How to ACE Your GCSEs

Updated for 2018 and applicable for exams in 2019/2020, How to ACE your GCSEs teaches you how to ACE your exams. No matter how smart or behind you may think you are this book will teach you how to revise… properly!


Written by #1 bestselling author of How to ACE Your A-levels, Raja outlines how to achieve top grades at GCSE. Read this book to learn how to beat the system and dominate exams using information your teachers may not be aware of. Written from a student’s perspective, How to ACE Your GCSEs provides highly relatable, honest and straightforward guidance on how to achieve As and A*s.

Raja gives the keys to his tried and tested 3 step plan:


Step 1 – Method. Find out what top students do to secure top marks in exams.


Step 2 – Study Cycle. The term ‘work hard’ is often thrown around with no explanation. Working hard is a skill in itself which must be understood and practiced. Read examples of other students and their day-to-day habits during the academic year to help you gauge how much is enough.


Step 3 – Motivation. Increase your attention span through simple and effective tricks. Understand the damaging insecurities that hold you back from reaching your maximum potential and tackle them head on.


Read this book and arm yourself with techniques that will help you ACE your GCSEs and every other exam you may take during the rest of your life.

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  • hi raja i havnt even got ure book but ure my inspiration when u said that u got D’s and finished uni with A* i thought to my self everything is possible im so glad ure story came across to me if i didnt i would of came out of school as a failure i carnt wait to read ure book i have a bright future planned ahead of me and u taught be everything is acheivable if u believe in ureself thanku so much !!

    January 2, 2018 at 12:09 am
  • Louis

    Are you going to release a book for Scottish highers?

    October 29, 2017 at 7:40 pm
  • Kiran Pawar

    Hi, I am currently in year 11 and my target grades are all 8 and 9s. Last year I sort of went really bad, I never really went school and there were a few issues and I just really struggled, so my grades went much lower. I always struggled with revision – I used to just write everything down again and again but it wouldn’t help long-term (which it does say in your book as well haha). I brought your book a couple days ago and I am finding it very helpful. I am starting GCSE Citizenship revision at the moment and for that we have a textbook. The first time I tried the scribble technique I spent over an hour on one page. Today is my second day and I have spent more time using the scribble technique than it would’ve taken me to write everything out. When I try to read 1 page, I remember nothing, especially when the whole page is full of writing. So I did it with half a page, but even that was too much at times so I read about 1/4 of one page, or about a paragraph at times. Is that okay? What should I do? It takes me so long and visualising things or explaining things to myself doesn’t really help me. In your book you said an average of one page in 10 minutes and I am like I can’t do that. I can’t even do it in 20-30 minutes. The Biology, Chemistry and Physics textbooks have even more writing and I know if I can’t do this with a Citizenship Studies textbook, I know it will take me even longer to finish the textbooks for Biology, Chemistry and Physics so I think I’m going to have to forget doing them and resort to the AQA Revision guides (I am planning to go through the textbooks and add in the missing important information on post it notes), because I have two textbooks as well for Religious Studies (Hinduism and Christianity both) and I have so much I need to do for each subject. In your book, it says the scribble technique is a really fast way of absorbing large amounts of information, but I can’t do it? And in your book, for layer 2 you said we would be working through topics much faster, so would we still do the scribble technique for every single page as we have done but find that we remember most things and so we make less mistakes and so it takes less time? Sorry for the very long paragraph. At the moment, I have stopped using the scribble technique because I know that it will take me too much time so I am just trying to still get the best GCSE results I can. At the moment, I am just making flashcards from the textbook. I am really stressed haha. I want to revise effectively and efficiently in the least amount of time, like I want to revise properly so it would take less time. The flashcards are helping I think. Do you have any other revision strategies I could use other than the scribble technique or writing things out again?
    Thank you very much

    October 23, 2017 at 4:40 pm
  • Hi raja,
    I really enjoyed reading your book. And i’m about to start the layer 1 on october. I’m having a confusion of what you mean by mental disciplin, would you please explain about mental disciplin. Because i’m curious about what it means.
    Thank you,

