5 Reasons Why Topic Questions Will Help You Smash Your IGCSEs

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Amy studied at the University of Bristol and is our revision blog guru. She only graduated recently so understands the pressures of being a student better than most, and is here to share her wisdom so that you revise effectively, smash your exams, succeed at school and write cracking university and job applications.

There are lots of resources you’ll need to seriously thrive in your IGCSEs: from IGCSE past papers and mark schemes, to revision guides, class notes, and model answers to guide you through exam technique. With all that considered, it can be easy to skip over the extremely valuable resource that is topic questions.

Topic questions sit somewhere between past papers and topic tests, allowing you to focus on specific areas of a subject and ensure you’re fully prepared to answer questions on any part of a topic. Read on to find out what you can do to use our Topic Question Packs as effectively as possible.

1. You can use Topic Questions as an end of topic test to consolidate your knowledge

A good way of approaching your subjects is to divide them up, and treat each topic like a subject unto itself. That way, you’ll get a comprehensive view of each topic area, and can go into greater depth when revising each of the topics to ensure no stone is left unturned.

Our Topic Question papers help you do just this. They’re laid out like a real exam, so make the perfect topic tests once you’re done learning about a topic in lessons. Test yourself by answering the relevant question pack, and keep a note of your mark. Then, when you come to do it again around revision time, you can see whether you’ve improved.

Your marks will also show you the topics where your knowledge is weaker, so you know where to focus your efforts when exams come around.

2. You can use Topic Questions to practice what you’ve just revised

As we always say, IGCSE past papers are an amazing resource; but they’re finite. With that in mind, you have to be careful not to use them all up too quickly when you’re revising.

That’s where our Topic Question Packs come in! Topic questions really let you double down on the minutiae of a topic; so once you’re done revising a certain area, answer the relevant Topic Questions to consolidate the knowledge and see where the gaps lie.

It’s a great way of checking what you’ve learnt and ensuring you know everything you need to.

3. IGCSE Topic Questions help you spot gaps in your knowledge

If your focus is always on your subjects as a whole, rather than individual topics, it’s really easy to miss things. Topic questions are a great way of ensuring you’re strong and confident across every topic, and easily working out where you’re not as confident so you can double down on those areas.

You may find that there are issues across one whole topic in particular, or within just one element of a topic. Either way, testing yourself topic-by-topic, and reflecting on your marks, is a really great way to work out where you need to be focusing your revision efforts.

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4. Topic Questions help you memorise key bits of information

Topic questions are also a great way of ensuring information you’ve just learnt actually sticks in your head. It’s only natural that the more focus and actual practice you put into something, the more likely you are to remember it – so practicing actual questions (rather than writing or reading your notes) is essential if you’re going to commit things to memory. Our topic questions will help!

5. Topic Questions help you practice exam technique

Unfortunately, it’s not just about what you know, but how you show that you know it, when it comes to getting top grades.

Answering questions the way examiners want you to can feel like box ticking exercise at times, but you have to ensure you cover every base and give the examiners what they want.

Our topic questions are designed like exams, and are in the style of exam questions. Therefore they are a great way of practicing your exam technique, and answering questions the way you will need to in the real exam.

If you time yourself you can also practice working in pressured exam conditions, all of which is really important practice if you’re to get those top grades.

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Extremely helpful advice. Thank you so much.

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