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Hey! I've found myself reading gcse grade discussions and was just putting this out there. Ask me any burning questions you have and I'll try to answer them (bear in mind I may not have done the same GCSEs as you but I hope I can help!)

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Original post by phxnt0m
Hey! I've found myself reading gcse grade discussions and was just putting this out there. Ask me any burning questions you have and I'll try to answer them (bear in mind I may not have done the same GCSEs as you but I hope I can help!)

Hi, Im not a gcse student, Im acc year 12, but Im just here to say that Im going to post this on a couple of forums so other kids can see it and hopefully come here if they need help.

Thats all :smile:
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Original post by phxnt0m
Hey! I've found myself reading gcse grade discussions and was just putting this out there. Ask me any burning questions you have and I'll try to answer them (bear in mind I may not have done the same GCSEs as you but I hope I can help!)


would you say your mock results were a good predictor of what you actually got??
@Smartmohmaedx I thought you might also find this thred usefull?
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Original post by phxnt0m
Hey! I've found myself reading gcse grade discussions and was just putting this out there. Ask me any burning questions you have and I'll try to answer them (bear in mind I may not have done the same GCSEs as you but I hope I can help!)

What do you feel was the most effective for you in the long run? Flashcards or just practice questions? Was flashcards up there in terms of effective methods?
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Original post by Tatakae L
Hi, Im not a gcse student, Im acc year 12, but Im just here to say that Im going to post this on a couple of forums so other kids can see it and hopefully come here if they need help.
Thats all :smile:

Thank you!
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Original post by nmaaa
would you say your mock results were a good predictor of what you actually got??

Hi! I'd say my mock results were a pretty good predictor of what I actually got - I got predicted 10 9s with a 7 in RS and an 8 in English Lit.
Funnily enough, I got predicted a 9 in my spring term report bc my RS teacher really believed in me (somehow).
Nevertheless, please note that mock results may not always be the best predictor of GCSE grades (don't be too down if you have 1 or 2 subjects you were disappointed with).
Original post by phxnt0m
Hey! I've found myself reading gcse grade discussions and was just putting this out there. Ask me any burning questions you have and I'll try to answer them (bear in mind I may not have done the same GCSEs as you but I hope I can help!)

How do you manage your time effectively?What a-levels are you doing?
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Original post by phxnt0m
Hey! I've found myself reading gcse grade discussions and was just putting this out there. Ask me any burning questions you have and I'll try to answer them (bear in mind I may not have done the same GCSEs as you but I hope I can help!)

What do you think is the BEST way to revise and learn content?
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Original post by tatsyy
What do you feel was the most effective for you in the long run? Flashcards or just practice questions? Was flashcards up there in terms of effective methods?

Hi, this may vary between people but I can hands down say that I am NOT a flashcard person. This is very subjective though. Personally, I'd say that past paper questions were the most effective (I found it much easier to focus on a topic when I was actively applying it to questions rather than sorta just staring at the information).
Exception to this rule : humanities and essay subjects.
Flashcards were THE BEST method for revising case study details and quotes. If you plan to make flashcards for geography, RS, history, English lit etc., just make sure that you're not making massive blocks of flashcards and revising them in one go; make smaller theme-focused/ single case study flashcard sets and make sure to go through them regularly.
TL;DR : PPQs were the most effective way of revising for me, but flashcards work too! Just make sure to space them both out and not overwork your brain!
Good luck!
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Original post by StudyGirlGrammar
How do you manage your time effectively?What a-levels are you doing?

Hi!
Although it may sound cliché, I rely on a schedule to manage my time effectively. Basically, every Sunday I write up a schedule for the upcoming week. On more relaxed days when I'm not under any real pressure to do anything, I just write down a list of tasks to do for the day - this is mostly based on deadlines, future tests, and the placement of the subject in the week. For example, if I had Physics on a Friday, I'd schedule maybe reading over my notes from last lesson and doing some past paper questions so I'm ready for the lesson.
On days where I really need to get stuff done, I write a schedule for the day with times to do each task in. It may seem quite restrictive, but I find that setting fixed times in which to do my tasks gave me the motivation to do them.
In response to the second question, I'm doing Maths, Bio, Chem and Physics
Original post by phxnt0m
Hey! I've found myself reading gcse grade discussions and was just putting this out there. Ask me any burning questions you have and I'll try to answer them (bear in mind I may not have done the same GCSEs as you but I hope I can help!)

hello! what an achievment you have! do you have any tips for maths and science? im getting 6s but i want to secure a 8

thanks
dev
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Original post by Via1989
What do you think is the BEST way to revise and learn content?

