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A poem by Joe, a very special young man

Background to the poem

Warning- please be careful as this may be upsetting to you!!!

It was for English homework, to find an actual piece of news that interested him and turn it into a poem. Joe chose an article about a young boy, Thomas who was driven to suicide by bullies in his school. He was picked on because he spoke properly and was a smart boy.

It is believed that he may be the youngest boy to take his own life because of bullying.

The poem has a few minor changes to actual events but it still is a powerful piece that causes goose bumps just reading it.

 

Tormented over perfect grammar

The constant name-calling just built up this anger

I took my young life at eleven

My only hope is that there’s a better one in heaven

 

I tried and tried but the school wouldn’t listen

“Those kinds of reports don’t look good on the system”

They called me ‘gay-boy’ and ‘fatso’, it didn’t make sense

Strangling me with my own tie, the pain was immense

 

The fear made me skip class and ruin my education

I ran off the bus early and found mothers’ medication

All alone in my room why won’t they just let me be

My broken heart is stopping… darkness surrounds me

 

I am happy now, my pain has finally gone

Dad’s trying to save me, but he’s taken too long

I have peace now, and my time has finally come

I will always love you, Goodbye Mum.

 

Joe

Age 12

 

 

10 Best GCSE Revision Tips

If you’re determined to get as many A* grades as possible when you open your GCSE results in August, you may be searching for better ways to revise for your exams to make sure you get there. Nothing beats hard-work, especially when it comes to studying, but there are ways you can guide your brain to remember information easier which supports your ability to learn.

We have gathered the best revision techniques from past GCSE students who have achieved top class results to help you understand how you can learn better to improve your GCSE results.

1. Create a Revision Timetable

Building a revision timetable can add structure to your revision and help you identify which GCSE subjects you need to prioritise to get better marks. Creating a revision timetable is a great way to organise your study time, plus it also helps boost your motivation to revise for your exams.

ExamTime’s Calendar tool is the ideal way to create a revision timetable online which you can easily access at any time. Create your first Online Revision Timetable here.

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2. Understand Your Learning Style

Everyone thinks that there is a best way to study but the reality is that each person is different. Once you understand whether you are a visual, auditory, reading/writing or kinaesthetic learner, then remembering and recalling new information will become much easier. Practice will also tell you if you work better studying during the night or in the morning/daytime.

3. Take Regular Study Breaks

Do you feel stressed, tired and that no new information is entering your head? There is no point forcing yourself to study for hours upon hours as this will not result in a positive outcome. Taking regular study breaks and exercising is proven to engaging your brain in studying and improve your exam performance in the long-run.

See the proof below:

Study Hacks: Walk Before Exam

4. Use Mind Maps to Connect Ideas

If you find it difficult to remember tons of new study notes, Mind Maps may be the key to improving your memory. The theory behind mind mapping explains that making associations by connecting ideas helps you to memorise information easier and quicker.

Mind Mapping has many other benefits for students, try our free online tool here.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice

One of the biggest recommendations that past GCSE students recommend is to do as many GCSE past papers as you can. Practising past papers will help you get familiar with the exam format, question style, time pressure and overall improve your ability to retrieve information quicker.

Practice GCSE exam questions by creating an Online Quiz using ExamTime to make sure you are fully prepared for your exams.

6. Collaborate with Classmates

If you find your coursework to be too much, why not divide the course study notes between trustworthy classmates and share your notes with each other. This will reduce the amount of workload you need to do to prepare for your GCSEs plus you will gain an insight into how other students learn.

ExamTime provides a quick and easy way for students to collaborate using our Groups feature. Work on a class project by hosting discussions and sharing study resources and notes with each other. Try it here!

7. Variety is the Spice of Life!

Mix up your study habits and methods by listening to podcasts, watching videos or documentaries, moving to new study area or even something as simple as using different colours for your study notes.

This is different to the other GCSE revision tips mentioned here as it encourages you to try a few different things to see what fits for you. Your brain will recall where you were or how you revised for a topic which will help you remember more information. Give it a go!

8. Day of Your GCSE Exam

exam performanceThe day of your exam can be the most stressful of the entire examination experience but there are ways which you can minimise your anxiety such as avoiding panicking friends, giving yourself plenty of time to get to the test centre plus don’t underestimate the power of eating a healthy breakfast the day of your exams!

Boost your GCSE exam performance with these tips for the day of your exam.

9. Adapt for Different GCSE Subjects

It may seem obvious but many students try to study for different subjects using the same study methods.Your GCSE revision should take account of the difference between your subjects and the challenges they represent.

For example, Flashcards are an ideal study aid to help you prepare for a Spanish, French, German and exam such as GCSE Science where you need to remember key definitions. An Online Quiz is a great way to test your GCSE Maths skills while you would highly benefit from using a Note to study English.

Once you understand that your subjects need to be approached differently, there is no stopping you!

10. Apps for Students

If you want to stay ahead of your friends with the latest technology, get the best student apps before anyone else. Not only will they help you show off to your friends, some apps such as ExamTime are designed to improve your learning. Try these free student apps we recommend!

Free educational apps for iPhone, iPad and Android from ExamTime

If you’re stressed and feeling worried about your upcoming exams, try these GCSE revision tips to ease your mind!

Beautiful Poem Erin

My Angel

My angel is there whenever I am in trouble,

My angel is the one who guides me through life,

My angel is the one who helps me achieve things in life,

My angel cares for me in all I do,

My angel chooses the right reactions I do,

My angel is always there for me,

My angel makes me feel good about myself,

My angel chooses the right decisions,

My angel helps me follow my dreams,

My angel helps me go my own way,

My angel makes me happy when I am feeling down,

My angel is there when I am stuck,

My angel is always with me,

My angel, my world.

Erin Age 10

Lovely gift for me

How luck am I!!
A huge thank you to Lorraine for my lovely gift. It has been a real pleasure working with you. Anything you need let me know any time. Take care

 

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Tappy Twins head off to conquer Surrey

Amazing Lorraine Somersall-Weekes brings a wealth of talent to Tappy Twins. We are already very lucky to have her on board for our online services. 

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Not only does she play a crucial part in supporting our young users online; but now she has agreed to take Surrey by storm and help as many children as possible within the schools. She will be delivering Tappy Twins  workshops to help teach children and young people to feel better about themselves as well as understanding  how they can control their emotions. We are so thrilled to have you on board Lorraine. Lots of exciting times  ahead.

Watch out Surrey here she comes. Look out for her at a school near you!!

 

Let’s get this to number 1 in the charts. A great song with an inspirational message.

What an inspirational song. Let’s get this to number 1 in the charts. A great song with an inspirational message.

Closing Britains Got Talent are Bars & Melody, also known as BAM but better known as Charlie and Leondre, two teenagers from Bristol and Wales. They sing their own version of Hopeful by Twista and Faith Evans, rapping about their past experiences of bullying

 

A huge thanks to Chris at Void Games

A huge thank you Chris at Void Games

We just want to make a special mention to Chris at Void Games for offering to spend some of his very valuable time with a very special 12 year old boy I am working with. He has offered for him to visit his office and learn a little about how to develop games and apps. What an absolute star!

You have made one young man very happy.

Many thanks

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Tappy Twins go to Birmingham and Solihull

Tappy Twins go to Birmingham and Solihull

Great week so far working with my lovely children in schools and privately. They just love the Tilly and Toby dolls. Another one ordered to help calm an amazing girl with Autism – we even changed the colours of the clothes, spots and hair just for her.

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