Before we consider what revision is and some ideas on how to revise, it is useful to take a moment to consider why we should revise.
Students sometimes ask me “why bother revising?”
My simple answer is “So you can do the best you possibly can, and if you did do your best, nobody can complain or say you did not try.”
Students sometimes ask, “Why do I need GCSE's anyway?” When I chat to them about this, we usually come to the idea that GCSEs are the gateway to lots of exciting possibilities, but there are many reasons students could wish to do well at GCSEs, for example:
First and foremost, parents who engage with their child's revision can help to dramatically improve exam grades in the long term.
Don't forget, you are not going to be examined or tested, and even better you don't need to know anything about the subjects if you use these GCSE revision guides.
“Using this revision guide was incredibly useful as equations are “walked through” in easy steps, and realistic exam questions are asked and again with easy step by step instructions how to answer them. This made my mocks a breeze!”
“I found physics by example very helpful when I was revising because of all the examples are accurate and it is split up into easy chunks. I would recommend this book for other students as it is very effective.”
Before I say anything else, Revision is NOT just copying out your notes again. Revision should focus upon doing questions from past papers and then doing lots of short activities like the kinds in this GCSE science revision guide. Revisit topics over and over again, until they become second nature. This is where family members will come into their own. Revision should,
1) Reinforce what you have learnt and studied.
2) Highlight areas of weakness and strength.
3) Give you confidence.
As the old saying goes
“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”
Be organised and start revising as soon as possible. Make sure you start to revise for your mock exams in November (now called PPE's or walking talking mocks).
“I really liked Physics by example as it is very clearly laid out and breaks down each physics equation so I could understand them.”
“Physics by example gives brilliant examples of questions I have seen in practice exams and is a cracking resource. Clearly laid out and easy to understand. Brilliant."
“Physics by example is a great book which contains realistic practice questions which helped me apply my knowledge and helped me learn for my exams.”
“Easy to understand, explains the topics well.”