10 Top Tips to help with your Exam Revision

It’s nearly exam time and the dreaded ‘R’ word is being rammed down your throat at every turn – Revise. Revise. Revise.

Sadly, we can’t wave a magic wand and make all of those lessons and lectures miraculously stick in your mind without you putting in a bit of graft before the big exam season. But here are some top tips to make your revision sessions really count.

take-lots-of-breaksTake a lot of breaks
This isn’t, should your folks ask, an excuse to skive off actually working. Research shows that shorter 20-30-minute bursts of revision work best because concentration is much higher. Create a timetable with regular short breaks and work on up to three subjects in a day to keep your brain fully engaged.

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Get creative
We’re not talking about creating artistic masterpieces here – just simple diagrams, learning maps, doodles and colourful notes that will make your documents easier to memorise for when the exam arrives. Lord Dodo has even been known to make up original ‘songs’ and rhymes filled with subject information to make it easier to stick. All together now… “In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”

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Post-It Note it so you don’t forget it
We have a tendency to remember things that we see a lot so write important points on post-it notes and stick them in places you walk past regularly like the kitchen sink, fridge, toilet or light switch.

A quiet place

Find a quiet place
It may sound obvious but a crowded/loud place filled with lots of distractions is not conducive to a successful revision session. Find somewhere you can work best and concentrate on the job at hand – whether it be a desk in your bedroom, a library or even sitting in the sun in the garden. Having some light music playing at a low volume in the background should be OK, but blasting out rock anthems or trying to concentrate on the latest happenings in Hollyoaks whilst you’re trying to study is a big no no.

Revision with friends

Revise with friends/family
As the BT man always says, ‘it’s good to talk’ and sometimes sharing revision sessions with friends can be a huge help. Share your revision notes and techniques and set each other mini tests and quizzes so you’re all learning together and finding the best ways of making sure the info sinks in. Revision doesn’t mean you have to sit in silence!

Test papers for a mock examination for GCSE in Science Physics

Take past exam papers
It’s important to identify your weaknesses early on so sit plenty of past papers to get a feel of the areas you really need to focus on. Once you have completed three or four past papers, you’ll get a good feel of the way exam paper questions are worded and the best techniques to answer them to gain the best possible marks.

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Exercise
A quick jog may be the last thing you fancy after a day of having your head buried in the text books. But even a short jog could do the world of good for your exam preparations. Exercise increases heart rate, making blood circulate faster, ensuring the brain gets more oxygen which increases productivity and reduces stress. So there.

List of Topics

List out your topics
Don’t go in for a day’s revision totally blind. List the topics/subjects you plan to focus on each day and make sure you stick to the plan so you’re not drifting off and getting distracted. Be realistic with your plan though – nobody’s going to be able to successfully revise the entire contents of six subjects in one session.

alarm-clockGet started early in the day
The thought of getting up early and getting straight into revision mode may fill you with dread but research shows that you’re more likely to get all your work done if you make an effort to start early as you’re more likely to get tempted to do other things the later you leave it. If you put in a good shift in the morning, you’ll have the evening free to enjoy away from the study books.

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Reward yourself
It’s not all about work and no play. Set yourself strict times to revise and make sure you leave some free time so you don’t find yourself exhausted, frustrated and chin-deep in revision notes 20 hours a day seven days a week. Strike a good balance between study and social life and make sure you plan a cinema date, shopping trip treat or a catch-up with friends after a productive day of revision.

The very best of luck from all of us at Dodo Pad!

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Brussels Attacks – chipping away at our resolve?

It started as just another day, but ended with the world not quite being the same again. Again.

Not for the worker whose daily rush-hour commute will now forever be haunted with visions of horror. Or for the child whose terrified screams as he is carried along the smoke-filled Metro tunnels to safety have been played across the world. Or for the father queuing for an Easter trip away who scooped up his tiny baby like a doll and fled for their lives as the carnage unfolded around him. Or for the heroic baggage handler whose selflessness tending to blood-soaked casualties will cause him nightmares for the rest of his life. Or for the dozens left maimed, limbless and disfigured. Or for those still clinging on to life.

Or not even for those watching the aftermath of the terror on a TV screen thousands of miles away who are now imagining how it could have just as easily been them.

The attack on Brussels has come just a little over four months since Paris, our close neighbour, was devastated in the same cowardly manner.

Just hours after that attack the world came together in a show of resilience. “You and your bombs are not going to make us hide inside our homes,” we proudly declared to the terrorists as we sat defiantly at the cafe window seat and booked tickets to watch our favourite band at their next concert.

And today, with the Brussels Metro network already reopened and its airport preparing to take flights tomorrow, we are once again reminded of the same spirit and sentiment.

