Managing exam and revision stress

May and June are stressful months if you have exams, and anxiety can hold you back from doing your best in your exams. Read on for some simple tips to help you stay on top of anxiety. Remember, it's normal to feel stressed and anxious about exams. Even if your friends and classmates seem calm, they are probably nervous inside. A little bit of adrenaline can help your performance, but you also need some tools to help you stay cool.…

7 tips to help you plan your time when revising

Exams are starting and the pressure is hotting up to keep on revising. Here are some tips on how to revise when time is short. Use any spare moments for revision. Make the most of bus trips or the moments while you are waiting for the kettle to boil.Practise regularly - every day is better than once a week. Keep cards of key facts in your pocket or bag so you can review them regularly. Arrange your revision into short…

What to think about when choosing your A levels

When you are deciding on A level topics it can seem overwhelming - but don't panic. Read on for tips to help you, and advice on timings. First, you might want to think about the sort of job you would like to do. Look on a careers website like Careers in Eyecare and find out the entry requirements to careers you might like. Will you need A levels or a degree? If there is a training course, you can contact…

WCSM to support Careers in Eyecare campaign

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (WCSM) has committed to support Careers in Eyecare, the award-winning campaign from the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). Chair of the WCSM Membership Committee Fiona Anderson says, “The WCSM wants to inspire future generations committed to visionary eye care, building upon a rich heritage of almost 400 years so it makes perfect sense for the WCSM to support the Careers in Eyecare campaign.” Young people, parents and carers, employers and careers teachers will…

5 different techniques to help you revise

How do I revise? It's easy to know that you need to get down to revision but harder to pick the methods that work for you. Read on for a quick round up of different ways to revise. Pick one and try it out today. Method 1: Writing things down It's where we all start when revising. Writing things down is a good method of revising, but you need to know how to do it. You don't need to copy…

How to choose your GCSEs

There can feel like a lot of pressure to choose the right subjects for GCSE. If you have to decide on the right subjects for you, read on for some tips to help you. There are different ways to pick your subjects at GSCE. You could pick subjects you are good at or those you enjoy. You might want to do subjects your friends are doing, or ones where you like the teacher. These are all good reasons to think…

Why the best day to start revising is today … and how to do it

If you have exams coming up this summer, you have probably been thinking about starting to revise. You might have wondered when is the best time to start revising. Will you peak too early if you start too soon? What if you start too late and can’t cover everything? My advice is TODAY is always the best day to start revising. You might be reading this article in February, or you may not come across it until October, but NOW…

Train your skills

Studying, working, looking for a job? Or not sure what you want to do in life? If you’re aged 14-24 and ready to train your skills the way you’d train your muscles in a gym, you’re in. With free Young Professional training you can boost your life and work skills. Youth Employment UK's Young Professionals training will help you every step of the way, wherever you live in the UK. You’ve got what it takes. It’s time to start believing…

Day in the life … student DO Matthew

Matthew is a student dispensing optician (DO) in the final year of his ophthalmic dispensing course at ABDO College. Read on to find out about life as a DO and how Matthew combines study with work. I would say there is no typical day as a dispensing optician. Of course, there is routine in terms of dispensing patients after their eye examination, checking spectacles ensuring they meet British standards, assessing why a patient is not getting on with their spectacles…

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Tips for success with online study

Thomas Gluyas is an apprentice optical assistant, training with Woodspeen. Read on for his tips for successful online learning while you are an apprentice. Make sure your computer is charged, you don’t want to drop out halfway through a lesson.Make sure you’ve always got a glass of water with you so you don’t get dehydrated.Choose somewhere quiet where you are comfortable for your lesson. You will learn more in an environment where you are not distracted.Try not to treat it…