Win a complete Letts ‘GCSE In A Week’ Bundle PLUS a £60 Spotify Gift Card!

Okay, exam time is cancelled for this summer. But our 14 & 15yr olds are still looking at GCSEs for next year, and prepping for their exams is starting to ramp up again.
So we’re really pleased to be working with Collins, helping you where we can to get ahead of the studying curve – no matter what your home education looks like at the moment (and trust someone who knows, everyone’s ‘home school’ looks different, works differently, and there’s no rules saying what’s right. Do what works for you.

This summer was to be our third time through GCSE exam season; not sure what’s happening for him personally yet as he did no mocks in school, but we’re staying tuned and waiting to hear.

So – if you’ve got a 13-15yr old who’s looking ahead to their GCSEs, this prize is for you; we’re offering one lucky student the chance to win an entire bundle of the GCSE In A Week coursework, along with a suitably cool prize for a stressed teenager.

Each one of these books contains all of the essential topics broken down into an effective revision guide. They cover everything you need to learn for the exam in a 7-day plan that includes GCSE-style exam questions and easy-to-follow topic discussions.

• Manage your time with a 7-day programme
• Cover a whole topic in just 1 hour
• Check understanding with quick tests
• Practice for the real thing with frequent exam questions

And we not only have the complete set of 7 ‘GCSE In A Week’ revision guides to give away – but Letts are throwing in that £60 6mth Spotify subscription too!

To be in with a chance to win, just answer the first four questions in the widget box below. There are more chances to win by completing the other entry options if you so wish – they’re entirely up to you! The closing date for this competition is 9th May 2020 and only entries received on or before that date can be included. The winner will be the first randomly chosen entry. Good luck!

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Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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  1. Don’t sit for long periods of time without having a break.Take time out for fresh air and meals.

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    • Use a scent ie lemon essence when revising and have a tissue nearby with that same scent on when taking exam the actual exam

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  2. Find a way of making recision notes that works for YOU- my eldest used revision cards, my 14 year old has started creating notes in exercise books but getting interactive by the actual process of making notes of some sort seems to definitely help with revision.

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  3. write stuff down after you have read it, found that it stuck in my mind more

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    • My revision tip test yourself with past papers and other mock test papers, get enough sleep snd have everything out prepared

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  4. take your time and do it slowly

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    • Use a revision timetable

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  5. Don’t panic, have a schedule and plenty of breaks

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  6. start early don`t rush

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    • Healthy snacks and breaks – PERFECT combo to see all through

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    • take your time, have breaks

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  7. Don’t leave everything to the last minute-as I did!.

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  8. Do a little often

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    • My teenage daughter said to make sure you have a clear working space. More clutter around means your mind gets cluttered!

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  9. Little and often, and test yourself to see what’s sunk it and what you need to go over again

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  10. Give yourself breaks in-between revision and try to revise in bite-size amount so time as staring at a page for hours nothing ever went in for me!

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  11. Create a timetable and stick to it – there must be a balance of the different subjects plus regular breaks and down time.

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  12. write a list of daily to do’s and stick to it, ticking them of as you go.

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  13. find a space where you don’t have distractions and little and often i find easier and i retain more

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  14. Lots of breaks and good nutritious snacks. Little bite size revision blocks!

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  15. Use revision cards with plenty of notes and stick to your revision timetable.

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  16. Get some time in early in the day and then keep going back to it if you can’t remember it. Also record your notes and play them back just before you go to sleep

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  17. I found studying for 15 minutes, then writing down what I could remember works for me. Also, short bursts of study with timed breaks, so you keep at it.

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  18. Revise a little and often and make your own revision cards

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  19. Get organised – tidy work desk, timetable your topics and stick to it, take breaks, eat healthy and drink plenty of water, exercise, keep calm and focused.

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  20. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, revising into the wee hours won’t make it stick

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  21. Bitesize chunks,
    With breaks and snacks,
    Highlighter pens and cue card hacks,
    Working alone,
    Or with a friend or two,
    Doing your best is the best you can do!

