Some succeed because they are destined to. Most succeed because they are determined to; fact. To put this in layman’s terms for all 16 and 18 year olds “stressing out” over major exams this summer - if you wish to be prepared in your GCSEs or A levels you must be determined to make this happen. How? You may ask. Below are some well tested techniques that will help and guide you to success:

1. Short bursts of revision (30 40 minutes) are the most effective. Your concentration lapses after this time and you therefore need to take a short break (5 10 minutes).

2. Find a quiet place to revise your bedroom, school, the library and refuse to be interrupted or distracted.

3. Make sure you don't just revise the subjects and topics you like. Work on your weaker ones as well. Make a revision timetable (your school will help you with this) and stick to it.

4. Make your own revision notes because you will remember what you have written down more easily. Stick key notes to cupboards or doors in your bedroom, so you see them every day.

5. Rewrite the key points of your revision notes; read them out loud to yourself. We remember more than twice as much of what we say aloud than of what we merely read.

6. Use different techniques. Make your own learning maps, use post it notes to write key words on, create flash cards. Again, your school will help you with this. Record your notes on your phone and listen to them back on your journey to school, before you go to sleep, any time you have a few minutes to spare. Ask friends and family to test you. Use highlighter pens to mark important points. Chant or make up a rap song.

7. Practise on past exam papers or revision tests. These are available on all the external exam board websites. Initially do one section at a time and progress to doing an entire paper against the clock. Getting your timings right is an essential skill.

8. You will need help at some stage, ask parents, older brothers and sisters, teachers or friends. Use websites specifically designed for revision.

9. If you feel yourself getting more and more stressed, tell a trusted teacher. They are trained and experienced to help students get through these difficult times. A problem shared is a problem halved.

10. Remember to look after your health. Eat regularly and drink lots of water. Try to fit in some daily exercise and get lots of sleep!

Remember - Believe in yourself, be positive, be determined to succeed. If you think you can succeed you will; it really is up to you!