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It’s exam time! You’ve completed your curriculum for OCR GCSE computing and now it’s time to revise and have your knowledge assessed. It may seem like you’re about to enter a time of stress, but provided you plan well, exercise responsibility and discipline with your revision, it can be a productive and positive time in your life! Continue reading and you’ll find out important things about how to succeed with your OCR 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 some slight variations, particularly in the style of questioning. Knowing these variations can help you by focusing your attention on areas of strength and areas that need improving. As an example, the OCRs are more context- and practical-based than the AQAs, which are more theory-based.
A quick look into the OCR exam board is that from around 1993, a series of mergers, abolitions, and handovers culminated with the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) emerging in 1998. It’s now a major exam board and is owned and run by the University of Cambridge. Your OCR GCSE exams will consist of between five and 12 subjects that you’ve covered over a two-year period with mathematics, science, English language and literature being compulsory. You’re required to pass a minimum of five subjects with a C-grade or higher in order to proceed to your IB Diploma or A-levels.
Key components in OCR GCSE computing success are getting your planning and support right. Have a conversation with teachers, your parents or guardians, and peers about ways in which you can feel motivated, supported and able to manage your responsibilities healthily. Don’t forget to strike the balance in each day either by including healthy eating, exercise, downtime, social interaction and stress management.
Organisation and planning are critical components to succeeding with your OCR GCSE computing assessment. Plan a revision schedule that covers your required sections and provides you with enough time to dedicate to each component. It’s considered wise to review all your material from start to finish at least four times before you sit your exam. And this is where discipline comes in – a schedule isn’t helpful at all if you don’t stick to it and still end up cramming or skipping information.
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!