Writing ideas: a lonely platform

Reading Time: 1 minute   Write something inspired by this image. Will you be the man, waiting on the platform? Has he missed the train and is waiting impatiently to get to somewhere important? Or has he deliberately taken a train that’s later, and quieter? What is in his bag, which is almost a briefcase? Or is it actually empty? Or, could you write as someone watching him from a bench just out of sight, wondering these things and comparing him to their own life? Then again, perhaps if your interests turn to horror you could take inspiration from the film Phone Booth, and …

Writing ideas: magical potions

Reading Time: 1 minute   Write about a potion. Think Alice in Wonderland’s “eat me”, “drink me”, shifting size and shape, changing herself to get through the door into Wonderland. Think about Jekyll and Hyde, the potion transforming the man into the pure evil monstrous desires within. Think about the wicked stepmother’s poisoning the apples that Snow White will buy from her. Think magical, mystical and strange. Who makes the potions? Is it Snape, toiling away in a tiny cupboard then teaching someone how to create magic in a bottle? Or the Big Friendly Giant collecting dreams in a glass jar? Or, think of …

Writing ideas: the ice hotel

Reading Time: 1 minute   This is from the beautiful Ice Hotel in Sweden. Write about going there – would you enjoy it? Or is it more like a romantic getaway gone horribly wrong when you were secretly hoping for a secluded lodge with a wood-burning hot tub?! Want some feedback on your writing? Post in the comments or find me on twitter @miss_tiggr

Revising for mocks – making the most of exam week

Reading Time: 5 minutes In this series, I’m looking at the ways get the most from mock exams, with practical steps to help you dial back the stress. Know your goals. Create a revision timetable 10 revision tips A good revision space  What to do during mocks (this post) Review, reflect, repeat Mock exams are there to help you. It’s a chance to practice in timed conditions – and often you don’t get much of that – and to see how you can do at that moment so you know what to work on. But exam weeks can be difficult; exams are close together, they …

The point of mocks – review, reflect, repeat

Reading Time: 4 minutes In this series, I’m looking at the ways get the most from mock exams, with practical steps to help you dial back the stress. Know your goals. Create a revision timetable 10 revision tips A good revision space What to do during mocks Review, reflect, repeat (this post) In this goal-setting post, I talked a bit about making sure you knew what you wanted to achieve. Now, when the mocks are done and you’ve had a week or two (hopefully!) you’ll be getting the results and finding out how well your strategies worked. You should go over papers and strategies …