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Last Minute Advice and the Aggregation of Marginal Gains

As discussed in today's lesson this man changed British Cycling with a philosophy you can all take into your revision tonight, tomorrow and anything you want to succeed in.

The aggregation of marginal gains is about making small improvements in lots of different aspects of the thing you are trying to master which all adds up to a big improvement overall.

This brought British Cycling success and can bring you success. 

Looking at the grade boundaries from the summer in the higher paper exam there was a 6 mark difference between a C grade and a U grade (Remember as we all know to our cost - grade boundaries are not fixed).

Now if you received a U grade in the exam you might feel a million miles away from a C grade but a marginal gain of 1 mark per question suddenly improves you by 6 marks overall and suddenly you are in the realms of a C.

If I say you have to move from a U to a C, you say impossible: if I say you have to improve by 1 mark per question you can see that is possible.

Dave Brailsford argues that you can make as big (if not bigger) gains on your strengths than you may on your weaknesses and so here is my challenge to you:

Improve by 1 mark on each of your four weaker questions and by 2 marks on your two strongest questions. Analyse which are your weaker and stronger questions, you have your mock results and the data from all of your practice questions and blog answers. 

Then take the Milne Revision Interval Training:

30 Mins on your 4 weaker questions.


30 Mins on your 2 stronger questions.


30 Mins on your 2 weakest questions.


30 Mins on your strongest question.


2 hours total.

Always finish on your strongest question so you feel your revision has been positive. Always finish with bed to allow your brain to process your revision.

Finally - remember the video game embargo - don't shoot anything, score goals, steal cars etc until the exam is over. Don't overload your mind with unnecessary processing. Let it focus on what you need it to for the exam.

Be like these guys as you leave the exam and think like this guy as you prepare.

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