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How to Juggle Your IGCSE Subjects Properly

Choosing the right subjects can set up a student for life. Make sure your child starts the IB on the right foot by speaking with an EIB Consultant to pick the perfect subjects.

It is normal to see IGCSE students taking eight or nine different subjects, and it can sometimes be overwhelming. With the right techniques, juggling IGCSE subjects can be simple and easy.

It is normal to see IGCSE students taking eight or nine different subjects, and it can sometimes be overwhelming. There is so much to do and some subjects are so different that some students do not really know how to handle the workload. However, with the right techniques, juggling IGCSE subjects can be simple and easy.

Scheduling

The more organised you are, the easier your juggling act will be. For this to happen, you have to schedule your study time. Dedicate an hour or two every day for homework, and, when you have to revise for exams, make sure you plan which subjects you will study every day. If you know what you have to do, it will be easier to stay on top of every subject and not miss out on anything crucial.

Every subject is different

There is no point in dedicating the same amount of time and effort to every subject. You should give priority to the subjects you struggle with the most. You will still have to work on the subjects you are good at, but if you want to juggle properly, you want to spend that extra time improving your weak points. Additionally, do not follow the same study strategy for every subject. For example, for Maths you will have to do a lot of practice questions, but for History, you will have to spend more time reading and memorising facts and dates. Be flexible with your studies to get the most out of each subject.

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Practising skills

Many subjects have similarities, so if you master skills you can apply to more than one subject, juggling will be easier for you. For example, practising carrying out experiments and writing lab reports will be useful for all three experimental sciences, while practising structuring and outlining essays will help in English Literature and History. If you focus on skills rather than facts, you will find similar subjects easier to handle, so be sure to use that to your advantage.

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