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How to balance the competing demands of homework and revision

Through the autumn and spring term every year, many students and parents ask me how to balance homework and revision. Students in years 11 and 13 find the competing demands of homework and revision particularly difficult to cope with in the build-up to mock exams. In this blog post, I’m going to explain how you […]

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Why everyone should blag their exams and how to do it effectively

The word ‘blag’ has lots of negative connotations. It brings up images of people getting something they don’t deserve through deception or guile. However, the best students are the ones who are confident in blagging their exams. This is probably a huge surprise to all the perfectionists out there, and maybe even more of a […]

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7 things GCSE and A Level students get wrong about revision

Most GCSE and A-Level students are really bad at revising. They get multiple things wrong about how to revise successfully which leads them to get bored and frustrated, either giving up or getting marks that they’re not proud of. In this post, I’m going to talk about seven things GCSE and A-Level students get wrong […]

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Why you shouldn’t use highlighting as a revision technique (and how you can use highlighters instead)

Highlighters are one of those stereotypical revision tools that always get added to the shopping basket when people are buying their revision stationery. However, highlighting is one of the very worst revision techniques you can use. In this blog post and podcast episode, I’m going to explain why highlighters shouldn’t be used as a revision […]

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How to get good at something and persevere

None of us is born knowing how to do anything, let alone being good at anything. Yes, some people pick some things up faster than others – one person might learn to read rapidly when another learns to skillfully wield a tennis racket much faster. But, we’re all initially blank slates. Ultimately, we all have […]

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You are your habits

Is your child struggling to adopt the habits of a ‘good student’? Maybe they just don’t seem to have the self-discipline or will power to pack their bag every night, write down their homework so they actually know what they’re supposed to be doing or consistently incorporate revision into their lives. Well, last weekend, I […]

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The Pomodoro Technique for GCSE and A Level Students: How to get more done, not get bored and save your energy when you’re studying

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by homework and revision but you’re bored, you’ve got no energy and your mind is scattered by all the distractions around you? The Pomodoro technique can help you. What is the Pomodoro Technique? The Pomodoro technique is a very simple productivity system. You basically set a timer for 25 minutes […]

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