10 Golden Rules to help you with GCSE Listening
  1. DON'T PANIC - Panic produces adrenaline, which sends blood to your hands and feet, making them sweaty! Whatever you do, keep a calm and sensible mind set.
  2. USE THE TITLE - Make sure you read the title, check any pictures, and get an overall idea of the topic you're being tested on.
  3. USE YOUR COMMON SENSE - Once you know the the topic, you can get an idea of what sort of vocabulary is going to be required.
  4. VOCAB BRAINSTORM - When revising, prepare a list of potential words that are likely to come up.
  5. READ THE QUESTIONS - This will help you find out precisely what the text/recording is about. Highlight question words, check what specific details you are listening for, and note how many points or details you need to give.
  6. PREDICT - Try to predict a sensible answer, and have a few realistic alternatives in mind.
  7. LISTEN - First time, listen all the way through, and don't be tempted to give long answers. Make a few notes, and get a feel for the gist, speed and voice. If you can, use code or shorthand to make simple answers thta you can go back after the question. Go back and listen to a section at a time - at GCSE you only get two chances to listen to it, at AS/A2 you can listen to it as often as you like.
  8. KEEP AN OPEN MIND - Examiners need you to be precise, and to have the skills to pick out details - be aware of negatives/tenses/time phrases/numbers which will definately catch you out if you aren't prepared for them.
  9. CHECK ANSWERS - Do they make sense? Did you answer the question properly?
  10. CHECK GRAMMAR - Some questions (especially the higher level ones) require you to answer questions in French. Make sure you know how to use tenses / adjectives / accents / apostrophes before a vowel