Tips for Studying

Do get organised from the start of your GCSE or A/AS level courses. Then work methodically reading, thinking, reviewing and practising. Regular slices of good quality effort are better than irregular chunks. Below are some key tips.

Syllabus
Know the syllabus for each of your subjects - you may need to contact your exam boards to check the details - see the links page on this site.
Notes
Loose-leaf files are best so that you can divide your notes into sections, add to them easily and re-organise as needed. Neatness, good summaries of key points, pictures and diagrams all help and using coloured pens, highlighters and so on will help you quickly revise later on. Mind-maps are great for showing how the ideas all fit together and will aid your memory.
Understanding
Take time to fully understand the key ideas in the subject. This will really help with your learning. The sciences and maths are full of concepts and symbols and you will struggle unless you get to grips with them. Once you do, it all gets a lot easier. You may need to read and read again, to think and think harder, but the effort now will pay back later.
Practice
Practice makes perfect! I find that some of the students I work with seem reluctant to try real exam questions. Don't be. Find out early what you can do and what you can't. The more you practice, the better you'll get - and you will find out where to focus your learning.
Support
Review your progress. Are you getting there? If not, think about what may help. More study, different text books, practice exam questions? Resources on the Internet? Friends? Can the school provide extra help? Or would a home tutor be the answer?