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How to Revise for GCSE Chemistry

Learn our top tips for GCSE chemistry revision.

Bonding, structures, the periodic table, carbon compounds, acids and alkaline. In my opinion, Chemistry was always the most difficult of the three Sciences, but the experiments were always the best and most explosive. Follow these tips on how to revise for GCSE Chemistry and achieve your best possible grade.

Use your specification as a checklist for revision

Download a copy of your specification. You can find specifications from the major exam boards below:

Use the specification as a plan for revision, setting a target for each of your revision sessions, ticking off each learning outcome as you complete each task. Always start with an easier topic as this will help you build confidence. Then target a topic that you find more difficult. Break the topic into smaller sections and tick off as you complete. In order to make sure that you cover all the key components of the topic, you can use these GCSE chemistry key concepts flashcards.

Get organised and know your learning style

Put all your notes together in one folder, organised into order following the specification layout. If you are going to use revision guides, summarise notes and add them to your folder. Turn your notes into Quizlet study sets to help make revision more manageable, or use ready-made study sets from Quizlet's GCSE Resource Centre.

You should also find out how you learn best:

  • Visual learners learn by reading, taking notes, spider maps and mind maps.  You can summarise and organise content into key points, arrange under certain headings and see connections.
  • Auditory learners learn best when they talk through their notes, watch videos or teach others the subject content.
  • Kinesthetic learners prefer to approach revision in a more hands-on way.

Work on your exam technique

Once you have learnt all the specification content, it is now important to apply your knowledge to past paper questions. Visit the exam board websites below for past papers for your exam:

It is vital that you practice as many papers as possible. Read the mark scheme answers too. These can tell you what the examiners are looking for and give you model answers if you are struggling to put your thoughts into words.

Know the formulas that won’t be on the sheet

In your GCSE Chemistry exam, you will be given a formula sheet so there is no need to memorise them all. Check with your teacher if you are not sure or visit the exam board website for a copy of the formula sheet. It’s best to have a look at the formula sheet before the exam, so you will know which equations are provided, and which you will need to commit to memory. Use these GCSE chemistry formula flashcards to play games, learn equations and test your knowledge.

Work through each tip to help you revise GCSE Chemistry. Start revision in enough time and plan what you are going to revise in each session. This will help you feel prepared and enable you to achieve the highest grade possible. Good Luck!