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Just have a few questions and wondering what everybody thinks

1. Do you guys think it's important to follow the order of the spec?
2. Is writing notes an effective way to revise, or is it a bit pointless?
3. Is it better to revise with a group or alone?
4. What's the hardest subject to revise, and why?
5. Is it just me that finds revising languages hard? (I never know what to revise, considering there's endless words I need to know)
6. How often do you revise?
7. Is it okay to watch TV and revise at the same time?
8. Do we rely on revision guides too much?
9. Is revising on ur computer/phone an effective way to work?
10. What's better: doing past papers or or making revision resources?
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1. I dont think so, as long as you cover it all and keep to whats in it, then thats fine.
2. I personally write notes, it probably does more than just reading the revision source, so if something goes in, why not?
3. I like revising with a group, but although its more fun, you get distracted more, which is annoying. So i do both to balance that out.
4. Personally for my choices, Science because of all the content, phrasing of questions, and the exam board wanting really picky answers (AQA)
5. Yes, I just try and pick up whatever i can, im trying to remember my speaking like a script and hopefully that'll work, feel free to try that if you're struggling.
6. As much as I can, whenever I have free time, so nearly daily but some days I just don't have effort to XD
7. Probs not, it's just another distraction to you not revising, so just watch it later XD
8. Yeah, I've been using the Seneca website recently, much better than using the books only
9. Yeah, Seneca, HegartyMaths, all sorts of good sites for revision are out there, so I would say yes
10. I want to do past papers, but I can't motivate myself, but if you can, I would personally do them, so you can find your weak spots and build on it.

Well that was a fun 5 minutes away from revision XD hoped that helped you though
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About whether writing notes for revision is effective - depends on how you learn. If you learn better when you listen to someone speaking, it's not going to do you good writing notes. And you would still need to practice exam questions afterwards.

I find maths the hardest to revise sometimes, because you can practice all the exam questions in the world, but the exam board will phrase it differently or combine several topics into one question. And they can ask you anything on the spec, unlike other subjects where the papers only contain certain topics.

Personally, I don't find revising languages hard, except for listening. It's hard to revise that, other than listening to French native speakers. Though it is also hard to revise all of the vocab.

I try to do 2hrs revision everyday, or at least that's what my school recommends.

I think some people do rely on revision guides too much - I certainly do. Revision guides are good for condensing the material, but they might miss out vital bits of information you need to know. It's a bother having to look at the spec and see what bits the revision guides have left out.

Revising on your computer and phone is good to revise - you can use websites like Seneca and Anki, which are quicker than writing on paper and making notes, etc.

I think doing past papers might be better than making your own revision resources, simply because you can practice exam technique and you know the style of the exam paper. But making your own revision resources is effective because of something called the "generation effect" (got confused with the generator effect for a sec there, damn Physics), which says that you retain more information if you actively produce material rather than use someone else's revision resources.
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(Original post by drystar)
Just have a few questions and wondering what everybody thinks

1. Do you guys think it's important to follow the order of the spec?
2. Is writing notes an effective way to revise, or is it a bit pointless?
3. Is it better to revise with a group or alone?
4. What's the hardest subject to revise, and why?
5. Is it just me that finds revising languages hard? (I never know what to revise, considering there's endless words I need to know)
6. How often do you revise?
7. Is it okay to watch TV and revise at the same time?
8. Do we rely on revision guides too much?
9. Is revising on ur computer/phone an effective way to work?
10. What's better: doing past papers or or making revision resources?

I can guarantee I never revised after 10pm (or used textbooks for that matter). Revision isn't about rewriting your notes all pretty and taking hours doing it, (even if that is perversely fun). My number one tip is understanding the content the first time you encounter it, so you don't have to re-teach yourself things further down the line.
You will save yourself a lot of frustration if you put most of the work in early on, aka. in lessons, in homework, just going through any of the week's new content at the weekend. If it's useful to you, make cue cards as you go along too.
Pulling all-nighters is a one way trip to burnout and you wont remember half of what you did the next morning. Get sleep, listen to your physical and emotional needs, and be wary of burnout.
Later on in the year, if it's been a while since you've done a topic, do past papers and mark them yourself, with minimal distraction. It doesn't take up time, but it's really efficient. I did countless past papers, they were my number one revision resource, especially for science. Mark schemes, examiner's reports and specs are useful for knowing how to best sum stuff up in exams, if you wanna get high grades it's kind of necessary these days.
If you are social and want to study with friends, don't act like you won't spend the whole time talking - of course you will, they're your friends! So utilise your ability to communicate and just chat and share ideas about topics (this works well in humanities subjects especially), maybe making a few mindmaps along the way.
To sum it up, revision isn't always about using lots of time, or writing lots. Create a solid understanding to build on and then just refresh as and when you need.

Good revision websites for my gcses were:
Quizlet (flashcards)
Memrise (languages, I did 20 mins every morning which was so good for me!)
Mathswatch
Hegarty Maths
Seneca learning
Pinpoint Learning (maths past papers)
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