Scunthorpe teen's secret to 17 A* GCSEs ... a strict revision timetable
A student who achieved 17 A* GCSE grades has shared some of her secrets as the mock exams draw near.
Faryal Amir, 17, achieved the impressive set of grades at the St Lawrence Academy, in Scunthorpe, after moving to the town from Pakistan.
She came to the academy in 2010 and achieved top grades in every subject she studied.
Now, while studying at John Leggott College, she has spoken about her remarkable grades and given some tips to exam success.
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Faryal said: "For me, these grades were expected. Both my parents are doctors and I have been achieving highly ever since primary school.
"In the end the exams felt quite easy for me because I had studied more advanced topics in Pakistan.
"It took me a few minutes to realise I had achieved so many A*s. I felt a bit numb but I feel really proud of myself. My parents were very proud as well.
"I came to the town with my family when my father got a job in Scunthorpe. I didn't know much about England and thought Scunthorpe might be a similar size to London.
"It is a really small town though and is nice and peaceful."
Faryal credits part of her success to her having a photographic memory, but still kept to a rigorous revision timetable.
She said: "I made a strict revision timetable of every subject and different parts of the course syllabus. Ticking days off helped me cover every part of each subject.
"Everyone has different learning styles, but mine was reading from a text book and repeating the information to myself until it stuck.
"I think people struggle in exams because they feel nervous about their work being judged. Exams are made to be such a big deal for students which only makes them more anxious.
"Teachers need to help students by relaxing them and making them feel at ease."
Faryal started at John Leggott College in September this year, and hopes to go to university once she has finished her studies.
Her goal is to study medicine at Oxford or Cambridge, before going on to be a cardiac surgeon.
Phill Dalowsky, director of specialisms at The St Lawrence Academy, said he noticed quickly that Faryal was an exceptional student.
He said: "It became clear that normal GCSEs would not have been enough for her.
"Our staff worked hard to challenge her and provide the right level of exams.
"We had to think of new ways to challenge her and the academy is immensely proud of her achievements."