How to Revise for GCSE Psychology
Learn our top tips for GCSE psychology revision.
Isn’t it ironic that you are studying about memory but are struggling to remember details for your exam? Memory, along with non-communication skills, personality, prejudice and stereotypical behaviour, sex and gender are just some areas that you need to focus on for your GCSE Psychology revision, although the topics can vary. Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour, considering the different ways people act and interact with each other, along with research and research methods. Follow these tips on how to revise for GCSE Psychology and help you achieve your best possible grade.
Make a revision plan
Get a copy of the GCSE Psychology specification from the Exam board website or your teacher. It is vital that you have an in-depth list of the topics and learning intentions required for your revision. You can find specifications for the major exam boards at the links below:
Organise your revision based on each learning intention and set time to cover each topic in detail. Tick as you go through each topic and highlight any areas where you need to ask for help from your teacher. Always start with an easier topic as this will help you build confidence in your own abilities. Then target a topic that you find more difficult. Make sure you have adequate time to complete revision and past paper questions.
Here's a guide to help you create a revision timetable to organise your studies.
Use GCSE psychology study materials like these to master key components of the specification. You can test your knowledge, check your spelling, and even play games using this app. A perfect way to help build your confidence and have fun revising.
Organise your notes and re-learn
First of all, make sure you have up-to-date notes. If you have any gaps in your notes, get a copy from a friend or ask your teacher. Rewriting notes in your own words will help you understand them better. Try typing up your notes if they’re handwritten, or turning your notes into Quizlet study sets, like this one on GCSE psychology key terms. This will also allo you to play games while learning key terms of the specification.
Research your exam
It is vital to find out the details about the exam. Focus on the type of questions that will be asked. Questions may consist of multiple choice, short answers and extended writing questions.
It is vital to practise answers for all these types and be 100% prepared for the examination. Go to your teacher or exam board website and get past paper exams. The more exams you do, the more prepared you will be. Practicing past papers will improve your knowledge, build your self-esteem and improve your exam technique allowing you to complete an exam paper successfully. You can find past papers for the major exam boards at the links below:
Using the mark scheme will allow you to see model answers, give you some in-depth advice, and enable you to see what the examiner is looking for, in detail.
You’ll also want to know the range of command words that you will encounter in your exam - these flashcards can help with that.
Don’t forget to revise psychology research methods
- Revise the methods of investigations, methods of control, data analysis and data presentations.
- Know the difference between an independent and dependent variable.
- Understand an objective and subjective view.
- Learn the different statistical analysis methods such as median, mode and mean.
- Discuss the difference between Qualitative data and quantitative data.
- Understand why sampling is used and know the different types of methods that can be used on groups.
While these are simply key ideas within the research topic, knowing the definitions, and using the correct terminology can help to improve your grade and show the examiner you know what you are writing about. Revise the key words of the topic with these flashcards - this will help you improve your vocabulary and terminology, prepare key terms, and prepare answers.
Use these tips to help you complete your GCSE Psychology revision. Make sure to practice and spend time reading mark scheme answers. Leave plenty of time for revision, and hopefully you can train your memory to help you reach your top potential grade. Good luck.