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hi, I’m now in year 10 and I’m just wondering if there any advices on GCSEs from those who have experienced it
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don't preocasinate
do good revison
revise for tests(mock grades are important)
take care of your mental health
keep your friends close
start looking at what 6th form you want to go to and aim for those grades.
take some advice from an old lady. year 11 sucks
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Mainly, just
1. Don't worry about what other people are doing - the amount of revision they claim to be doing rarely matches up with the amount they're actually doing, be it more or less!

2. Make sure you understand things before you try to learn them. Ask your teacher if something doesn't make sense, and make sure that your class notes contain all the information that you'll need when you're revising. Don't worry about rewriting notes out in fancy pens!

3. If you struggle with an essay subject, often you need to work on your essay structure as much as you do on the content. Read some high mark examples and the mark scheme, and work out a structure that should help you get full marks, and write lots of practice paragraphs until you're really used to the structure. But never be afraid to change what you're doing if it doesn't work for you.

4. Remember that different revision strategies work for different people, so don't worry about what other people think of your strategies if you're getting what you need to get.

5. Hard work pays off, and always be proud of yourself for your successes, even when you don't get quite what you want.
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Science
I used a technique called blurting/active recall - this is when you open a page of a book you want to revise (e.g. cell division) and your read it and actually try to understand what you are reading. Then close the book and on a blank sheet on paper write down everything you can remember (it doesn’t matter if you have missed anything out)
Then when you have written down EVERYTHING you can remember, open your textbook and in a different colour pen write down everything you have missed out. When you finish your page you will be able to see everything that you are confused about or don’t remember and you will focus on those more the next time you blurt. However also make sure to read over your blurting sheets regularly maybe once every few weeks for a single page so that you don’t forget the things you could remember the first time you blurted. This is the best way to remember stuff. Also make sure you do practice questions and tests and things like that. When you do a question and you get it wrong check the mark scheme and use the mark scheme answers into your notes or flashcards as they are likely to repeat the type of questions that will come up in your GCSEs.
Also use websites e.g. free science lessons, Seneca, bbc bitesize and primrose kitten

English lit
Make sure you remember all of your quotes you could use flash cards to help you with this. Also use me bruff and mr salles they are both youtubers. Also what I did was at around December and January of y11 I would take some essays for my teacher to mark for example poetry comparisons and jekyll and Hyde etc. so that if the essays you prepared comes up in the real exam you will have lots of essays ready (don’t learn them word by word just the explanations and context and things like that are really important or get you high marks) I would take these essays to my teacher until I had nothing else to improve on. I ended up writing a essay for the character of Hyde from J&H and I got a grade 9 and he actually came up in the real exam

English language:
Learn structures and timings for each questions (sorry I can’t actually remember any of them because it was such a long time ago but I’m sure your teacher would have given you some). Also make sure to use high level vocab that you've heard of from your teachers or the thesaurus or books, which also gives you really high marks

Maths
Use yt channels and make sure you do lots of practise questions. There is no point in making notes for maths maybe just make flash cards for any equations you need to know and the ones you won’t be given in the real exam. Also use maths genie maths watch and other websites like that. Practice, practice, practice.

Content heavy/essay based subjects:
Do blurting for these harder topics and make sure to do essay plans as well. Take these for your teachers to mark and keep annoying them and making them give you feedback on them until you get full marks.


Productivity in general:
- there are lots of apps you can get to stop you going on your phone in the middle of revising, like forest or flipd.
- there are loads of "study with me" yt videos which are like an hour or 2 long, it's like the group thread in a way because you feel like you have a "friend" to revise with.

I hope all of this helps and makes sense :goodluck:
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hi, I’m now in year 10 and I’m just wondering if there any advices on GCSEs from those who have experienced it
Here take some advice from an old lady:

Don't procasinate- Dont leave everything for last minute. Take your time and do it to a good standard.

Do good quality revision-write notes, use flashcards.

Do good revion for tests(mock grades and important)

Look after your mental health- take breaks if you need them

Dont worry about what others think of you

Keep your friends close, have some time to socialise.

Ask questions to teachers if you dont understand something

Know how you learn-visual,auditory- use this when you revise

time mangement- write a schedule if you have to.

Look at what 6th form you want to go to and see what grades you need to get,work towards these goals.


Good luck on your GCSEs, work hard and don't give up
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Make sure you listen in class, you usually go over things once, so make sure you understand the classwork, if you dont ask your teacher, something I wish I did. Don't let other students make you feel bad for revising
Do English notes earlier as they take the longest to do!
Look over the specification, so you know what you HAVE to know!
Spend time going over the things you struggle with instead of the things you're good at
Dont spend all you're time revising, especially since you're only in year 10. You can take breaks. For now make sure you complete your classwork and make flashcard/revision notes/mind maps condensing all the information
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Here take some advice from an old lady:

Don't procasinate- Dont leave everything for last minute. Take your time and do it to a good standard.

