharides make up fructose, sucrose, and maltose. So, that's something I need to make sure that I remember, but it might not be so helpful for you. It's important to take advice from others but to tailor your revision for you.
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    First off, I find it incredibly hard to get motivated, so I think getting motivated in the first place is an extremely important thing! The way I do this is normally by watching revision youtubers and browsing instagram for study inspo (just don't get too distracted in the realms of instagram photos like me )! I also keep a bullet journal, and make a list of all the revision I want to do each day, so it gives me a target to work towards

    Another important thing, is to find out where you study the most effectively. For me it's at school or at the library rather than at home, because at home I have way too many distractions! :teehee:

    Next, I feel like the revision methods I use are quite specific for each of my subjects, and I like to keep things varied so I'm not just using the same techniques over and over (which I feel, can make revision quite tedious and boring):

    Maths - I start off by making notes and flashcards of things I need to remember for each topic, and then I just do lots of questions. If I feel a bit overwhelmed and too scared to go straight to past papers, I'll start off by doing some questions on specific topics I think need work on. Then I'll just do a million past papers until I get a decent score

    Physics - This is the subject I struggle with the most, so I find myself watching a lot of physics videos on YouTube to remind myself of the content and how to answer questions (especially electricity questions!) I then make lots of notes, using the textbook and the specification to make sure I'm writing about stuff I actually need to know! I then answer past exam questions. Since there aren't many past papers since I'm on the new spec, I'm practising using questions from the old spec.

    Music - Right now I'm trying to make A3 mind maps for each set work, writing points for each of the elements (Melody, Harmony, Texture, Instrumentation etc.) An extremely important thing to do is to listen to your set works so you get familiar with them! Also know what keywords mean because the last thing you want to do is to not answer a question in the exam because you didn't know what it was asking!

    In my opinion, starting to revise properly for GCSEs at February Half Term should give you plenty of time. I personally started revising for them at Easter because I have a really bad long term memory, so I found cramming was more effective (as I did many subjects, but each didn't need too much detail for each one). Of course for you it depends on how you learn and memorise - most people like to study little and often to exercise their long term memory. If you think that would work better for you, do it that way

    At A Level, the time at which you start hardcore revising will vary even more, since people will be studying different subjects so their revision will be different from someone else's. Of course it's always better to start earlier than later, but my key advice is to not start too early, otherwise you can burn yourself out, and it's incredibly hard to get back to revising if you're feeling unmotivated or exhausted.

    Also advice I need to take from myself is to get more sleep, because it's pointless going to bed late, and then going to school and not being able to concentrate, because you go to school to learn! I had a period of time where all I'd do in the library is just fall asleep, because I was so sleep deprived, but of course that was wasting valuable time to study!

    Hope these tips help someone out
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    This is mainly for the sciences as I've only ever done sciences.
    Firstly, one of the best things you can do is actually get your books out of your bag and put them on your desk. Even if you don't use them the second they're there, you'll eventually have an urge to revise and wont be put off by the fact you have to get up get what you need out etc.
    (This tip is mainly for lazy people who don't like revising or those who get the urge to revise but don't act on it.)

    Once you actually get revising one of the best ways of revision in my opinion is to get a text book for your level (possibly borrow it from your teacher) and open it up on page one, get sticky notes and write a note about every useful page. This can take up to an hour and a half depending on the subject or your previous knowledge. This step is useful to me as it lets me go over the entire course again really quickly, helps me brush up on my subjects a bit and it reminds me of everything I've learnt. (as you're reading it's better to make a big stack of notes so you can flick through them.)

    When you have all your notes read through them right away, if you feel like you know the note off by heart already then just rip it off your note stack and put it to the side for later. From there you should have a big pile of stuff you feel you need to work on. You can order them into topics if you want to see what topics you are struggling with the most. This gives you a rough estimate of how well you're doing at the subject as well as what you need to work on the most.

    Now that you know what you need to work on, work on it! Go online and do questions on the topics you're struggling with and also read over those sections in your textbooks. Go over the rest of your note pile and see what you still need to work on / are struggling with and repeat. Once you feel like you know the majority of your course its time to do past papers!

    Past papers are by far the best and easiest way to revise, do every question under a time limit and then mark it. This would help flag up some parts of the course you missed and will show you what to work on. This also gives you a good estimate of your final grade, (I usually aim around 10-20% above my target grade as in the actual exam you'll be stressed and under a much stricter time limit, this can chip away at your total mark and make you do worse, not to mention the grade boundaries changing.)
    The more past papers you do for your subjects the better, type up what subject you have and write "all past papers" afterwards:
    Heres a list of physics papers: http://mrmackenzie.co.uk/higher-revision/
    And here's a list of maths: https://sites.google.com/a/edubuzz.o...rs/home/higher

    If you do all this you should be able to get an A in any science/mathsy subject, I think even people who are getting Cs and Ds can boost themselves to an A using the right revision method.
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    It's not the same for everyone. For me, I like to take notes and make mind maps of condensed information. Making flashcards on apps such as quizlet help too for short pieces of information. The best one for me is discussing it with your friends or teaching another person. By saying it out loud it sticks in your long-term memory more. So my advise would be to, after a revision session, go tell your parents, a friend, or your dog about what you've learnt. It helps so much!
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    Proven* revision tactics

    *DISCLAIMER: The following methods have proven to be successful for myself, associates and affiliates, this however may not carry the same definition for others, third parties, in the same way I, as an independent entity, have benefited from them.

    To ensure successful memory retention in exams, revision should be divided into 2 methods of, long-term and short-term, stategising:
    Long-term strategizing should take place 5-2mths before relevant exams, practice could include mind maps, videos, and flash card preparation.
    Short-term should commence and continue from 2mths ahead of exams til the hours before sitting, practice includes summary questions, flash card reviewal, and repeated exam training.

    The techniques above in original unaltered form have proven to be successful for me, when practised accordingly on numerous occasions.
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    Proven* revision tactics

    *DISCLAIMER: The following methods have proven to be successful for myself, associates and affiliates, this however may not carry the same definition for others, third parties, in the same way I, as an independent entity, have benefited from them.

    To ensure successful memory retention in exams, revision should be divided into 2 methods of, long-term and short-term, stategising:
    Long-term strategizing should take place 5-2mths before relevant exams, practice could include mind maps, videos, and flash card preparation.
    Short-term should commence and continue from 2mths ahead of exams til the hours before sitting, practice includes summary questions, flash card reviewal, and repeated exam training.

    The techniques above in original unaltered form have proven to be successful for me, when practised accordingly on numerous occasions.
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