The Night Circus: Book Review

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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This book is one where reality and fantasy merge in a magical and fantastical way. Throughout The Night Circus you will be drawn into a world of mystery and passion through unusual second person perspectives and gripping moments of action. You will be transported into a different time with a magically appearing Circus although unlike others it is void of colour, filled with mysteries and the occasional flash of red cloth.

What would you say if you found out that some magicians really had magic. Well in The Night Circus they do. A rivalry of friends gives way to a competition unlike one you have heard of before. Bounded to fatal competition Celia (daughter of Prospero the Great) and Marco (an orphan assistant to Mr A-H) must compete as there mentors’ proxies. The arena: Le Cirque des Rêves. The supporters: rêveurs. This Circus travels without warning and remains in only black and white with a dream-like element beyond that which is apparent in any other circus tent.

The illusionist Celia and the producer’s assistant Marco begin a battle of wonders and incite awe amongst the circus goers. With an exchange of fantastical powers there comes immense passion that cannot be disguised. But what will happen when the inevitable end of the competition is the dead of a competitor? Soon enough chaos begins to break out within the circus as the laws of the rivalry are not being followed. How will the circus be saved? How will the lovers survive?

Read The Night Circus to explore the incredible, ethereal tale of two people who could not choose their fate but will find something they never would have found otherwise.

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10 Books Every Child Should Read

These are some amazing children’s books that are the best and most necessary to read for a child. All of these have been pivotal stories for me as a child and I hope others agree! I mean… worst comes to worst at least watch the movies, especially is there is a Disney version made!

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The Faraway Tree A Series by Enid Blyton 

These were my favourite set of books when I was younger as they were full of magic and adventures. I used to listen to them on tapes before I went to sleep at night for years. There are four books in the series: The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk of the Faraway Tree, and Up the Faraway Tree. The characters were so iconic and they became apart of some of the best memories of my childhood.

The story follows three children, Jo Beth and Fannie, who climb the Faraway Tree and find many magical creatures that live in it and lands in the clouds.
Enid Blyton The Magic Faraway Tree Collection 4 Books Box Set Pack (Up The Faraway Tree, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk of the Faraway Tree, The Enchanted Wood)

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

For a bit of mystery and misery, A Series of Unfortunate Events is a great set of books to read. It is quite long with 12 books but the stories are amazing demonstrated by the various adaptations into movie and Netflix TV series. This series is really good if you want a story that you can follow for a long time.

I loved these books when I was at primary school and I think they were really good for children who want to read something that is a bit longer. A great story to follow for more challenging reading.
A Series of Unfortunate Events Collection

Harry Potter A Series by J. K. Rowling

One of the most famous children’s author is J. K. Rowling and for a good reason. The Harry Potter Series is extremely popular for its magic and exploration and hundreds of more difficult themes such as death, loss and courage. I do not find myself in need to explain the plot of Harry Potter but I believe its appeal lies in the relevance and possibilities of magic and adventure for the child that reads it.
Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (Children’s Paperback)

Malory Towers A Series by Enid Blyton

A great series following Darell Rivers and her experiences at boarding school. Although I didn’t know at the time that I would also attend boarding school, I loved the books as the main character was far from perfect and things didn’t always work out for her. These books taught me many lessons about life and trying to do my best but one of the things that truly drew me to the books was my awe for the school – sounds weird right? Well, back then I had not progressed to Harry Potter so Malory Towers was my first encounter with a jaw-dropping, castle-like school that I could one day attend.
Malory Towers Box Set: 12 Books Collection by Enid Blyton

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy 

Writing this post has made me realise I had a thing for books about boarding school type books and this is another one. The Worst Witch is Mildred Hubble who goes to Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches where she struggles due to her clumsiness. The series is a great mix of comedy, magic and real school life problems which makes it relatable to the child reading but still fun and magical to grasp their imagination.
The Worst Witch Complete Adventures 7 books box set

The Wishing-Chair A Series by Enid Blyton

This series, similar to The Faraway Tree, is full of magic and adventure that my father read to me when I was little. Mollie and Peter travel with the Wishing Chair and experience many adventures in the face of many problems.
The Wishing-Chair Collection: Three stories in one! (The Wishing-Chair Series)

