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  • 1. Making the Grade
  • 2. 2 It’s all about JusticeWhether you’re doing GCSEs a Degree or A levels’’whether you’re a straight A student or you struggle a bit’’whether you work your bits off or take a more chilled attitude to study’’having got this far you might as well get every single mark you can’’we’ll help youdo yourself justice.How to use this guideWe can’t guarantee you an A Grade or a 2:1 but the mini-postersand pages in this guide will help you do yourself JUSTICEPrint out the mini-posters and stick them on yourwall, on the back of your door, on thefridge door or anywhere you’ll see themoften enough to remember them.If you get a chance to read throughthe other stuff, which tells you a bit more aboutthe 10 Top Tips, that would be even better.It’s all about performanceExams are one of those weird timeswhen you need to put your everydaylife on hold and focus on one thing ’it’s a performance, it’s hard work, it’stiring, it’s stressful.No pain, no gainIt can also be rewarding ’once you’ve got your gradesnobody can ever take themaway from you.Rememberexams are a means to an endAs you get older you realise that in the broader richtapestry of life exams don’t really count for a lot. Good luck!However good grades now will open doors to opportunities for Although they dosay the harder you work the luckier you get!the next stage of your life ’ whatever exams you’re sitting.
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  • 4. 4REPETITIONMAKESPERMANENT:Learn stuff repeatedlyLearn it oftenThen do it all over again PLAN YOUR TIMEAllocate time for each subjectSplit subjects into topicsDivide your time into Units ’PRIORITISE YOUR 20, 30, or 50 minutesTIMETABLEDo the ’hard yards’ early and dothem oftenLeave the stuff you already’know and remember’ to the endKNOW YOURCONCENTRATION SPANThen divide your time into Units ’20, 30, 40 or 50 minutes ’ that best suit youRead the marking guidelines!"# $%&$()*+,$-*.$&*/$)01$%&2$teacher) so you know exactlywhat the examiner is looking for’THE MORE IPRACTICE THELUCKIER I GET’Famous quotePut your revision plan somewhereyou see it every day so you actuallyuse it. Tick things off when you’vedone things so you can see whetheryou’re on track.Doing a practice exam will bethe real test of whether youknow your stuffTime yourself ’ you don’t want torisk running out of time on the dayMAKING THE MOST OF YOUR REVISION IS ALL ABOUTTIME MANAGEMENT ’ MAKE A PLAN THEN STICK TO IT.Yes we know it’s boring ’ but it’s not often a few weeks of boring work can havesuch an impacton the rest of your lifePRACTICE MAKES PERFECT :’you were chosen for boot camp on X-Factor’Ashley Banjo asked you for an audition’you were about to appear in a play3%&$4/2/$56)%"*7$"*$)$(5$-*)6$*/8,$4//1’you got to the world series of Black Ops II’your life depended upon it’YOU’D PRACTICE AND REHEARSE ANDTHEN SOME, WOULDN’T YOU?
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  • 6. 6Write key points on big pieces of paperUse pictures, charts, and mapsTake notes or use handoutsUse colour to highlight texts and notesLook carefully at headings and patterns of topicsBrainstorm using illustrations, mind maps and modelsUse multi-media where possible Study in a quiet place awaystudy away from visual disturbancesVisualise information as a pictureSkim-read to get an overview before reading in detail.Participate in discussions and debatesUse a voice recorder for making notesRead text aloud - listen to your own voiceCreate musical jingles and mnemonics to aid memoryDiscuss your ideas verbally with your matesDictate to someone else while they write your ideas down.Take frequent study breaksMove around to learn new things(e.g. read while you are using an exercise bike;model in clay to learn a new concept)Stand up to workUse bright colours to highlight reading materialand turn it into posters or modelsSkim-read before reading in detail.ADVICE FORVISUAL LEARNERSADVICE FORAUDITORY LEARNERSADVICE FORKINAESTHETIC LEARNERSWork with friends and test each otherthen check how many points you’ve got
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  • 8. 8 FOR MOST PEOPLE,MOST OF THE TIME,AT MOST LEVELS,EXAMS ARE A MEMORY TESTYou’ll be asked to remember factsYou’ll be asked to remember formulas and processesYou’ll be asked to remember techniquesA HEALTHY BRIANREMEMBERS BETTER9$://5$",$;%.2),/.9$://5$",$4/66$#/.9$</,$",$2/0,(So read the sections of hydration, food and sleep!)THE BRAIN IS AN AMAZING THINGWITH ENDLESS POTENTIAL TOMEMORISE A WHOLE HEAP OF STUFF://5$",$-,$=%$/8/2("0"*7$",Play memory gamesWHY NOT WEAVETHE FACTSINTO EPISODESINTO A STORY?IT’S CALLEDCREATING ANEPSIDOIC MEMORYDEVELOP YOUR MEMORY IN LINEWITH YOUR LEARNING STYLEUSE ALL OF YOUR SENSESTO HELP YOUR MEMORY9$>2%$2;%?/0@$(;)*,0$)*.$0&*709$A00&("),/$#)(,0$4",;$0?/6609$B"(1$C"C".$"?)7/0$,;),$2/?"*.$%&$&# $#)(,09$D/C/6&5$)$(&./$,&$;/65$%&$52"&2","0/$,;"*70We all have 3 types of memory:Short-term memorythat keeps things hanging around in yourhead for a few seconds ’ like a post it noteon your computer.Long-term memory",+0$6"1/$)$="7$#),$-6"*7$()="*/,$"*$,;/$=)(1$&# $your brain where things get stored for ever.It’s the brain’s version of a hard drive.Working memorythis is like the RAM on your computer.It holds ideas and things at the front of yourhead while you manipulate them and ’workstuff out’ and answer questions.The more you can get from your short-termmemory into your long-term memory the morethe working memory has to work with.
