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Alex Dyer Discusses Revision Tips on ITV’s Good Morning Britain
Well done Alex, you held yourself well in the interview!
Well done Alex, you held yourself well in the interview!
August 23, 2017
With GCSE results day only round the corner, 15 and 16 year-olds across the country will be biting their nails in anticipation awaiting their results. Whilst the importance of doing well in A-Levels has been heralded of late; of course, A-Level results come out a full week before GCSE results. It’s often overlooked just how important GCSEs can be.
Here’s why GCSEs are so important:
Up until Year 11, while you have set regular examinations in the forms of SATs and other internal assessments, GCSEs are the first on a long road of exams until you complete your degree (if you choose to take your education that far). They will set the bar for how you approach all other exams and essentially “mature” you for the long journey that is your academic future.
How hard you work for your exams does reflect your grade; the harder you work, the better you’ll do. If you can leave an exam hall knowing you’ve tried your best, then often you will achieve. It means a lot that you continue this practice through to your degree; knowing that you will continue putting in the most effort you can.
If all the above don’t interest you, it doesn’t matter. The biggest point to take from GCSEs is that without them, you can’t go to university and subsequently partake in a number of careers; including doctor, lawyer, engineer, these all require B or higher at GCSE level, or even labour careers such as plumber or electrician. Most apprenticeships now also require students to have at least a C in Maths and English GCSE – which is the minimum you need to be accepted into certain colleges and sixth forms too.
Even university applications will consider how well you did at GCSEs now, rather than at AS-Levels, which are being fazed out of the schooling system. So they will see your GCSEs as a mark of what you could be predicted to achieve for your A-Levels.
Firstly, don’t panic. However, the last point we’ve made is critical; if you fail your Maths and English GCSE we strongly advise you retake them. With almost every career path, these GCSEs especially are essential. The good thing with GCSEs is that you can retake them in November, January and May/June each academic year.
There are loads of avenues you can take to resit these crucial exams, starting with getting some private tuition with Tutor House. We offer degree-educated, DBS checked and friendly tutors that can either tutor online or come straight to you door. They will prepare you for any GCSE resits and see you overcome the first hurdle of your academic careers.
We also offer specialised in-house Maths and English GCSE retake classes in our London offices. These are staffed and supervised by our professional tutors.
Moreover, we partner with an exam centre; so you don’t have to worry about finding a location to resit.
December 8, 2017
With too many tempting mince pies and general merriment prying you away from your desk, it might seem hard to get any “real” revision done over the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately, as fate would have it, your most important and crucial study period is upcoming, especially with mock GCSEs round the corner and the real thing (for GCSE, A-Level and Pre-U) just five months away. Easter will be a flurry of study classes, revision space and general panic and pandemonium, so taking the opportunity to study over Christmas is actually a welcomed chance to get ahead of the game and enjoy learning.
We’ve compiled some helpful tips for effective revision over the holiday season.
You don’t need a regimented day-by-day, hour-by-hour, study schedule, but you do need to know what you want doing. It just needs to be some key objectives you want achieving over the holidays. If you’re studying The Handmaid’s Tale for English or revising M1 in Maths, then sketch out some key bits you want done before the New Year. Whether it’s making notes on character and theme or working your way through a handful of past papers, then make sure you get your key objectives completed.
The holidays are for relaxing and spending time with family – so make sure your study time isn’t too intense. Maybe you want to lie in over the December holidays, then do so, but make sure you try and get in an hour or two of study before bed – you’ll appreciate giving yourself a head start come the grueling March to May months.
The great thing about the Christmas holidays is that your friends will also be off from school and looking to catch up outside of the classroom. Perhaps organise an afternoon of Christmas shopping and study; trying to put the studying first so it’s out the way and you can spend the rest of the afternoon picking out gifts.
Seeing as you have an excess of family and friends around you, and only a limited number of dinner topics to explore that steer clear of religion, politics and weird uncle Larry, you may as well club together to further your education. Why not get them to test your knowledge using notes or textbooks; they’ll probably learn a thing or two themselves, and it makes revising more fun and interactive.
If the thought of reading your textbook before bed makes your toe’s curl – then don’t. Why don’t you read around your subject to further your general knowledge. Even if it won’t come up in the test necessarily, you are studying your chosen subjects because you fundamentally enjoy them; so broaden your expertise and read around the subject.
April 21, 2017
There is still lots you can do in the lead up to your A-Level or GCSE examinations to help you with your revision and to feel better prepared and more confident come exam day.
Those last few weeks leading up to your exam are a crucial period. You still have plenty of time to get organised and design workable strategies for your revision, as well as practice your exam technique, and prepare for the day itself.
So, what should you be doing now to boost your revision and make it as effective as possible? Here are some useful tips:
If you started off with a well-planned out revision timetable and managed to stick to it then that’s all well and good. However, let’s be honest, for many students other things may have gotten in the way, causing them to fall behind! If this sounds like you, don’t panic! Take another look at your revision timetable, calculate what time you have left and what still needs to be done, and adjust it accordingly.
You may need to cram in a few more hours here and there, but it will be so worth it to feel calm and prepared when you come to sit your exam!
If you know there are certain subjects or topics you struggle with make sure you leave more time to revise these ones so you can fully get to grips with them without feeling rushed or putting too much pressure on yourself.
It can be really difficult working in an environment that’s not comfortable. Find a quiet, clear space to revise and ask family and friends not to disturb you while you’re working. Try to leave distracting gadgets such as phones out of the room until you’ve finished your revision and only check them when you are having a break.
By now, you should have a better understanding of which revision techniques work best for you. Do you enjoy working alone or find you love bouncing ideas off friends? Do you need total silence or do you like to talk out loud to help information sink in? Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer reading and writing things down to best keep hold of the facts?
Discovering your optimum revision techniques will ensure you have productive and thorough revision sessions. If you aren’t sure, the VARK model can help you understand what type of learner you are and how best you should structure your revision.
Taking regular breaks is so important when it comes to revision. Especially as stress builds up when you’re counting down the days until your exam!. If you try to do too much all at once, you’ll burn yourself out and end up doing poorer overall.
Making time to relax and unwind is also crucial. If you find yourself getting too stressed out or feeling overwhelmed, why not take a walk or try meditating to clear your head?
It’s also important to stay healthy and get plenty of sleep when you are revising too – this will keep both your mind and body in tip top condition and functioning at their best before and during the exam.
Revision is pretty tough and it can be hard to stay disciplined. Make revision goals and milestones and make sure that you reward yourself when you achieve them. This will help keep you motivated.
Rewards can be small like having a cuppa and a biscuit when you have gotten through a few chapters of your revision or got all the answers on your question cards correct, or large such as a night out with friends if you hit all your revision targets by the end of the week.
Good revision is all about being prepared and disciplined. At the end of the day, it’s up to the individual to take charge of their revision. In doing so, you give yourself the very best chance of success.
If you need some help with your last minute revision, hiring a private tutor can help. A private tutor will help devise a fantastic revision programme, help you with difficult subjects and advise you on how best to prepare for exams. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, experienced Tutor get in touch with our friendly team today!