Roald Dahl

A great author that created many of the most loved children books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Twits. His stories were known to use dark comedy and unexpected endings but they almost always had a good child that overcomes the wicked, greedy or old. These stories are full of imagination encouraging children to go where their mind takes them and be unrestrained.
Roald Dahl: 15 books collection pack

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis 

A widely famous series by a very famous author. Narnia focuses on the Pevensie children as they travel to the magical land and help defeat the White Witch. The books are full of Christian themes along with Greek and Roman mythology teaching the reader about loyalty, sacrifice and bravery while reading about fantasy.
The Complete Chronicles of Narnia ( Boxed Set 7 Books )

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

This is such a great classic it demands to be read! I always loved the story and would even read it now. I think that this is the kind of tale that everyone should read in their life as apart of our general culture. The stories are about four main animals, adventure, friendship and values all tied up in nature. An amazing read and a true classic.
Wind in the Willows (Wordsworth Classics)

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

We have seen the movies, the TV shows and all the adaptations but have you read the book? There are a few books about Pooh that should all be read, with adventures, troubles and childish imagination dealing from the pages. The stories of Winnie-the-Pooh are beautiful and magical with every child’s dream coming true: their toys are alive.

All the characters in the books teach the reader so much about friendship and many other things, including, as many believe, mental health. Whether Milne wrote the characters to represent different mental illnesses or not, I do think that there is a good representation of all of the characters are friends and love and accept each other.
Winnie-the-Pooh: The Complete Collection of Stories and Poems: Hardback Slipcase Volume (Winnie-the-Pooh – Classic Editions)

Dr Suess

Short, sweet and a must read. Dr Suess’s work is incredibly clever and all children should experience it in some way. Whether it is Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham, at least one should be read in a lifetime. For those who aren’t as keen on reading, they should still try to listen to these masterpieces by someone reading to them or watching the adaptations.
A Classic Case Of Dr. Seuss

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Trips to Wonderland and teas parties with the Mad Hatter, what’s not to love? This story has been told in many forms for a reason: it is fantastic! Everyone should experience the magic and wickedness if the Queen Of Hearts. There are so many iconic moments in the book and it is a great adventure to follow.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (150 Year Anniversary Edition)

Some more to consider…

Winnie the Witch by Valorie Thomas

Nurse Matilda by Christianna Brand

The Rainbow Fairies/ Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows

Charlotte’s Web by E B White

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

And many more, let me know if you think there are more that should be on this list!

How to Prepare for Autumn/Winter trends 2018

I think it is fair to say that I am really excited about this coming season. First off when it gets to the colder seasons I always feel as though I can experiment more as you can layer up and wear a variety of materials that would be far too warm to wear in Summer. However, most importantly I am excited because these Autumn/Winter trends are almost completely my style. There are many new trends but here are the biggest. Right, let’s jump straight in!

Yellow

A colour that I feel many people are afraid to wear too much of it definitely yellow. Some people may try a yellow top here or a yellow bag there but too rarely people don’t go for it. So if you have been considering dabbling with a bit of this bright colour now is the time.

Jasper Conran London Fashion Week 2018 Yellow

Jasper Conran

Mother of Pearl Yellow  London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Mother of Pearl

Leather

Bring a bit of glam to your look with a piece of leather. The great thing about leather is it will always make you look great whilst being a long lasting item of clothing that can be worn with any outfit, dressed up or dress down. Many may frown upon the use of leather and there are a few alternatives such as faux, recycled and vegetable tanned leathers. It isn’t for everyone but if you are up for it… experiment!

Natasha Zinko Leather  London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Natasha Zinko

 London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018 Christopher Kane Leather

Christopher Kane

Checks

You should definitely check this one out… sorry, no more puns! Checks are so versatile, you can wear them casual, smart or smart-casual and still look put together.  The one place to avoid wearing checks is when dressing for a very formal event.

Burberry Checks London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Burberry

 London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018 Marta Jakubowski Checks

Marta Jakubowski

Pleats

A schoolgirl classic here for a spin, pleats are in for a whirl.

JW Anderson Pleats  London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

JW Anderson

Osman Pleats London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Osman

Tweed

It is a classic for men and women. When I see tweed, I think quality. This is the first piece I will be hunting down before the colder weather kicks off. Coats, jackets, skirts or accessories, this material even in small quantity can showcase style.