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  • 10. 10the examAnd checking your answers....
  • 11. 11visit http://doctorwellgood.com/clinic-a-z/dehydration.html
  • 12. 12http://doctorwellgood.com/clinic-a-z/stress.html
  • 13. 13DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND BE HONESTExams are tough. Anybody who says they are easy iseither a genius or mad (or, who knows, possibly both?)They expect you to do weird things:Sit in silence in a crowded roomConcentrate like crazy for an hour or moreRemember stuff you’ve spent days and weekslearning and regurgitate it in a few minutes onto paperHEY ’ WHO WOULDN’T BE STRESSED? CHILL OUT9$Take a break if it gets too much9$Stick to your plan and timetable9$Don’t forget to have ’me’ time9$Exercise will help you relax9$Warm bath before bedtime ’ it works9 Stay away from the caffeine9$Sleep is better than stressEXERCISE TICKS TWO BOXES’it will lower your stress andimprove your exam performancehttp://doctorwellgood.com/clinic-a-z/stress.html
  • 14. 14http://doctorwellgood.com/girls-magazine/girls-exercise.html
  • 15. 15JUGGLINGVACUUM THE CARPEThttp://doctorwellgood.com/girls-magazine/girls-exercise.html
  • 16. 16http://doctorwellgood.com/feature/sleep.htmlhttp://www.doctorwellgood.com/clinic-a-z/sleep.html
  • 17. 17 10 WAYS SLEEP DEPRIVATION WILLCOST YOU EXAM MARKS THIS SUMMERSleep deprivation accounts for the vastmajority of ’accidents’ in the world ’ quitesimply whether you’re driving your car orsitting in the exam hall your judgementgoes and you make mistakes.’WOKE UP AND SMELLEDGET 15 MINUTES MORE SLEEP A NIGHThttp://doctorwellgood.com/feature/sleep.htmlhttp://www.doctorwellgood.com/clinic-a-z/sleep.html
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  • 19. 19Loads of studies show that having breakfastmeans people do better in class. Actually thefact that the body needs food when it wakesup is a no-brainer – especially if you haven–thad the 9.25 hours sleep you require. Butdon–t be tempted by to grab a quick sugarrush – slow burn stu! is much better to helpyou concentrate on an exam day.EATING PROPERLYIn general a good diet will keep you healthy for all aspects of your life.At exam times it is particularly important:................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................GRAZING KEEPS YOUR BLOOD SUGAR ON AN EVEN KEEL................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................BUT SOMETIMES ONLY A BAR OF CHOCOLATE WILL DO!Let–s be honest what with all the studying and concentration exams areincrediblyhard work. No matter how well you eat or what you have for breakfast there willbe days when you get to the exam hall really struggling. On days when you needanextra kick or a pick-me-up please go right ahead and have a bar of chocolate oranenergy drink. (Although if you want to keep it healthy a cereal bar might bebetter!)........................................................................................EATING WELL AND CONSISTENTLY WILL HELPENSURE YOUR PERFORMANCE STAYS AT THE SAME LEVEL
  • 20. 20http://doctorwellgood.com/clinic-a-z/hay-fever.html
  • 21. 21Try and avoid grass and mown6)4*0@$-/6.0@$,2//0@$/,(Keep your bedroom windows shut –pollen hangs around more in themorning and at nightPOLLEN SEASON GOESON A LONG TIME>2//$5&66/*$(&?/0$-20,@$,;/*$72)00$5&66/*$,;/*$things like Rape Seed oil pollen. Get to knowwhich ones affect you (you–d be really unluckyto be affected by all of them) so you know whento look out.LOOK AFTER YOUR NOSE AND EYESPutting petroleum jelly in and around your nostrilsmay not be cool but it can trap pollen.Wearing wrap-around sun-glasses can not only becool but can protect your eyes.WASH IT OFFPollen gets stuck in your hair,on your skin and on your clothes.Grab a shower morning and nightand wash your hair –we know this can be a real pain but,especially if you–ve got long hair,the pollen is right next to your nose and face.Go for clean clothes every day –OR HOOVER your coat, jacket,E?5/2$&2$F//(/$/C/2%$*"7;,GPollen is so light that as the day4)2?0$5$",$F&),0$;"7;$"*,&$,;/$01%G$Early in the morning it–s all aroundyou then last thing at night it fallsback to earth. If possible stayindoors with the windows closed.MEDICATION,MEDICATION,MEDICATIONYour chemist may be more helpful thanyour Doctor. Ask about:9$>)=6/,0$H$?)1/$02/$,;/%+2/$*&*I.2&40%9$J)0)6$05)%09$K%/$.2&50THERE IS SIMPLY NO JUSTICE*WHEN IT COMES TO HAVING HAYFEVER AT EXAM TIME –DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE SUREYOU PERFORM TO YOUR VERY BEST*Hopefully one day the authorities will see sense and move,;/$/8)?0$,&$4"*,/2$,"?/$0&$",+0$)$6/C/6$56)%"*7$-/6.GIF YOU GETHAYFEVER SYMPTOMSYOU ARE40% MORE LIKELYTO DROP AN EXAM GRADEFROM JANUARY TO SUMMERhttp://doctorwellgood.com/clinic-a-z/hay-fever.html
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