IGCSE German/Languages revision techniques

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What would you say is the best way to revise for languages? I’m hoping to get an 8 or a 9
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- Flashcards for vocab (Quizlet / Anki / physical flash cards)

- Completing grammar exercises (bonus: create a set of grammar flashcards based on your specific mistakes so you can review them)

- Watch TV / videos in German (with German subtitles). At GCSE level, I found it best to watch a movie I already knew the plot of, and preferably a kids movie (Disney's good at they always have dubbed over translations). Pause and take notes of useful vocabulary.

- Using a site like Wordreference rather than Google Translate for individual words, as it gives you a sentence in context and other useful info

- Reading articles in the language. Best for me was to do one blind reading without a dictionary, and then try to summarise what I had understood. Then, reread using Wordreference for unfamiliar words and see what parts of my summary were correct and if there was anything I'd misunderstood

- Talking to your friends in German. Obviously depends on the willingness of your friends, but I had a group of friends who were also keen on doing well and so we had one lunchtime every week where we tried to stick to French as much as possible

Especially for languages, doing a bit everyday is so so much better than doing 2-3 hours once a week. I used to look at flashcards on the bus to and from school, which helped.
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(Original post by bluebeetle)
- Flashcards for vocab (Quizlet / Anki / physical flash cards)

- Completing grammar exercises (bonus: create a set of grammar flashcards based on your specific mistakes so you can review them)

- Watch TV / videos in German (with German subtitles). At GCSE level, I found it best to watch a movie I already knew the plot of, and preferably a kids movie (Disney's good at they always have dubbed over translations). Pause and take notes of useful vocabulary.

- Using a site like Wordreference rather than Google Translate for individual words, as it gives you a sentence in context and other useful info

- Reading articles in the language. Best for me was to do one blind reading without a dictionary, and then try to summarise what I had understood. Then, reread using Wordreference for unfamiliar words and see what parts of my summary were correct and if there was anything I'd misunderstood

- Talking to your friends in German. Obviously depends on the willingness of your friends, but I had a group of friends who were also keen on doing well and so we had one lunchtime every week where we tried to stick to French as much as possible

Especially for languages, doing a bit everyday is so so much better than doing 2-3 hours once a week. I used to look at flashcards on the bus to and from school, which helped.
Thanks a lot. You’ve given me a lot of ideas
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