Essential Revision Books For GCSE Students

I’m guessing since you’re on this page you’re looking for books that will give you the skills and tools to remember and use everything you’ve learnt for an exam. If this sounds about right, you can’t go wrong with any of these.

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How to Revise, Get Through & Pass Exams

REVISE GCSE Revision Planner 

Part of the REVISE series. If like me you’re a visual person you’ll love the pull-out wallchart with stickers and 16-week revision planner (so you can use it to map all your subjects). Also neatly packaged are exam techniques and practical revision tips.

How to Revise for GCSE: Study Skills & Planner

CGP has been going for years for a reason! This colourful book gets to the point at just 86 pages and gives you a code to download a free edition. Sections include Making a Start, Revision Techniques, Get to Know the Exams, Know Your Subject, On the Day and Your Revision Timetable. There are lots of blank timetables and revision tips. 

The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take

This one’s for you if you’re struggling to start revising. This former teacher and examiner helps you look at your mindset and attitude to take action on what is stressing you and stopping you. 

Mind Map Mastery: The Complete Guide to Learning and Using the Most Powerful Thinking

Tony Buzan is a legend of mind-mapping and has lots of resources. I find mind-mapping an invaluable memorising technique. So, open up those new highlighters and learn from the master. 

The Ultimate Guide to Remembering What You Study: Five Powerful Memory Training Techniques

Ok, so this is a freebie from me! As someone who’s come out of the other side of exams for GCSE, A-Level + two degrees I share tips to organise your notes, feel ready, strengthen your memory muscle and the ability to access long-term memories. 

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If this is you, use this link to find hundreds of useful textbooks set out by subject area then when you're ready, start revising.

How to Achieve 100% in a GCSE – Guide to GCSE Exam and Revision Technique

A bestseller written by a teenager for teenagers he gives practical tips of exams and revision. The direct experience of the author makes this one unique.

Pass Your GCSEs With Level 9s: Revision/Study Guide: Expedite your learning, Improve your memory, increase your grade  

I’m not usually keen on titles like this but there’s a good learning style quiz to figure out what works for you, how to recognise exam stress + a coursework section.

The Formula To Getting 9s In Your GCSEs

Although it says ‘formula’ this book is about finding your own way with revision styles. It contains: how to revise, how to cover everything, best note-taking methods and exam technique.

Buzan’s Study Skills: Mind Maps, Memory Techniques, Speed Reading and More!

Different techniques from mind-map guru Tony Buzan. Tips to improve concentration, some short-cuts to memorising and the specific skill of speed-reading if you find this aspect difficult.

How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week: 50 Proven Ways to Enhance Your Memory Skills

50 ways may sound a little overwhelming but even one or two working for you will certainly move you in the right direction if you’re struggling to remember the vast quantities of information being thrown at you. One reviewer said he felt like Neo from The Matrix. Enough said!