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Exams: How to cope, one day at a time…

Posted on 23/05/16, filed under A Level, Exam Nerves, Exam Tips, GCSE, Goal Setting, Revision Tips, Stress & Anxiety, Teenagers | No Comments

Well, most of you will have started your exams. Some of you may even be close to finishing!  However, what you want to do is to pace yourself.  I have been advising students to have a detailed preparation plan for the entire exam period, but then to pull right back and focus on each day at a time.  There is no point looking too far up at the mountain and feeling overwhelmed; instead, take reassurance from the fact that you have a plan for each and every exam and then re-focus Read more […]

Proven exam success tips

Posted on 24/02/16, filed under A Level, Exam Nerves, Exam Tips, GCSE, Goal Setting, News, Revision Tips, Stress & Anxiety, Teenagers | No Comments

Hopefully your half term was relaxing and awesome. You only have a few weeks until the Easter break, and then it’ll race very quickly towards exam time – so put some groundwork in now – before it gets superbusy – to ensure a stress free, successful term. Motivation Creation I’ve heard so many students say things like: “How will algebra help me in real life, anyway?” It’s tempting, but phrasing it like that won’t help your motivation! Focus Read more […]

Four Spring Study hacks

Posted on 04/02/16, filed under A Level, Exam Nerves, Exam Tips, GCSE, Goal Setting, News, Revision Tips, Stress & Anxiety, Teenagers | No Comments

It sounds weird, but many people struggle emotionally in the Spring. You’re in the thick of it at school or college – ‘downloading’ so much in lessons, as well as reacting to mock exam results. Summer tans have long faded, the party season is behind us and the weather just doesn’t play ball. To help us get through this seasonal hiccup, I’ve put together some pointers to help you keep positive, motivated and happy: 1. Nip any holes in your knowledge, now. Most students Read more […]

Revision power start for 2016!

Posted on 25/01/16, filed under A Level, Exam Nerves, Exam Tips, GCSE, Goal Setting, Revision Tips, Stress & Anxiety | No Comments

Happy New Year! With ‘A’ Level mocks  out of the way, if you haven’t started already, January is the time to kick-off revision for GCSEs and ‘A’ Levels, to make sure that you don’t start running out of time. Feeling organised will really help with controlling nerves in the run up to exam time and will help you maximise your potential to get the grades you want and deserve.  Make a start on Summary Posters. Even though the curriculum might Read more […]

10 reasons not to revise over Christmas

Posted on 07/12/15, filed under A Level, Exam Nerves, Exam Tips, GCSE, Goal Setting, News, Revision Tips, Stress & Anxiety, Teenagers | No Comments

It may sound crazy but I tell my students that sometimes the best thing you can do to maximise success is to NOT to revise. It’s all about timing – knowing when to study and when to chill. Many of you will have had intense, non-stop schedules since September – so the Christmas break is the perfect time to momentarily park these commitments, relax and prepare your mind and body for 2016. Instead, try these practical tips and have yourself a happy, healthy and very restful Christmas! 1. Read more […]

Study Buddies: Better Your Grades With Your Mate

Posted on 30/04/15, filed under A Level, GCSE, Revision Tips | No Comments

Revision doesn’t have to mean locking yourself away in your bedroom for weeks on end without speaking to anyone. Independent study may well be best for knuckling down and really focusing on a text without distractions. But sometimes you’ll find you need some extra motivation or just can’t face another day with only yourself and the four walls of your bedroom for company. A good way of relieving the boredom can be to revise with a friend. You can give each other support in Read more […]

How To Manage Exam Stress

Posted on 23/04/15, filed under A Level, GCSE, Revision Tips, Stress & Anxiety | No Comments

The closer you get to the start of your exams, the more the pressure will build to do well. And if you can turn it to your advantage, that pressure, can be a good thing – it will motivate you to keep studying and give you a surge of adrenaline when you enter the exam room. What you want to avoid, though, is that pressure turning into unmanageable stress. Butterflies in your stomach are fine; blind panic isn’t. Strategies to avoid feeling overwhelmed You may find yourself suffering Read more […]

Brain Food: Top 10 Food Swaps to Aid Revision

Posted on 16/04/15, filed under A Level, GCSE, Revision Tips | No Comments

There’s no getting away from it – you are what you eat. Everything you consume has an effect on your body and its ability to perform. If you are looking for an edge when it comes to your exams, take a trip to the supermarket and stock up on foods that will boost your concentration while you revise. Ditch all the sugary food and drinks, including those so-called energy drinks, which only make your blood glucose levels spike and then crash, causing a yo-yo effect that makes it hard Read more […]

The Four Styles of Learning

Posted on 09/04/15, filed under A Level, GCSE, Revision Tips | No Comments

You probably know someone who claims – or appears – to have a “photographic memory”. They seem to be able to read or hear things once and have a near-perfect recall forever after, without having to do the hours of revision you’re putting in. In reality, scientists have found no evidence that a photographic memory exists. What those people are doing is focusing in class and then using smart, efficient ways to absorb that information, so they don’t need to stare Read more […]

Are You Making These Silly Mistakes When it Comes to Your Revision Plan?

Posted on 02/04/15, filed under A Level, GCSE, Revision Tips | No Comments

How’s the first week of your Easter holiday revision going? Are you methodically working your way through your subjects, ticking topics neatly off your list as you go? (Give yourself a well-deserved Creme Egg if you are.) Or are you putting things off? After all, it’s been a busy term and you could be forgiven for feeling you deserve a rest and time to catch up with friends. Perhaps you are in panic mode, going cross-eyed from the piles of notes you’re reading over and over, Read more […]

Getting on Track with Your GCSE & A Level Revision

Posted on 26/03/15, filed under GCSE, Revision Tips | No Comments

With the Easter break nearly upon us, planning your revision over this period and into next term is crucial for success in your GCSE or A Level exams. An effective plan will allow you to feel in control and well-prepared for your exams, while ensuring you still have time to enjoy your holidays and hang out with your friends. Being prepared To get the best results from your revision time, it's important you have a personalised study calendar. List all your subjects and allocate a time to Read more […]

The Secret To Getting The Most From Your Revision Time

Posted on 20/03/15, filed under A Level, GCSE, Revision Tips | No Comments

Revision is the necessary evil of exam preparation. Without it you’ll sink quicker than an anchor lobbed overboard; with it you’ll feel organised and prepared – and we all know which one we’d rather be. If you’re going to get the most from your revision time you need a plan of action. Think about what subjects you need to study for and how much time you have to dedicate to revision. You need to ensure you: Set aside revision time for each of your subjects Read more […]

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