After a couple of years without formal examinations due to the global pandemic, the GCSEs are back, and young people have to revise once more. While starting early with revision is one of the most important tips to offer, what does revising look like? How do people prepare for the examinations? Here we offer five practical tips to help you understand how to revise and feel prepared for your GCSE examinations. These 5 study tips to help prepare for GCSEs will help your child face these important exams with confidence:

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Here are some study tips to help prepare for GCSEs this year.

study tips to help prepare for GCSEs

#1 Create a timetable

While creating a revision timetable is a great way to put off revision, it is also pretty handy. While making it look pretty can take hours, it is not really an act of revision. However, with the right timetable in place for the coming months, you can bring some discipline to your preparation.

The problem you are solving is two-fold. First, we all like to procrastinate when something scary is happening, and having your timetable in place helps you keep to the promise to prepare and face up to what scares you. Secondly, it forces you to cover those subjects that are more challenging.

When most people revise, they naturally gravitate to easy topics. We all like to feel good, right? Doing the easy subjects tricks us into believing we are making huge progress, even when hiding away from those demon-like topics. So, your timetable should cover everything you have to learn for your exams, and you might want to give more time to those challenging subjects.

#2 Set mini goals and treat yourself

When revising, it is a great idea to find a way to motivate yourself and keep yourself accountable. An hour of daydreaming is not revising, even if you are sitting beside a piece of paper. So, set yourself a goal for each session and, when complete, offer yourself a reward. Allowing yourself some chocolate after each mini-goal achieved is bad for the waistline, so you may instead want to find another way to reward yourself.

Early in your revision, make these goals straightforward. However, when you are into the flow, increase your level of challenge.

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#3 Revise with friends

Human beings are social creatures and work much better when others are around to bounce off. The problem with revising with friends is that it can easily become socialising with friends. For this reason, parents are usually a little suspicious of revising in groups. However, if you are motivated to use the time well and can work together without distraction, interpersonal learning is one of the most powerful strategies.

When working with friends, you can test each other and make up more creative activities that stick in your mind. Even talking about a subject and teaching each other can have a powerful impact on recall and understanding.

It is even more important to set your mini-goals and put your rewards in place when working with friends. Agreeing to these before group revision sessions stop one person from ruining it for everybody.

#4 Take breaks

The human mind can only concentrate for short periods. On average, a teenager revising for GCSEs will do this successfully in 20-minute blocks. Any more than 20 minutes, and you risk losing everything you have been trying to achieve.

While you don’t need to do 20 minutes and then stop for the evening, you need to go for a quick walk or get a drink after every 20 minutes. This walk downstairs or a quick bite to eat will give your brain time to consolidate what you have been focused on before adding more into the mix. Pushing against our body and brain’s natural way of working is pointless. So, work with your body needs and work on a 20 minute on, 10 minutes off schedule.

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#5 Reach the stage of muscle memory

The reason elite athletes train by doing the same actions repeatedly is that when they are under pressure, their bodies know what to do. Through these drills, they create muscle memory and no longer have to consciously think of what to do.

When revising, you will be asked to do practice papers repeatedly, and the best teachers will have given you a routine to follow when writing this practice paper. The reason to keep taking papers is to see the widest variety of questions and have thought about them before, and it helps you hone this routine so that you do it automatically when it comes to the day of the examination. You can always ask your teacher to devise a routine that you can drill to take control of those nerves on the day of the examination.

Summary of tips to help prepare for GCSEs in 2022

Whatever happens on exam day, you can only do what you can do. By revising, you give yourself the best chance of showing up with the right skills and approach to succeed.

Author Bio

Nick is NCC Home Learning’s resident blog author and covers a range of subjects, including childcare and beauty. NCC is an education provider with over 20 years of experience offering home learning courses.