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New app launched to help students plan exam revision

Andrew Buck, graphic design teacher at Hastingsbury College of Business and Enterprise in Bedford

Andrew Buck, graphic design teacher at Hastingsbury College of Business and Enterprise in Bedford

Smartphone app experts in Milton Keynes have collaborated with a graphic design teacher in Bedford to help students plan for their exams.

Exam PAL was launched recently after receiving clearance from Apple’s App Store to help pupils in the UK, USA and international schools with exams.

Andrew Buck, a graphic design teacher at Hastingsbury College of Business and Enterprise in Hill Rise, Kempston, Bedford, has collaborated with smartphone app experts, who are also parents, at 4fx Design & Multimedia in Bond Avenue, Milton Keynes.

The idea was to replace paper exam timetables, containing all the vital information, with an app.

Mr Buck said: “Even though examination boards tend to arrange the exam timetables several months in advance, most candidates tend to use their personal timetables issued by the school before they start revision.

“Valuable time for revision planning is lost with students often using incorrect revision methods or simply wanting to know how and when to start revising.

“I had an idea to solve this problem, which I shared with Julie King and Chris Coomber from 4fx. I applied my 15 years of working as a school teacher and examinations officer to create Exam PAL for Android and iPhones – most teenagers carry them. It provides personalised exam schedules months in advance, time management tools, revision techniques and advice to help them organise themselves and reduce anxiety.”

Julie King, director at 4fx, said: “The support provided doesn’t stop the day you complete your last exam. It stores the user’s exam results ready to print out when applying for jobs, university and college placements. I personally think this is a simple but effective milestone because, let’s be honest, how many people lose their school exam results paperwork?”

For more details visit www.exampal.co.uk

 

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