When it comes to preparing for an exam, having a clear vision of the grade you aim to achieve is crucial. Aim for a grade that is at least one level higher than what your teacher might have predicted for you. Ideally, though, aim for the absolutely highest you can!
Motivation is key in this journey. Think about the future. Imagine the sense of pride and accomplishment you will feel when you do well in your subjects. Let this image drive you, fuel your desire to succeed, and push you to put in the effort required.
Speaking of effort, remember that it’s not just about the time spent studying, but also about the quality of your study sessions.
For students studying at the GCSE level, it’s recommended that you spend at least one to two hours per week on each subject, dedicated to going through your work, practicing retrieval of information, and consolidating your knowledge.
Create a ‘Study Down Time’ and a ‘Revision Timetable’. Having a structured plan helps in managing your time effectively and ensures that you are giving adequate attention to each subject. Make sure to include breaks in your timetable, as they are crucial for maintaining focus and efficiency in your studies.
Your body and brain need the right fuel to function at their best. Maintain a healthy diet, get enough sleep and stay hydrated. All of these factors contribute significantly to your ability to concentrate and retain information.
Organise your time and create a conducive study space. A tidy, well-organised space can help in reducing distractions and increase your productivity.
Regularly review your study methods and the effectiveness of your efforts. What works for one subject or topic may not work for another, and it’s important to be adaptable.
Try revising more challenging subjects at different times of the day and experiment with various revision methods to find out what helps you remember concepts more effectively. This is what we refer to as ‘stickability’ – the ability of information to ‘stick’ in your memory.
So, in summary, get motivated, put in the effort, plan, and prepare. Be realistic about the time it takes to revise and start your preparation well ahead of the exams.
By following these guidelines, you are setting yourself up for success.
Remember, the effort you put in now will pay off when exam day comes around. So, stay focused, stay motivated, and give it your best shot!