When preparing for your GCSE maths exams, to get the best grades, how you prepare and your level of organisation skills is very important. This is true whether you are a high achiever in maths or struggling with the basic fundamentals. But one of the most important elements of preparation is making a revision timetable.
Before starting any work or activity, the most successful are the ones who plan and make a revision timetable. As the saying goes, if you fail to prepare, be prepared to fail. Once you have been given your exam date and you will be able to work out how many days you have in preparation for that exam.
There are many ways to make a revision timetable, use the method, which you refer to the most. This could be a traditional calendar, a diary, using your icalender or on an excel spreadsheet, the key here is to use a method you always refer to so you can check your progress regularly.
The next step is to split your revision into three stages, especially for maths. The first stage is learning the theory and rules, the second stage is to practice and apply the rules and the final stage is practicing with past papers. It’s better to use past papers towards the end to better prepare yourself with exam like conditions. It is also advisable to split the syllabus into the different areas and plan the dates as to when each one is completed.
If you are sitting more than one exam, you need to keeping in mind that you have other exams to study and therefore make sure you make time to study for other exams too! Its great that you focus time on maths but don’t neglect the other exams!
Once you have prepared your exam timetable, always keep time for other activities like exercise, spending time with friends and family and of course leisure time like watching Netflix, playing computer games etc. It is advised that your spend 60/45 minutes on a revision topic and then giving yourself a 5 minute break before continuing to keep your mind and body fresh. It is also advised that you do some form of exercise once or twice a week to keep the circulation going in your body, this could be walking the dog, going to the gym or playing sports.
Studying and preparing for three months for an exam is tough, to keep yourself motivated, it is better to make easy wins early on, tackle the easier topics first and then work on the harder topics as you build your confidence. Another tip for self motivation is to give yourself “rewards” every time you progress learning a theory or moving to another stage of your revision. These rewards could be giving yourself two hours to watch a movie or allowing yourself the treat of sweets / biscuits.
If you’re able to follow these tips, you be on the way to optimal preparation for your math exams!