How to Survive Exam/GCSE Season

Although I am not currently sitting my GCSEs at the moment, I still have an exam week for my end of year tests and have also had smaller tests throughout the year. Recently, in the lead up to my exam weeks, I have managed to find how useful some of the things I am doing and have done, are proving to be in order to help me do well in these tests.
So I thought I would share a few tips I have used previously, that have helped make my life a lot easier now.

My first tip is to keep your classwork colorful and more interesting to look at. Yes, that does include the most boring class you have to endure during your week, because it is so much easier to look at and revise from notes that are more colorful and interactive, than masses of black handwriting, and trust me when I say that using five different colors in your work helps make the lesson that little bit more interesting.

So this is probably an obvious tip but it links with my previous tip, keep your revision notes colorful as well. Personally, I find it easier to write revision notes when I am using a few different colors because I them find them quite therapeutic when I may be cramming in last minute revision the night before or if I am generally stressed about the upcoming exams and also helps me make key facts stand out more so that I'm more likely to notice and remember them.

Peace and Tranquility
In my opinion, there is nothing worse than trying to revise when I am surrounded by younger (or older) siblings, trying to see who can shout the loudest and deafen each other and anyone stood too close at the time. So my main advice is to find yourself a quite space where you can really concentrate on your work.
Oh and maybe try to give social media and texting a break when doing this because trust me when I say that quick look at someones post will turn into half an hour on Instagram. I have definitely had more than my fair share of these moments.

Start early
I honestly think that this is the biggest piece of advice I can give you; start early. I feel like there is nothing worse than revising everything you have learned over the past couple of years is the few months leading to your GCSEs, which is why I would advise you to make proper revision notes for every test you do, even if it is just an end of module test, because then that is one less module to revise before the exams. This will also help make things stay in your mind more because research has shown that by leaving time between revising the same topic means you have to try harder to bring everything to the front of your mind, making your understanding of the topic better as a result.

So these are my tips to you on how to survive exam week. I know that some of you may find these tips completely useless, but this is just something I came up with that I know has helped me recently and may help some of you through your exams xx 


  1. Loved this post Leah! Some great tips xx


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