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  22. Bitesize chunks,
    With breaks and snacks,
    Highlighter pens and cue card hacks,
    Working alone,
    Or with a friend or two,
    Doing your best is the best you can do!

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  23. Make sure you do your revision in short, sharp bursts. Don’t spend hours sitting at a desk- make sure you take breaks, get out, get fresh air and plenty of sleep too.

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  24. Make a plan but remember to be flexible. Also take time to relax and do something totally different.

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  25. Make reminder cards with salient points listed, doing one subject at a time in small chunks, then take a break and eat and keep hydrated.

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  26. Revising little and often !

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  27. Don’t try to revise outdoors in the sun – it may seem like a good idea but it never works.

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  28. Little and often and use mind maps

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  29. Use different colours for different topics – it helps to memorise the page!

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  30. For foreign languages.. record standard questions and answers and listen and repeat to help with the accents

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  31. Make a timetable and don’t try to do it all by yourself i.e. do revision with friends and get family to help.

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  32. Don’t leave it till the last minute and tell people about what you’re learning.

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  33. Start revision early and revise regularly – repeat areas which you feel unsure of until you are confident

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  34. Revise little and often, don’t try to cram too much information in at one time.

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  35. don’t leave it too late to study, give yourself plenty of time to take it all in x

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  36. start as soon as you can, and do little and often

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  37. work in small chunks – don’t try to learn too much at a time as it never works.

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  38. Make a timetable and stick to it

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  39. write revision tips on separate coloured postcards, in categories to break it down into manageable sizes

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  40. Devoting hours to revision does not suit everybody. Short, sharp sessions are often better but you must find out early on which suits you better

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  41. take your time

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  42. You know your stuff, and where you’re not sure, visualise the page and find the answer there xx

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  43. Colour coding, sticky notes, & a timetable!

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  44. Use bullet pointed notes to revise. Not only are they easier to absorb than pages of text but you are likely to remember the bullet points in the order they are written, just as you would with the words of a familiar song.

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  45. Take regular breaks when revising

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  46. Make little revision cards when you’ve covered a topic.
    It refreshes what you know, consolidates learning when writing card and revision is super quick as you just flick through your cards.
    Simple :-)

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  47. take regular breaks from hard study..take time to relax and listen to some music

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  48. Only focus on one topic a day, give it your full attention and put key points on post it notes xx

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  49. write yourself a revision scedule and stick to it as much as you can otherwise it can become overwhelming

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  50. Don’t try to cram – set a solid timetable up way in advance – and be disciplined enough to stick to it!

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  51. Start early and keep notes!

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  52. Get plenty of sleep. You aren’t going to perform well in an exam if you’ve been up all night

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  53. Fail to plan, then plan to fail..

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  54. youtube has loads of videos on different subject areas really useful

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  55. Take breaks if it gets too much and revise little and often, don’t leave it all until the last minute

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  56. Take your time and have the telly off

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  57. 20 mintues revising, 20 minutes chillin – repeat!

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  58. Continuity, persistence and patience. Small amount but daily

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  59. have a plan and try to stick to it

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  60. Interleave what you do. Don’t just revise the same things for extended periods

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  61. Start early so that you don’t have a mountain to climb at the last second.

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  62. Set your self a clear and flexible plan which covers the subjects and topics needed but don’t forget to include regular breaks.

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  63. If feeling too much stress over revision, don’t bottle it up, talk to someone.

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  64. It depends on your personality, in the past I got bored of doing test papers so by the time I got to the exam I found it boring and hard to get through the hours of bordom. Now if I have an exam I read past papers to get an idea of what they will be like, but I try and pace myself, balancing preparedness with interest.

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  65. Revise in short bursts-use a timer to do 20 minutes revision, followed by a 10 minute break.

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  66. Do a little each day

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  67. Make notes, don’t do too much at one time,, get plenty of sleep, eat well and exercise

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  68. Break things down in to bitesize chunks!

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  69. Break things down into bite size chunks!!

