How to win Grow your Grades

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Grow your Grades is the biggest and best study blogging competition ... in the world (official).

It's a simple idea, start a thread all about your world of study: what you're aiming for, what you do to get there, what goes right and what goes wrong .. and what happens in the end.

We love the little details, the photos of cluttered desks, dog-eared notebooks and reassuring pet cats; the pain of disastrous mocks and the delight of a past paper completely nailed.

There's great prizes including a MacBook Air but that's not the only reason for entering...

You'll be supported by the TSR community providing encouragement and positivity and you'll actually become a better student by thinking about how you study and how you learn – the act of entering Grow your Grades will actually help grow your grades.

Enter Grow your Grades

Winning Grow your Grades is definitely not about constantly getting higher and higher marks culminating in a triumphant results day. Two of our winners this year had a really tough time and were forced into major changes of plans as a result.  In fact the year did not go according to plan for any of them. Find out what happened to them:

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And if you don’t fancy entering yourself you can still get involved by following other people’s blogs and helping out with some regular encouragement. You’ll find the 2017-18 entries here.

Right, let's get on with the tips. Photos and examples are from the winning entries.

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Update regularly

GyG winners keep going … and they keep updating their blogs. Of course life sometimes gets in the way but the GyG champ will get back on the Grade Growing horse as soon as they can and rebuild the momentum. That doesn’t mean you have to update every day or even every week but if you give up in mid February no one will know the end of your story.

If there is a gap in entries, tell us why.

I'm taking a break from all schoolwork and revision spanning from tomorrow until Boxing Day, so updates will recommence on the 27th. I'll probably still be here now and then, but I'll be spending my Christmas period work-free and enjoying myself with family and friends (and food) as it should be.
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Don't miss out the bad stuff

It's the morning of results day. 
It's the day that people find out if their hard work has paid off or not. For most it's a happy day. For others it can feel like your whole world has come to an end. 

Unfortunately, I'm part of the latter. 
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... or the good stuff

I'd say the satisfaction of getting a really hard question right is pretty good, but my all time favourite thing is finding patterns or links in things that just bring everything together and make you think ‘wow, that makes so much sense!’. For example the other day I found out how the quadratic equation was derived, which I found pretty interesting (I'm sad like that!) 
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Explain how you learn

I got my results back for chemistry and I'm going to kick myself later for making it public... but I scored 8/60 marks. No I'm not missing a number there. EIGHT. I feel like what I really need to improve in this area is my understanding of basic balancing equations and structural formula. That's definitely my weakest area. 
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Tell us how you’re trying to improve

I got my results back for chemistry and I'm going to kick myself later for making it public... but I scored 8/60 marks. No I'm not missing a number there. EIGHT. I feel like what I really need to improve in this area is my understanding of basic balancing equations and structural formula. That's definitely my weakest area. 
Sinfonietta

Help other students

If there's one important thing I've learned in all my years of being a student, it's that making a plan of attack for the new school year is insanely important. It's much better to have a feasible plan for success than to waste the year watching YouTube and drowning your sorrows in Pringles then frantically cramming all the information two weeks before the exams. It won't end well. Trust me. 
StawbAri 

Your life is interesting

In non-college related news, I went out to buy a curling iron this evening after realising mine had broken, and somehow ended up falling for this cute crowntail Betta splenden in the pet store. Meet Sona: 
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Sona, the fish

Sona, the fish