Effective Goal-Setting: Think about GCSE success as the first in a number of stepping-stones leading to the realisation of your long-term goals. You can use the reflective cycle to help achieve your goals.
Stage 1: Generating a Vision
- Sit-up on your bed or sit on a chair and close your eyes
- Relax your muscles, take a few slow and deep breaths and, with each out-breath, count down from 1 to 10
- Imagine that it’s the day your GCSE results are released and you open the letter (or email) confirming that you’ve been awarded the very best GCSE grades that you believe you can achieve
- Before opening your eyes, close this exercise by saying to yourself three times, ‘I am capable of achieving these grades in my GCSEs’
Stage 2: Making a Plan
Develop a revision strategy.
- Space – The ideal space for revision has plenty of natural sunlight and is quiet, spacious and cool, but not cold
- Time – Key aspects of effective time management include: clarifying priorities; creating a timetable; changing your daily routine; and being assertive
- Money – There are essential pieces of revision equipment such as stationery (e.g. pens, notebooks, files) and resources (e.g. revision guides and exam papers) you need be buy
- People – Ask teachers and other students for help
Stage 3: Taking Action
Keep a broad perspective on how your revision is progressing, focusing on solutions rather than problems, stay relaxed and continue revising! Take positive action, e.g. get up half an hour earlier every day to review your revision notes.
Stage 4: Evaluating Progress
Regularly set aside time to review recent experiences, evaluate how revision is progressing and use this process to refine your vision, amend your strategy and take fresh action.
What students say
“Don’t over revise! Well placed breaks and sleep are just as useful as active revision. It allows your brain to recover and rest and helps you absorb the information you’ve revised previously.”
“Use a variety of sources to revise, including revision guides, apps and past papers.” “Do the subjects you don’t like as much EARLY in the morning and you can focus on the subject you do like later on and enjoy them! REVISION SHOULD BE FUN!”