The months of GCSE exam preparation can be stressful and draining for students, parents and teachers. There is so much build up in schools and as a consequence, pupils have an extraordinary amount of pressure placed on them. Avoiding revision is not an option, but there are ways to reduce stress and make the process less intimidating.

The key to preparing for GCSE exam is to break revision down so that the overall task seems to be reduced.

This can be done in a number of ways:

  • Structure revision into hour blocks and use a calendar or diary to plan ahead. Work out what revision needs to be done and how long it should take so that you are spending no more than 2 hours per night on it. Use something visible such as a post it note for each hour and have a different colour post it note for each subject, try to mix these colours up as much as possible to avoid repetition.
  • If you have an hour of a maths try to mix it up by following it with an hour of English or an alternative subject. This keeps the mind working by using different parts of the brain in quick succession.
  • It is a common myth that to revise properly hours on end must be spent reading a textbook or a screen. However, research has shown that smaller chunks of revision and a mixture of subjects increase the likelihood of retaining the information.

The key to all exam preparation is to RELAX! As long as you prepare well, do your best and are organised then there is nothing more you can do so there is no point in worrying about them

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”