At Maths Made Easy we have spoken with a number of students who use our Maths, English and Science resources to see what their New Year’s resolutions are in relation to studying and preparing for exams. The following are our top 5 New Year’s resolutions for students who are studying for exams in the New Year.
1. Create a revision timetable and stick to it
This is a great New Year’s resolution as it helps you to get focused for the revision period ahead in the build up to the GCSE and A level exams which begin in the spring.
Although this one is specific to GCSE Maths, the sentiment can be applied to other subjects and levels. As part of an effective revision strategy you should be looking to practice questions regularly as well as reading notes and making flash cards. Ultimately you want to prepare yourself for the final exam and therefore practising similar questions to what may come up in your paper is essential. From our experience, many students leave past paper practise until too close to the exams.
3. Be more organised and motivated with my studies.
This is quite a general New Year’s resolution, but is a really important one. It links in with number one in our list as part of being organised and maintaining motivation levels is planning a work structure and a revision time table can help with this. If a very structured revision timetable doesn’t work for you at least have a daily routine that encourages you to work; for instance, you may set aside 2 hours each evening for studying, if your homework takes 1 hour make sure you use the other hour productively to revise.
4. Learn from my mistakes
This is another general New Year’s resolution but a very important one. From our observations students often complete past papers and homework for school, receive a mark and then forget about it. We believe more focus needs to be placed on learning from the mistakes from each piece of work that is done. This sounds obvious but very few get it right. A top tip is to produce a ‘Corrections Folder’ for each subject and collate each mistake you make or question you get wrong and before each progress test or topic test, revise from this list and ensure you have corrected all of your previous mistakes. Because past paper questions are often reused or slightly reworded in exams, if you learn how to answer these by learning from your mistakes and using the mark schemes then you will find answering the questions in your final exam much easier.
5. Perform better in my maths topic tests
This New Year’s resolution is one which links to all the others. If you are organised, motivated, revise using past papers and learn from your mistakes then these will result in better marks in your Maths topic tests. These qualities and skills also apply to other subjects, so whether you are studding for your GCSE Maths exams or you want to improve you KS3 English skills.
Whatever your New Year’s resolution is, Maths Made Easy is here to help by providing exceptional resources that are easy to access, making revision less stressful and more productive.