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“Joshua got his GCSE results today and I just wanted to let you know how he got on. He got an 8 in English Language and a 7 in English Literature, he has always struggled with English and wouldn’t of been able to achieve these amazing grades without yours and Adam’s help, if you could please let him know how Joshua done. So once again thank you for all the work you did with him.” Emily (parent) 2021
Emily EvansparentI Love to Learn Portsmouth
At the time of writing this testimonial, my daughter has had only 5 sessions and her confidence and ability has increased significantly!  (Now) she talks of enjoying maths and of her abilities in maths instead of her inabilities, participates more in maths lessons at school and is keen to do her maths homework, both from school and from the sessions.  As a parent I am thrilled that her confidence has grown significantly and would recommend I Love to Learn without hesitation.
S BondParentPortsmouth
I would like to thank you for everything that you have done, and also pass on my gratitude from Lottie because she has learnt she has really benefited from and her confidence in maths has vastly improve, so much so that she now tells me that she looks forward to maths class at school!
Charlotte's parents
We are so pleased that Mahera has got a FULL BURSARY for the local girl’s high school in Portsmouth.  She has been to your centre before for tuition but we came back in November so she could get ready for the exams.   She has worked so hard and Linda has really encouraged her in her writing!  Thanks so much!
Mahera's Mum
We brought him to the centre in Year 6 because he just had no idea about maths.  This year won the ‘Most Improved in Maths’ certificate for his year.  He also came top of his class in 2 out of 3 maths exams.  Coming to here is the best thing we ever did!
Mr S White
“Thanks for all your hard work with Rebecca Kivlin. She has started Milton Cross this week. Rebecca is in the top set for maths and science, and the second group for everything else. Without coming to Love to Learn she would never have achieved this.  Thanks”    
Julie Powell
Albie
Albie had been diagnosed with mild dyslexia and his reading age was around 2 years behind!  The standard in private school is often higher, so we were worried about the Entrance Exams.  Soon after he enrolled he started making rapid progress.  The school say he is now Level  5 in literacy and the teacher can see a lot of difference.  His reading age has shot up and the gaps in maths have been filled in and he has caught up amazingly quickly. It has definitely, definitely made a difference and I have recommended the centre to my friends.
Jilly (Albie’s Mum)
“Dear Howard Thank you so much for all these lessons you’ve been giving me!  They really have improved my work at school and now I can put all your help to good use with my SATs.  Thank you so much for everything! From Lewis”
Lewis (student)
Prezton has done really well and we are very proud of his achievement so thank you all again
Mrs A Laborde
I was told at school that Harrison had fallen about 2 years behind in reading, writing and spelling. Harrison took to it straight away.  He has made fantastic progress and is meeting all his targets.  He loves the points and prizes that he collects for working so he comes out buzzing after every session!
Mrs S McGee

Top GCSE Revision Tips

How to Make Your GCSE Revision Awesome!

Understanding Your GCSE Exams

It is important to know what you are preparing for!  Make sure you know; how many papers you will be taking in each subject, what topics will come up in each paper and which books to revise, for English Literature, for each exam.  It is also helpful to know which exam board the school is using (it may vary between subjects) as it is helpful to be revising from the right past papers.

Make a Revision Programme

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Perfect Planning

Make a plan to avoid the last minute rush!  You don’t want to cram it all into the last minute.  The best way to learn is to give yourself enough time to prepare for each subject.  So, say you are taking five exams, you might schedule 10 hours of revision for each subject, so you need to find 50 hours worth of revision from somewhere!  If you revise 2 hours every night that is achievable in a month.  Some exams will need more revision than others, so it is important to plan accordingly for each one.  You might have birthdays or other events that take up time, so make sure important dates are on your calendar and work round them.  You also don’t want to be starting too early, although if you do, you can always plan to go over things again nearer the time.

Only Do Effective and Efficient Revision

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Take a Break!

Don’t over do it!  Revision is hard and it is easy to get distracted.  I found 2 hour blocks were the best with a short tea break.  If you revise for long periods you tend to lose focus and time waste.  Give yourself a reward at the end to look forward to.

Don’t just read your notes or the revision book.  Make notes, revision cards are great,  and sumarise what you need to know. With some subjects, such as History or Geography, you may be able to reduce your notes to a couple of pages of A4 paper. Other subject like languages you may need to produce flash cards and posters.  I would always try to get my answers down to a single MNEMONIC (e.g. Richard Of York Game Battle In Vain for the colours of the rainbow).   This meant I only needed to remember the Mnemonic and not all the causes of the First World War (Militarism, Imperialism, Alliances, Nationalism e.g. Meat Is Always Nice) or whatever the topic is.

When you have produced your notes, mnemonics or posters or whatever, you will then be able to use them for reminders and last minute revision nearer to the exam.  This gives your brain the best chance to remember what you are revising as the information is repeated in several different ways.

Set Up a Dedicated Learning Environment

An important part of revision is having a dedicated place to study.  This will need to be away from electronic distractions if possible!  Leave the phone downstairs, turn the play station off, open the books and make some notes.  Although the internet is amazingly useful for revision purposes, it is also amazingly distracting.  I would suggest only allowing yourself a limited time to use the internet to revise, and then make sure you write it all down.  It is too easy to find yourself watching TikTok or playing a PC game otherwise.

Use the Best Revision Resources

There are lots of excellent revision resources available on the internet for free now.  I would also recommend revision work books which you need to fill in .  For subjects like maths or Languages, these may be the best way to make sure you have sharpened your skills in all the areas needed.  Good revision guides are also helpful for specific books that you need to know for English Literature.  Revision books may also be useful if you have gaps in your own notes that you need to fill in.

Last But Not Least!

Eat well, get fresh air and sleep well.  You brain is the organ that uses the most energy in your body.  Energy comes from; eating good food, breathing plenty of oxygen and then resting, our brains need to recover. Don’t stop your sport/dance/exercise programme completely, even if you have to cut down, do try to keep these activities going.  Make sure you get regular nutritious food (otherwise your stomach will be distracting you anyway, without you knowing), drink plenty of water and cut out the late night TikTok/Playstation/TV action!

 

 

 

 

 

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