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Resources to Revise GCSEs - as a retaking student.

Hello,

I came out of secondary in 2020 with only predicted grades after COVID, but now have made the decision to resit as it is affecting me.

Unfortunately, I do not have access to anything (the school's wont provide me anything either as a resit student).

Wondering what online (or other) resources there are online to revise for GCSEs.

I need the Pearson Edexcel board, I believe.

Anyone who has been in my situation/is able to give advice, it is a bit late to retake this year (I believe they start in 2 months). Can you suggest what to do? Was thinking to still sign up but do the retakes they offer in september; though may not be possible.

Thanks.
Reply 1
HI! I remember for all my sciences BBC bitesize was a life saver, and all my friends rally like that science guy videos on youtube. There are also flashcards you can buy on amazon which are really useful.
Original post by dcb3
Hello,

I came out of secondary in 2020 with only predicted grades after COVID, but now have made the decision to resit as it is affecting me.

Unfortunately, I do not have access to anything (the school's wont provide me anything either as a resit student).

Wondering what online (or other) resources there are online to revise for GCSEs.

I need the Pearson Edexcel board, I believe.

Anyone who has been in my situation/is able to give advice, it is a bit late to retake this year (I believe they start in 2 months). Can you suggest what to do? Was thinking to still sign up but do the retakes they offer in september; though may not be possible.

Thanks.

It is probably too late to be entered for summer exams. If you can find a centre willing to do it, the cost will be very high as the normal entry deadline was quite a while ago. There are no September exams, you can retake English language and maths in November, all other subjects would have to be summer 2024. There are lots of online resources but you need to be specific about which subjects and which examiner.
Reply 3
Original post by gdunne42
It is probably too late to be entered for summer exams. If you can find a centre willing to do it, the cost will be very high as the normal entry deadline was quite a while ago. There are no September exams, you can retake English language and maths in November, all other subjects would have to be summer 2024. There are lots of online resources but you need to be specific about which subjects and which examiner.


Yeah, I've seen it is "double fee" for being late which is absurd. I can understand it , but it's a bit much tbh.

I'm looking at English Literature / Language retakes, perhaps Mathematics, and perhaps Biology / Chemistry.
Original post by dcb3
Yeah, I've seen it is "double fee" for being late which is absurd. I can understand it , but it's a bit much tbh.

I'm looking at English Literature / Language retakes, perhaps Mathematics, and perhaps Biology / Chemistry.

For Maths

The Mathsgenie web site and The GCSE Maths Tutor on YouTube are excellent places for maths revision and practice. Practice of exam style questions is vital to improve your maths grade. Start with the easier topics and work your way up. Corbett maths 5 a day is a nice way of doing a little bit of maths practice every day to build up skill and confidence, start with foundation / foundation plus and move up to higher tier as you improve.

https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html

https://www.youtube.com/@TheGCSEMathsTutor

https://corbettmaths.com/5-a-day/gcse/

If you set up a free account on the Dr Frost Web site you can do past papers online that are marked for you and you can see where you need to do some revision.

https://www.drfrostmaths.com/

If you wanted to follow a more structured programme then the MissB Maths Passports are very good, have a look and see if they work for you.

https://www.missbsresources.com/teaching-and-learning/mathspassports
Reply 5
Hey, this is great - thank you so much!

Do you have anything for English Literature + Language?
I will be 100% retaking these so will be necessary for sure.
Original post by gdunne42
For Maths

The Mathsgenie web site and The GCSE Maths Tutor on YouTube are excellent places for maths revision and practice. Practice of exam style questions is vital to improve your maths grade. Start with the easier topics and work your way up. Corbett maths 5 a day is a nice way of doing a little bit of maths practice every day to build up skill and confidence, start with foundation / foundation plus and move up to higher tier as you improve.

https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/gcse.html

https://www.youtube.com/@TheGCSEMathsTutor

https://corbettmaths.com/5-a-day/gcse/

If you set up a free account on the Dr Frost Web site you can do past papers online that are marked for you and you can see where you need to do some revision.

https://www.drfrostmaths.com/

If you wanted to follow a more structured programme then the MissB Maths Passports are very good, have a look and see if they work for you.

https://www.missbsresources.com/teaching-and-learning/mathspassports
Original post by dcb3
Hey, this is great - thank you so much!

Do you have anything for English Literature + Language?
I will be 100% retaking these so will be necessary for sure.

They are not my area of expertise, I recommend you start a new thread specifically asking for recommendations for those subjects.
Original post by dcb3
Hey, this is great - thank you so much!

Do you have anything for English Literature + Language?
I will be 100% retaking these so will be necessary for sure.


So English Language, you can probably find teacher essays and powerpoints of structure on google, and it is very easy to follow the markschemes from the exam board for help.
English Literature depends on the stories/novels/poems you are doing, I might have information on them if they are the courses you are doing
Original post by dcb3
Hello,

I came out of secondary in 2020 with only predicted grades after COVID, but now have made the decision to resit as it is affecting me.

Unfortunately, I do not have access to anything (the school's wont provide me anything either as a resit student).

Wondering what online (or other) resources there are online to revise for GCSEs.

I need the Pearson Edexcel board, I believe.

Anyone who has been in my situation/is able to give advice, it is a bit late to retake this year (I believe they start in 2 months). Can you suggest what to do? Was thinking to still sign up but do the retakes they offer in september; though may not be possible.

Thanks.


There are websites that can help you, BBC bite-size was already mentioned, also Knowunity, Seneca and others. GCSEPod is for schools so they don't have individual subscriptions but If your friend has it, you can ask them to share some notes or smth. Also, youtube is GREAT! Here are some channels you might find helpful https://edumentors.co.uk/blog/top-10-youtube-channels-for-gcse-revision/

I love studying through videos, I can't always concentrate on textbooks or notes
Original post by dcb3
Hello,

I came out of secondary in 2020 with only predicted grades after COVID, but now have made the decision to resit as it is affecting me.

Unfortunately, I do not have access to anything (the school's wont provide me anything either as a resit student).

Wondering what online (or other) resources there are online to revise for GCSEs.

I need the Pearson Edexcel board, I believe.

Anyone who has been in my situation/is able to give advice, it is a bit late to retake this year (I believe they start in 2 months). Can you suggest what to do? Was thinking to still sign up but do the retakes they offer in september; though may not be possible.

Thanks.

Heya!
If it helps, Study mind has resources you could use to help with your GCSE revision :h:

I hope this helps and good luck!
Milena
UCL PFE
Study Mind

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