We must never let these cowards win. We must go to the cinema, keep that dinner date, pack into a crowded concert hall, take the Metro to work and continue to book holidays abroad. We must continue going about our lives as normal if we have any chance of showing them that they will never succeed in changing our way of life.

But it does not change the fact that every one of those poor people caught up in the atrocities had woken up with plans for the day ahead, with plans for their future, only to have that ripped away in an instant through no fault of their own. I just wonder how many attacks like this it will take before we stop throwing caution to the wind and living our lives a little less ‘normally’ and carefree than we should be? Because the truth is that we all know that it could just as easily have been any one of us.

Rebecca Jay

Managing (most of the time) Director, Dodo Pad

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Me, myself and I…Oh, and the rest of the world

There was a time not so long ago when people kept their daily rants, moans, info on their latest weird crushes and philosophical thoughts on life to themselves and their diaries.

Then a little thing called Twitter came along and everything changed. Suddenly people thought that everybody else really cared about how their boss had spoken to them at work (we probably don’t), what they were eating for lunch (we REALLY don’t) and how cute their baby looks eating/sleeping/dancing (OK, we concede on that one, but just occasionally).

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A page from the 2011 Dodo Pad diary

Worse still, the world of celebrity went into overdrive and egos already bigger than the stratosphere expanded even further as millions of people tuned in to see what their idols were getting up to at every second of every day.

Twitter provided an amazing platform for people to speak out and reach audiences they could only have ever dreamed of. But it’s become more a public forum for everyone to take out their beef with the world. And while it’s funny for the rest of us to sit and watch, more than one celeb has found themselves an international laughing stock as the result of a Twitter outburst.

Take good ol’ Kanye West for example – a man adored by millions with a successful rap career, pretty hefty bank balance, a stunning wife, two beautiful kids, numerous homes etc. etc. However, when Kanye was feeling a bit sorry for himself, he thought he’d share it with the world.

A few misguided tweets later (slating his ex, Amber Rose, and critics of his music, moaning about being in debt and begging Mark Zuckerberg for cash etc.) and the world just frankly thinks he’s gone bonkers.

His wife, Kim Kardashian West – who has proved herself quite the savvy businesswoman after being  thrust into our attentions with a leaked sex tape – joined her hubby in the public embarrassment stakes when she took to Twitter to pose nude (again) and then slagged off everyone who dared to criticise her on International Women’s Day.

The Wests are not the only ones of course. From Courtney Love threatening designer Dawn Simorangkir in a series of misspelled Twitter ramblings, to Alec Baldwin’s outburst against American Airlines, Charlie Sheen’s public meltdown and Aston Villa Joleon Lescott alienating fans by tweeting a picture of a £120,000 Mercedes after his side lost 6-0 to Liverpool (he later claimed it was sent accidentally in his pocket – but fans weren’t buying the excuse), celebs from all walks of life have learnt how easy it is to lose friends and alienate people at the click of a button.

Celebs – and humankind as a whole – please take note. Twitter is an amazing tool for voicing an opinion to the masses. But sometimes the world doesn’t need to know your thoughts (or what you’re eating for dinner). Before taking to Twitter, take a moment to decide if what you’re saying is really worth inflicting on the world – or if it’s probably best kept to yourself and a rather more private diary.

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Not just a diary: 10 alternative uses for your Dodo Pad

As diaries go, the Dodo Pad is pretty damn cool. Even if we say so ourselves.

But when the late, great Sir John Verney dreamt up this unique and quirky organisational tool, did he realise he’d also created a pretty nifty gadget for other day-to-day stuff that quite frankly means it’s genius, not just cool?  Here are a few ideas below (but feel free to to tell us any other weird and wonderful ways in which you put your Dodo Pad to good use)…

1. Chair prop1. Propping up a table Everyone knows sitting down for dinner at a table with a wonky leg is one of the most annoying things known to man and womankind. But, fear not, if you’ve got your Dodo Pad on hand, wobbly tables and sliding bowls of soup will be a thing of the past. Alternatively, if folded into eight, a single Dodo Pad page is perfect for wedging up a rickety table or chair or even stuffing into a shaky sash window.

2. Making paper boats Finished sheets can be torn out and are especially suitable for making paper boats, darts, aeroplanes, book markers or tapers for lighting a barbecue. Of course, that’s if you can bear to rip up your beautiful diary. P.S. paper boats will not survive in real water for long and paper aeroplanes are not suitable for long-haul flights.

