All 7,8,9s at GCSE - adviceWatch
I got 9s in english literature and language, maths, biology, chemistry, physics, geography and religious studies, 8 in french and 7 in art. I'm happy to give advice on anything GCSE related!
For the sciences, I made went through all of my notes and flashcards, especially on the topics I struggled with. I watched freesciencelessons on youtube and went through each topic thoroughly. I particularly made sure I knew all of the required practicals very well, memorising all of the methods, and also tried applying the practicals to different topics as well to try and prepare me for any application questions they could ask - would highly recommend doing. Also, I did loads of past papers and exam questions from my cgp grade 9 workbook (again if you can, would recommend buying this). Hope this helped x
I did a lot more on the days leading up to the exams. The week before exams started, I was revising from when I got home till when i went to bed. BUT this was very stressful and although you should be revising at this time, you don't need to do that much as long as you do some now because even tho I tried revising, it was kind of useless as I was just stressing the whole time and I didn't really process much.
For english language, I read descriptive/narrative passages in books/online and analyse the language used to get into the habit of doing this to make it easier in the exams. For the descriptive writing section, I searched up descriptive writing inspiration images and picked random pictures and wrote descriptive/narratives about them. This actually helped me in the exam as I was able to write a similar description to what I had written before and had had my teacher mark and give improvements! For the articles/letter etc section, make sure you are familiar with the different formats of writing eg if you need to include titles and subheadings etc. Make sure you a familiar with the format for EACH type of writing. It should say on the spec of your exam board what types of writing they could ask you to do.
Secondly, you need to STOP with the rewriting of old notes. It is not helping! Trust me! Instead, try different methods such as not looking at these notes, getting some scrap paper and writing down everything you remember from a topic. When you're done, look at your notes and see what you have missed and go over these things. This helps you focus your time on what you need more help on. Use the website quizlet for more active recall for subjects where you need to learn facts. There are online flashcards where there will most likely already be flashcards made by someone on your subject. Also, do more exam questions! You need to have good exam technique and need to know what the examiners want. Find some examiner reports for each subject online and see what common mistakes people have made in the past that cause them to lose marks. Hope this helped x
I've got mocks coming up soon, any advice on how to revise? I'm unmotivated and they're at the start of May! I usually just re-write a bunch of old notes but I feel like it's just not working. I want to do well on these mocks as the top 30 students go on a trip.
When did you start revising? I’ve only got 4 weeks until my GCSEs and haven’t started revising, have you got any advice? Also i never actually revised for my mocks so I have no notes, other than thoae made in class. Thanks 😃
For English Language how did you also structure your answers for each of the questions?
For the creative writing aspects was there any specific techniques you used?
For maths, I mainly did exam questions. If you can I would recommend buying the cgp grade 9 workbook asap and doing all of those questions. If not, there are plenty online on websites like physicsandmathstutor and mathsgenie. I also watched youtube videos on math paper walkthroughs to see how people would approach the questions. Defore you do this though, make sure you are 100% solid on all of the basics; use mathsgenie for this. Also I made sure I revised the stuff I didn't know and didn;t waste time doing exam practice on topics I was good at.