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Stamford boy, 15, is showing pupils and parents how to pass GCSE exams through his mygcses.com website

A 15-year-old who took his GCSE exams a year early has created a website to help other pupils and their parents.

Xander Cooke set up mygcses.com to help fellow teenagers cut through "the potential chaos" of studying for the exams, and to launch his website he is giving people a free trial if they live locally.

Having attended Stamford Welland Academy before being home-schooled, Xander gained 10 GCSEs, six at the highest grade.

Xander Cooke, 15, has created the website myGCSEs.com
Xander Cooke, 15, has created the website myGCSEs.com

The experience of searching for relevant textbooks, study guides and exam practice papers gave Xander the starting point for his site, which also provides advice on study skills - such as planning, understanding and memorising.

He said: "Planning is key to gaining better results. Without a good study plan you can drift around aimlessly.

"Schools often create a time-based plan - they tell pupils to 'do an hour of maths' in the evening. A much better way is a content-based plan dividing what you need to learn across the time that you have available to cover it."

Xander's top tip for pupils is to complete practice papers and learn from what they get wrong.

He admits he doesn't always enjoy studying, but believes "Sometimes you have to focus on what you want to achieve to keep your options open".

As well as addressing pupils' needs, mygcses.com aims to provide practical advice for parents.

"After experiencing the potential chaos of GCSEs, I felt a need to compile everything I learnt into one place," said Xander.

"A lot of parents perhaps feel they're out of control of what's going on. I would really like to help parents to know how to help rather than feeling like they are nagging all the time."

Through the website, Xander is also setting up a tutoring service which will pair A-level and GCSE pupils, giving the younger teenagers access to someone with real and recent experience of the exams.

The free trial on Xander's website is available for a limited time.

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