Matty Bovan Tweed  London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Matty Bovan

Chanel Tweed Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Chanel

Shine

Night out or stand out, adding a bit of gloss to your outfit could never be a bad thing.

Ryan Lo Shine London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Ryan Lo

Halpern Shine London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Halpern

Modesty

After so much going on in the Media at the moment I love that modest dressing is a trend. I think it is amazing that it is fashionable to dress how you want, including covering up more. In my opinion, I find it great that attention can be drawn to out clothes instead of to our skin.

Margraret Howell London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Margaret Howell

Huishan Zhang London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Huishan Zhang

Animal Print

For some, this is a big no. Animal print used to remind me of old ladies and I admit it has taken a while to shake that. However, after seeing the prints on the runway this year not looking as loud and typical as I remember them to be, I am beginning to get a shopping itch.

Halpern Animal Print London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Halpern

Ashley Williams Animal Print London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Ashley Williams

Autumn/Winter Trends 2018

How to dress like young Donna (Mamma Mia)

While watching the new Mamma Mia film all I could think above it was the outfits that young Donna was wearing. Many of the outfits were the perfect mix of the summer and the 70s. So I have searched far and wide for the closest items to match young Donna’s wardrobe.

Graduation Day

Mamma Mia jumpsuit, 70s, Lilly James
Credit: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures

In the first scene of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again young Donna performs in this great jumpsuit. For the jumpsuit, this one from ASOS is a fairly good match at £26 which you could pair with a green vest or leave it as it is.

The great thing about this jumpsuit is its verticality as it could be worn with a pair of heeled sandals or it could be dressed down with some white trainers. Whatever you do, go for it and if you want to fully rock the 70s look have a look here for that perfect pair.

Orange Ensemble

Mamma Mia
Credit: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures

This outfit is simple yet gorgeous as the bright skirt brings it to life. A close match to the skirt can be found at Boohoo for only £10 obviously it isn’t an exact match but for that price, it no longer matters.

This great skirt can be paired with a black crop top found almost anywhere depending on your taste or a blouse similar to what Lilly James also wears in another scene. The difficulty with the blouse is the struggle to match the same tones I would recommend a simpler top in an earthy colour (black, brown, etc).

Keeping Cool

Mamma Mia
Credit: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures

Everyone needs AT LEAST one big flowing top to wear when it is boiling and Donna’s is perfect: off the shoulder, thin fabric and big floaty sleeves. This blouse from Next at £28 will still keep you cool due to the airy and more modern style.

European Chic

Mamma Mia
Credit: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures

Often people are afraid to mix bright colours together, but this outfit demonstrates we should all do it more. A similar hat can be found at Hat Country

This can be worn with a knit from YoYoMelody coming is a few colours including red and pink.

The Donna Classic

Mamma Mia
Credit: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures

Dungarees are everywhere nowadays! The problem is some people are afraid to wear them because they don’t have the ‘right body type’. This is absolute rubbish: anyone can wear dungarees but feel more confident by styling them with a bright or patterned top rather than white or black t-shirts. Don’t be afraid to experiment! For example, you could wear a set of dungarees with this shirt from M&S.

I hope this post helps with your Mamma Mia inspired shopping.

Thanks for reading!! 🌼

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The Beauty of Bravissimo!

When I found Bravissimo a few years ago my whole life changed!

This company introduced me to a world where bras fitted and looked amazing too. And you will never guess what! They sell clothing too,  accommodating for the desperately needed boob room. No more buttons pulling!

There are so many things I love about Bravissimo: the variety, the colours and patterns, and the amazing staff in the store. As you can imagine, a young teenage girl, who was pretty self-conscious, walking into a bra fitting is going to have a nerve-wracking experience. Think again. The women in the store were so understanding, respectful, and great at their jobs, allowing 2013 me to walk out with – not only a perfect new bra – but a new found confidence.  But enough about me, let us talk about bras…

The Bras

Bravissimo has many different styles that fit each person differently, from the balconette to the mastectomy bra and there are many different brands such as Curvy Kate or Freya, therefore there are loads of combinations to find your ideal fit. All the designs are beautiful so you aren’t stuck with the typical white, black and nude that other shops offer once you hit a D cup. My favourite at the moment is the Fantasie Mya bra Bravissimoas it gives a great shape working really well as a t-shirt bra but it still has a lovely design so you don’t feel too plain.

