This week’s blog comes from one of our Science writers – Mike Ryan. His work on atomic structure. will soon be published. Here he writes about one of his top tips for GCSE Science revision.
Many students worry about the best way to approach their Science GCSE exam revision. They often blame poor examination technique if they don’t do well, when really it is simply that they don’t understand the work well enough.
Ask yourself when you last studied and revised the lyrics of your favourite song or studied to learn the names of the players in your favourite football team. The answer is probably“never”. More than likely, you have just absorbed the information over the months or years and it has become stuck in your mind. Why not try to do the same with your Science revision?
The first thing is to get interested. You don’t listen to a band if you don’t like them. Science exams are a bit different because you need to pass to help with your career choices. Try to convince yourself that the revision is important because it is going to lead somewhere you want to be.
If you are doing well and there is only a bit to study, make sure that you study the bits you can’t do more than the bits you can. Many people convince themselves that they are doing well by only going through the things they can do.
If you are faced with a big struggle, attack the problem like you would a hearty Sunday dinner – you would go for it one bite at a time.
Have you actually read the textbook? It is amazing how few students do. The same goes for the exam specification…how else are you supposed to know what you need?
Many people start revision too late. If that is you and you are feeling a bit depressed that you haven’t done enough revision for your mock exams this time, learn from the mistake so that you start the next round of GCSE revision in better time.
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