2. Paper boats

3. Swatting flies The Dodo Pad makes an ideal weapon for swatting flies. Held flat on the palm of the hand, it can also be used as a missile against wasps and mosquitoes on the ceiling. No pics to demonstrate, sorry, the flies have disappeared into the ether…

4. Burglar distractor “While he was giggling over my Dodo Pad I was able to get dressed and call the police” (Name supplied)4. Burglar Distractor

5. Doodling/learning to draw    Special facilities are provided in the design of the Dodo Pad for this essential activity. The Dodo Pad encourages you to doodle to your heart’s content – thereby preserving utility bills, catalogues and newspapers from random scribbles. NB. It’s fair to say that not all doodles will be as good as the one below which won Lord Dodo’s 2015 National Doodle Day competition…do try your hand this year if you’ve not already done so – you have until 28th March to get your entry in and all donations go straight to Epilepsy Action.
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6. Unusual Wall Art We all know the Dodo Pad is a work of art when it’s not coming into its own organising life, how about using it as alternative art for your home? Certainly not to be found on the shelves at Dunelm Mill, but thinking outside of the box never did Tracey Emin any harm did it? Of course, there’s always the monthly Dodo Planner Calendar for the more traditional among you.6. Unusual wall art

7. Laptop ventilator

7. Laptop ventilator Here’s a practical one. Simply place the metal coil of your Dodo Pad under your laptop (as illustrated) creating an air vent to stop your machine overheating. It also works as a raised stand for comfier typing – both achieved in one simple move!

8. Scrap book

8. Scrap book When you run out of grown up things to write down (you know, like appointments, meetings and other serious stuff) use your Dodo Pad instead as a scrap book/journal/photo album to create a keepsake of cool things you’ve done. Check out this beautiful specimen from an actual Dodo Pad fan.

9. 0s & Xs

9. Play Os and Xs If you’ve some spare time to kill and haven’t yet filled your diary with important stuff to do, the unique grid design makes a handy little board game on the go.

10. Origami Lord Dodo, ever the artist at heart, has preserved some precious Dodo Pad pages by creating some pretty cool origami. As it’s Easter time soon, here  are some origami bunnies, which it’s fair to say are actually rather cute. Thanks to Vicky and Georgie for their paper folding efforts 🙂 !!

Now, over to you. We’ve given you a good start, but we can’t wait to hear some of your quirky uses for your Dodo Pad.

Look forward to hearing from you!
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Dear Dodo Pad: It’s a real shame that Kim’s childish antics stole our attentions on International Women’s Day

A series of occasional musings on the week’s events…

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There was Kim Kardashian West, all pouty face, peroxide hair and strangely devoid of any clothes posing in an opulent bathroom, seemingly with the sole intention of telling us all that she’s rich and likes being naked. And then there was the rest of womenkind and menfolk collectively sighing at the thought of seeing KKW’s boobs and bum. Again.

Throughout her husband Kanye West’s embarrassing public meltdown, which has played out over the past few weeks on Twitter, Kim has managed to remain quite dignified in her silence. But all that came crashing down in spectacular fashion when she posted another picture of herself in the buff – and the world retaliated by telling her to bore off and get some clothes.

It turns out KKW isn’t much of a fan of constructive criticism – even when that criticism is coming from Oscar-nominated actress Bette Midler – a woman with more talent in her little finger than Kanye’s wife possesses even in that ample internet-breaking derriere.

After a casual dig about Bette being up past her bedtime, Kim then turned her bitchy attentions to 19-year-old actress Chloe Grace Moretz – who dared to suggest women have more to offer than a perfectly-toned set of abs and pert boobs – by slating her ‘mere’ 2 million Twitter followers and choice of Nylon clothing (God forbid).

All of this after a particularly crass tweet about banking an $80m cheque. Proof, if it was ever needed, that all the money in the world doesn’t buy you class.

Sadly, this display came on the dawn of International Women’s Day – a day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of inspirational and aspirational women across the world.

Posing naked, bragging about being stinking rich and slating all who dare to criticise her publicity-seeking ways does nothing but make a mockery of the celebration of the strong women she claims to represent.

We can only hope that Kim will soon find some of that class she’s clearly misplaced under her piles of furs, put on some clothes and let us get on with talking about the women who actually deserve our attentions.

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ICYMI*: How the Power of Words has shaped history over centuries

The written word has saved lives, preserved traditions, given generations an insight into moments in time and ultimately helped to shape the world we live in and the values which we live by.

The way in which we communicate and write continues to change and evolve – and, in my opinion, not always for the better. (I received a text message the other day that simply contained a ‘shocked face’ emoji and the over-used ‘lol’). But never underestimate the power of the written word. Quite how far our Snapchat ‘conversations’, throwaway text remarks or self-indulgent Facebook posts will go towards shaping the future is yet to be seen, but here’s a rundown (in no particular order!) of some written documents that have stood the test of time and made their mark in history.

