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A Positive Choice

Year 11

With the final GCSE exams coming up, here are some tips to help you make the most of your revision.

  • Find somewhere quiet to revise. Distractions won't help you concentrate!
  • Don't try to do a huge lump of revision in one go. It's easier to concentrate for shorter periods.
  • Revising with friends is a great idea, but make sure it doesn't just end up as socialising. Try to get some work done as well!
  • Past papers are a good revision tool as similar questions come up quite regularly.

It's also a good idea to use different methods of revision. Use the revision guides, look through past papers, and try the Internet, especially BBC Bitesize. This splits the revision into the 3 disciplines, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, so you can pick the subjects you most want to look at.

Here are some starting points to get you going:

BBC Bitesize:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/ocr_gateway/

Past papers:

If you search ‘OCR Science J261 past papers’, this will bring up loads of links where you can look at and download previous exam papers to practice on.

Revision guides:

All GCSE students have been loaned a revision guide, but extra copies are available from most good book sellers.  The ISBN number is 9781841467108.  As well as this, any books supporting OCR Gateway Science J261 will be useful.

Finally, DON'T PANIC! Keep calm, and do your best. You'll be amazed by how much will come flooding back to you if you just keep a level head!

Good Luck!

M. Washbrook