    September 24, 2017 at 8:54 pm
    • Prav

      Hi Raja for the first layer am I answering questions too


      September 26, 2017 at 5:42 pm
      • Thank you Raja

        December 24, 2017 at 8:37 pm
  • Hey Raja
    I have recently just gone into year 11 and I am sitting the new gcse but I done my English language gcse. While I was doing my English language gcse I never finished section b in paper 1 of my gcse and question 7a and 7b in paper 2 Because I was so nervous I didn’t know what overcame me. I ended up getting a 5 and I am thinking of retaking and aiming for an A. I have many break downs because I always think that I’m going to fail the end of year exams were pretty awful since I ended up getting 3s when at the beginning of the year I was getting 7s. I just need a good way to revise so I can get those 7 and 8s and I was wondering if your book could help me thank you

    September 12, 2017 at 8:31 pm
    • Prav

      Hey Raja
      For the first layer of learning am I supposed to cover every topic in the subject.

      September 18, 2017 at 7:48 pm
        • Prav

          Ok Raja thanks a lot

          September 19, 2017 at 8:25 pm
    • Prav

      Hi Raja
      Sorry to bother you again but in the first layer am I answering questions or just doing the scribble technique

      September 23, 2017 at 9:56 am
  • Hi!
    I’m about to sit my GCSEs in the next cohort (April 2018), which means I belong to the first group of students to do the very first version of the new GCSEs, which means huge curriculum changes as well as the obvious 9-1 grading system change.

    Will this book still work?


    September 7, 2017 at 7:13 pm
  • Claire Morris

    Dear Anshul,

    I have read your book and it’s amazing! Unfortunately, I’m a bit confused about the scribble technique and spend an hour but only get 2 pages done. Can you explain to me what I am doing wrong?


    April 18, 2017 at 12:49 pm
  • Lewis

    Hello again. I just wanted to let you know that I’m a few days away from completing my first layer. For the second, I’m going to use the scribble technique for the fact recall subjects and hopefully will be much quicker this time round. I plan to do past papers and practice questions in workbooks especially for maths since I’m doing the 9-1 course for it. Is there anything else I should do? I hope to achieve 5 A*s minimum by the end of year 11 and be offered a place at UCL.

    Once again thank you for your help

    February 4, 2017 at 4:44 pm
  • Lewis

    Hello, I’ve received quite a few of my mock results and so far I haven’t had to retake any and have managed to get some good grades. The majority I got Bs but only 1 or 2 marks from an A which really disappoints me. I just got my Biology and Physics results and I ended up with Ds. I couldn’t believe it science is something I work really hard on and I still got a D. I will admit I did my layer 1 science revision back in November and didn’t look at it since. Although I did when the mocks were coming up. My teacher sat me down and talked to me and she was outraged with how I performed. I finally realised what the issue was. I’m able to understand content and work in class with ease, but when it comes to the exam, I’m a nervous wreck and don’t seem to understand what the question is asking. Is there anything I can do to ensure that doesn’t happen? Thank you

    January 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm
      • Lewis

        I did it for 2 weeks like you said for the first layer. But my teacher actually called me over the next day and apparently the marks were miss counted and instead I got a B in biology and an A in physics. My mock results are actually quite good. Although some I got Cs so I’m going to everything I can to get A*s. I want to achieve 5 A*s minimum at the end of GCSE so I can go to UCL.

        January 20, 2017 at 6:36 pm
  • Liv

    Is your book still relevant and helpful for the new GCSEs? I’ll be sitting mine in 2018, with he new 1-9 system, and they’ve completely changed and become so much harder? What does this book cover? My main struggles are time management, focus and revision techniques- I’ve gotten through my whole life at top of the class with no revision and now I’m still doing fine by I want to ensure I am the best in my year group. If I’m going to get into Cambridge, this is important!

    January 4, 2017 at 10:59 pm

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