Today’s blog is about owning your learning.

Your teachers and tutors will provide you with the information and the support but you are the one who will make it happen. It’s your brain, your life.

I’ve said it  before. I’ll say it again.

When you are sitting in the exam room, it is too late to find out what you do and don’t know.

So, how can you help yourself to stay on track, help yourself to be prepared?

Well, you can help someone else as you do it. And they can help you.


Try this strategy that has been proven to work for lots of different life challenges: The buddy system.

You wouldn’t arrange to meet your friend on Saturday and then leave them waiting for a couple of hours because you decided not to go. Would you?

How would you feel if you were the friend left waiting?

What would you say to your friend? What would you expect them to say to you?

If you both decided to meet, you both have to do what you said you would do. Unless there’s a genuine emergency, of course!

There’s a word that is used if you are being called on to do what you said you would do.


This word can sound scary.

Because being accountable means being responsible for something. It means being answerable for your actions.

You decide to meet your friend and end up having a great day? You are accountable.

If you passively decide to not meet your friend, you face all of the consequences. You are accountable.

(Remember, making the decision not to do what you said, is also an action).


Everyone taking GCSE Science has a decision to make. To get to the exam room as well prepared as they can be.

If you decide not to, where will you be? Blank answers. Wild guesses. Panic. Regret.

The decision to arrive prepared in every way for the day is one that you can be accountable for. The same goes for everyone else taking GCSE Science.

Research has shown that if you decide to meet a goal with someone else, you are far more likely to succeed.

GCSE students are in a lucky place; there are lots of others also heading towards the same goal.

Students, parents, relatives all heading towards that amazing GCSE result.

Do you have someone that you can agree to succeed with?

If so, why not decide to be responsible for each others’ success?

1). Agree that you both want to pass your exam!

2). Pick one of these learning strategies together.

3). Agree that once a week you are going to spend some time together making sure that you have done them. It only takes about 5 minutes!

4). You make sure that they are on track, and they make sure that you are.

What might stop this from being successful? You.

Start by believing that you can pass your exam because you are going to spend 5 minutes a week being accountable for your promise to yourself and your buddy.

Don’t have a buddy? Come along to the community!


Have you tried this before? Any questions? Let me know!




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