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Hard-work and determination are two of the key factors that can help you get good grades in school.

If you are determined and motivated to do well in your exams, then acing your exams is a piece of cake. You can do it.

You may be wondering right now, how can I motivate yourself?

Well, one method that helped me is giving myself reward.

For instance, I told my parents that if I get at least a grade 8 in all sciences and maths then they would get me anything of my choice such as a Mac Pro.

There are many other methods that you can do to keep you motivated but that will be on another blog post.

Taking notes

For all subjects that you are studying at school, I advise you have a notebook for each of them.

In this notebook, you take notes from your revision guide and textbooks as well as from your classnotes.

When you are taking notes, paraphrase and don’t copy them from your textbook word for word.

You should write your notes in a way that you understand.

For example, if you are not the type of person who can learn from writing in prose and almost essay-like then you should not take notes like that.

Instead. you should do methods such as bullet pointing your notes or even creating flow charts.

Everyone is different so what might work for you may not work well for others and it may vary from subject to subject.

For example, I found bullet pointing my notes for Geography worked very well for me whereas for English and Economics, writing in prose worked well for me.

However, some of us may be a visual learner so writing down notes may not be that effective for them.

Therefore, drawing diagrams and pictures are much more better way to take notes for visual learners.

If you are still not sure what type of learner you are, I advise you to experiment with these types of methods and see what works best for you.

There are many other methods of taking notes, but these are the most obvious ones so take some time to research other methods to take notes.

Whether you are writing or drawing your notes, make sure you add colours to your notes such as using different colour highlighters or pens.

This just makes the notes look more appealing, which makes it easier to revise.

For languages, try to watch YouTube videos, films or series in the language that you are learning

Watching YouTube videos, films and series in the language that you are learning improves your listening and speaking skills.

You are listening to native speakers because you have a taste of how a typical native speaker sounds like and how they pronounce their words.

This is incredibly beneficial because you are getting used to how native speakers talk to each other.

Through listening to native speakers, you will hear words and phrases that may not be in the dictionary such as idioms and slang.

This will further expand your vocabulary.

If you use terms such as idioms that you have learnt from listening to native speakers in your exams, you may probably get praised and rewarded for that, hopefully increasing your grade.

For languages you should also try to read books in the language you are learning

Reading can improve and widen your vocabulary.

This is a huge benefit because it will help you with your writing and reading exams.

Through reading, you can learn phrases that you may not have been taught before, which can also help you with your speaking exam.

For instance, you may learn similes such as her hair is as soft as silk to describe a family member or friend in your speaking exam.

This would impress the examiner, especially at GCSE level because they would not expect you to know that from any student.

For English Literature re-read the books and plays again in your own time as well as in the classroom

Re-reading helps you understand the book to play better and it is something many teachers and even exaimners has been advising students to do.

When you re-read a book, you are able to know things that you may have not known or taken seriously when you first read book.

Therefore, you are more knowledgeable and you are able to understand what is happening in the book more.

In your exam, for GCSE, you do not know which chapter, act or scene they will ask you to write an essay about, so having a full understanding of the book or play that you are studying is crucial.

Having a good understanding of the book or play can make a significant in your essay and the grade you will get.

Through re-reading, you will find that remembering key quotes in the book or play is so much easier which is extremely beneficial.

This is because these exams at the moment are closed-booked, so you have to rely on your memory.

For English Language, try to read more books, including fiction and non-fiction

This will widen your vocabulary, which will help you for the writing section of the English Language exams because you will get marks for using ambitious vocabulary.

Through reading, you can copy some phrases that you may like in the book such as “a bloodcurdling scream” and “she burst out a whirlwind of emotions” into your writing for the exams.

This would boast your grade because you are using figurative and emotive language.

If you don’t like reading, then to improve and widen your vocabulary, you can download a dictionary app onto your phone, which would have “word of day”.

You can this to widen your vocabulary which is also useful for languages as well.

To improve your writing, you should try to write often.

For instance, you can keep a diary and write about your everyday experiences, but try not to write too informal.

If you continue to write more, your writing will improve because practice makes perfect!


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