Magna CartaMagna Carta In 1215, the barons of King John created the Magna Carta and it remains one of the most important documents in history. It is considered one of the first steps taken in England towards establishing parliamentary democracy whilst there are strong influences from the document in the American Bill of Rights, written in 1791. Even more recently its basic principles are seen very clearly in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, penned in 1948.

Anne FrankThe Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank: Heartbreaking, inspiring and often very funny, the diary penned by Anne Frank at the age of 13 whilst she hid from the German occupation in a secret annex in Amsterdam gives an unprecedented insight into her world as a Jew during the Second World War. The diary stops abruptly in August 1944, when her family are betrayed and eventually sent to Auschwitz death camp. Only Anne’s father Otto survived and published the diary in 1947. How wrong Anne was when she wrote: “Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year old school girl.”

Domesday bookDomesday Book Compiled in 1085-6 on the orders of King William I, it is our earliest public record, the foundation document of the national archives and a legal document that is still valid as evidence of title to land. It describes in remarkable detail the landholdings and resources of late 11th-century England and was used for many centuries for administrative and legal purposes.The Domesday Book continues to be the starting point for most local historians researching the history of their area.

BibleThe Bible Made up of a collection of writings written over a span of 1,500 years – the earliest ones set down nearly 3,500 years ago – the impact The Bible has had, and continues to have, on civilisation over centuries is undeniable. The bible continues to be the most read and widely distributed book in the world.

Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone Carved in 196BC, the Rosetta Stone was the key to unlocking the secrets of the ancient world. It contained a Ptolemaic decree, written in three languages: Egyptian hieroglyphics, Demotic script, and Ancient Greek. After many years of studying the Rosetta Stone and other examples of ancient Egyptian writing, Jean-François Champollion deciphered hieroglyphs in 1822 and unlocked the ancient world.

The written word has been key in shaping the world for centuries. I wonder whether generations to come will be able to decipher our current ‘language’ of communication?

From my POV IDK myself…

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*ICYMI: In Case you Missed It, *POV IDK: Point of View I Don’t know (The Dodo Pad’s GMC: Guide to Modern Communications)

 

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Dodo Pad still holds the crown as King of the Diaries!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 50 years since the first ever Dodo Pad hatched back in 1966. Yes, other important events took place that year too – England won the World Cup, Harold Wilson’s Labour Party won the General Election and John Lennon announced that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus.

But, fast forward five decades and, while The Beatles have no doubt cemented their status as music icons and memories of that emphatic win over Germany continue to flood back during every international football tournament, I think you will all agree that it’s the Dodo Pad that’s really still standing the test of time!

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1966 – 2016

Our 2016 range – complete with its opulent gold and purple covers  – is a fitting tribute to the rich history of this much-loved brand and, as we hurtle towards Christmas and into 2016, we’re delighted to announce that we’re still OFFICIALLY the UK’s number one diary!

With 2016 marking the 50th anniversary of the beloved Dodo Pad, it’s an honour still to be king of the diary world – and Lord Dodo is pulling no punches when it comes to keeping his rightful crown out of the hands of the competition.

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According to Amazon, the 2016 Dodo Pad is the out and out leader of the pack when it comes to desk diaries – boxing away the competition from other big hitters including the ever-popular Royal Horticultural Society, Liverpool FC, Manchester United and Arsenal, Marvel Comics and The Simpsons just to name but a few.

As well as topping the best sellers list, the Dodo Pad is also officially the most-gifted diary in the pack whilst Lord Dodo has his boxing gloves on in a hotly-fought contest with Moomins for the crown of best-selling Mini Calendar. It’s a heavyweight battle that’s been dragging on for weeks so watch this space…!

I, myself have been at the helm of Dodo Pad for more than 20 years and I am absolutely dodelighted that this collection of diaries and planners I adore is still so loved after all these years.

And I’m sure the wonderful late Sir John Verney – the founder of this spectacularly quirky brand – would be over the moon to know that his creation continues to be such a valuable aid for thousands of people year in year out.

When he came up with the unique Dodo Pad grid diary concept – with added flashes of his own artistic and literary brilliance to brighten the pages – as a way of organising his chaotic family schedule, I wonder if he imagined then that 50 years later his planners would still be topping ‘UK best-seller’ polls?  

It’s an amazing achievement – and one that wouldn’t be possible without all of you wonderful Dodo Pad fans. In your words, the Dodo Pad is definitely not just a diary – it’s something you could not live without.

I, for one, am proud to help play a part in helping to keep people’s lives in order in our own unique Dodo Pad way. I’ll make sure Lord Dodo keeps those boxing gloves on to tackle any pretenders to our diary crown for a while yet… 😉

Merry Christmas! Deniz Nur tree_cutout with star

Rebecca Jay
Managing Director
Dodo Pad

 

 

 

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