Making the jump from GCSE is not always an easy one.

The transition will involve you developing important new skills which will help you succeed. They will help you to access your work, organise yourself and work towards achieving your goals within the time limits.

Some useful hints

Note Taking: Notes don’t have to mean pages and pages of writing. You could make your notes in to:

  • Short bullet – pointed points.
  • Mind maps or concept maps.
  • Posters
  • Revision cards/ flash cards

Wider Reading: All your subjects will expect you to carry out some wider reading in to the topics or themes studied. They won’t always tell you to do this so you need to take the initiative! Try:

  • The internet.
  • Books in the library.
  • Newspapers.
  • Journals/ magazines in the library.

Time Management: Perhaps the most important skill of all! To be an effective time manager, you will:

  • Have a time table you stick to.
  • Keep track of deadlines.
  • Write all homework/ coursework in your diary.
  • Decide when and where you will work for specific deadlines.
  • Put academic work at the top of your priorities!

Extended Writing: In many subjects, you will need to write essays or long structured answers. The key to a good essay is:

  • Planning! Plan what you’re going to write.
  • Structure: how you are going to write it. Introduction? Body? Conclusion?
  • P.E.E: Point… Evidence….. Explanation.
  • The question: consider are you answering the question?

Organisation: Being organised is at the heart of success as you will be juggling a lot of academic work and School commitments at once. Tips for good organisation:

  • Folders with dividers for each subject
  • A place to work
  • Highlighter pens
  • Post-it notes
  • A DIARY!

Revision: The sooner you start, the more straight- forward it becomes! Get in to the habit of making flash cards, and revision notes from the beginning. This will help you to structure your work and identify areas you need help with, or need to spend more time on.

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