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How To Revise For GCSE’s: Part 1:

What are GCSE’s?

GCSE’s are general certificates of Secondary education. They are usually studied in secondary school and the course material is usually taught from years 9/10 – 11, where final official exams are sat in the summer of year 11. Students usually study 8-9 subjects, always consisting of the core subjects: maths, English language and literature and science: these make up 4-6 GCSE’s. The remaining 3 are usually the choice of the student, with subject choices ranging from arts to modern foreign languages.

How To Revise: A Few Key Tips:

Revisit content daily

Start of the new year? Or are you even half-way through the year? Well, it’s not too late to begin implementing this fantastic revision method. Each day, when you come back from school, simply re-read your class notes/lesson and any questions you did in class. If you have more time, then watch a video on YouTube to do with what you learn – not only will this consolidate what you have learnt a school, but it will help when you are revising for that subject later on in the year.

Begin implementing this technique and studying for tests will become so much more easier!

Create Flashcards

Need help memorising facts or definitions? Flashcards are scientifically proven to help you engage in ‘active recall’. Active Recall is when you look at a question and think of the answer. Repetitiveness of this technique is what makes flashcards such an effective method of revision. Active recall has been shown to create stronger neuron connections for memory trace – some research has shown active recall

Flashcards also engage your meta cognition. This is when you enter a state of self-reflection after revealing the answer side of the flashcard. When you start to question yourself on how you did on the answer, this is when you are engaging in meta cognition. Research has found that applying meta cognitive strategies tends to ingrain memories deeper into your knowledge and leads to better learning outcomes.

They also help confidence-based repetition. Because of the intrinsic nature of flashcards against a written book or document, flashcards have a massive advantage as you can test yourself based on how confident you are in an area. This practice is proven by decades of research to be the most scientifically optimised way to improve memory performance.

At Tutors4Berkshire our tutors work effortlessly to ensure your child is learning and revising in the best way possible, from their years of tutoring experience and years of educational knowledge. Secure a place with one of our fantastic tutors today to ensure your child gets the best GCSE preparation.

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