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I have a few questions. I’m on mostly 6s (a B). I didn’t revise much for the mocks. In two and a half months, is it possible to get 8s ( an A*) with a lot of revision? That’s my target so that’s why I ask.

Also, what is the best way to revise? I have bought cgp books for almost every subject, and I buy a5 notepads for each paper in the GCSEs eg. An a5 book for chem paper 1 , another for paper 2, and then I write notes .The only notes I’ve fully wrote from the guides are all of chemistry, some of physics and that’s it. I’m unsure if this is a good way to revise. Should I carry on doing this with every other subject - I feel comfortable doing this but I’m unsure if it’s effective enough. I tried to do other methods ie flash cards, but I was unsure exactly what to write on these flash cards. And mindmaps don’t appeal to me tbh. Since I have two full a5 books on chemistry I’ve spent like 8 hours on, what do I do with these? Just read over them? If I make flash cards, then on what? I’m unsure what I’m meant to write since I’ve already written any info needed in these books.

So basically I’m asking, is writing a full a5 book of notes for a paper effective? What do I do after i’ve written an entire notebook worth of notes? Just read over them? And if I make flash cards, what do I write on them? And also, is an 8 achievable with heavy revision? And if you could name any other revision methods to help get these grades that’d help.

Any help is appreciated.
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It's definitely achievable but you will need to put lots of effort in!
There is no 'best' way to revise and different methods help different people, I personally like to read a topic (in textbook), summarise onto a flashcard then condense to what I don't know onto a mind map after a few months of revising the flashcards.
Personally, I wouldn't find these notebooks helpful, you want to be actively condensing the information and rewriting it onto flashcards will definitely help.
The one thing you want to avoid is just reading notes, this will NOT be effective at all, instead why not teach someone else or just talk to yourself in a mirror - talking through the topic (you may look crazy but it helps!)
Hope this helps a bit, i'll be happy to answer any more questions
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It's definitely achievable but you will need to put lots of effort in!
There is no 'best' way to revise and different methods help different people, I personally like to read a topic (in textbook), summarise onto a flashcard then condense to what I don't know onto a mind map after a few months of revising the flashcards.
Personally, I wouldn't find these notebooks helpful, you want to be actively condensing the information and rewriting it onto flashcards will definitely help.
The one thing you want to avoid is just reading notes, this will NOT be effective at all, instead why not teach someone else or just talk to yourself in a mirror - talking through the topic (you may look crazy but it helps!)
Hope this helps a bit, i'll be happy to answer any more questions
Thanks. I do sort of condense the info in these notebooks - I read out loud while writing and I don’t write word for word in the notebooks. But if I’m to rewrite on flashcards, do I just recondense the info then? And do you think doing this method with all subjects ( condensing info into notes on a notebook then writing onto a flash card) help me reach my target? Thank you
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Thanks. I do sort of condense the info in these notebooks - I read out loud while writing and I don’t write word for word in the notebooks. But if I’m to rewrite on flashcards, do I just recondense the info then? And do you think doing this method with all subjects ( condensing info into notes on a notebook then writing onto a flash card) help me reach my target? Thank you
Also what exactly should I write onto the flashcards? This had me confused since I’ve written most notes necessary in the notebook
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Also what exactly should I write onto the flashcards? This had me confused since I’ve written most notes necessary in the notebook
Yeah i would try recondensing the info onto a flashcard - challenge yourself to reword every part of information and to use a few sides as possible to fit the topic as this makes it way less overwhelming!
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Yeah i would try recondensing the info onto a flashcard - challenge yourself to reword every part of information and to use a few sides as possible to fit the topic as this makes it way less overwhelming!
Thanks. Can I ask if you used any other revision methods, and what grades were you were able to get using these methods?
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Thanks. Can I ask if you used any other revision methods, and what grades were you were able to get using these methods?
So I use the flashcard condensing thing for my sciences, i'm in triple, seperate science and got 7's in all my science mocks. I did this a lot for chemistry as we only started the course this year due to awful teachers (!!)
For geography, I write flashcards and cover them, I then 'blurt' every fact onto a whiteboard. I then re check the flashcard and write on what I forgot in another colour onto the whiteboard. I got a 9 in geography for my mock.
In English I am in the top set and achieved a high 6, this really isn't my strong subject and I struggle to revise, I just watch Mr Bruff videos as I find it so difficult!
Luckily at my school, the maths department has a membership to MathsWatch, I'm in second set for maths and managed to achieve a 7 in maths. I think the key for maths is to watch a video then do a worksheet on it!
That's kind of all the subjects I properly have a method for, hope this helps!
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