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Can I have some advice for year 10 and 11?

I am moving into year 10 in a few months and I am looking for any advice. GCSE preparation officially begins for me in September so it is important to me that I do year 10 and 11 correctly. So if you have done year 10 and there is something you wish you had known post it here. It would help me a lot! :biggrin: Also it could also help other TSR users moving into year 10 in September.
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Enjoy it, GCSEs are nothing in the grand scheme of things. Enjoy your stress free life and don’t overly stress yourself out over them.
I wish not as much pressure was put on students at GCSEs because when you end up with AL and further one from those you realise how it just wasn’t worth all the sleepless nights and amounting pressure.
Original post by ALEreapp
Enjoy it, GCSEs are nothing in the grand scheme of things. Enjoy your stress free life and don’t overly stress yourself out over them.
I wish not as much pressure was put on students at GCSEs because when you end up with AL and further one from those you realise how it just wasn’t worth all the sleepless nights and amounting pressure.


Thanks, for the advice, lots of people tell me with my high target grades I won’t have to work too hard to pass and higher. I will take this on and try to get enjoyment as well as my GCSE’s out of KS4 :h:
Write specific topics on your revision timetable, and stick to it! Don't just read notes, make notes! Use recall strategies to test yourself (past questions, using flash cards with answers on the back, reading a page than writing bullet points of what you remember from my Website…)
Original post by stewered
Write specific topics on your revision timetable, and stick to it! Don't just read notes, make notes! Use recall strategies to test yourself (past questions, using flash cards with answers on the back, reading a page than writing bullet points of what you remember from my Website…)

Thanks this is really helpful! :biggrin: My school actually sets a lot of flashcard homework to get us into the habit of making them. Also a revision timetable sounds like a really good idea, sometimes I can generally lack motivation and this is a great solution.
Don't revise in year 10, only make your resources and maybe cover your lessons with a 5 minute recap at the end of the day. Too much and you will burn out.
Original post by Maximus The 1st
Don't revise in year 10, only make your resources and maybe cover your lessons with a 5 minute recap at the end of the day. Too much and you will burn out.

I need to get into the habit of making resources, so thanks for the tip! My school has a phrase called RRR, which stands for revise, recover, recap and I need to start doing more RRR :smile:
Year 10, dont stress just do your homework. year 11 you may feel stressed but just know year 12 is worse! gcse is a walk in the park. :biggrin:
Original post by Moonlight:)
I am moving into year 10 in a few months and I am looking for any advice. GCSE preparation officially begins for me in September so it is important to me that I do year 10 and 11 correctly. So if you have done year 10 and there is something you wish you had known post it here. It would help me a lot! :biggrin: Also it could also help other TSR users moving into year 10 in September.


1) enjoy it, don't stress over so many things because they wont matter that much. Yr 10 and 11 might feel stressful but when ur in yr12, you will wish you could go back.
2) pay attention in class and try on end of topic tests because then you would have less stress in the future
3) for year 11, i wish i did more past papers for every subject as they really helped and i enjoyed doing them so thats a bonus. dont waste time making notes and making stuff look pretty, just do as must as you can. you need quality AND quantity.
4) in year 10, start gathering revision materials like practise papers, textbooks so you dont start stressing in year 11
5) the summer holidays in yr10-yr11 and yr11-yr12 are the best ones so dont miss out and go all out on them!
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Original post by TomokoRainMaker
1) enjoy it, don't stress over so many things because they wont matter that much. Yr 10 and 11 might feel stressful but when ur in yr12, you will wish you could go back.
2) pay attention in class and try on end of topic tests because then you would have less stress in the future
3) for year 11, i wish i did more past papers for every subject as they really helped and i enjoyed doing them so thats a bonus. dont waste time making notes and making stuff look pretty, just do as must as you can. you need quality AND quantity.
4) in year 10, start gathering revision materials like practise papers, textbooks so you dont start stressing in year 11
5) the summer holidays in yr10-yr11 and yr11-yr12 are the best ones so dont miss out and go all out on them!

