Category Archives for Revision

Why a tutor isn’t necessarily the answer to your child’s study and revision problems

For many parents, when their children are struggling at school the immediate solution that springs to mind is to hire a private tutor. But, what if a tutor isn’t the solution to your child’s study and revision problems? In this article we’ll discuss: The typical problems GCSE and A-Level students experience (and why) How to […]

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The best way to increase revision and exam confidence

One of the reasons many students fail to get started with their revision is that they have little/zero confidence: In how to revise – and that it will actually make a difference to their grades About how to do well in exams This lack of self belief stems from two places: Not having had success […]

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Is nagging about revision ruining your relationship with your teen? Let’s talk about…

One of the most horrible things about the GCSE and A-Level years for parents is watching your teen fritter away their time, forcing you into the position where you feel you have to nag them to get on with their revision. It’s so tough because, even though you’re doing it because you care, by nagging […]

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Why working harder isn’t always the answer to better grades

It breaks my heart when I see students pushing themselves to breaking point to do their revision. Life shouldn’t be like that for anyone, let alone our young people. Two particular examples stand out. Firstly, a young man emailed me in desperation saying he was studying for twelve hours per day. Secondly, someone who was […]

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Revision not working? This might be why…

Very few GCSE and A-Level students are taught how to revise by their schools. And, judging by the responses to a recent question on our Facebook page, those who are given some information about how to revise are confused. They’re getting seemingly conflicting advice and it grinds them to a halt because without certainty about […]

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A-Level Geography: 5 things successful students do

Studying A-Level Geography is truly fascinating. However, it’s a very content-heavy subject with a lot of case study material to remember, which can overwhelm some students.   I interviewed David Rendle, a former Geography teacher with 25 years of experience and an A-Level examiner, to get some insight into how A-Level Geography students can set […]

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Frankenstein Exams: Why you shouldn’t fall apart because of a botched exam paper

Has your child fallen victim to a Frankenstein exam? If so, they might need help putting themselves, and their exams mindset, back together. In this article you’ll find out: What a Frankenstein exam is What’s the problem with Frankenstein exams? Why students get disappointing grades in Frankenstein exams How to put your child’s study and […]

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Do mocks really matter?

Do mock exams really matter? Afterall, they’re mocks, not the real thing. In this blog we’re going to consider whether GCSE and A-Level mocks really matter and, ultimately, how seriously you should take them as a parent or a student. Do mocks really matter? What’s the point of mocks? Mocks are held for several reasons. 1. […]

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A-Level Sociology: How to Revise and Succeed

A-Level Sociology is a relatively new subject but it’s becoming even more popular than traditional subjects like history and geography. So what exactly does being a successful A-Level Sociology student involve? How can you set yourself up to bank some good grades that will enable you to reach your goals beyond A-Levels? I interviewed Zoe […]

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5 Tips for Success at Religious Studies A-Level

If you’re taking Religious Studies as an A Level subject you need two main strengths: An ability to retain large amounts of information; and, Skill in evaluating and explaining your arguments effectively. In this article taken from my interview with expert Religious Studies A-Level teacher and examiner, Chris Eyre, we share some important tips on […]

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