Hi!
Maths/Sciences
Revision- past paper questions
Learning- mind maps and physics and maths tutor/bitesize notes

English Language
Revision -past paper questions, just constantly writing for q5 tbh
Learning - I'd say just look at lists of writing devices and things you can talk about in the exam, and really know those lists

English Lit
Revision-flashcards (usually quotes from your texts), and practice writing essays and ask your teachers to mark them.
Learning-also flashcards, you could use mindmaps for the poems though

Humanities
Revision- flashcards for case studies/quotes
Learning- probably mind maps/ knowledge organisers as it lets you focus on the important info

Languages
Revision- past paper questions, try to listen to conversations, memorise your speaking responses
Learning- watch shows/ movies in the language, try writing or speaking conversations to yourself
Hope this helps!
Original post by phxnt0m
Hi!
Although it may sound cliché, I rely on a schedule to manage my time effectively. Basically, every Sunday I write up a schedule for the upcoming week. On more relaxed days when I'm not under any real pressure to do anything, I just write down a list of tasks to do for the day - this is mostly based on deadlines, future tests, and the placement of the subject in the week. For example, if I had Physics on a Friday, I'd schedule maybe reading over my notes from last lesson and doing some past paper questions so I'm ready for the lesson.
On days where I really need to get stuff done, I write a schedule for the day with times to do each task in. It may seem quite restrictive, but I find that setting fixed times in which to do my tasks gave me the motivation to do them.
In response to the second question, I'm doing Maths, Bio, Chem and Physics

Thank you so much. I do quite similar, i like to make a to-do list. Are you planning to go to uni? If so, what degree?
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Original post by dev.eshh
hello! what an achievment you have! do you have any tips for maths and science? im getting 6s but i want to secure a 8
thanks
dev

Hi!
For maths my biggest tip would just to be to work on past paper questions- if youre struggling with the topic initially you could try some starter questions to ease yourself into the topic and then work on actual exam questions. I'd recommend reading the mark scheme thoroughly so you know exactly what to expect bc maths is very picky sometimes with what they want.
Also, be careful on some of the long answer questions- they ask for the answer in a specific form sometimes which is easily overlooked so also make sure to understand exactly what the question wants.

Science is a bit more subjective. I did AQA for all my sciences and one of the things that really helped me in the exams was having a list of key terms for each topic which I basically had committed to memory- they are very specific with the terminology you use in answers. Generally I would just recommend reading over notes, then coming back and trying to make a mindmap or a revision guide out of what you remembered (some nice spaced retrieval practice). Also, make sure that you have a thorough understanding of your practicals - they sometimes ask practical questions based on variations of the required practicals!
All the best!
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Original post by StudyGirlGrammar
Thank you so much. I do quite similar, i like to make a to-do list. Are you planning to go to uni? If so, what degree?
I love the idea of uni and am definitely planning to go if all goes well.
Tbf, i took all the sciences so I'd have a large range of options bc I'm not completely sure what I want to do yet!
Original post by phxnt0m
Thank you!

Anytime :smile:
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Original post by phxnt0m
Hi, this may vary between people but I can hands down say that I am NOT a flashcard person. This is very subjective though. Personally, I'd say that past paper questions were the most effective (I found it much easier to focus on a topic when I was actively applying it to questions rather than sorta just staring at the information).
Exception to this rule : humanities and essay subjects.
Flashcards were THE BEST method for revising case study details and quotes. If you plan to make flashcards for geography, RS, history, English lit etc., just make sure that you're not making massive blocks of flashcards and revising them in one go; make smaller theme-focused/ single case study flashcard sets and make sure to go through them regularly.
TL;DR : PPQs were the most effective way of revising for me, but flashcards work too! Just make sure to space them both out and not overwork your brain!
Good luck!

Thank you so much!!! I know this might seem too late but right now using cognito and my own revision resources I am going through all of my biology topics. Ive completed B1 and B3 and im halfway through B2. Do you think I should carry on consolidating everything and reviewing them or just focus on doing practice questions.? Would it be more effective just to focus on my weakest areas rather then consolidating things I already know? I am doing practice questions immedietaly after but still.
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Original post by tatsyy
Thank you so much!!! I know this might seem too late but right now using cognito and my own revision resources I am going through all of my biology topics. Ive completed B1 and B3 and im halfway through B2. Do you think I should carry on consolidating everything and reviewing them or just focus on doing practice questions.? Would it be more effective just to focus on my weakest areas rather then consolidating things I already know? I am doing practice questions immedietaly after but still.

Hi!
If you've got notable weak areas, definitely prioritise focusing on them first! PPQs are usually meant for after you have a strong grasp of the topic, so if you feel like you find some topics much harder than others,it would definitely be worth consolidating them first.
I'd recommend a RAG checklist for your topics and perhaps focus on reading over/reviewing your amber and red topics then you can just do topic PPQs for the green topics!
Also dw it's never too late to revise, you've got this!
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Original post by phxnt0m
Hey! I've found myself reading gcse grade discussions and was just putting this out there. Ask me any burning questions you have and I'll try to answer them (bear in mind I may not have done the same GCSEs as you but I hope I can help!)

how did u get a 9 in english lit.

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