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May 10, 2017

Tips for studying for GCSEs

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An entire age group will begin to sit their GCSEs later this month. While most people taking the exams will have already begun to study, it can sometimes take a while to get into a good groove with revision. Fear not, there are some handy tips that can help teens in the run up to that first paper. Here are just a few that you can utilise if you’re about to sit the most important tests in your life so far.

Get organised

You’ll need the basics to get started. This includes exercise books (your used ones to look at and a new batch to write in), pens, pencils, rulers, calculators and all that other necessary stationery that will set you off on the road to success.

Create a timetable

Revision should be treated like a job that you have to complete. Therefore, go ahead and create a rota of when you should be revising and what subjects you should be tackling. This will help you manage your time and prioritise.

Revision groups

There’s nothing wrong with enrolling the help of a classmate as long as you can both work sensibly without distraction. Two heads are (usually) better than one, so group work might help you both get a grasp on some of the more difficult subjects. It’s important that you both cut your losses though at the first sign that you can’t work together without veering off track.

Avoid social media

The internet is your friend. However, social media is not. Allow a parent or friend to temporarily change the password on sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to help you avoid the temptation of logging on when you should be knuckling down.


Yes, the next few weeks are going to be extremely busy. However, you shouldn’t burn the candle at both ends. Push yourself to the limit but not at the expense of your diet, sleep and personal hygiene. You should make strides to fall into a routine that includes regular breaks and early nights.

Good luck!

Follow these top tips and you should smash the upcoming GCSEs. Once they’re over you can then give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back and enjoy your summer.

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