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.
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 for every subject. You should give priority to the subjects you struggle with the most. You will still have to work for 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.
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.
Having a lot of subjects means you have to be efficient with your time. You could do this in two different ways, depending on what works best for you. You could either dedicate your time to one subject before moving on to the next, or you could switch between subjects every 20 or 30 minutes. Try both and see which one is more efficient for you. Alternatively, you could try the Pomodoro Technique, where you work for a Pomodoro (25 minutes straight) before taking a five-minute break. Every four Pomodoros, you take a longer break. This method is said to improve efficiency, but it does rely on your ability to stay away from social media and other distractions!
Take a break
There is no need to spend your two IGCSE years studying all day long. You have to take breaks to unwind and let your brain process all the information. It is particularly important to take breaks between subjects so your brain does not muddle up everything you learn. Dedicate time for your hobbies, hanging out with friends and sleeping well, as it will keep you mentally healthy… and a healthy mind is vital for studying well.
The most important thing to remember is – you can do it. With the right mindset and some effort, you will be juggling your IGCSE subjects like a pro.