"I think the support that I received was much needed at the time because if you get disappointing results it is easy to get discouraged. Through the sessions the confidence I had in myself increased and this meant that I felt I could do my exams."

Fiona - Year 12 Student


Frances Green has worked in education for over 25 years and has also been a member of the Board of Governors of a local Primary School for 10 years, being Vice Chair or Chair for 8 years. She holds an MSc from Aberystwyth University and wrote her dissertation on the Changing Status of Adolescent Females in Post War Society – as reflected in the pages of their comics and magazines. This looked closely at adolescence and youth culture and changing expectations among teenage girls and was also the starting point for investigating teenagers and self esteem.

Revision & Exams

If you have exams coming up ( or if you just done your mocks) you might be wondering how you are going to plan for the event. There are two extremes of student and a whole lot who come in between!

The first extreme, standing on my right is Emma and Jed. Both are popular, like to socialise a lot and love sport. Both are intelligent but getting down to work is difficult. Emma likes to talk to friends in the evenings on social networking sites and rarely feels sleepy before midnight or 1 o’clock. Jed runs to a similar timetable but he likes playing games and chatting in the evening. Consequently when both struggle out of their respective beds in the morning they are grumpy and disorganised. No time for breakfast, they rush of to school but are late again which gets them into trouble. Not a good start to the day! They are both behind with their homework but just don’t know where to start, there’s just so much to do now.

Emma finds it difficult to make decisions, whether it is what to wear to a party at the weekend or what exactly are the main points of plate tectonics. What should she highlight and what should she leave out? Everything seems to be a bit of a challenge. She can think of 101 things to do rather than homework and the more her parents nag the worse it gets.

Jed likes the subjects he’s studying but finds it difficult to get down to work too. His elder brother is a bit of a geek and always does brilliantly so what’s the point in competing? When he gets home he just wants to chill but his mother is constantly on his back ( he feels) trying to get him to work. He knows he should, he wants to really but like Emma, there’s a bit of a backlog so where do you start? It’s easier to watch sport or play games. He just can’t sit at his desk for hours like his brother, he’d go mental, but when he tries to work downstairs and listen music at the same time his mother gets angry.

Both are easily overwhelmed and need help in ‘chunking’ their work into manageable pieces. Both have mule like tendencies if they are given direct orders and prefer a more light hearted approach. Think carrots rather than sticks. Both probably have problems with concentration and again there are strategies to help this but most of all their motivation and self esteem needs some work too. Sleep is crucial for the developing teenage brain and it is very difficult to be on top form if suffering from sleep deprivation and a difficult start to the day. Strategies can be put in place to help with all these points.

At the other end of the scale, on the left, is Carrie the workaholic. She puts in hours and hours but doesn’t always get the results she might expect. She ( and they often are girls) is a perfectionist. Her notes are extremely neat, if she makes one small mistake there’s not the option to cross it out and carry on. No, the whole page has to be re-written! Her files are ordered (take note Emma and Jed) and her bedroom immaculate. As soon as she comes home from school she goes to her room and starts work. because she is so meticulous, it takes her a long time to complete a piece of work and she constantly feels under pressure. Unlike some of her classmates she reads EVERY article the teacher gives as handouts and follows up references.

Carrie needs some downtime and to think about what techniques work best for her. Its not about spending hours looking at books but working in a more effective manner and leaving time for relaxation and extra curricular activities. reading through notes is rarely effective because it is so easy for the mind to wander. generally,effective learning needs to see active engagement – it might be teaching your parents ( or the dog), pacing up and down while reading from flashcards etc. it has to be in the students own language to be understandable.

So wherever you are on the spectrum left, right or in the middle, there will be a combination of strategies and techniques which will work for YOU. Find out what they are today and get your action plan in place. revision can be fun!


My daughter benefited from receiving a plan of revision for her GCSE’s. She was of an age and attitude when parents’ advice was neither welcomed or listened to… it was most beneficial and led her to gain the results she wanted.Thank you very much, your input was greatly appreciated.  (Monmouth Comprehensive School parent)

 ‘From zero to hero!’ said one mother when her offspring received GCSE grades. A clutch of A*’s, A’s and B’s showed that this was time well spent when at Christmas grades had been less than stellar. (Monmouth School parent)

Yippee! It seems like a miracle, no shouting or tears about getting homework done at 10 P.M. on Sunday. ( Monmouth parent after workshop at Monmouth Comprehensive School)

Comments from previous workshops:

Very good information Frances very approachable and easy to talk to. Loads more information than I expected.

Frances clearly has vast experience, personal and professional and shared these in a really useful, interesting way.




Contact Frances by phone or email: frances@francesgreen.com or phone 01600750519



Mrs. Green is unrivalled in the support she gives to every student; providing people like myself with belief in their own ability through her unfaltering care and attention. At the end of Yr 12 I had reached an all time low in my academic career believing that I had no chance of going to university and no motivation to change these circumstances.

Mrs Green gave me the tools to to revise in a way which suited my personality, helping me overcome smaller hurdles in preparation for the most important, final hurdle. Mrs. Green became an incredible mentor… I owe my success to her and hope my continuing achievements will be enough to assure her that all her time did matter and that I’m a job well done!   Meg, Yr 13 student.

Meg just needed the right tools and a boost to her motivation.  If you are ready to work hard but effectively, call me today frances@francesgreen.com or 01600750519
Expert learning coach Frances Green, based in Monmouth, South Wales, provides an individually tailored package of revision techniques. By working with frances you will gain specific skills that work best for you and she will help to increase your confidence and enable you to study and revise effectively for your fothcoming exams.
Students in South Wales, including Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Powys, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire find out more about frances’s individual revision support package and discover how she can help you to recognise your preferred learning styles and start to revise for success… your success. Call 01600750519 or write to her here.

Learn Effectively for Success

STOP PRESS: IMPROVE YOUR LEARNING THIS TERM enhance results and feel more confident. Attend the STEP UP TO THE MARK WORKSHOP, 19th September 2015 in Monmouth. Improve motivation, concentration, organisation and time management. Pick up tips on how to enhance memory, stop procrastinating and get back on track. 9:30 -12:30, £75.                 Includes learning assessment, lots of really useful tips for getting down to work and a personalised action plan. Limited to 10 places. Contact me on 07756874471 or email frances @francesgreen.com for booking form and full details.


Learn Effectively for Success with Independent Learning Mentor
Frances Green MSc

Frances provides one to one mentoring in the Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Powys area. Based in Monmouth she is prepared to travel or offer support over the internet. Specialising in coaching for teenagers studying GCSE and A level she can really help you to achieve better grades. Inspirational workshops for groups of students are also offered in addition to INSET and training in effective learning.