Lucy Parsons, Author at Life More Extraordinary with Lucy Parsons

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Choose your hard

GCSEs are hard. A-Levels are hard. But what’s the alternative? The alternative is even harder. That’s what we’re thinking about today. Choose your hard The other day, my head coach, Helen, sent me a meme that said: Marriage is hard, Divorce is hard. Choose your hard. Obesity is hard, Being fit is hard. Choose your […]

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Year 12 exams: The Challenges and Opportunities

In the English and Welsh education system, most schools hold year 12 exams in the summer term, halfway through students’ A-Level courses. In my experience as an academic coach, year 12 exams can often be a rude awakening for A-Level students – showing them where they haven’t paid enough attention over the last year. In […]

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Year 10 exams: Everything you need to know

Is your child in year 10? Are you wondering about their end of year exams? In this article, you can find out everything you need to know about year 10 exams including answers to the following questions: Are year 10 exams important? What are year 10 mocks exams? How seriously should you take year 10 […]

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A-Level History: Strategies for Success

A-level history has a fantastic reputation for developing students’ analytical and critical skills which is a great preparation for university. However, many students struggle to demonstrate these skills in their exams, even though they put hours into their revision. In this article you’ll find a summary of my conversation with Zoe Holland, a history teacher […]

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How to release exam stress – 7 things you can do to feel calm and in control

Exam season is one of the most stressful times most GCSE and A-Level students have ever experienced in their short lives. It’s also a very stressful time for the mums and dads guiding them through it. In this article, I’m going to share with you three ways to deal with the stress in the here […]

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How do you know if your revision is working? 4 factors that show progress

The other day I was asked this great question on a Revision Kickstarter workshop: “How do you know if you’re making progress in your revision?” Basically, how do you know if your revision is working? This is such an important question as your child will probably spend many hours on revision, and they need to […]

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A-Level Chemistry: what it’s like and how you can succeed

Are you studying A-Level Chemistry? It has the reputation of being difficult, but in this article and podcast interview, expert A-Level Chemistry tutor Keerti Purmessur explains how to study this subject, enjoy it and succeed! Listen to the podcast using the player above, or click here to listen in your Apple podcast app or search […]

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The power of accountability in getting revision done

Some people just get things done, whether they’re asked to or not. Others won’t do anything they’re asked even if they think it’s actually a good idea. Others need accountability to get anything done at all. If your child needs accountability to get things done they’ll probably have struggled with learning at home through the […]

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A-Level Economics: What is it and what’s it like with Bill Morrison

Are you considering taking A-Level Economics? Or, maybe you’re already studying it and are looking for more insight into how to study it effectively. In this interview with recently retired teacher, who was Head of the Economics and Business Department and a Principal Examiner setting exams and marking them for various exam boards, you can […]

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Revision Notes: What’s wrong with them and how to do them better

Many students choose to use revision notes as their primary study technique when they’re preparing for GCSE and A-Level exams. However, I see a lot of mistakes being made in how students create revision notes and then go on to memorise their course content from them. In this article I’m going to answer these questions […]

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