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Next week are GCSEs and I’m STRESSED. I haven’t been able to revise recently because I had my art exam and I was crunching out coursework like my life depended on it, and it only ended yesterday so I started biology revision today (paper 1 next week) and I acc am struggling. I know basics, but some of the niche stuff like the fish circulatory system(?) I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THAT WAS A THING? I’m worried I’m going to be like this for all the exams, I 100% am certain I can pass all my subjects but I’m aiming for 7/8/9s, it’s definitely late but what’s the best way to cram this all in? I’m worried about sciences, but also like every other subject, which is probably normal but not to the degree I’m scared about, because of my absolute lack of revision. I really should have ditched art because now I’m absolutely doomed. My friends all want to open our results at the same time but they’re all straight 9 students :frown: and worst part is I have an exam clash on the last day and I’m literally going to be the last person in the hall, and my friends are all going out without me 💀 it’s all going downhill :frown:
Original post by B_____
Next week are GCSEs and I’m STRESSED. I haven’t been able to revise recently because I had my art exam and I was crunching out coursework like my life depended on it, and it only ended yesterday so I started biology revision today (paper 1 next week) and I acc am struggling. I know basics, but some of the niche stuff like the fish circulatory system(?) I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THAT WAS A THING? I’m worried I’m going to be like this for all the exams, I 100% am certain I can pass all my subjects but I’m aiming for 7/8/9s, it’s definitely late but what’s the best way to cram this all in? I’m worried about sciences, but also like every other subject, which is probably normal but not to the degree I’m scared about, because of my absolute lack of revision. I really should have ditched art because now I’m absolutely doomed. My friends all want to open our results at the same time but they’re all straight 9 students :frown: and worst part is I have an exam clash on the last day and I’m literally going to be the last person in the hall, and my friends are all going out without me 💀 it’s all going downhill :frown:

I remember last year all of my friends arranged to go out after the 'last exam', even though I had one more the week after. Only one friend stuck up for me lol but in the end they had their own day and we all went out again in the summer when you are free! So don't worry about that focus on the exam

Do past papers and loads of them! Check with teachers what the 2023 essay questions were (if there was a huge question on something it is less likely to have as many marks this year). Focus on your worst aspects. If you know something move on. Go to teachers at lunc/lessons and ask to go over stuff you don't get (make a list every night of what you don't get and check with them day after).

Stay positive and good luck!
Original post by B_____
Next week are GCSEs and I’m STRESSED. I haven’t been able to revise recently because I had my art exam and I was crunching out coursework like my life depended on it, and it only ended yesterday so I started biology revision today (paper 1 next week) and I acc am struggling. I know basics, but some of the niche stuff like the fish circulatory system(?) I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THAT WAS A THING? I’m worried I’m going to be like this for all the exams, I 100% am certain I can pass all my subjects but I’m aiming for 7/8/9s, it’s definitely late but what’s the best way to cram this all in? I’m worried about sciences, but also like every other subject, which is probably normal but not to the degree I’m scared about, because of my absolute lack of revision. I really should have ditched art because now I’m absolutely doomed. My friends all want to open our results at the same time but they’re all straight 9 students :frown: and worst part is I have an exam clash on the last day and I’m literally going to be the last person in the hall, and my friends are all going out without me 💀 it’s all going downhill :frown:

Hey. I’m a grade 9 year 11 student too, and I agree that science is really difficult. At my school, we only just finished the content for paper 2! Super stressful - and I’m doing it for A-level! Don’t worry about biology paper 1, just ensure that you know key definitions, such as metabolism, diffusion etc. and are able to interweave different topics (they will often ask you about organisation combined with respiration or exchange surfaces). I find the CGP revision guide very useful, so if you have that I recommend reading it (helped me learn content myself). Subjects such as maths, practice papers! Geography - know your case studies - and history, names, dates etc. For English, I like to just make up the analysis in the exams, which surprisingly works extremely well, so don’t feel too pressured by English - know your key character and theme quotes but don’t stress over analysis. Computer science - cgp revision guide taught me everything (don’t know why I took this 😂). Remember - don’t put all your eggs in one basket, you should be revising a mix of subjects - not just bio - or you’ll be in for a huge shock the week after. Stay calm and study hard, you’ve got this!
Fish circulatory system 😭 I've never heard of that but then again we probably do different boards I do Edexcel.

Biology Paper 1: Just pull out PMT questions and work through every single one of them for every topic. Make sure to carefully look at the mark scheme because you'll almost ALWAYS find the pattern for the answers they want on some questions. Mark schemes are your best friends + practice papers. Do past papers as well and again look at the mark scheme carefully, especially the questions you got wrong. Note them down and if you have a textbook visit the topic and UNDERSTAND it or watch videos and practice questions again.

I can't help you with Chemistry BECAUSE I AM FAILINGGGG THAT SO BAD.

Physics is just a bunch of PMT and past paper questions TRUST ME! Physics is the subject where you have to apply knowledge just like math more than other subjects so focus on practice questions and watch videos on topic you don't understand.

I don't do Geography so I can't help you there and I'm absolutely FAILING history so there's no help there either.

English Language: Past papers. That's it. Just a bunch of past papers and pulling out the most ambitious vocab possible in Section B of both papers while making sure the sentence makes sense. ALSO TIMING. PRACTICE UNDER TIMED CONDITIONS. get your teacher to mark your papers.

English Literature: Same as language but vocab isn't very important. instead you need to know those fancy words specifically related to your texts. for example, macbeth has a hamartia (fatal flaw) which is ambition. stuff like that. PRACTICE PAST + PREDICTED QUESTIONS UNDER TIMED CONDITIONS. even make up your own questions. get your teacher to mark them. focus on the feedback. nail down your language + structural techniques and your essay structure. DON'T USE QUOTES + CONTEXT UNRELATED TO THE QUESTION. examiners hate that.

modern languages (i do french)... i might get a U in this but my writing and speaking exams will probably save me and get me a 2 instead so i'm not the best person to ask for help there.

math is just practice questions. that's it. pull out corbettmaths, mathsgenie, firstclassmaths. anything. JUST PRACTICE.

and yeah i get you one of my exams is 5 days after everyone else finishes but thankfully i have 1 friend who does the subject too and there's another subject that's being tested on that day and another one of my friends does that so i have them too so i'll have 2 friends that day but i wouldn't worry because you can always make plans in the summer!

and results day... YEAH I GET YOU MAN MY FRIENDS ARE SO SMART there's no way i'll open my results with them but if you put in as much effort as possible right now you can still get good grades.

good luck!

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