GCSE Revision in 5 Steps


Knowing exactly what has to be done and when combats delaying tactics.


Revision sets are broken down into units for each specfic exam board.


It’s not just about these exams, it creates good organisation skills.

The 5 Easy Steps to GCSE Revision

Whether you take advantage of our revision bundle or not, the following five step process will help you get on top of your revision. (But of course you could buy our bundle to set you off faster!) 


Sounds obvious. But vital!

Remove all the distractions – sharpen your pencils, straighten up the piles of paper – and make sure that you have everything you need to make notes. Gather whatever study aids and books you will use and get them in order.

And make sure you have your backlog of units. This is your master to do list of everything you need to study to be exam ready. 


Taking a week by week view allows for flexibility and stops the approach becoming stale.

Start by blocking out the time that you can’t do. Most obviously your school day. But also any out of school activities, like sports or music practice. Block them all out. 

And be realistic.

At the weekend you might like a lie in. Or you want to hang out with mates on a Friday night. Make sure that you get a good balance between work and play. And if ‘play’ involves some kind of exercise and fresh air, all the better.

Your schedule has to be something that you can follow.


What are you going to study and when?

Now you know what time you have available, you simply allocate units from your backlog to those free times. Don’t go crazy. Make it achievable and build in breaks.

Make sure you have a good spread of subjects. However there may be times that you over index on one subject, if you have a test or similar. We colour code our subject sets so, with a quick glance, you should tell if you’re avoiding a subject.

You could also use your Digital Tracker here to see if there are particular subjects you need to work on.

It’s important not to move units on the fly. The flexibility comes week to week, buyt once you’ve set your plan don’t amend it.


The Weekly Review And Plan session is key.

At the end of the week look back on how things have gone. And celebrate progress!

Start with the retrospective. How has last week been? Move the units you’ve completed to the done pile. Anything you’ve not yet finished with goes back to the backlog. This isn’t a judgement thing. You know how well it went.

It’s also an opportunity to have a think about what you’ve learnt about the process and adapt it. Maybe Mondays aren’t a productive day, if so, block out those. If you find out that need music to work to, make your playlists in advance. 

Use you Digital Tracker to keep on top of progress. 


Don’t stop now!

Great news! You’re making progress! 

Even if you haven’t burnt through as much as you’d have liked you will have learnt more about how you study. That in itself is really important. Revision, like so much else in life, is a process. The more you practice and refine, the better you’ll be at it!


For a fuss-free, speedy start to revision, 
take a look at our
Special GCSE Bundle.


The beauty is its simplicity.

But don’t be fooled, it’s based on the complexities of teen psychology, motivation and project management knowhow.

Build a backlog of work to do

We don’t actually do very well if we’re confronted with too much choice in the moment. Where do I start? What should I do next?

Be clear about ‘when’

Knowing exactly what you have to do is the starting point. But committing to do it is key to success! 

Monitor progress

One of the issues with revision is that you only get the measure of success after the exams. That’s not easy in a world of instant rewards!