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  70. Write a weekly timetable, full of times to revise and plenty of breaks and stick to it.

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  71. Do it in small manageable chunks to avoid being overwhelmed

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  72. Sleep helps our brains consolidate learning so I am always nagging my children to get to bed at a reasonable hour, particularly if they have been revising hard for exams during the day.

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  73. Record facts and play as you go to sleep

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  74. Eat, sleep, revise, fun time & repeat

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  75. Create a timetable using little and often slots

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  76. What will be, will be

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  77. Work out when you are most productive in a day there’s no point trying to revise when you are tired. For me I take more in first thing on a morning

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  78. saying things out loud tends to make them stick more than simply writing it down and reading it.

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    • Break each subject down into topics and revise them one by one in small chunks, use a timetable to help

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  79. Regula bite size studies and randomly repeat!

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  80. Small amounts at a time and regular breaks and then revisit what you have learnt.

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  81. Little but offten

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  82. Trying to convince my teenager little and often is best!

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  83. Little and often but the short sessions should be concentrated

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  84. Use apps and online learning – Khan academy is great!

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  85. Revise outside as fresh air can help clear your head. Reread notes and either draw a map of revision notes if you’re a visual learner or write bullet point revision notes. Sometimes it’s helpful to write a short rhyme or put lists of things to music to help recall them in the test or exam. Goodluck :)

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  86. Wake up early when you are more productive

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  87. Plan your schedule, be organised, take plenty of breaks.

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  88. I always find that getting up, moving around and talking out loud helps things stick in my brain rather that sitting staring at information.

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  89. Set out a timetable and ask for help when you need it. Don’t stress alone because you think family or friends won’t be able to help, talking through things can make it clearer in the mind.

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  90. Clear timetable that covers all subjects and identifys the topic/skill you will revise

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  91. Little and often, writing notes on revision cards has always worked well for me – I guess it was the repetition that helped to make it stick in my mind

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  93. Revise in small chunks and have breaks in between

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    • I know everyone’s probably said this but take lots of breaks. I totally burned out and really regret my results.

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  94. What worked for me was to write all key points on flash cards to help with easy studying. Also to not push yourself too hard! Little and often is better than getting stressed doing it all at once

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  95. Creating Mind Maps and then doing them from memory seems to work for my son

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  96. I would say make sure you take regular breaks and to memorise solid facts make up songs and ryhmes

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  97. Setting deadlines, having power hours (or quarter of hours!), a plan for the day and rewards when things are done well :)

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  98. Record specific details and play them as you fall asleep… sticks in your mind

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  99. Little and often. Cramming doesn’t help

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  100. always take your time and do it slowly , take regular breaks too

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  101. If I’m honest, prioritise past papers.

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  102. spend a bit of time working out which is the best way you take in knowledge – audio, reading, making mind maps etc before you just go straight into it. It’s pointless sat reading the text book over and over if that’s not your best way to learn and take in information

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  103. Use colour co-ordinated post it notes and marker pens to highlight and flag as a memory aid

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  104. Stick to a timetable, turn off mobile, take regular breaks away from study area.

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  105. Use of revision cards

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  106. Do plenty of past papers

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  107. Work on previous exam papers. Speak out your answers. You’ll know If it’s not correct or doesn’t sound right. Verbalizing helps a lot.

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  108. Little and often and bribe yourself

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  109. Take a break at least every hour (if not more frequently). You have to give your brain time to process everything.

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  110. Start early and make sure you have a complete handle on one topice before moving on to the next and…
    don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if there’s something you don’t understand properly.

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  111. use flashcard to write important info

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  112. Start early in the school year, dont leave it till the last minute and do little and often!

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  113. Be organised and consistent but dont panic if you miss your schedule one day just pick it up the next and stay positive x

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  114. Start early and you’ll feel better prepared instead of trying to cram everything last minute.

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  115. Do not do any revision until at least 2 hours after waking or before food as the brain doesnt register information until then. Your brain is more active 2 hours after you wake up.

