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After many months of preparation, it’s exam time. Having completed your coursework for your Edexcel GCSE in computing, it’s time to revise and have your knowledge assessed. Revision time and exams can be stressful, but with good planning, discipline, and thorough revision, it can be an enjoyable and productive time rewarded with great marks. Continue reading to get some great insight on how to perform well with your Edexcel GCSE computing assessment, how best to prepare for it, and how we can help you.
While there are a number of GCSE examination boards, they’re quite standardised for fairness. Having said that, there are few variations, particularly in the style of questioning. Knowing these variations can help you by focusing your attention on areas of strength and those where you can apply more focus. As an example, the Edexcel exam tends to have more multiple choice questions than other boards.
A brief look into EdExcel shows that over a number of years, beginning in 1991, the University of London School Examinations Board merged with the London and East Anglian Group. A few more mergers down the line, Edexcel emerged in 2003. It’s the only exam board run by a profit-making company, Pearson. How well you perform in your Edexcel GCSE exams plays an important role in your A-level subject choices and higher education goals. For the GCSEs, you’ll write on five to 12 subjects with mathematics, science, English language and literature being compulsory. It’s necessary to pass five subjects with a C-grade or higher to begin your IB Diploma or A-levels.
Performing well in Edexcel GCSE computing comes down to the right planning and support. Speak to your teachers, parents, and peers to learn about different ways to stay motivated, feel supported and able to manage your responsibilities. Striking the right balance over this time includes healthy eating, exercise, downtime, social interaction and stress management.
Organisation and sticking to your study plans are critical components to succeeding with your Edexcel GCSE computing assessment. Take the time right at the beginning to create a schedule that covers your required sections and provides you with enough time to dedicate to each component. It’s good practice to completely review all your material at least four times before you write your exam. This makes discipline important, as the best-made plans are meaningless without proper execution.
To avoid feeling overwhelmed or stressed out by the amount of coursework to revise, limit your study time to three or four hours daily with a little bit more on the weekends. Make provision for non-study related activities too as it’s important to keep a healthy balance.
Armed with your study plan and blocks of time to revise, the next trick is to limit your study sessions to 40 minutes to 1 hour. Concentration is like a muscle that needs to be exercised, but it maxes out after an hour. Take a break of five to 10 minutes during which time you stretch your legs for blood flow, hydrate and have a light snack. Steer clear of sugary or caffeinated drinks as these can interfere with focus.
While we’re on the topic of concentration, it can take up to 20 minutes to focus so it’s important not to sabotage your study efforts with distractions like the Internet, social media, mobile devices or TV. Use them as rewards for achieving your study goals if you feel they’re good motivators, though. Make sure you choose an environment that’s geared towards revision – somewhere that’s quiet, has few distractions and is both well-lit and well-ventilated. Enhance your environment by writing positive affirmations for yourself. Keep them realistic but positive, like ‘I can get good grades if I apply myself’.
To ensure you get the most productivity out of your study time, try out a few different study techniques to see which works best for you. While you may think you’re learning just by reading, it’s passive. It’s important to include activities such as note-making, flash cards, or mind mapping in your study routine as it keeps your brain engaged. When you start daydreaming, it’s time for a break or to change tactics.
As you proceed with your revision, bring past papers into your preparation. These will help you assess where there are gaps in your knowledge, the number, kinds and styles of questions asked, as well as train you with time management.
We at GCSE Computing are rooting for your success and we’ve got loads of materials such as quizzes, mind maps and past papers to help you achieve. Let’s get started!