I understand that these bras are more expensive than the less fortunate small boobed but they are well worth the extra dosh. These bras last longer and fit far better than I have ever found before. However good quality needs good care: hand wash the bras and let them air dry to prevent wear!

The Swimwear

Oh my gosh, this was a huge blessing! Imagine a world where you can dive into a pool and have no need to readjust. Yes, you heard it – swimwear that looks great and STILL SUPPORTS! (I hope you can see how excited this makes me.) I mean they even offer sports swimming swimsuit bravissimocostumes, I swear with Bravissimo you can do everything and with your boobs supported! One swimming costume I love is the Seville Swimsuit as it is simple but stylish with the sheer elements added. Also, it is designed to keep your tummy tucked and it is in black to slim you down.

Not only do Bravissimo offer swimwear they also have a few extra holiday items to browse, including the new lilo (trust me you are going to want this!)

The Clothes

Now, this stuff has saved me on multiple occasions. Blouses with extra boob room, dresses that actually zip up smoothly – it truly is heaven. Each normal size comes in three variations curvy, really curvy and super curvy, this means that if a size fits but your chest is too big you don’t need to go up a size at all. This is SO handy and allows you to keep the figure flattering shape instead of getting a size 16 to fit the girls in.

So if you are someone that struggles with bras, clothes and swimwear it is worth checking out the Bravissimo website.

Good luck and share this with your busty friends!

Creative Writing Tips

When I write anything, whether it be a poem, a story, or an article, I always follow these four steps:

Idea development

Plan

Write

Edit

They may seem straightforward and obvious, but many people ignore and/or change the steps and their order.

Idea development

When that first idea comes into your head, write it down and then forget about it. Try to come up with a list of around five or more basic ideas and read through all of them carefully, thinking of how you could develop each one individually. After this, choose the idea that you like the most. With your chosen idea: draw a mind map; make a list; draw diagrams etc. whatever works best for you to explore your ideas. In a story, choose characters and go really in depth with their traits and stories, but if your idea begins to lose momentum or lack depth then change it to something you would prepare.

Plan

I have used the same method of planning since I was taught it in primary school. Make your storyline fit with a mountain: a beginning,  development, climax/dilemma and a resolution. The resolution is not completely necessary depending on your story.  For a poem, the structure can follow a similar pattern or be in a different order.

Make the plan in great detail so when it comes to writing, you don’t worry about where exactly your plot is going.

Write

Blind writing is one of the most important parts of writing. If you are on a laptop, turn the colour you are writing into white so that you cannot read what you have written, this is to prevent you from focusing on what you have already written. Editing is not apart of this section because you loose flow of your writing and only concentrate on corrections and changes. This section is to get your words on the page, not to make them perfect.

Edit

Now is the time to fix everything that doesn’t make sense or is incorrect. Try to be incredibly harsh on your work – is this part necessary? Does this make sense? What does this really say about my work? This is the longest part of writing and the hardest, you need to edit multiple times before it will be where it should be. Ask someone to look at your work and tell them to be critical: you would have developed an attachment to your work and may be reluctant to cut sections.

Soon you will see your writing begin to develop but have patience.

Good luck!

Exam Techniques

 

Sometimes the problem is not with knowledge but your ability to relay information in the exam. Every exam and exam board want you to answer specific questions in a particular way so the best thing you can do is read and reread exam mark schemes and examples. There are so many circumstances that can contribute to throwing you off during the exam, and in this post, I will talk through a few.

Staying Calm 

Once you sit down and your heart beats faster than you ever thought possible, it can be difficult to chill out, so here are a few tips:

  1. BE CONFIDENT in the amount of time you have spent revising. Revision is the foundation of your knowledge and it should not be neglected. If you are struggling to revise, have a glance at my Revision Techniques post.
  2. Take a deep breath before you open the paper. If you rush straight into it, your heart rate might increase and cause you to panic. All it takes is ten seconds while everyone is aggressively flipping through the exam paper – not really answering any questions.
  3. Don’t panic when you come across a question you can’t answer, just move on and come back later (I used to draw a star on that page to remind me). In some papers like Maths, there will be a few questions that are deliberately difficult. These questions are to distinguish between A and A* students so don’t beat yourself up if you are struggling.

