First of all, yes. Yes I did choose this title just because alliteration. That’s what you have to deal with when you decided to come on my website – which now has its own domain name! My Dad got it for me as an early Christmas present so thank you Dadddd xx
Anyway, I’m back! It’s been a while since I’ve been super busy trying to revise and also being ill. Oh, the life of a youngster. So, if you take GCSEs you’ll know, you have to do mocks (or PPEs) before June. My mocks for #GCSEs2020 are in January and I know not many people have begun to revise. I can hold my hand up and say that although I try and revise, I get sidetracked by things like cleaning my room, creating new hairstyles, playing the ukulele and even looking out of my window. I have friends who aren’t revising as “they’re just mocks!” (I’m sorry for calling everyone out, I love you really I promise) but the more you do now, the less you need to do later! However, if you do wish to start revising now, you need to know how to start revising and where to look if you have no clue what to do. So, to help my fellow #GCSE2020 friends, or anyone who needs to revise, here are ten tried and tested tips and tricks which can help you to revise.
1) Make a revision timetable – ensure it’s as realistic as possible. It’s all well and good having a timetable which shows you working for 9 hours straight without breaks but you need to think: will I really be able to achieve that? If the answer is no, work out what is best for you. Spend more time on subjects you struggle with and are less likely to get a higher grade on. For example, I struggle lots with Science and maths so I am spending more time on those subjects than citizenship.
2) Past Papers are the most magical things. As they say, practice makes perfect and past papers can really help you get a feel for the style of questions and reading through the mark scheme will show you want the examiner is expecting. They’re also super easy to obtain. Just find what exam board you’re using – for example I’m doing AQA English – you’d go to the AQA website and search for past papers – the AQA website lets you select which subject, spec, qualification and series. Then you can just complete and mark them! It’s the easiest way to get example questions with answers. Links for some exam boards are below:
3) Find resources which help you. Websites, workbooks and textbooks are all amazing… If you can find good, helpful material. A website I will never shut up about is one called Seneca. They have a wide variety of subjects which they explore in explicit detail and they help you to understand the topic quickly. Another website which is very helpful is BBC Bitesize. It’s an oldie but a goodie and they provide lots of information which is easily understandable. If you want textbooks than I strongly advise CGP’s. They fit the new spec, have lots of information and even example questions. You can also get them for different exam boards and I have CGP books for Maths, English and Science.
4) Get a revision folder to put all your revision in. It’s easiest to keep it all in one place and it’s far more organised. I have my revision timetable, login details as well as my revision.
5) Get an aesthetic! It may sound bizarre, but personally it makes me more motivated to work and I’m prouder of it when I’m done. I also have a higher chance of looking back at it which means I’ll memorise it more
6) Have a space where you can constantly revise. It’s got to be a place with minimal distractions and it’s got to be relatively clean so you can focus for longer.
7) If possible, find out if your teachers hold catch up lessons/interventions before, during or after school. They will not only help you understand the subject more and give you tricks to remember for the exam but will also put your mind at ease and make you less stressed.
8) Put away the phone! It helps you to focus! Trust me on this one I know from experience. Even writing my blog earlier, I got sidetracked by my phone and facetimed my boyfriend for almost an hour. You could simply leave it downstairs while you revise upstairs, put it in a cupboard which is nowhere near where you’re studying or even give it to someone to look after so the temptation isn’t there.
9) Keep healthy! Ensure you’re eating enough, sleeping enough, drinking enough and exercising enough. It’ll help you to remain focused for longer and you can avoid falling asleep while analysing Macbeth seeing a dagger before him (true story – I’ve fallen asleep while revising way too much.)
10) Take a break! Just because you’re revising doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Personally, after I do at least an hour of strong work, I’ll take ten minutes to calm down, stalk peoples social medias and just collect my thoughts. I’ll also factor in a couple of hours a week just to socialise with friends. It’s also a good way to stop my mental health from deteriorating.
Thanks for reading, I hope you found it helpful and feel free to comment other revision tips. See ya soon,
xo baby, Tati xoxo