Alex Dyer Discusses Revision Tips on ITV’s Good Morning Britain
Well done Alex, you held yourself well in the interview!
Well done Alex, you held yourself well in the interview!
May 10, 2017
With the GCSE and A-Level exams nearly upon us, students are no doubt spending as much time as possible revising their chosen subjects in order to give themselves the best chance of achieving their desired results.
However, as important as revising for your exams is, it’s crucial for students to pay attention to their health too. It’s all well and good trying to cram in as much revision as possible but if you neglect your health and get ill or become stressed out and overwhelmed you’ll be much less effective and may find that your grades suffer as a result.
It’s almost impossible to eliminate stress and nerves completely in the lead up to exams, and besides, in small doses stress can actually be useful, helping you to push yourself and do your very best. If stress gets the better of us, however, it can lead to all sorts of problems, and by not taking care of ourselves both physically and mentally during the revision period, it’s easy for this to build up.
So what can you do to combat stress, stay healthy and remain focused for your GCSE or A Level exams?
If you plan your revision well in advance you are more likely to feel in control, confident and well prepared. When it comes to planning revision be thorough and map out exactly what you need to cover, allocating a certain amount of time allowance for each subject. Leaving your revision until the last minute will leave you feeling rushed and panicked; making you stressed, anxious and less likely to be able to concentrate.
It’s so important to get enough rest and learn how to switch off from your revision too. If you have covered what you need to cover that day then put your books away and go and relax. Do whatever you like to do to unwind be it read a good book, watch your favourite TV series or play games. If you are finding it hard to switch off you could try some mindfulness or meditation to help clear your head.
It’s just not healthy to revise for hours on end without giving yourself a break. Make sure that you schedule breaks into your revision timetable and don’t be tempted to skip them. You should give yourself a 10-15 minute break every 2 hours, and a proper lunch break as well. Make sure you get away from your computer screen during your break times and don’t be tempted to have a ’working lunch’ where you pour over your textbook while eating. Your brain needs breaks from revision and time to absorb the information you are feeding it, so to be at your most effective don’t skip them!
Feeling nervous about exams and stressed about revision can play havoc with your sleep patterns. Try to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep in the lead up to exams and particularly the day before. If you deprive yourself of sleep you won’t be able to concentrate or retain information as well, so it’s well worth getting those 40 winks!
Making sure you eat the right foods during your revision period can really help you feel energised, focused and increase your ability to absorb and retain information too. Some excellent brain foods include:
Make sure you drink plenty of water too – staying hydrated is so important!
It’s easy, when revising, to forget what the outside world looks like! Getting out and about in the fresh air works wonders to clear your head and help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the next piece of work. Don’t underestimate how much a short walk in nature can put your mind at ease.
Exercise releases endorphins which make you feel happy and relaxed, will relieve stress and tension and help you sleep better at night too. Don’t spend weeks on end cramped over your desk. Get moving and you’ll feel so much better and healthier too.
There is nothing more motivating than a reward at the end of the day. So make sure you reward yourself if you complete the work you set out to do. You could even try to get mum and dad on board and agree on some treats and rewards if you do well too!
If you find yourself getting really nervous before an exam, try some simple breathing exercises to calm your nerves, steady those shakes and feel like you are in control. Repeat a positive mantra under your breath, hold your head up high and walk tall as you enter the exam room – you’ve got this!
Staying fit and healthy really can help boost your revision and put you in the best position possible to ace those exams. So make sure you follow the tips above and pay attention to your health as well as your revision and we’re sure you’ll do just great!
April 21, 2012
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Tutors can travel with the student(s) and their families to location around the globe, where the atmosphere is more relaxed and student usually feel comfortable in their own surroundings. Residential tuition usually last for a week, however, we have had clients book tutors in from two days to three weeks, residential tuition is completely flexible. Tuition can last three to eight hours a day.
Another residential course option is for tutors to remain in the U.K and tutor privately at the students own home. Again the tutoring course is completely flexible and hours, days and weeks are entirely up to the client.
Finally students have the option to take part in our summer revision course. This is similar to our Easter and Christmas revision course, but focuses more on the transition from GCSE to AS level and indeed from AS level to A level. Transition Programme at tutor house.
Tutors focus on an introduction to the A level course and help student to understand and interpret questions, based on model answers.
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April 5, 2016
It is so important, when studying, to ensure that you make time for yourself. Particularly in the lead up to your exams.
The pressure to spend all your time revising means juggling a social life while remembering to also put some time aside for yourself and all the extracurricular activities you enjoy can be challenging, and we tend to feel guilty for having ‘fun’!
However, it is important to make sure that you do set aside time just for you, even during the revision period. As long as you remain focused and organised when you do sit down to work, there is no reason why you can
As long as you remain focused and organised when you do sit down to work, there is no reason why you cannot spare some time to relax and break away from studying as well. In fact, doing so will actually help you work more efficiently. You give yourself a break, have some time to relax and therefore remain stress-free while still feeling like you have your revision under control.
So how do you maintain a healthy and happy study/ life balance? Here are some great revision tips to help you achieve this:
Whether it is in the lead up to the exam period, or simply juggling your day- to-day study tasks, make sure you manage your time well.
Take time to ensure you know what you have to get done each week and schedule in the right amount of time to achieve this. Having a diary will help – be it a paper diary, or one on your tablet or phone. Here you can log assignments, as well as any other commitments you have such as sports practice or arrangements with friends. This will enable you to easily see what you have on during the week, and any deadlines that are coming up so that you can manage your time accordingly.
At the end of each week make sure your diary is up- to- date for the next one, then you can see exactly what you have on, and what free time you have, to set aside for enjoying extra-curricular activities.
This is particularly helpful when it comes to revision. Make sure that you carefully plan your work. Firstly figure out your end goal, and then set targets for yourself each week to ensure that you meet them.
A well-thought out revision plan that you know you can stick to will save you worry, stress and any last minute cramming. You will also feel great every time you achieve one of your goals, or complete your work for the week, meaning you are allowed to do something fun to reward yourself!
It is very tempting to give yourself more work than you can realistically take on.
Remember, you are only human, and while working efficiently and productively is important, if you give yourself an impossible amount of work to get through, not only will you have no free time to enjoy yourself but you will also end up feeling disappointed and deflated in the process.
Be realistic about the amount of work you can and need to do in any given week. Remember if you give yourself too much you are more likely to rush through it to try and get it done, end up feeling stressed and frustrated, and the quality of your work or revision will be much lower too.
When you are studying and working towards your exams and deadlines you do have to make some sacrifices. Working hard to achieve your goals are important, and it may be that you cannot fit in all the extra-curricular activities that you used to be able to while still finding the time to study effectively.
If you do have to give things up, think about what is most important to you and make sure you make time for that. Making little sacrifices here and there will free you up so you can make sure you have plenty of time to get all of your work done, and still have time to do the things you love.
When trying to juggle your study and social life remember that there are people around you who will be happy to help and support you.
If you know you are struggling with a particular subject and feel it may take up too much of your time then you can talk to your teacher or parents to see how they can help.
Hiring a professional tutor to coach you through difficult subjects, or to assist with your revision or study in general can be a great help, and mean that you have more free time to take part in activities that you enjoy.
By following these handy revision tips there is no reason why you can’t have a healthy, active social life as well as keeping up with your studies.
Careful planning and organisation as well as remaining focused when you do work will make sure that you feel fully prepared and stress-free come exam time.