Answering questions

Obviously, a Physics paper is going to be different from an English paper when it comes to how you answer the questions. Therefore, I have categorised the types of questions you might get into mathematical, essay and statement questions.

Mathematical questions – These include some questions found in Physics papers. With many Maths questions, there are a couple of marks for your working out, even if you get the incorrect answers. So, even if you feel that you can’t get the answer, by only putting a few calculations down you could get some marks. Also, if you have gotten an answer, try putting it back through the equations to see if it actually works: this is a great way to self-check as best as you can.

Essay questions – People believe that the more fluffy they are in essays the better they will do, but this is utterly wrong. It is key in essays to be as clear as possible. Keep to a strong structure and use direct points that don’t beat around the bush. You can establish the structure and your points in the introduction, however, steer clear from rattling on. Although I have mentioned that keeping your points clear is important, they still need to be interesting and original ideas that are conveyed in a sophisticated way if you want to get the best grades. Writing that ‘The writer portrays him as timid and fearful’ is better than ‘He is shown as afraid’. 

Statement questions – These questions can vary between each other and between subjects: the best course of action is to speak to your teachers and to check the mark schemes and exam examples. With most questions, the way you answer depends on the trigger words of the question, for example: explain, analyse and describe. A rough guide is that describe = state the answer, explain = give evidence, and analyse = explain the effect(s).

Ignoring noises

One of the toughest things to do in the exam is to ignore any sound that you might hear or any distraction that might arise. It is hard to combat these issues in the exam. My advice is to take a few deep, slow breaths and read your question slowly while making sure you understand what it is asking. In reality, there shouldn’t be anything distracting you in the exam, but if something is disturbing you, put your hand up and tell the invigilator – they will try their hardest to help you.

GOOD LUCK, you will be great!

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Revision Techniques

It’s easy to get lost when it comes to revision, especially when you have no idea where or how to begin. You need to develop your own technique that suits you best, however, it’s understandable if you haven’t the foggiest. So until then here are some top tips and methods…

Stationery 

Some of the most exciting types of shops are stationery shops, who knew?  Pens, rubbers, highlights, and labels get students more excited than Riverdale (well, maybe not). It’s great to buy all of this equipment if you are really going to use it all. I am warning you, I have some sticky labels that never left their packets, sitting in the bottom of my drawers. If all of the stuff you are buying helps you, go for it, however, beware the trap of caring more about pens than your actual revision.

Make your revision look appealing but try not to waste your time in over-doing it. Drawing a detailed diagram of a pig to match your English ‘Animal Farm’ revision is not going to help, if you must, restrain yourself to a five-second sketch.

Related imageFlashcards

It is hard not to become self-deprecating when your classmate whips out a huge stack of perfectly written flashcards, but please don’t worry about it. Flashcards may be great but they are extremely time-consuming and not always helpful depending on your topic. If you are studying a language or memorising quotes then flashcards could be perfect for you: for languages, you can write a list of English verbs on one side and their counterparts on the other, and for quotes, you can ask a friend to test how many cards you can memorise.  I would recommend that if you are using flashcards, limit yourself to using them for keywords or phrases only.

Posters 

If you’re a visual learner this method may be for you. I had a friend who liked to be able to see all of the links in her subjects, so she made huge posters full of colours, arrows, and diagrams. She was able to understand the content a lot clear by seeing it in this way, whereas it confused me far too much! This technique can also be helpful as you can get an entire topic area on one page that you can easily refer back to later. Also, the posters are more accessible than other methods as they can always be displayed somewhere.

Note Condensing 

I learnt this method from my GCSE Biology teacher. It is a process of learning and memorising, rather than a creation of revision material, which I preferred. You begin with notes that you have made in previous lessons and slowly condense them until you have a page of words and short phrases. From this single sheet of paper, you attempt to recite everything you can about the topic while getting someone else to see if you have mentioned everything on the page.

For some, this method could be confusing, however, I found that it helped me to cover larger topic areas and it improved my knowledge of the subject in greater depth.

