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Welcome to the GCSE Exam Prep page.

Posts will be regularly added from January 2017 to give help and advice for preparing and revising for your exams.

 

How do you revise?

356px-Simple_questionmark.svgFrequently, revising is described as a concoction of reading and highlighting notes, with perhaps some exam questions answered for good measure.

It is important to realise that everyone learns differently. To maximise your revision success you should find out how you learn best at brainbox.co.uk.

Once you know, don’t get too hung upon what type of learner you are but consider how you might use this information to maximise your learning. For example, if you have inclination towards being an auditory learner, a dictaphone may be useful to record information to replay before you fall asleep.

Visit getrevising.co.uk for more ideas.

 

Brain Food: What to Eat When Revising

foodIt’s the time of year when all that matters are grades, grades and more grades.

A common mistake many students make during this crucial period is to eat poorly and unhealthily. Junk food, lots of chocolate, energy drinks and crisps are often eaten in place of normal meals to “keep energy levels up”. However, this is not only harmful to your long-term health, but can also negatively affect your exam performance.

Here are some brain food recommendations during the most stressful period of your academic year…

1. Oily fish   

sardinesSalmon, sardines and mackerel are amongst the healthiest types of fish. Why? Because they contain lots of protein and omega 3, which is essential to keep a functioning brain working well. I’m sure you have heard of the saying that fish is great brain food. It’s true!

2. Eggs

eggsEggs are healthy and good brain food. During exam time, who wants to hear a rumbling tummy during the late nights and early mornings spent revising? Eggs can be boiled, poached, scrambled, or made sunny-side up and they will keep those hunger pains at bay for far longer than traditional cereals.

3. Vegetables & fruit

fruitVegetables and fruit are low in calories, delicious and can give you an energy boost when you are working away at revising, since they contain fructose and healthy sugars your body can convert into energy. Top snacking fruits: apples, bananas, avocadoes, berries.

4. Peanut butter 

pbutterMany people think peanut butter is an unhealthy food, but it actually contains healthy fats and lots of protein per serving. This means that as a brain food, just a little can keep you full for a long time.

 

Anxiety Control

sleepGet enough sleep

While you want heaps of energy during the day for revision, come bedtime ensure your body and mind are ready to rest. Lack of sleep will make it impossible to understand the detailed theory of Geordie Shore let alone anything else, and you’ll be much more likely to reach for a sugary fix to get you through the learning lulls.

Warm milk and herbal teas before bed have a sedative effect, while a carb-rich snack an hour or so before you head upstairs will clear the way for sleep-inducing amino acids to reach the brain. You should also avoid using a computer or phone immediately before bedtime.