It’s that time of year again, as some of you need no reminding. There are schools with stressful, shouty posters saying 20 DAYS TO GCSEs, which is really hardly necessary – and, in my opinion, could well be detrimental. Most students’ stress levels are perfectly high enough. What students and their parents need is calm, knowledgeable advice and genuinely useful tips. And here I am with just that! One of my areas of expertise is how brains learn best and another is the effect of stress on performance, so I’m well-equipped to help.
The approaching Easter holidays present the important challenge of balancing revision with relaxation. I’ve written and spoken before about the importance of relaxation to learning – we simply don’t perform as well if we push ourselves in an unhealthy way and many young people will be doing this. It’s a core message in my talks for all ages. You’ll hear my podcast about it here. “Relaxation is not a luxury” is the big thing I learnt the hard way, after many years of stress-related illness and under-performance.
So, here are my exam revision resources:
- A sheet of exam tips – print it, pin to your wall, share it with your friends.
- A link to the Leckie and Leckie blog, which includes several posts from me with my favourite exam tips.
- An exam revision time-table for you to download, nicely-designed by one of my publishers, Walker Books, and a more detailed one here, with instructions.
- My handout of tips for parents to help your teenagers through exams
- Then there are the two versions of Study Skills, a book I co-authored. The GCSE one is here and the N5 & Higher one is here.
Finally, but most usefully, there is Exam Attack, my especially-produced short ebook guide to sailing through exams. Exam Attack is available free if you sign up to my website, BUT I hope you don’t mind my suggesting, respectfully and gently, that you might consider buying it. It’s ridiculously cheap (£2.91 for a single-user licence on Amazon) but is a nice way of supporting your teenagers while also helping me, for the price of around a cup of coffee. (And no environmental impact!)
Schools can buy the school licence here, which allows you to give a copy of the book to every student in your school, forever. I make very, very little money from this book, because I give so many away free but if you’d like to show your gratitude for the work I do for young people, parents and schools, this would be a lovely way to do it.
I wish you all a smooth passage through this year’s exams. It’s not easy – it’s not supposed to be! And it won’t always go brilliantly, even if you’ve done everything right. But there are always more ways to succeed – you don’t just get one shot and if it doesn’t go as you’d hoped there will always be other ways to have a truly successful and fulfilled life. Good luck and go for it – it will soon be behind you!