Preparation for your final year of secondary education can feel daunting, especially as you look to tackle your final GCSE exams and BTEC qualifications. But it doesn’t need to feel that way.

Read Leeds Tuition Centre’s top 5 ‘out of school’ preparation tips below, to ensure you make the most of your summer and hit the ground running at the start of Year 11.

1. Take time to reflect on Year 10 (and be honest with yourself)

Take some time to reflect and review how you feel the last year of your studies went. It may be useful to ask yourself some of the following questions;

  • What subjects did you enjoy throughout the year?
  • What did you do well throughout Year 10?
  • What perhaps didn’t go too well last year?
  • What subjects do you feel you’ve perhaps fallen behind in?
  • In the GCSE’s you’ve already sat, did you get the grade you wanted? And if not, why do you think this is?

Based on your answers to the above questions, you can work out what you need to start work on across the Summer and in the early stages of Year 11.

2. Take time to recharge your batteries, but don’t allow yourself to regress

Take some time to recharge your batteries and enjoy the summer ahead, you deserve a break after a year of hard work, studying and sitting your initial GCSE examinations. But be mindful of the year ahead of you, keep your brain engaged by spending some time each week refreshing your knowledge.

Keeping your mind active and refreshing the knowledge learned throughout the past year is essential for preventing any potential ‘summer learning loss’. This knowledge loss has been proven and researched by a variety of academic sources, the process occurs throughout prolonged times out of education (like a 6 week holiday). So, remember to spend time refreshing your knowledge as this can go a long way in ensuring you don’t take any steps backwards this summer.

3. Start your revision early, you won’t regret it

The earlier you commit to revising, the more time you have to go back over each vital part of information learned. Making it easier for each piece of information to become a part of your long term memory, therefore making it much easier to recall in your GCSE exams and mocks.

Also, don’t just revise once you realise your mock exams are creeping up. Make revision a part of your school and homework routine early on, that way it won’t feel like a shock to the system.

4. Utilise Private Tuition to reach your full potential

Consider seeking a local private tutor to help with the subjects you don’t feel confident in. For example, here at Leeds Tuition Centre we offer GCSE tuition in Maths, English and Science, to help ensure our students reach their full academic potential.

Not to mention, all of our tutor’s are classroom-based, hold fully-qualified teacher status and have a comprehensive knowledge of their subject at GCSE level.

5. Enjoy your final year

Go into Year 11 looking to showcase everything you have learned in education up until this moment. Stay focused throughout the year and have a thorough revision schedule to remove the ‘guesswork’ around achieving the grades you truly deserve.

By planning ahead and relieving this stress around your revision schedule, it’s one less thing to worry about – making it much easier to enjoy the year! No matter what it throws at you.

About Leeds Tuition Centre

At Leeds Tuition Centre, we provide specialist private tutoring services to the following areas of Leeds; Oakwood, Roundhay, Alwoodley, Harehills, Gipton, Chapel Allerton, Seacroft, Crossgates, Whitkirk, Burmantofts, Little London, Killingbeck, Chapeltown, Beeston, Sheepscar, Wetherby, Temple Newsam, Colton, Moortown, Cross Green, Potternewton, Holbeck and Hunslet.

If you have further questions about our services, from GCSE through to 11+ and SATs, contact Leeds Tuition Centre today.