Sitting IGSEs or GCSEs can be nerve wracking, they are an important set of exams that prove to be crucial in furthering your academic career or opening more doors for yourselves in the working world. Due to this stress, many students don’t receive the grades they were hoping for and so choose to retake their exams; there are also more mature learners who decide to take these exams at a later point in their life. Whatever the reason, it’s vital to be prepared so these exams can be taken with confidence and ease.
There are various benefits to retaking GCSE exams (especially core subjects). They give you: a chance to further your education and academic progression, wider choice of A-level and university courses, added value to your CV and more.
Where will you resit your GCSEs?
Firstly, you have to decide where you want to resit your exams, this is usually dependent on your personal circumstances and availability. Some, may prefer to enrol in a school or college and resit their exams – essentially redoing the gcse years, so you will be attending regular classes etc. This is useful to those that feel they want to start again from scratch. However, others may want to study and resit their GCSE exams alongside A-level studies (but this can be subject to change due to school rules and individual circumstances). If you will have the time and discipline to keep up with both sets of studies, this may be ideal for you. Finally, many students find it more suitable to study separately and enrol as a private candidate, as there is more flexibility. Once you have decided and applied, it’s time to prepare for exams. Here is some guidance we, at Exam Centre London, have put together:
It can be easy to procrastinate and attempt to cram subject knowledge right before the exam, not only is this ineffective, but can also cause the time to be more stressful and overwhelming. It’s best to put together a realistic revision plan designed to cover all necessary topics before the resit- allocating more time for areas of difficulty. When starting revision earlier in the year you can do it little and often to reduce anxiety as the exam time approaches.
It’s imperative that you as a student are aware of and confident with the exam techniques required by each exam you intend to sit. They vary from exam board to exam board and from subject to subject; so exposing yourself to them and knowing exactly what the question is asking from you and how to answer it effectively, will make a huge difference.
As a resitting student or mature learner taking GCSEs for the first time, the task can seem daunting and you may feel that you need more expert help with preparing for and sitting these exams. At Exam Centre London, we are enthusiastic about aiding all students reach their highest potential, regardless of their circumstances. We offer tailored tuition from highly experienced academics in the field. You can choose between complete or short series courses, we also provide mock assessments and feedback, exam preparation and even pre-examination visits to discuss last minute concerns or give encouragement before the exams. With all these high quality resources readily available here at Exam Centre London the stress and anxiety surrounding GCSEs as a re-sitting or mature student can be put to rest.
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