Whether you're talking about Maths or English Literature, studying for your IGCSEs can be tough, but we’ve decided to make it a little easier for you with our top 5 revision tips. Let’s start with number 1.
1. Know your weaknesses... and your strengths!
As you only have a limited amount of study time before you take the exams it’s probably a good idea to make that amount of time as efficient as possible. Working out what you need to work most is essential to planning your revision. What we’re not saying is to neglect subjects that you’re good at, as that would be very silly!
2. Make revision fun!
Ok, so a lot of you will be saying that this isn’t possible! Revision is probably never going to be as fun as hanging out with your mates, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be a slog either. Don’t just stare at the pages for hours. Make revision more fun by setting yourself challenges and beating them. For example, imagine you want to memorise a certain set of facts. Test yourself on them until you get all of them correct, then give yourself a reward. Turning revision into a game means you won’t get bored and will keep your mind fresh.
Set yourself a reward when – and only when- you achieve a goal, target or complete a challenge. Your reward can be a snack, a few minutes on Facebook or watching some TV. Don’t overdo it – it’s too easy to get distracted and waste loads of time. Discipline now will pay off later!
4. But I don’t have the willpower.
You probably do, you just need to work on it! Instead of dodging revision, try to think about what the rewards are for studying hard and doing well in your exams. If you really don’t have the willpower, then you might need to make more drastic steps. There are apps to block access to Facebook and YouTube https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/leechblock/ and in extreme cases you might really benefit from handing over your mobile to someone until revision is complete!
Taking a break from revising to get a little exercise can be incredibly useful. Exercise releases endorphins which make you feel better, refreshed and can be a great reward for studying. This can make revision easier to do, helps you sleep better and makes your study time easier.
Feeling confident now you've read our IGCSE revision tips? Enrol in one of our IGCSEs online and put them to the test!
6. Use your tutor support.
All of our students have unlimited tutor support – this means that if you are unclear on something you have a qualified tutor to assist you and help you work through any problems that you have. Don’t be afraid to ask your tutor if you don’t understand, that is what they are here for! Tutors actually appreciate it when a student asks for help, because it mean that they know that student is paying attention!
7. Start Early!
Students who enrol now have a full year to prepare for their exams, which is plenty of time to complete the course. A common mistake is to put off revising until the exam is on the horizon. Whilst tempting, this means that you’ll lose a lot of time that could be put to use studying. You don’t even need to do a lot of revision, if you do it regularly and start early. For example, if you enrol now and put in just 30 minutes of studying per week then by the time exams begin you’ve put in over 24 hours of revision! Log in, use the new course planner to schedule your study periods and get going!
8. Know your subject.
Psst – want a sneak peek at what your exam marker is thinking? All of Oxford Learning College’s IGCSE courses are Edexcel based – so you can check out their website for useful information. You can find the full specifications (very useful for checking off your knowledge before the exam), past papers (great for practicing exams) and marker guidance papers (these tell the exam markers exactly what to look for when marking the exam!!). Download all of the documents for your course and have a thorough read through of all of them before you begin, that way you know exactly what is expected of you and you’ll be able to revise more effectively.
9. Keep it interesting
Revision doesn’t need to be mind-numbing. There are plenty of ways that you can make it more interesting, yes, really!<
Instead of staring at your book, try to make your revision sessions more interactive. Whether it’s creating quizzes or flashcards, making your study experience more lively will mean you retain more of the information. Speaking of flashcards, we’ve previously mentioned that we’re big fans of Studyblue – it’s a great way to create notes and test yourself.
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