Do good quality revision-write notes, use flashcards.

Do good revion for tests(mock grades and important)

Look after your mental health- take breaks if you need them

Dont worry about what others think of you

Keep your friends close, have some time to socialise.

Ask questions to teachers if you dont understand something

Know how you learn-visual,auditory- use this when you revise

time mangement- write a schedule if you have to.

Look at what 6th form you want to go to and see what grades you need to get,work towards these goals.


Good luck on your GCSEs, work hard and don't give up
Thank you so much!!!!
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Science
I used a technique called blurting/active recall - this is when you open a page of a book you want to revise (e.g. cell division) and your read it and actually try to understand what you are reading. Then close the book and on a blank sheet on paper write down everything you can remember (it doesn’t matter if you have missed anything out)
Then when you have written down EVERYTHING you can remember, open your textbook and in a different colour pen write down everything you have missed out. When you finish your page you will be able to see everything that you are confused about or don’t remember and you will focus on those more the next time you blurt. However also make sure to read over your blurting sheets regularly maybe once every few weeks for a single page so that you don’t forget the things you could remember the first time you blurted. This is the best way to remember stuff. Also make sure you do practice questions and tests and things like that. When you do a question and you get it wrong check the mark scheme and use the mark scheme answers into your notes or flashcards as they are likely to repeat the type of questions that will come up in your GCSEs.
Also use websites e.g. free science lessons, Seneca, bbc bitesize and primrose kitten

English lit
Make sure you remember all of your quotes you could use flash cards to help you with this. Also use me bruff and mr salles they are both youtubers. Also what I did was at around December and January of y11 I would take some essays for my teacher to mark for example poetry comparisons and jekyll and Hyde etc. so that if the essays you prepared comes up in the real exam you will have lots of essays ready (don’t learn them word by word just the explanations and context and things like that are really important or get you high marks) I would take these essays to my teacher until I had nothing else to improve on. I ended up writing a essay for the character of Hyde from J&H and I got a grade 9 and he actually came up in the real exam

English language:
Learn structures and timings for each questions (sorry I can’t actually remember any of them because it was such a long time ago but I’m sure your teacher would have given you some). Also make sure to use high level vocab that you've heard of from your teachers or the thesaurus or books, which also gives you really high marks

Maths
Use yt channels and make sure you do lots of practise questions. There is no point in making notes for maths maybe just make flash cards for any equations you need to know and the ones you won’t be given in the real exam. Also use maths genie maths watch and other websites like that. Practice, practice, practice.

Content heavy/essay based subjects:
Do blurting for these harder topics and make sure to do essay plans as well. Take these for your teachers to mark and keep annoying them and making them give you feedback on them until you get full marks.


Productivity in general:
- there are lots of apps you can get to stop you going on your phone in the middle of revising, like forest or flipd.
- there are loads of "study with me" yt videos which are like an hour or 2 long, it's like the group thread in a way because you feel like you have a "friend" to revise with.

I hope all of this helps and makes sense :goodluck:
Thank you so much, this is very helpful to me
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Make sure you listen in class, you usually go over things once, so make sure you understand the classwork, if you dont ask your teacher, something I wish I did. Don't let other students make you feel bad for revising
Do English notes earlier as they take the longest to do!
Look over the specification, so you know what you HAVE to know!
Spend time going over the things you struggle with instead of the things you're good at
Dont spend all you're time revising, especially since you're only in year 10. You can take breaks. For now make sure you complete your classwork and make flashcard/revision notes/mind maps condensing all the information
Thank you very much!!😃
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Mainly, just
1. Don't worry about what other people are doing - the amount of revision they claim to be doing rarely matches up with the amount they're actually doing, be it more or less!

2. Make sure you understand things before you try to learn them. Ask your teacher if something doesn't make sense, and make sure that your class notes contain all the information that you'll need when you're revising. Don't worry about rewriting notes out in fancy pens!

3. If you struggle with an essay subject, often you need to work on your essay structure as much as you do on the content. Read some high mark examples and the mark scheme, and work out a structure that should help you get full marks, and write lots of practice paragraphs until you're really used to the structure. But never be afraid to change what you're doing if it doesn't work for you.

4. Remember that different revision strategies work for different people, so don't worry about what other people think of your strategies if you're getting what you need to get.

5. Hard work pays off, and always be proud of yourself for your successes, even when you don't get quite what you want.
Thank you!!!
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Thank you!!!
bit advice i wish I knew - have fun and chill because Year 10 is the last year of your academic life that you don't have any official exams ( after year 10 until uni - if you choose to go, there will be exams and exams and exams).

P.S bcs of the uncertainty of the current climate you should probs revise for your mocks bcs I didnt and saw the consequences in my GCSEs, but still remember to chill and have fun whilst you can
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Thank you so much, this is very helpful to me
Good luck with GCSE's :hugs:
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