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16 May 2017

The Ultimate Guide to your GCSEs

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With the start of exam season around the corner, we've put together an ultimate guide to your GCSEs to help you achieve the grades you deserve. 

Spend your time wisely

Spending your time wisely as you approach exam season includes putting down your phone/tablet/laptop and focusing on what is happening now. By no means does this mean sitting in your room for the next few weeks glassy-eyed in front of a text book. It’s important to take regular breaks during your revision schedule to keep your concentration levels up which can be achieved by continuing to do things you enjoy.


Exercise may not be your number one priority during exam season but it can benefit you a lot. It has been proved that regular exercise helps to improve memory and reduce stress and can boost your mood. Exercise doesn’t necessarily involve paying for a gym membership either – there are many free alternatives such as going to a walk/jog/run in your local park with your friends.

Get a good night’s sleep

As well as exercising, ensuring you get a good night’s sleep boosts your mood, making you feel awake and more productive. A lack of sleep can cause increase stress or pressure the following day. It’s essential to get at least 7 hours sleep per night, preferably 8 to keep you feeling refreshed.

Eat a healthy breakfast

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast provides your body with energy and helps improve your concentration. Healthy alternatives to the average supermarket cereal include overnight oats, berry based smoothies and wholemeal toast.

Stay hydrated

Drinking a minimum of 1.5-2 litres of water per day prevents fatigue and improves your mood. Take a bottle of water into your exam, ensuring it’s stripped of any labels, to boost performance and reduce stress as well as to maintain your hydration.

Don’t ponder on how well you think you did

You’ve just left the exam hall thinking you could have done better. It’s likely that your friends will discuss their answers but don’t be disheartened if you didn’t put down the same one. In some exams, wrong answers don’t exist (such as English), whereas others they do (like science). All that matters is that you done your best. It’s not a competition.

Reward yourself

Exam season tends to last between 1-3 months, or less if you’re lucky. Have something to look forward to at the end. It could be anything from a meal with your friends, a concert or a holiday to maintain your motivation and keep you eager to drive forward.


Good luck with your exams!