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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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2 Helpful and 3 Unhelpful Comparisons Your Teen Might Make When Studying For GCSEs and A-Levels

Over my six years as an academic coach I’ve seen students making some helpful comparisons between themselves and others. However, more often they make unhelpful or misguided comparisons. In this article, I’m going to share with you: The three toxic comparisons that students should avoid making at all costs The two comparisons that will help […]

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Getting the Grades in 2021: How to help your child reach their potential in this year’s GCSE and A-Level exams

It’s been a tough two years for the current year 11s and 13s, but last week we found out how their GCSE and A-Level grades will be awarded. That means we’re into the last few months when they can demonstrate to their teachers what they can do, and therefore what grades they deserve. In this […]

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How to stop stressing about surprise tests

Sometimes, young people will be set ‘surprise’ tests, only being given 24 or 48 hours notice that they’re going to happen. For the most conscientious students this can be a really stressful experience, and that stress will often be transferred onto their parents. In this article, I’m going to help you to feel less stressed […]

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