Tips for the new Year 11s.Watch
What would be your tips for surviving Y11? What are the things you wish you'd known before you did the GCSEs? Help a nervous to-be-year-eleven out
(And good luck to all nervous current Year Elevens, the past year has been so stressful, and I'm soso proud!)
revise for ur first mocks if u tryna up ur predicted grades n get into a selective sixth form like a month before cuz im assuming u wont be tested on everything
theres not rly a point to revising for other mocks
then start ur gcse revision 3 months before, this'll involve learning how to revise and what works best for u, trust me i ****ed up and started too late
if u do start at say, a month or even a day before, thats loads of time
Ignore anyone who tells you not to revise for all mocks - this is just bad advice, no matter what grades you're going for. I'm sure since you're already so committed, I don't need to tell you why this is
Also, when you do mocks, always put more weighting on your marks than your grades. So many people I know seemed to get complacent, saying, 'Oh yeah, I got a 7 in the mock, I'm fine with that' and not trying as hard as they should have in the real things. Who knows where the grade boundaries will lie or what will come up?
You've got very ambitious predictions but with hard work it's definitely possible - just remember to make time for you and the things you love doing too. Don't be nervous now - I was terrified throughout year eleven but oddly, exam season was the calmest I was all year. I just focused on the next exam - I left worrying about how badly I'd done until afterwards if you have any questions or want advice, feel free to pm me
Flash cards will save your life and I loved a technique called blurting for the week of or night before an exam which was just opening a textbook and summarising the whole thing onto one sheet of paper.
Past Exam papers are such a good idea in the easter holidays when you have a lot of time but don’t do these during exams as they are a waste of time when you could be reviewing info. Although, exam questions are good especially in textbooks. Practice essay responses a lot for English and other essay subjects like re. For maths, just keep practicing and ask for help from teachers.
For poetry, I made revision sheets and analysed quotes from memory.
For languages just revise vocab and grammar (tenses) and you will honestly be fine. As Riannon said use quizlet especially for languages, like her I used it on the way to school as well.
It’s a stressful time but not as bad as you anticipate, life still goes on.
Anymore questions, you can pm me I’ll be happy to help x good luck👍🏼😊