Subject wise tips to acheive grade 9s for GCSEWatch
Are there are any links which were shared or can be shared by Students who achieved Grade 9 in each GCSE subject in 2019/2020 with regards to preparation,revision, books used etc.
Maths: I got an 8, but using these websites helped me get there from 6s at the start of Year 11: https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html, https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/ (need a school login for this one). Honestly, just do as many practice questions as possible. If you get a work book, try and get one with answers in the back. I didn't find the general revision guides helpful, but others did (I guess it helps you to look over a method just before the exam if you forget how it goes).
Sciences: You've probably heard of this guy already, but he's really good: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqb...Xw9Il7sBVG3_bw
The CGP books are actually really useful for the sciences. I would go through the checklist for each topic the night before and the morning of the exam and, if I missed anything, I could refer to the book for answers. I'd watch his videos as my main method of revising, and then do practice questions. I also used this flashcard app (it costs £2 for each one, but it was honestly worth it: https://www.keycardsrevision.co.uk/). I'd go through these flashcards after watching the videos and doing exam questions as final revision. Blurting for each topic also helped in the lead up to the exam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgrCo1J9A44
Geography: You need to be organised for Geography. I made flashcards for each case study and sometimes used recall sheets (basically little drawings with only numbers and no words to help me recall a certain fact. For example, I drew a lion for remembering that Mombasa is a tourist attraction in Kenya because the name of the beach reminded me of Mufasa from 'The Lion King') on case studies as well.
The CGP revision guide is also useful for Geography, probably the most useful one out there (it was for me, anyway). Like for the sciences, I would go through the checklists and blurt in the lead up to the exam.
I made flashcards for each topic and used the specification as a guide to know exactly what I needed flashcards on. I also used past papers and mark schemes to find the exact answers they're looking for (for example, how migration changes the character of a city came up in a paper and I didn't know this was even a question that would come up until then and I used to mark scheme to note it down).
If you want a YouTube channel for Geography, some of my friends used this guy: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPu...v0Yyk5Cyqoewew
German: Use Quizlet for vocabulary for each topic: https://quizlet.com/login.
The Edexcel text book had a list of words for each topic at the end of the chapter. I put all of those into Quizlet. I also planned all of my answers for my speaking exam and put those onto physical flashcards. However, instead of memorising my answers word-for-word, I would put some of the key words and verbs from my answers into Quizlet with the rest of the topic vocabulary. It's better to train yourself to mostly answer questions on the spot using pre-learned vocabulary/phrases/sentences rather than learning an entire answer because, if you forget the entire learned answer, then you won't be able to even say anything. Do listening practice (both the papers and general listening to German media). A tip for the listening exam is to translate any German questions on the paper into English before the exam begins (they give you time to do this) so that you know what you're looking for when the exam actually starts for each question. Don't forget about conjugation practice and speaking practice. Speak to your classmates and help each other prepare for the speaking exam. Your writing should naturally improve as you learn more vocab and practise verb conjugations (I hope?). And, when in doubt, using the subjunctive helps gain marks for being more advanced, I guess.
English Literature and Language: https://www.youtube.com/user/dominicsalles, https://www.youtube.com/user/mrbruff
And since my explanations for English are quite long-winded and will take ages to type out again, here you go (you'll have to scroll down a bit to post #14): https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...172&highlight=
You still have plenty of time to prepare, so make the most of Christmas and any mocks that come your way. Good luck.
Maths- Corbett Maths 5 a day you can do a mix of higher and higher plus, and just practice topics that you are unsure of. Only flashcards I made were for trig I believe, as I struggled to memorize these. I bought a collins book that was combined revision with loads of practice and answers at the back. Any form of practice on harder concepts will be miles better than flashcards etc. I made sure I learnt the proofs and was confident in algebra- these are often where large marks come from.