• Be organised Keep all your notes in order. A well-organised book or file will save you a lot of time when

  • It comes to revision. Use your planner everyday to record your homework and make short-term plans.

  • If it is written down you are less likely to forget it!

  • Keep on top of things

  • If you are absent from school for any reason it is your responsibility to catch up on any work that has been missed.

  • Prioritise your time and work

  • Do not leave things until the last minute. Plan ahead and use your time sensibly. Make a list of things you have to do, and the order in which you have to do them. This will help you to…..

    • Meet Deadlines Get every piece of work in on time. If you start by doing this with all short pieces of work

    • You will be more likely to do it when major pieces of coursework have to be handed in.

    • Ask for help if you do not understand

  • Always seek help if something is bothering you, or if you do not understand a particular topic. A problem shared is a problem halved, and teachers will not know you are having problems unless you tell them!

  • Find a balance. Everyone needs some free time to relax and enjoy themselves! Try to find a good balance between time to work and time to play. Allocate set times when you are going to do your homework and stick to them

  • Be prepared to work hard

Adopt a determined and hard working attitude towards your IGCSE right from the beginning of the course. If you work hard from the outset it will pay off when you receive your results. It is too late to wish you had worked hard the week before the exams, or when you receive your results!

  • Participate fully in class

Be an ‘active learner’. Listen carefully in class, think about what you are hearing and doing. Be prepared to offer your opinions in class discussion and to value the opinions of others, no matter how different they might be from your own. Never be afraid to ask questions – even if they seem trivial - if you do not understand!

  • Revise thoroughly

Good revision techniques are the key to exam success. Everyone has their own particular style of revising – try to find out as early as possible what works best for you! Revision notes are essential, and can be made in a variety of ways –mind maps are a good example. Revision notes provide a summary of the key points of any topic, and should be made from your own notes, text books, or other sources provided. Remember – re-writing notes increases the input of information to the brain and helps you remember things better. A well planned revision schedule is also essential. Revision must be planned before any exam sessions. Plan your time carefully, allowing adequate time for all your subjects, and build up regular breaks.

  • Develop good working habits

It is really important to find a quiet place to work at home where you can organise your equipment and leave things where you know you can go back to them easily! Perhaps you could use a desk in your bedroom, or a corner of the living room. Avoid loud music with a heavy beat, and do not have the TV on while you are trying to work.