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How to Revise for GCSE Sociology

Learn our top tips for GCSE sociology revision.

Sociology: the study of the mind, families, education, crime and social stratification. When you took this GCSE on, you probably didn’t realise how intense the subject would be. But hopefully you have found out that it is such an interesting topic and are fascinated about how the mind works. You still must get a revision plan in place and start to study to ensure you will pass your GCSE Sociology. Follow these tips to help you complete your GCSE Sociology revision.  

Make a revision plan

First off, sort out your study space.  Have a clean and tidy area you can work from. Remove anything that will distract you, i.e your phone. Plan to set up two or three revision sessions a day each lasting approximately an hour. Any longer and you will get too tired. Take regular breaks to help you concentrate.

Set a goal for each revision session, ensuring you have achieved it in the set time. You can (and should) use the specification for your sociology exam as a guide for your revision. Here are the specifications for the major exam boards:

These will contain a full list of everything that you need to have covered before the exam. This can be converted into a checklist to make sure that you have revised everything you need to. The best way to tackle these tasks is to split them up into easy, moderate or difficult. This will allow you to see how much time you need to spend on each topic. It’s best to revise some easy topics first, ticking them off will help your confidence knowing that you are revising to the best of your ability.

Here’s how to create a revision timetable to help you organise your studies.

Know your learning style

Find out what way you learn best. Can you remember a conversation you had with a teacher about a topic? Or has a picture or video stuck with you? What about something that you created or built? Finding out what way you learn best will help you master your revision. Sometimes, you might learn best when you learn from two different styles.

Visual learners learn by reading and taking notes or creating mind maps, using bright colours. Auditory learners learn best when they talk through their notes, watch videos or teach others the subject content. Finally, kinaesthetic learners prefer to approach revision in a more hands on way. This could be by playing games for different topics.

Practice with past papers

Past paper exams will show you all the questions that have appeared in the past and could provide you with examples of possible questions for your exam. The more examples you complete, the better prepared for your exam you will be. You can find past papers for your exam here:

Take note of all command words in the questions that have been asked, and then review these command words with flashcards. While you are on the exam board website, read the examiners reports and marked exemplars you can find. These can tell you what the examiners are looking for and highlight any common mistakes or errors that are frequently made by students. This will ensure that you don’t make the same mistakes.

Don’t forget to revise the research methods for your exam

While you will not be carrying out investigations in your exam, you may be asked about the research methods that you have used.

  • Know how to plan an investigation
  • Know what the aim and hypothesis are
  • Understand the difference between primary and secondary data
  • Know the advantages and disadvantages of each type of research method e.g. Interviews, questionnaires etc.

Use these GCSE sociology research methods flashcards to help you revise with flashcards and other study modes. Good luck!