Thanks for all the advice :wink:where would you recommend to get practice papers from? Also what revision websites and resources would you recommended?:h:
Original post by entryrequiremen
Year 10, dont stress just do your homework. year 11 you may feel stressed but just know year 12 is worse! Gcse is a walk in the park. :biggrin:

Thanks for the perspective, I do tend to over stress and overwork myself and I know it doesn’t do me any favours!
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I will try to tone it down for year 10, bring some back for year 11 and brace myself for year 12. :smile:
Original post by Moonlight:)
Thanks for all the advice :wink:where would you recommend to get practice papers from? Also what revision websites and resources would you recommended?:h:

All of these sits were my holy grails and i pretty much stuck to them and nothing else. If you cant find a past paper for a subject then all you need to do is search the subject, exam board and some may come up but these should cover alot of the subjects .I always found past papers and videos explain topics very helpful. Also the night before the exam, i would do a predicted exam paper which you can find for science and maths on youtube if you just search it up closer to the time. The only time i found flashcards helpful was for remembering quotes from poetry/books for English and also equations for maths. You can find flashcards online and purchase them and some of them are quite good even though i never bought any, so that saves you from writing them up! I hope this helps :smile:

Past paper resources:
https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com pysics and maths but they do alot more
https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision mostly anything
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects obviously you can search up the exam board you have and then the subjects you want
https://www.savemyexams.co.uk/gcse/ all sorts of stuff
https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/AQApapers.html maths
https://www.mymathscloud.com/modules/gcse-igcse-o-level maths
https://revisionscience.com/gcse-revision/gcse-exam-past-papers science

extra stuff:
https://www.youtube.com/@TheGCSEMathsTutor maths
https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/ i did this for geography but im sure you can do it for other subjects like IT
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z98jmp3 practically anything
https://isaaccomputerscience.org/topics/gcse?examBoard=all&stage=all#all computer science
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Original post by TomokoRainMaker
All of these sits were my holy grails and i pretty much stuck to them and nothing else. If you cant find a past paper for a subject then all you need to do is search the subject, exam board and some may come up but these should cover alot of the subjects. I hope this helps :smile:

Past paper resources:
https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com pysics and maths but they do alot more
https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision mostly anything
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects obviously you can search up the exam board you have and then the subjects you want
https://www.savemyexams.co.uk/gcse/ all sorts of stuff
https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/AQApapers.html maths
https://www.mymathscloud.com/modules/gcse-igcse-o-level maths
https://revisionscience.com/gcse-revision/gcse-exam-past-papers science

extra stuff:
https://www.youtube.com/@TheGCSEMathsTutor maths
https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/ i did this for geography but im sure you can do it for other subjects like IT
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z98jmp3 practically anything
https://isaaccomputerscience.org/topics/gcse?examBoard=all&stage=all#all computer science

Tysm, this is a lot of resources and this will really help me out! :rofl3:
Revise really well for every topic test so that by the end you only need to review everything. Use CGP exam practice books for science questions.
Original post by Moonlight:)
Tysm, this is a lot of resources and this will really help me out! :rofl3:

i'm sure you're hard work will pay off, have fun and good luck x
Original post by dkwhatdoaboutyou
Revise really well for every topic test so that by the end you only need to review everything. Use CGP exam practice books for science questions.

Thanks, Science is very content heavy so they will really help! I used CGP books for my SAT’s in Year 6 and they were really good. I’ll make sure to order those in year 10 :thumbsup:
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Original post by Moonlight:)
I am moving into year 10 in a few months and I am looking for any advice. GCSE preparation officially begins for me in September so it is important to me that I do year 10 and 11 correctly. So if you have done year 10 and there is something you wish you had known post it here. It would help me a lot! :biggrin: Also it could also help other TSR users moving into year 10 in September.

Just do a little revision each day, maybe 30 minutes, and you'd be solid. Shouldn't focus that much on academics.

You could use this time to build up hobbies, extracurriculars, supercurriculars instead. That way by the time you're applying in Yr 13 you'd have a strong chance at very good unis.
Original post by TomokoRainMaker
i'm sure you're hard work will pay off, have fun and good luck x

Thanks again for the help :smile:
Original post by resk
Just do a little revision each day, maybe 30 minutes, and you'd be solid. Shouldn't focus that much on academics.

You could use this time to build up hobbies, extracurriculars, supercurriculars instead. That way by the time you're applying in Yr 13 you'd have a strong chance at very good unis.

I already play guitar, tenor horn and French horn and also found an awesome architecture summer program I could do post y11! :biggrin: (I want to be an Architect btw)
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Original post by Moonlight:)
I already play guitar, tenor horn and French horn and also found an awesome architecture summer program I could do post y11! :biggrin: (I want to be an Architect btw)

https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/files/publications/super-curricular_suggestions.pdf

Go to Architecture, some good ideas.

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