GCSE Revision Ideas

 Well technically, I didn't actually need to revise for my GCSE exams this summer and you can probably guess why! But I know how stressful my mock exams were and it is never too early to start revising. In fact, it is better to revise little but often, that way you are not cramming USELESS (let's face it) information into your head the night before the exam. In this post, I have listed all the different resources that helped me through each subject.

 Science:

  • My GCSE Science* - A comprehensive site full of video tutorials, multiple-choice questions exam questions and answers. This helped me so much! It is incredible and was my main way of revising science.
  • Seneca Learning - This was more of a consolidation revision method, the day before the exam that covers everything you should know.
  • Primrose Kitten - The morning before the exam, I would watch her Youtube videos of the summary of the entire paper in an hour.
  • Physics and Maths Tutor - If you are looking for further exam-style questions, then this is where you'll find them along with thorough notes organised by topics and mark schemes.
  • Flashcards for Key Terms - Being able to understand the key terminology in science is essential and forms the basis for everything else you go on to learn. Physical Flashcards are such a useful element of active recall.
Maths:
  • This Textbook* - (I did higher) was great, it simply went through everything you need to know and a plethora of questions with the answers at the back of the book were available.
  • Flashcards were my favourite way of revising formulas, seeing as you now must remember them in the exam!
  • Past Papers in maths are your best friend. The only way you can really master the technique is by practising.

English Literature:
  • Quizlet -  for key terms and techniques and quotations you need to remember.
  • Text Guide Questions* - this worked especially for the texts that were tricker to understand, such as the Shakespearean text that you will study.
  • Practise Essays - And get feedback by asking your teacher to mark them as you do them, I am sure they won't mind!
  • Spark Notes - My saviour when it came to chapter summaries and character overviews.
  • AudioPi* - If visual learning is not your thing, trying listening to an AudioPi podcast and make notes (I can't stress this enough, making notes whilst you listen is so important!) AudioPi is brilliant and has everything in one place, it can be used across all of your subjects but I only used it for English Literature.
  • Mind-Maps - I made mindmaps for context as in order to achieve the higher grades, you must integrate context in your answers.
English Language:
  • Mr Bruff - Apart from past papers and keeping up with your reading, Mr Bruff's videos, I believe, are the only other way that you can revise for your English Language exams. Once you have done your first mocks you will be able to indicate where you need to revise further.


Modern Foreign Languages:
  • Quizlet - Great for active recalling the language, plus you can use the spell, write and listen functions!
  • Duolingo Podcastsare perfect if you are revising for speaking exams as they give you an idea of how to speak the language
  • Grammar Revision Guide *- A major part of knowing and understanding an MFL is grammar! you must practise this as much as you possibly can as it is what ends up getting you the higher marks in the exams.


Other Subjects:
  • Geography = Textbook and Revision Guide questions, mind maps and condensed notes, make your own 'case studies' booklet, past papers
  • Ethics & Philosophy/Religious Studies = Mindmaps/Quizlet for key terms and quotations, previous papers that my teacher marked.

I have only listed tried and tested methods that have worked for me above. If you have any alternatives or ways to revise other subjects that are not listed above, please comment them below as it would be a major help! 

* = paid resources 

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