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People who get 9's in their GCSE's, what is your home schedual like? How to revise?

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Original post by katenc
. I love your revisions techniques, I'm doing mocks right now and I have left revision too late so I am cramming. I should probably be revising now. I just need some advice though, how did you cope with ALL the content, I find it really overwhelming and hard to cope with especially because some of my teachers aren't great; there being sooooo many revision resources and sooo much stupid science things i need to remember. I know I just need to practice and practice and I will, I just need to find a sustainable way of not getting stressed and giving up! I NEED MOtivation. Im Aiming for 789s

Omg the notes i bought helped me sm with this- its Business, Computing and Geography and without it I would've cried ☹️
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Original post by Notes1234
Basically I got 9s in all my gcses - i bought some notes of this person I found and oh my days it saved my so much or id be finished; they sell Business, Computer science ( both AQA) and Edexcel Geography and it was so detailed and was cheap so my bank account wasn't crying 🙂 but it was so helpful I would've cried without it
I can send the link if anyone wants

How did you use the notes to revise and yes pleasee could u send the link?:smile:
Original post by katenc
How did you use the notes to revise and yes pleasee could u send the link?:smile:

Careful not to be taken in by scams!
If you want to buy notes of some kind you’d be better off buying cgp revision guides or flash cards rather than some random’s notes.
Or you could just google the specification for your exam board and use that to make your own. You are far more likely to learn from them that way. Good luck
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Original post by ShakyCacti
Hey - I sat my GCSEs this year and got perfect results (nine 9s, and an A in Level 3 Maths). I was not overly strict with myself; I was disciplined cause I understood the weight of the situation, so for a while my revision was essentially ruled by fear. It worked, but that's obviously not sustainable and you need the guts to do it, and guts is not a prerequisite for doing well.

Everything they tell you about past papers is true. They are the truth. The gold dust. A good 95% of my revision consisted of past paper after past paper; I drilled them to the point where I felt there was absolutely nothing they could throw me that would come as a curveball. Obviously there was stuff in the exams that I completely missed or messed up with (Geography papers 1 and 2 lmao), but with each exam I went in with a level head, and I knew the work I had done had been driven by my instincts and this built my confidence. I did about 3 past papers for each paper in the build up, equating to about 60 past papers or so. A lot, but it's possible and will really help - the reason it's so efficient is it's as close to what you'll actually get as possible. It's like a football team training against their opposition the day before the real match. It's like cheating.

I was very disillusioned with creative methods like mind-maps and flashcards. When I did make revision resources they were these humongous documents covering EVERYTHING in the specification. Even if I was copying off somewhere else, all of it was going into my head as I typed it out. My English Literature revision consisted of writing essay plans with quotes surrounding each theme - one tip I don't hear shared often is that by learning themes, you will learn characters at the same time as all they do is convey a certain theme. For example, the character of Macbeth exists to symbolise guilt, manliness, kingship and more. Mr Salles is practically a guaranteed way of getting 9s in English. I didn't take notes for the sciences - I used Cognito's interactive lessons which are a brilliant tool.

Exam technique is also so huge. I knew so many people who would do so well in lessons, but put them in a hall and they'd perform nothing like they did. For every exam I used Rescue Remedy to calm my nerves (I'm not here to be a Holland and Barrett but it's a good tip), and highlighted EVERYTHING. I decided it was worth taking up all of my time to do things thoroughly and make sure I missed absolutely nothing. I got a good night's sleep every night and woke up with ample time to get myself in a state where I could take an exam.

As the weeks went along, I virtually monkey-barred from one exam to the next. I found there was no time for reflection, once one exam was done you had to start thinking about the next three. For me, I felt it was perfect to just be fluid and take each one as they come.

Efficient revision and a good mindset trumps every single cardboard-cutout revision strategy every single time. Find what works for you, trust your instincts and just go for it. I know it's a late reply, but I wish you every success for next year :smile:

did u do OCR FSMQ maths? If so, any tips/useful resources?(trying to teach myself all the content) Our year is the first year group doing it and our teacher havn't taught us a single thing yet.
Thank you in advance

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