Past Papers 

When it comes to exam techniques, this is how you prepare yourself well. Printing off loads of past papers can definitely come in handy during your revision. Start by completing a few papers without time restrictions but with the mark scheme so you can learn how to approach the exam questions. After developing your skills, move on to doing the papers without the mark scheme and then with time restrictions. This method can be helpful in noticing how the exam board wants you to answer certain types of question, and sometimes there can be repeated questions from previous years (especially at GCSE).

Teaching 

Many say that the best way to learn something is to teach someone else, and I couldn’t agree more. When you are teaching someone, you aren’t talking at them, you have to explain something in greater depth when they don’t understand and demonstrate with examples. Teaching requires you to think about your course material differently depending on who you are explaining it to, this causes you to think deeply and store the information better.

So…

Ultimately the best revision will use a combination of these revision methods and maybe others too, so try to find what works for you. Remember revision is key so don’t underestimate its importance! There are many other methods that I haven’t mentioned and if you have a really great one feel free to leave a comment or contact me.

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How to Be Ready for Exams (Even if You’re Not)

Exam season has fallen upon us and everywhere I look there are panicked, stressed out students trying to cram two years worth of information into a disinterested brain. Why do they do this to themselves, one might ask? Teens… We never learn, but hopefully, I am here to change that. When I was doing exams last year, I was constantly regarded with a look of fear as I explained how I wasn’t stressed or anxious; despite a lack of revision or an impossible imminent exam. This is because unknowingly, I had coaxed myself into following three rules: Dedication, Preparation, and Relaxation.

Dedication 

Don’t get me wrong, by dedication I do not mean working on a single subject for five hours without rest until it is all completely memorised. What I mean is spending the time when revising to remove all possible distractions – yes, that means your phone – and giving yourself a chunk of time to focus. Easier said than done, right? Wrong. If you are struggling to focus, don’t beat yourself up, just take a break and come back afterwards, even if you can only work for ten minute periods, at least you are working. These little snip-its of time spent revising will begin to add up without you even noticing, as long as you stick at it (one ten minute session will not result in an A*).

Warning!!!!

When taking a break don’t waste your time or allow your brain to switch off. Flicking onto Netflix is not the way to go here, you will fall into the trap of the ‘next episode’ button far too easily. We all know no-one is strong enough to resist ‘just one more’. Instead, take a short walk, make a drink or have something to snack on. Your aim is to keep your brain stimulated but not working too hard.

Preparation 

Step 1 in ways to stress yourself out: making revision notes/cards in April when your exam is in May.

Step 2: realising that you have gotten some information in your notes/cards wrong the day before the exam.

We all do it – we go through the year thinking our exams are months and months away, but before we know it they are only weeks away. Even if you spend time beautifully making those biology revision cards, you’re only creating revision MATERIALS and not actually revising. Yes, some of that information will stick in your head but not all of it, so make your notes and flashcards etc. as you work through the syllabus, for example, if you learn about World War II in Year 10, make your revision notes in Year 10.

This type of preparation will seem boring and pointless when exams are a year or more off, but trust me, an extra ten minutes after your lesson making proper notes will save you a lot of grief later on.

Relaxation

For me this was THE most important part of my revision, taking time to plan a period when you purposely didn’t work. This meant planning to watch a movie one night, taking a day off in the holidays to go shopping, and always getting enough sleep. A motto I repeated countless times during my GCSEs was “If you don’t know it by 10 pm you won’t know it by 3 am.” Some of you might scoff at this, and I am sure for some of you working late into the night is when you are working at your best, however, the point I was trying to make was that trying to force information into a tired head won’t be helpful. The best way to be calm and ready for the exam the next day is to be feeling refreshed. This was my biggest secret: whether I had revised or not, I would make sure I had time to get enough sleep.

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Obviously, I don’t speak for everyone, some people will work in a completely different way. My advice is to make use of the TIME you have: try out different techniques and see what works for you. If revising the day before an exam stresses you out, try not doing it then and do it a few days prior instead. If you are struggling to retain information, try a different revision method (there are loads out there). And if you can, try to remember that the stress you feel before an exam is not necessarily a bad thing – it is your body preparing you for the challenge to come.

GOOD LUCK!