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GCSE Philosophy Revision Notes

Explore philosophical ideas and concepts with our GCSE Philosophy revision notes. Compiled by previous students, these revision notes have been tried and tested and provide you with bite-sized explanations to help you understand even the most difficult of philosophical ideas.


Read some of our most frequently asked questions and answers

How can I effectively prepare for essay questions in philosophy, which require critical analysis and argumentation?

Start by practising with past essay questions and structuring your responses logically. Provide clear arguments and counterarguments, and support your points with relevant examples and evidence.

Should I write my own GCSE Philosophy revision notes?

Writing your own notes is a good way of actively absorbing the information that you read. You don't have to start from scratch though. You can use our revision notes as a starting points or add to your class notes. You can also create your own flashcards and quizzes and further condense the information you read.

Are there any study techniques for improving my understanding of philosophical concepts and theories?

Create mind maps or concept diagrams to visualise connections between different philosophical ideas. Discuss and debate these concepts with classmates to gain diverse perspectives and insights.

What's the best approach for memorising philosophical theories and the philosophers associated with them?

Use flashcards with the philosopher's name on one side and their major contributions or theories on the other. Connect each theory with a memorable example or analogy to aid recall.

How can I manage my time effectively during the GCSE Philosophy exam, particularly when dealing with long essay questions?

Allocate specific time slots to each section of the exam, ensuring that you have enough time for each question. For essays, start by outlining your response to stay organised and on track within the time limit. Remember that you won't gain more marks just because your answer is long. Spend time before the exam looking at previous mark schemes to make sure you stay on track and maximise your chances of scoring top marks.