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  116. Don’t rush take your time make sure you have plenty of breaks and make little notes.

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  117. You have to set yourself breaks or rewards for studying others you will burnout quickly.

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  118. I think it works best if you stick to a schedule with breaks and find a revision method that works for you.

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  119. Plan your revision and use prom cards to capture key in

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  120. Use YouTube and make notes. Having something explain it to you in a different way when you’re struggling with something, particularly if you’re a visual learner, can help tons.

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  121. Have regular breaks, and revise and do homework when you’re not tired xx

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  122. Quite room, but calm background music. Snacks and water!

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  123. revision cards are a must, when you are learning throughout the course make a card at the time and store for revision, all the key points are fresh at the time of learning and easier when looking back

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  124. Use revision card – made by you or bought, it allows you to do some revision in short period of time – even while waiting for the kettle to boil

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  125. I always found the best way for revision was to do this an hour before bedtime so that it sunk in. It worked for me as all my exam ratings went up.

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  126. go to a quiet place, away from distraction and focus on what you are going to study.

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  127. Study little and often and try to have healthy snacks

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  128. Make a timetable as it really helps to manage your time and get everything you want done without worrying you have missed things.

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  129. Set a realistic timetable and leave catch up sessions as it is so easy to give up when you running behind.

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  130. Take a break from revision ever 20-30 minutes and do something you enjoy. One of the things that is really great to see if you understand a subject is to teach it or explain it to someone else, so perhaps ask friends or family (friends would be great if you are all doing the same subjects) and try explaining it to them in a manner they can understand easily.

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  131. for my kids, remove their phones! and give them regular breaks to use their phones and we go for walks to clear their heads.

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  132. Small amounts of revision … little and often. Be well organised too. A clean tidy room to work in with plenty of breaks and stay hydrated x

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  133. Take your time, Make sure you understand before moving on.

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  134. Make notes as you revise then you have crib notes to look over for speed

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  135. Plan a revision schedule including breaks and downtime, stick to it and you won’t have to do last minute cramming.

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  136. Make a schedule to help plan, write key card notes and dont panic

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  137. Start early and study daily

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  138. Take a walk at the start of every day to sharpen the mind

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  139. I found studying little and often work better than cramming in large blocks at once

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  140. My top tip would be definitely help your child work out which technique is going to work for them…. my son loves sticky notes around the house, with short informative notes! If he has to read for too long it doesn’t sink in! And make your revision space is relaxed and tidy!

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  141. Put post it notes all around the house to help remember the stuff you struggle with.

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  142. Plenty of healthy snacks while revising.

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  143. Rest breaks are essential.

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  144. Plenty of snacks and breaks take your time and don’t panic … I listened to music to help me learn things … I associate a song with a topic and it helps stay in my head ???

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  145. Plan and use revision cards to give you glimpses of topics and prompt you on areas you need to improve on.

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  146. Have a plan, make notes or highlight and take regular breaks

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  147. Sleep in imperative, but wake up early for a quick glance over flashcards

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  148. Draw up a revision schedule and stick to it!

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  149. As a parent – I try to encourage my child to build in some sports and some fun activities into their revision plan – in non Covid times this helps them see they can still go out / watch a film/play football/ meet friends and still revise

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  150. Writes things down as it helps you remember them.

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  151. Find a quiet space to revise, to help concentration.

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  152. Maths – Practice makes Perfect. Lots of examples from textbooks and available websites.

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  153. My advice is don’t panic, talk to your parents to reduce the pressure and keep calm. It will be alright in the end!

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  154. Keep a personal timetable of which subjects you are going to study daily and revise in small sessions.

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  155. Use revision cards and take breaks in between revising

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    • Take advantage of all the apps and websites that can help you adapt your learning for each subjects, take quizzes etc online

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  156. Revise a little at a time and write things down after reading it.

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  157. My top tip is to stay off of social media until you finish revising! Else you’ll just procrastinate and get distracted.

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  158. Revise in small chunks and take plenty of breaks

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