How to prepare and succeed in your GCSE's

Monday, July 13, 2015 12:00 AM

Hi all, Maihvish is back. Hope you’re all good and especially to those year 11s, GOOD LUCK with your exams J

Why Try at Exams?

Let me give you some advice: if you’re unsure or annoyed about why you’re doing your exams, just remember what you will get out of it. It is NOT for your parents, your friends or even because you’ve been bribed with FERRERO ROCHERS along the way. It is because YOU want to get somewhere in life. How do all those doctors, actors and politicians get to where they are now? You have to do it for yourself.

How to Prepare on the Day

Anyways, I have pretty much completed my exams now. I have to say I was very stressed during the exam weeks and especially the night before, but stress is good. Obviously not too much, just take deep breaths and keep your mind away from it frequently by taking short breaks. I remember someone saying to me at school a few days ago: ‘You’re the only person I know who’s not stressed about their exams’. That’s because I took it all out the day before so I approached the exam with my full concentration. Remember to drink lots of water, yes it keeps you hydrated, but it also clears your mind and keeps you alert and fresh all at once. I like to snack in my breaks because halfway during my revision periods my energy levels start to drop and that’s not good. If you don’t eat anything in your breaks, then you probably won’t take anything in after your break.

Useful Resources

There are two books I will recommend: How to Achieve 100% in a GCSE and I Hate Revision. Both written by Robert Blakey, they contain all sorts of tips and advice, and I’d say he’s an expert at this stuff. If you’re thinking ‘Who’s this guy called Robert Blakey?’, then let me assure you he’s someone you can trust in getting good GCSE results. He achieved 10 A* grades (4 with a score of 100%). He also achieved excellent grades at A-Level and in July 2014, he graduated from Oxford, achieving First Class Honours with Distinction and a departmental prize for securing the second top degree mark in his subject year group. At the end of September 2014, Rob returned to the University of Oxford to study a one-year Master's and then a three-year PhD in criminology, funded by an Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 (MSc+PhD) studentship. The books are about £7.99 and worth every penny. I bought both of these when studying for my GCSEs and I have to admit it boosted my grades by one, and in some cases, even 2 grades. You can relate to this because it’s written by someone who’s been through the same experience.

Next Steps

If you’re like me, then once your exams are over, you’re ready to have a party with your mates- relieve yourself of all that stress. Remember there’s nothing you can do after your exams except wait till results day so no point in crying or moaning! In fact this is a good time to be thinking of what you want to study at A-Level. It is pretty likely that you will change this opinion after you get your results. I’d suggest by starting to research some careers you’re interested in at different universities and then jotting some notes down about entry requirements, where the university is and any other requirements that are asked for. If you need any help just pop onto In fact, this is pretty much how I ended up doing this blog so just explore the website and you might find something incredibly useful.

Anyways it’s probably time for me to be thinking of my career too. In the next few weeks, I’ll be making a big decision of what I’m going to study at university and start to make notes for my personal statement.

Hope everything goes well for all of you doing examsJ Take care.

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