Every student looks forward to their GCSE exams. It’s a significant milestone in their lives and could determine their future trajectory. But with all the pressure and schoolwork, it can be challenging to keep up with revision which is a critical part of doing well in your GCSEs.
For students that already have a revision schedule in place, it’s essential to note that you should focus on effective GCSE revision. It’s not about the amount of time you spend revising. It’s how you make use of that time. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your revision time.
Print out a copy of the exam schedule
The biggest mistake students make is thinking they have a lot of time before the exam. Having the exam schedule can help you have a visual reminder that the exams are inching closer. The schedule will also help you create a guide depending on when and where each exam will take place.
Create a revision timetable
A revision timetable adds structure to your revision and helps you stay on top of all your GCSE subjects. A practical and well-developed timetable will allocate enough time to revise all the subjects and ensure you organise your study time.
A revision timetable is also an excellent motivator for revising for the exams. Create the schedule online to access it wherever you are and have a printed copy up in your study area for reference and to help you stay focused.
One of the leading reasons students don’t keep up with their revision timetables is being too ambitious too early. It’s critical that you plan realistically. Allow for regular breaks and rewards at reasonable milestones.
Having bite-sized milestones will allow you to enjoy the efforts of your revision and help you stay motivated for the final exams.
If you feel stressed or tired, it’s vital to take a break. Breaks will improve your memory retention and keep your brain engaged longer.
Understand your learning style
Every student has a unique way of learning. Some students are visual learners. Others are auditory, reading, writing, or kinaesthetic learners. Knowing how you learn best will increase information retention and make it easier to remember new information. Over time, you will also know if you study better at night, during the day, or morning. Schedule your revision times to when you have the highest concentration to make the most out of every study session.
The ideal length of individual revision sessions varies depending on the student. Generally, two hours is reasonable per session on a particular subject. But if the student struggles with the 2-hour sessions, you can break them up with breaks in between, making them just as effective.
Have an effective study space
Set up an isolated workspace where you can study in peace and without any distractions. The perfect study space should be quiet and away from the bedroom.
Having a dedicated study space can improve concentration, reduce distractions, and make revision time more effective.
Students need to have distraction-free study times. Although a certain level of supervision is required, it’s important to the student that there are no constant questions while they study.
Although it’s essential to sit still and concentrate, you shouldn’t stay stagnant for a long time. Exercise is essential to children. You need enough movement and fresh air each day to help your concentration levels. Try exercising earlier in the day or go for a short walk between revisions.
The earlier you start, the more you can revise. Starting earlier also prevents information overload and gives you time to thoroughly go over your material, giving yourself better chances of success.
If you wait until it’s too late, trying to fit everything within the limited time becomes an impossible task.
Get enough rest
You need enough sleep and rest every night. Rest is vital in promoting the functioning of the brain. Enough rest helps rejuvenate the mind and avoids fatigue. This way, every day, you wake up feeling fresh and ready to learn.
Although these tips are critical in effective revision, they can only work if you stick to the schedule and are consistent in your revision. If you have a tight schedule and can’t supervise your child to ensure they stick to the schedule, you can consider hiring a tutor to help them keep up with the revision.