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    Hi Grow your Graders (and anyone else dropping in)

    Really loving what you're all doing this year.

    Keep updating your threads with the latest news of what you're up to - the good, the bad, the frustration and the procrastination, the triumphs and the tragedies, the big picture and the trivial detail - it's all part of the world of grade growing.

    You may win a prize but - maybe more importantly - the act of actually thinking about the way you work will help develop the skills you need to succeed.

    Basically you win every way.

    Anyway, half term is approaching so we're updating this articleabout what students should be doing in the way of studying over the holiday.

    We'd love to include some quotations from class of Grow your Grades 2017

    So what are you up to?
    - are you starting revision?
    - making a plan?
    - organising your notes?
    - taking a complete break?

    Let us know. We'll give an acknowledgement to everyone who gets quoted.

    But get a move on as we have to have the article nailed in a couple of days.

    Thanks and keep growing those grades!

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    I'm hoping to do at least 4 hours of revision a day in the holidays, whether that be papers or just general notes. Other than that I want to see my high school friends and have a few nights out. It's the second to last holidays where I won't feel guilty for having some time to relax. But considering how important exams are for me this year, I am hoping to get a lot of work done
    I won't be making a plan because they never seem to work, my mood really dictates what I work on, so it depends on the day!
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    I be workin' all night.
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    I've been working a lot aha, but I'm gonna excel further and not waste time. And update my GYG, because I haven't done so for like 3 weeks
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    My family and I are taking a short break for about 3 days, then I'll be working for the rest of the time. Aiming for 6+ hours a day, want to finish up all my notes as soon as possible
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    I will try to get out of bed and get things done. Like re-writing my essays and do more stuffs for Art.
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    I will be revising from the 13/02 (not on the weekend); hopefully most of that is just going through past papers for further maths and writing essays for economics; this is dependent on how much work I get done this week.
    So for each unit;
    FP2- old syllabus past papers from p4-p6
    FP3 - worksheets on hyperbolic functions, reduction formulae and differentiation
    C3/ C4 - vector worksheets and maybe 1 past paper to make sure I haven't become rusty.
    M1 - loads of past papers; this is my self taught module, so I have to make sure I don't become complacent.
    S2 - quick recap + past papers
    D2 - it's a mission of mine to somehow understand dynamic programming.
    Econ unit 1 (legacy) - past papers with focus on data response.
    Econ unit 4 - not quite sure yet, it depends on how much I do this week.

    Essentially, I want to be ready for all but 4 of my exams by the end of the half term.

    I won't be making a strict plan, as I find them useless; what if I decide to dedicate a certain number of hours to one topic, but it actually ends up taking much longer? This has happened in the past and it has completely ruined the plan, so instead I'm creating a checklist for the entire week.

    This week I'm searching the Internet for extra notes to add on top of my economics notes on top of the ones from the textbook and class notes from last year, once those are finished, I'll be able to write some essays.

    Break - friday-sunday
    Revision - Monday - date of final exam.
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    Saying I'm going to do work and not do it. Then complain that I'm not doing work..
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    I'm hoping to get my final drafts of both English literature and history courseworks complete for Monday 27th Feb - the day they're both due.

    And if I'm able, then to get as much writing done for my Extended Project.
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    I plan to relax for a couple of days as I don't want to overwork myself, but I want to try and get some Core 2 Maths revision done for my resit, and I want to go over some physics things that I struggled with in my mock as I got a B, so I want to try and get better at the things I can't do now, as I think it is important to focus on what I can't do rather than revise what I can do. (As that doesn't get me anywhere). Alongside this I am going to try and get some chemistry revision in as well, though I am waiting until I get my mock results to see what I need to look at. For me the most important thing is that it is a holiday, so I don't want to spend all my time working hard.
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    I'm planning on working at a steady pace so I'm able to get things done but not burn myself out (my stamina isn't great!). I will aim for 3-6 hours of revision a day with regular breaks and have a target to start running again (as I found it really stimulating for my mocks last year)
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    I'm going to create a revision timetable on friday and then plan to go through A2 Geography, A2 Biology and ALLLL of psychology content!
    I'll probably work from 9am to 8pm for 45 minutes at a time and 15 minutes break in between each subject. And also an hour break for lunch.
    Then, when school starts again I'll carry on doing revision during school hours, but not after due to work.
    By the time mocks arrive in late March, I hope to have most of the content covered and half of the past papers and practice questions in textbooks!
    From March to June this leaves time to gather extra knowledge, read around the subject, recap EVERYTHING, and do every past paper available!!!!

    It's going to be very tough but we'll get there!
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    I have no friends, so the socialising time is non-existent for me.

    Outline of my Day

    Wake up 10.
    Have breakfast.
    Work up to 4PM.
    Take a 2 Hour break. (Including Lunch)
    Work up to 9PM.
    Take an hour break (Have my Tea/Supper)
    Work up to 11:30PM
    Watch a movie or TV up to 4am.
    Sleep
    Repeat.

    Subject plans

    Revise the whole of Core 1 and Statistics 1 in 3 days.
    Go over the weak aspects of PHYSICS in 1 day. (Less content)
    Go over the weak aspects of Chemistry in 2 Days.

    Do and go over a past paper for my weakest modules.

    Yeah
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    This half term I want to write down a list on the subjects which I need to make notes on. I make mindmaps based on each topic and I need to catch up on that because I'm quite behind. I want to be able to then follow my timetable for my subjects in the afternoon this is were I will be doing revision e.g recapping topics,doing past papers etc... I also want to chill a little bit.
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    My plans for this Half-term is to:
    Revise! Revise! Revise!
    • Reread Pride and Prejudice and make notes on the Bennet sisters and the theme of family and relationships
    • Practise comparison question on the reading component of English Language
    • Revise & make notes on 4 topics of Geography
    • Revise & make notes on 4 topics of Chemistry

    Motivation: Laziness may appear attractive but work gives satisfaction
    Good Luck to everyone on their growh journey!
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    This half-term I want to focus on compiling the topics that need to be reviewed to benefit my revision (instead of allowing myself to go over the things I find easiest and not gain anything by doing it)!

    Also, I'm going to carry on structuring my revision sessions into 25 minute chunks with regular breaks so that I have a good reflection of the amount of work I've done for each topic.

    Most importantly though, I'm going to relax!!! Seeing as it's half-term there's no point overworking yourself, only to arrive back at school with your head in the wrong place. Finding the balance between work and free time is key!! Xx
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    Not sure why I wasn't tagged as I have been part of the GYG forum since September however my plans are as follows:

    • Travelling to Germany this Sunday in which I will spend Monday-Friday in a German Language School. This will consist of 22 hours 1-1 discussion.
    • Write up my notes for unit 4 politics as I haven't done any notes for Unit 4 as I have been revising all my unit 3 notes ahead of a mock on Wednesday.
    • Economics- Review my notes and set up a plan post half term to work on timing in exams.
    • DO some exercise in Germany, 1 hour walk per day perhaps.
    • Watch Netflix in the evening as a reward. I will be working for 6 hours per day on average.

    This weekend before half term I aim to completely relax, pack my bags and watch TV, drink alcohol and enjoy myself.
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    Hopefully I'll be doing a different subject everyday and each day would be like 5 hours of revision. I've always done better in subjects I was more chilled in when revising for some reason. I'm meeting my mate next Wednesday so I doubt I'll get much revision done. But I think during half term, I'll be doing more exercise because it helps me.
 
 
 
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