It is the time of the year when thousands of students in England, Northern Ireland and Wales are busy preparing for the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) Exam. Also, it is one of the defining moments in anyone’s career. And it is the stepping stone for your professional career that can very well decide your future success or failure. It is natural to have few butterflies in your stomach. The obvious question in your mind would be on how to best prepare for the exam.
How do you chalk out a revision plan
How do you chalk out a revision plan to achieve higher grades that would offer you more options in the future? And perhaps the most important question would be – how to work on the weaknesses you have in different subjects especially subjects such as Maths, Science and English.
For starters the competition has touched the roof over the last few years. And in case of most students school education isn’t just enough to help them achieve their desired goals. There are few inherent problems with school lessons. First is of course the paucity of time for a school teacher to address the individual need of every student.
Classroom teaching has its own pace and if you or your ward isn’t able to keep up with the pace they are at loss. Secondly school education hasn’t evolved much over time though the challenges for students have multiplied over the years. This is where students are increasingly opting for private tuitions and this has helped them achieve higher grades.
Private Tuition Improves Your Odds of Success
The biggest benefit for GCSE tuition classes is the kind of personalised guidance and support that a student receives in such classes. These study and revision centres usually offer 1:1 guidance and group classes depending on the needs of the student.
Since most students have problems in Maths, Science and English the focus in these classes to make students aware of the fundamental concepts in these subjects that allows them to apply this knowledge in solving practical problems. Good tutors realise the importance of breaking the four walls of a classroom when it comes to inculcating knowledge in students and hence students are taught in an environment that is atypical of school classroom.
Good Revision & Planning
GCSE isn’t the easiest exam that one takes and hence bullish preparation may not always help you achieve your desired goals. Apart from working hard and putting in the required number of hours you also need to revise for this exam in a smart way. Here are some of the best revision habits that have helped past students and may also help you –
- Understand Your Style of Learning – They say ‘to each his own’, and before you start following the best practices you come across you need to understand your own learning style and strengths. There are some students for whom auditory revision technique works best while others prefer visual learning or learning by writing. Your past experiences would tell you which technique works best for you and you should never deviate away from your core strength.
- Acknowledge Your Weaknesses – To overcome your weaknesses you need to first acknowledge them. If you are facing problems with a particular subject or certain parts of a subject you need to make your tutor aware of it. Don’t be shy to acknowledge the problem before your tutor as this will make him or her try a new way that helps you overcome the challenge and get over fear of the subject.
- Prepare A Study Schedule – It is important to approach GCSE in a structured way and this is where you need to work on a revision timetable that addresses all your needs. Allot time for every subject based on the level of difficulty you face. Mix and match different subjects in your study schedule so that you don’t get bored with any of them. Today there are apps that would help you prepare a study table. Once you have prepared one – DO FOLLOW IT.
- Take Breaks – As much importance that you assign to following a study schedule you need to assign the same importance to taking breaks. Meet up with your friends or listen to some music. If you have a hobby doesn’t take a permanent break from it for your exam. Taking breaks allows you to unwind and relax your mind which prepares you better for the next round of revision.
- Different Subjects, Different Methods – There is little in common between English and Mathematics and hence revising the subjects in the same way isn’t likely to help you. When it comes to preparing for English and other languages you can rely on Flash Cards as this will benefit you whereas in the case of Maths you need to practice and practice more.
- Solve Past Papers – There is no better way to revise for the exam than solving past papers. By doing so you would become well acquainted with the format of the exam and learn the art of time management. An experience tutor would always insist you to solve these papers as these prepare you best for the exam.
- Slow Down Before Exam – Last but not the least you need slow down right before the exam as far as your preparations are concerned. The cool-headed students fare better when it comes to scoring higher grades in the exam. The last thing you’d would to be is nervous and anxious before your exam. Go there with a calm mind and trust your preparations and you would do well.
These revision and planning ideas have helped most students and if you follow them you would benefit immensely. When you prepare for the exam under the guidance of a professional tutor they would help you adhere to these and many more exam preparation plans that would improve your odds of scoring higher grades. To say a final word – GCSE exam is a vital moment in your career and by taking tuitions and following the best practices, you would get the best performance out of yourself.
Summary: In this write-up we take a look at the best practices for GCSE revision and planning for exam success and how you would benefit seeking help from a GCSE tutors.
Author Bio – Guide Tuition centre is set up and run by Leon Hady, former Headteacher of an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ school and an Advanced Skills Teacher of English who holds a BA, MA and MEd.