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3 Personal Statement Mistakes to Avoid to Get University Offers

Year after year I see university applicants making the same 3 personal statement mistakes. These mistakes cost them lots of time, and would deprive them of offers at universities if they weren’t put right. Read on to find out what they are – so that you can avoid making them. 3 Personal Statement Mistakes to […]

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“What’s the point of learning Pythagoras?” A parent’s guide to motivating teens to learn things they ‘don’t need to know’

“What’s the point of learning Pythagoras’ Theorem? I’m never going to use it in real life.” That’s what one of the members of The Extraordinaries Club was moaning to his mum. If you’re the parent of a teen studying for exams, you may well have heard the same complaint about any number of things they […]

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How to Succeed in A-Level Physics

Is your child studying A-Level Physics? It can be an intimidating subject for some because of its heavy mathematical elements, but in practice, the subject encourages a whole range of other skills. These skills, alongside the mathematical modules, make it a great qualification to lead into university. Here I share some tips on how to […]

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3 Hard Truths About What It Takes to Succeed at GCSE and A-Level

It’s not easy to succeed at GCSE and A-Level. I think we all know this intellectually, but many people seem to resist the reality of what it really takes. In this article, I’m going to share three hard truths about what it really takes to succeed at GCSE and A-Level. It’s up to you whether […]

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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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