How you revise is the single most important thing for GCSE’s, if you don’t know how to revise properly it doesn’t matter what you’re revising.
These methods and techniques do not apply for maths but are more focused on factually based subjects and memory reinforcement.
A common misconception is that you need to revise for 6+ hours per day to get a grade 9. This is not necessary and with efficient revision you can get a grade 9 with less than 2 hours of revision a day.
Repetition is a good way to remember things that you are revising. Once you add certain types of revision into your daily routine it becomes much easier to remember them.
To apply repetition to your revision routine, you must revise the same method at the same time of every day for the same amount of time. A popular choice is revision cards, as they are great for memory reinforcement. it involves making notes on revision cards about a certain fact, quote etc, and taking 5-10 minutes to read through said revision cards every single day. With minimal effort, you will likely remember them easily within 2-3 days, once this happens it’s best to read through the cards maybe once per week so you don’t forget.
It’s important that when revising using repetition, you revise every day. 10 minutes of revision every day for 2 weeks is much more effective than 1 hour of revision once per week. This can vary for each subject, but they all require for you do revise every day leading up to the exams.
I strongly recommend using revision cards, and practice writing answers using skills that are going to come up in the exam. For instance, you are guaranteed to have to write a story in English Language, so practising writing stories is extremely effective as you know that it is on the exam.
The Leitner System
Moving the correctly answered revision cards up one section, and the incorrectly answered revision cards down one section. Revise the 1st section the most, and the 3rd section the least.
Using the Leitner system is an incredibly useful way to use revision cards. It involves having 3 sections of cards. Each time you answer the flashcard correctly you bring it up to the next section, where the 3rd section is the one you revise the least and the 1st section is the one you revise the most.
In addition to 10-25 minutes of revision each day, it can often help to just briefly read over revision cards at any time of day for only a couple of minutes. It doesn’t require any effort and if you do repeat this over months you will remember what’s on the cards without having to try. Below is a video that goes over a few revision techniques and methods and is very useful.
Doing past papers is an essential part of getting high grades. But it’s important that prioritize questions for the new 9-1 specification rather than the old A*-G unless there are no resources left.
For English, there many sites such as this BBC Bitesize, shmoop and sparknotes. I strongly recommend youtubers like MrBruff and Mr Salles Teaches English.
To find past papers, go to your exam boards website for the said subject and look at assessment resources. CGP has published a pack of practice papers available here.
This is the website for AQA Physics for their past papers, https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463/assessment-resources
For grade 9’s, you need to do every single specification paper given by the exam board, unfortunately for most subjects, there can be as little as only 1 paper, but for maths, there are a lot more. Ask your teacher for access to locked papers for extra practice. Our website also has GCSE maths resources, be sure to do all those questions and make sure you understand where you go wrong by using the mark scheme. We also have an instagram @Cognitate where we post daily tips and tricks for GCSEs
You can also apply repetition techniques for past papers, by for example doing a timed practice paper once every 2 days up until the exam. Remember to understand every question, and when you get questions wrong, you understand what you need to do to get it correct.