With demands from the government for those taking the EYE qualification to have at least a C in GCSE Maths and English to count in ratios at level 3 – you may need to consider retaking your exams. Although this can seem very daunting, the positive is that you can retake these alongside your normal working hours – if you’re prepared to put in the work.

Do the courses from home

When paying for any course, you need to ensure that you’re getting a full GCSE and not an ‘equivalent.’ We’ve done some looking around and found that ICS offer Maths and English full GCSEs that are available online and can be studied for from the comfort of your home – and they’re cheaper than a lot of competitors! They offer a one-off fee for the course itself and then fees to book your examinations.  You can find more information here: https://www.icslearn.co.uk/courses/gcse-and-igcse/

Learn how to revise again

It might have been a long time ago that you last sat an exam, and, therefore, you might find yourself needing to refresh your memory about how best to prepare yourself for exam conditions. We’ve put together a few tips for so you that you can improve your learning process.

Make your study area

The first thing you should do is create a study area – somewhere you can go to that is quiet and secluded, where you can sit down and put all your energy into studying. This should include a desk or comfy chair so that you feel relaxed; you’ll probably need a computer or laptop too if you’re buying a course online. You should also grab yourself pen and pad so that you can try out example questions and take notes for later.

Create a study plan

Make yourself a study plan – map out what it is you want to achieve; this might be to do your Maths GCSE first and that you want to do one topic a week. Set yourself a goal with a realistic time frame so that you’re motivated to achieve and have something to compare your progress against.

Find out more about how to successfully set yourself goals

Make sure you understand each section fully and can answer complex questions before moving on: trying to learn more than one thing at a time can get confusing and it will take you longer to absorb what you need to as opposed to being quicker.

Test yourself

Once you’re starting to feel confident with what you’ve learnt you should do a few test papers – you can get these from most exam boards (just make sure the test papers follow the same spec to the ones you’re taking). Set yourself a paper under exam conditions so that you can get used to what this feels like again– this is the perfect way to see how you’ll cope on the day.

You can then get a friend or family member to mark your answers using the marking criteria supplied by the exam board – if there is no one to mark it for you, mark it yourself with a different pen. You can then highlight where it is you went wrong and work on these areas in more depth.

Then, it is simply a case of booking your exam. On the day, don’t panic and make sure you take any resources you need and water. Good luck!


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