What if you don’t understand things?
There’s a lot to learn at school and college – it’s normal to feel confused sometimes. Not understanding something about your homework doesn’t mean you’re stupid.
Everyone learns in different ways. You have to find a way that suits you. But there are things you could do to help:
- Tell your teacher
If they know you’re finding it hard, they can find ways to explain things to you differently. Or arrange extra lessons for you
- Talk to your parents or carers
They should try to help you and would usually want you to do well. If you’re worried about talking to them, you can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat to a Childline counsellor or call 0800 1111 for free.
Finding the time
It can sometimes be difficult to plan time to revise or do homework. You might be tired after school or college. Or you might have other things to do – looking after brothers and sisters, helping out at home, or doing sports or other activities.
Here's 3 tips to help you plan your time:
- Make a list
Write down things you need to do each day. Decide which ones are most important like, cleaning your bedroom, doing homework, washing dishes, taking your dog for a walk. This can help you see what you need to spend the most time doing and what can be done another day.
- Talk to an adult
Try talking to someone you trust, they might be able to help you manage your time or find ways of supporting you.
- Use revision tools
To help you revise, try using tools such as GCSE mind maps to help understand course content. If you can’t focus, use our Art box to draw and express your feelings.
Hints and tips for exams and tests
Try these tips to help you prepare for tests and exams:
- get a good night’s sleep
- think positively. A positive attitude will help you during your revision
- if you feel nervous before a test, try eating a banana. They can help to calm you down and stop you from feeling hungry
- keep hydrated by drinking water, it will help you to concentrate
- write down important facts and ask someone to test if you can remember them. The more you test yourself, the easier it gets to remember things
- make a revision timetable. This is a good way to make yourself revise certain topics at certain times and make sure you’ve got everything covered
- study in a room without a TV, turn off your phone and log out of social media sites so you don’t get distracted
- write things you want to remember on post-it notes and stick them somewhere obvious in your house so you’ll see them every time you walk past
- start a revision group with some friends
- take regular breaks and spend some time exercising or doing sports.
Try a few different ways of revising and see what works best for you. Our message boards also have lots of advice from other young people. You can share your own tips there too.
You can talk to us about anything
When you feel stressed or worried about something, it can feel really hard to ask for help. It’s normal to worry that how you feel is ‘stupid’ or ‘not important’, or that other people will laugh or not understand.
Even though it can be hard to share some things, it’s important to know that there are people who can support you and take you seriously. We talk to young people about all sorts of things. We'll never judge you and we'll always listen.