How to Revise for GCSE Physics
Learn our top tips for GCSE Physics revision.
Atomic structure, waves, electricity, forces, magnetism and energy can be overwhelming to revise. So make sure you have steps in place to help you with GCSE Physics revision. Follow these tips below and hopefully it will help you secure the best possible grade. Good Luck!
Know the formula
E = I × V × t
P = I x V
GPE = m x g x h
GCSE Physics has a lot of formulas so it’s important to know them, understand them, know how to use them and whether a formula sheet will be given to you in the exam. Check with your teacher if you are not sure or visit the exam board website for more information. 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. If you are curious what the equations are at the start of this paragraph in fact are, use these physics formulas flashcards to test your knowledge, play some revision games and even learn something new perhaps.
Make sure to show all your working out, too. Writing an answer without showing the calculation will not gain you full marks, regardless of how correct you are. And finally, don’t forget to bring a calculator to the examination with you!
This means getting all your notes together in one folder, organised into date order or following the specification layout.
You might need to download a specification guide if you haven’t got one. These are vital to knowing what you will be examined on and all the topics that need to be covered. Ask your teacher for one or visit the exam board website for a copy.
Secondly, mix up your revision style. Rewrite notes in colour, bullet points, mind maps, whatever works best for you. Try something new so you don’t get bored easily, such as a Quizlet study set like this one on GCSE physics forces. These will help you learn key terms. Using the website, you can learn the terms, write the key words, test your knowledge and even have fun playing revision games.
Secondly, set a plan in place to ensure that you cover all topics before the exam date. Use the specification to help you work out how much you need to revise and in what time frame. Don’t pack too much into one study session or you will end up too tired to learn. Sessions should be short but allow you to cover a section within the specification each night.
Here are some tips on how to create a revision timetable that will work best for you.
Learn the practical element of the exam
Even though you will most likely be sitting your exam in a hot, sweaty hall with all the rest of your classmates, far from the strange smells of the Science lab, you will still be tested on the practical element of the course. You may not be asked to set up an experiment, but you may be asked how to find the resistance in parallel, the waves on a string or even the density of a solid.
Knowing how to complete the investigation, step by step will help you gain marks in the exam, so make sure to revise that element and don’t skim over it when looking through your notes. Here are some flashcards to help you with required practicals.
Also, don’t forget to study all about the components of the investigation. Know the difference between the independent and dependent variable, the hypotheses and the aim, fair testing and the control variables. Use these flashcards on practical skills to help refresh your memory if you are stuck.
Finally, make sure to leave plenty of time for revision. Work through all your notes, revision guides and textbooks, following the specification. Good luck (and don’t forget your calculator).
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