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:woo: Welcome to GYG 2021-22 :woo:
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We're super excited about the new blogging year and bringing some different things to GYG this year :excited:

What is GYG?

Grow your Grades is a blogging competition that has run on TSR for 7 years now. Each year we ask students from all levels to blog about their journey from wherever they start at the start of the academic year to the end, sharing the highs, the lows and everything in-between. At the end of the year, we read them through and pick an overall winner among other prizes that we give out throughout the year, it pays to Grow Your Grades!

So, why should you enter?

Keeping a blog helps keep yourself motivated and accountable for your studying, plus the community spirit in GYG is always so encouraging and motivating for people! We know it can be difficult to get back into studying, but you can use GYG to challenge yourself and get back into the rhythm of studying :yep:

What else do I need to know?

We're bringing back featured blogs, where every few weeks we will have new recommended blogs for anyone to check out :gah: We're also adding in some new categories for prizes, such as "best titles", see more info below. We'll also be offering more regular rep prizes, for everything from a really great blog post to being supportive in the forum on top of the usual spot prizes. Finally, we know how valuable your advice is for other students, so we will be offering prizes for your advice throughout the year. Not only will you see your advice help other students in our articles, there will also be prizes to be won. If you have any other ideas for GYG then please post them, we love to hear them!

I want to start a blog, but I don't know how to make it look pretty.

Firstly, to be in a chance of winning, then your blog doesn't have to be pretty! But if you want it to be so, then look at our guide here on how to work the new TSR editor, this will help you edit your posts to perfection :yep:

Do my blog posts have to be a certain length?

No :nope: This year in particular, we're aware students may have less time than normal, so we're encouraging you to keep your blogs short and sweet if that means you have more time for the slightly more important stuff like homework and school Image Or even chilling. You may like to consider writing a few sentences each day on the way home from school rather than a bigger post at the weekend, or adding a picture to show your to do list rather than typing it all out again. It's about how you use the words, not the number you use!

What should I include in my blog?

Whatever you like! Your subjects is always a good start, and what subject level, but after that you can include anything from your timetable, homework struggles, pictures of your revision (or your snacks). Anything relevant to growing your grades. Remember you don't have to have super long blog posts, and a picture can tell a thousand words (and save you time too!)

What kinds of prizes are there?

The main prizes are yet to be confirmed for 2021 :iiam:, but we can confirm we will be having some extra rep prizes for categories such as "Best title", "Best blog from a newbie" and "Best use of photos in a blog". We'll also be running our usual prize for "Best supporter in GYG", and have a special bonus to this of a £10 amazon voucher for the person most supportive before October half term :yay: As usual, we may run spot prizes, and also may be awarding random prizes throughout the year if we spot someone being super helpful, making great blog posts or for any other reason. We'll announce these on this thread so everyone can see Image

When does the competition close?

We'll be closing the competition the day after GCSE results day again this year :yep: If you have any other questions, then do say below, we're always happy to answer :heart:
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I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but what is the use and/or benefit of tagging in blogs?
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I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but what is the use and/or benefit of tagging in blogs?
Just to notify regular readers when there's an update. They could put it on their watched threads, but that would notify them for every single post, not just updates.
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Just to notify regular readers when there's an update. They could put it on their watched threads, but that would notify them for every single post, not just updates.
Ah, thanks. So if one would tag them in their first post, that would only notify them of updates made by the OP, did I get that right?
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Ah, thanks. So if one would tag them in their first post, that would only notify them of updates made by the OP, did I get that right?
People are notified in any post that they're tagged or quoted in, so anyone else could @ them too, but yes
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:woo: Welcome to GYG 2021-22 :woo:
Click here to make a blog


We're super excited about the new blogging year and bringing some different things to GYG this year :excited:

What is GYG?

Grow your Grades is a blogging competition that has run on TSR for 7 years now. Each year we ask students from all levels to blog about their journey from wherever they start at the start of the academic year to the end, sharing the highs, the lows and everything in-between. At the end of the year, we read them through and pick an overall winner among other prizes that we give out throughout the year, it pays to Grow Your Grades!

So, why should you enter?

Keeping a blog helps keep yourself motivated and accountable for your studying, plus the community spirit in GYG is always so encouraging and motivating for people! We know it can be difficult to get back into studying, but you can use GYG to challenge yourself and get back into the rhythm of studying :yep:

What else do I need to know?

We're bringing back featured blogs, where every few weeks we will have new recommended blogs for anyone to check out :gah: We're also adding in some new categories for prizes, such as "best titles", see more info below. We'll also be offering more regular rep prizes, for everything from a really great blog post to being supportive in the forum on top of the usual spot prizes. Finally, we know how valuable your advice is for other students, so we will be offering prizes for your advice throughout the year. Not only will you see your advice help other students in our articles, there will also be prizes to be won. If you have any other ideas for GYG then please post them, we love to hear them!

I want to start a blog, but I don't know how to make it look pretty.

Firstly, to be in a chance of winning, then your blog doesn't have to be pretty! But if you want it to be so, then look at our guide here on how to work the new TSR editor, this will help you edit your posts to perfection :yep:

Do my blog posts have to be a certain length?

No :nope: This year in particular, we're aware students may have less time than normal, so we're encouraging you to keep your blogs short and sweet if that means you have more time for the slightly more important stuff like homework and school Image Or even chilling. You may like to consider writing a few sentences each day on the way home from school rather than a bigger post at the weekend, or adding a picture to show your to do list rather than typing it all out again. It's about how you use the words, not the number you use!

What should I include in my blog?

Whatever you like! Your subjects is always a good start, and what subject level, but after that you can include anything from your timetable, homework struggles, pictures of your revision (or your snacks). Anything relevant to growing your grades. Remember you don't have to have super long blog posts, and a picture can tell a thousand words (and save you time too!)

What kinds of prizes are there?

The main prizes are yet to be confirmed for 2021 :iiam:, but we can confirm we will be having some extra rep prizes for categories such as "Best title", "Best blog from a newbie" and "Best use of photos in a blog". We'll also be running our usual prize for "Best supporter in GYG", and have a special bonus to this of a £10 amazon voucher for the person most supportive before October half term :yay: As usual, we may run spot prizes, and also may be awarding random prizes throughout the year if we spot someone being super helpful, making great blog posts or for any other reason. We'll announce these on this thread so everyone can see Image

When does the competition close?

We'll be closing the competition the day after GCSE results day again this year :yep: If you have any other questions, then do say below, we're always happy to answer :heart:
Hi, I've accidently posted my GYG in the old forum https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=7115334, I wondering if it is possible to get it moved to the correct forum. Thank you
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Hi, I've accidently posted my GYG in the old forum https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=7115334, I wondering if it is possible to get it moved to the correct forum. Thank you
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Wait so how do you participate?
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Wait so how do you participate?
Just start a thread in the forum and keep it updated
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Wait so how do you participate?
Go to either the GCSE or A Level (depending on what you're doing rn) tab at the top of the screen. Then click on 'Grow Your Grades' at the very bottom of the 'Home and Forums' list on the left hand side. Now click on the orange 'Start new discussion' button and start writing! Give it an eye-catching title and have fun
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