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Competition results – Teenage Guide to Stress

You’ll be wanting to know who won my April Fool’s Day competition. Or, rather, you will if you entered. The task was to identify which of ten statements...

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Exam tips 7: Anti-panic strategy

It’s a horrible feeling when you open the exam paper and find you can’t answer the first question. Or the second. And by this time you’re in such...

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TWO ways to win signed Teenage Guide to Stress

I’ve been blogging a lot recently so two bits of info are becoming lost. Therefore, for clarity: There are currently TWO ways to win a signed copy of...

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Exam tips 6: Stress-buddy

Do you have a stress-buddy? A stress buddy is someone you looks out for you if you’re under stress and you look out for them. Good friends do...

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Exam tips 5: Asking for help

Maybe you’re good at asking for help. But maybe you’re not. Or maybe you usually are but this time you haven’t. And you’re panicking – or blocking out...

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