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Get better grades 

By  Lysette Offley

Get better grades - photo of shocked manDo you get better grades by using an effective revision strategy, or are you one of those people who doesn’t start working until a looming deadline frightens you to death?

You probably know that I taught 20 years in mainstream schools in England. Whenever homework was due to be handed in, invariably one or two students would be scribbling their final sentence as they walked in through the door!

Talk about leaving it to the last-minute!

If that sounds like you, you’re probably already aware that you’re not doing yourself justice. And you’re probably painfully aware of the stress you cause yourself.

When you’re studying for an exam it makes it really difficult to properly understand new material, to do the extra research it sometimes takes to fully comprehend your subject and inevitably give not allowed time to plan, prepare and execute your revision thoroughly.

How can you expect your exam results to do you justice? How can you expect to get the better grades you’re capable of? And how can you feel good about yourself when you’re always on the back foot?

Get used to doing a little every day and make that your new habit. Keep track of what you’ve learnt using the Genius Material tools and advice and begin to make consistent progress and enjoy it. Research tells us you’re much better off doing a little and often, than trying to concentrate for longer periods.

And don’t wait until you feel like doing it – that time may never come! Do it because you made a commitment to yourself. And remind yourself regularly why you’re doing it at all. How important is it to you to pass these exams? What will you gain? What difference will it make to you?

Focus on what’s important. Get your head down, and make a start. You’ll be glad you did.

Lysette Offley


With 40 years of experience, Lysette Offley is a Memory and Mindset Coach to women and men at the top of their game in the Financial Services Industry who recognise the value of continual personal and professional development and support to achieve a healthy work-life balance, along with satisfaction and fulfilment.

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