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    Hi, I am currently in yr 10 and will be doing my first mocks in the beginning of May.
    So far, my GCSE course has consisted mostly of extreme stress (leading to demotivation) and way too much time spent revising using ineffective stratagies.

    I have just about had enough of pushing my mental health to the breaking point, and figured that something has to change. I would really appreciate any tips for effective revision/how to achieve grade 8s and 9s/ ways to turn your GCSEs around and achieve the grades you really want.

    Personally, I naturally enjoy learning and really want to do well- the only thing that has been getting me down is stress and fear of being a failure.

    To give you a bit of background, here are a list of exam boards and target grades for each subject:
    English lit, AQA, target 9
    English lang, AQA, target 9
    Maths, edexcel higher, target 9
    Sciece, AQA triple science, target 8
    Geography, AQA, target 9
    German, AQA higher, target 9
    RS: Catholic Christianity, Islam & philosophy/ ethics, Edexcel A, target 9
    Art, AQA fine art, target 9
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    (Original post by 14ADAnon)
    Hi, I am currently in yr 10 and will be doing my first mocks in the beginning of May.
    So far, my GCSE course has consisted mostly of extreme stress (leading to demotivation) and way too much time spent revising using ineffective stratagies.

    I have just about had enough of pushing my mental health to the breaking point, and figured that something has to change. I would really appreciate any tips for effective revision/how to achieve grade 8s and 9s/ ways to turn your GCSEs around and achieve the grades you really want.

    Personally, I naturally enjoy learning and really want to do well- the only thing that has been getting me down is stress and fear of being a failure.

    To give you a bit of background, here are a list of exam boards and target grades for each subject:
    English lit, AQA, target 9
    English lang, AQA, target 9
    Maths, edexcel higher, target 9
    Sciece, AQA triple science, target 8
    Geography, AQA, target 9
    German, AQA higher, target 9
    RS: Catholic Christianity, Islam & philosophy/ ethics, Edexcel A, target 9
    Art, AQA fine art, target 9
    When starting to look at revision, I got straight to the course syllabus. I look at the list of things I need to know and I assess in my head what's already been covered and what's left to be taught. Often I find that there are sections of it that I remember being taught but cannot for the life of me remember the content. Those ares become priority number one for revision. The areas where I immediately recall most of the information become a low priority.

    Having done that for each subject, I make my-self a to-do list, divided into my different subjects. For example an item on the list could be 'look over notes on x topic' if that was one I highlighted as being a weak point from checking the syllabus. It could also be something like 'make a mindmap on each topic for x subject'.

    I work best by doing active revision, meaning writing out practice questions, making mindmaps, making flashcards, etc. Reading over notes can be useful where you want a quick re-fresh of a topic before making something practical out of them is fine, but re-reading is not an effective revision strategy for the vast majority of people. Getting someone to test you is also a good strategy and group revision can work well provided you don't get distracted by one another.

    It's mostly a question of getting organised and being aware that you only have a certain amount of time to get the revision done in. Planning is, therefore, key. Good luck, I'm sure you will do just fine!
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    Thank you for you advice, I will be sure to try it out and stay organized!
 
 
 
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