Pupils may think that the speed at which they read cannot be increased; therefore, they will be impressed with the following alternative techniques for increasing the pace of reading:

Before you start reading, quickly survey the text to get a general idea of what you will be covering and the type of writing.

Learn to Relax - Take ‘mini breaks’ throughout the day. Work at relaxation techniques, such as five slow deep breaths.

Get Organised - Have a realistic schedule of daily activities, including time for work, sleep, eating, relationships and recreation.

Exercise - Physical activity always provides relief from stress. Half an hour of sport or even a short walk will do the trick.

Recognise that you can only do so much in a given time - Try to pace, not race.

Talk to Friends - Talking and meeting with friends and occasionally sharing deep feelings and thoughts can be helpful in reducing stress.

Make a list of things that are worrying you and the possible things that could happen - Then your brain will stop bringing them forward all the time.

Make sure you are in a calm, positive mood before you start studying.

Don’t become overtired by forcing yourself to work late. Your ideal sleep time is about 8 hours a night.

Watch your eating habits – Make sure you eat sensibly and have a balanced diet. Drink plenty of water.

Talk positively to yourself – Don’t pay attention to that internal voice saying you can’t do it; tell yourself you can do it and you will do it.