How to Revise for GCSE Science
Learn our top tips for GCSE science revision.
When revising for your GCSE Science exam, please remember that you have essentially three courses to study: Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Split up your folder into these three areas and tackle each one individually. Follow these tips to help you achieve high in your GCSE Science.
Use the specification as a revision plan
Go to your teachers or exam board website and download a copy of the specification. You can also find them at the links below:
Your specification will give you the learning intentions for each topic and you must learn these for the exam. Use this as a checklist and tick off each topic as you revise. Spend time dividing the specification into three sections; easy, moderate and difficult to learn. Spend more time revising the difficult topics and check off as you progress through your studying.
Here’s how to create a revision timetable you can use to help you organise your studies.
Organise your file into the three subjects - Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Then using the specification, sort each subject into the same chronological order as the specification. This will help you see if there are any gaps in your notes, and also allow you to understand how much work that needs to be completed. If you are going to use revision guides, summarise notes and add them to your folder. Once you have your file organised, you then need to summarise notes using visual aids such as mind maps or spider diagrams, using bright colours and diagrams where possible.
Do as many past papers as possible
Speak with your teacher for a range of past paper questions, or find them at the links below:
Practicing past papers will allow you to see how questions have been asked previously and allow you to see the different range of command words that are likely to appear on your examination. Studying these command word flashcards will allow you to test your knowledge and understanding of each word and teaches you how to answer the questions.
It is also important to time yourself when you complete the practise papers. This ensures that you can complete the exam in the set time, and highlight any gaps in your knowledge, so you can refocus your revision. Make sure to look at the mark scheme as it may show you the exact wording or phrasing that you need to achieve the mark.
Don’t forget about the practical element of the exam
Remember that there is a practical element in GCSE Science and you may be asked questions about experiments that you did in class. Use these GCSE science keyword flashcards to become familiar with key phrases and terminology of the practical element.
Make sure to bring a calculator with you to the exam and show all you’re working out. Without a full detailed answer, you will not be awarded the full marks. Also, be sure to know which formulas you need for the exam. You will be supplied with a formula sheet, but all the equations may not be on the sheet. Make sure to know which formulas you need to learn. Use these flashcards on formulas to test your knowledge and understanding of how to complete different equations.
If you are considering taking on a Science as an A-Level subject, make sure to incorporate the GCSE and A-level revision notes together, to build on your knowledge at GCSE, helping you improve your knowledge and understanding. Good luck!