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We've all been there: a new school year starts and there's 8 months till your exams - that's plenty of time, right? Then there's 6 months, 3 months, 1 month and oh, now there's 2 weeks left and you haven't started studying... What happens next is a panic-induced mayhem of highlighting everything in the textbook (without even questioning if it's actually helpful). But I'm he We've all been there: a new school year starts and there's 8 months till your exams - that's plenty of time, right? Then there's 6 months, 3 months, 1 month and oh, now there's 2 weeks left and you haven't started studying... What happens next is a panic-induced mayhem of highlighting everything in the textbook (without even questioning if it's actually helpful). But I'm here to help you change this! In The Only Study Guide You'll Ever Need, I'll cover a range of different topics including: · How to get started and pick up that pen · Learning techniques that actually work (hello, science of memory!) · The dos and don'ts of timetabling · And combatting fear of failure, perfectionism, exam stress and so much more! As a fellow student now at university, I definitely don't have a PhD in Exam Etiquette but this is the book younger me needed. All I wanted was one place that had a variety of tried-and-tested methods with reassurance from someone who had recently been through the education system. The Only Study Guide You'll Ever Need is just that, and I have collected the best techniques and tools I wish I'd known earlier to help you get through your studies and smash your exams! Jade x


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We've all been there: a new school year starts and there's 8 months till your exams - that's plenty of time, right? Then there's 6 months, 3 months, 1 month and oh, now there's 2 weeks left and you haven't started studying... What happens next is a panic-induced mayhem of highlighting everything in the textbook (without even questioning if it's actually helpful). But I'm he We've all been there: a new school year starts and there's 8 months till your exams - that's plenty of time, right? Then there's 6 months, 3 months, 1 month and oh, now there's 2 weeks left and you haven't started studying... What happens next is a panic-induced mayhem of highlighting everything in the textbook (without even questioning if it's actually helpful). But I'm here to help you change this! In The Only Study Guide You'll Ever Need, I'll cover a range of different topics including: · How to get started and pick up that pen · Learning techniques that actually work (hello, science of memory!) · The dos and don'ts of timetabling · And combatting fear of failure, perfectionism, exam stress and so much more! As a fellow student now at university, I definitely don't have a PhD in Exam Etiquette but this is the book younger me needed. All I wanted was one place that had a variety of tried-and-tested methods with reassurance from someone who had recently been through the education system. The Only Study Guide You'll Ever Need is just that, and I have collected the best techniques and tools I wish I'd known earlier to help you get through your studies and smash your exams! Jade x

30 review for The Only Study Guide You'll Ever Need: Simple tips, tricks and techniques to help you ace your studies and pass your exams!

  1. 4 out of 5

    JackO

    I'm currently a 17 year old student looking for study tips. This one sounded good so I preordered it given that I've found similar books useful in the past. I'm afraid to say I did not like this one at all. Firstly, it's not written well. There is a grammar error on page one, and from there the sentence structure and overall writing is not good. Secondly, the tone is also terrible. This author writes like she's the authority on everything and it all feels rather pretentious. It feels as though she I'm currently a 17 year old student looking for study tips. This one sounded good so I preordered it given that I've found similar books useful in the past. I'm afraid to say I did not like this one at all. Firstly, it's not written well. There is a grammar error on page one, and from there the sentence structure and overall writing is not good. Secondly, the tone is also terrible. This author writes like she's the authority on everything and it all feels rather pretentious. It feels as though she's looking down on everyone else, including one section where she is clearly looking down on those she went to school with. Thirdly, this isn't Jades fault, but it's amazing how much the exam system has moved on in the little time she's left school. This is a shame of course, but the publishers should have had people on hand to be more up to date and change things around where necessary. The author does say some things I agree with, but overall this information isn't well written or enjoyable to read. Check out her A-Level YouTube videos instead for something that feels more down to earth and interesting. I'm sad I can't recommend this, I tore through it when I got it but I was enjoying it less and less by the page.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pia Bröker

    I have the incredible honor to know Jade in person as a classmate in uni. The fact that one of us students wrote a book is really crazy, and I am proud and inspired beyond words. She did not just write this book during a busy school year, in which I was struggling to finish the normal workload of assignments, but on top of that, she wrote an incredibly useful book. She said it herself: It is a book she wished she had when she was in high school. And although I did not go to a UK high school and I h I have the incredible honor to know Jade in person as a classmate in uni. The fact that one of us students wrote a book is really crazy, and I am proud and inspired beyond words. She did not just write this book during a busy school year, in which I was struggling to finish the normal workload of assignments, but on top of that, she wrote an incredibly useful book. She said it herself: It is a book she wished she had when she was in high school. And although I did not go to a UK high school and I had a very different focus during that time of my life, I think younger-Pia would have liked this book a lot! From reading it, I learned many valuable study techniques and advice on how to thrive in a school setting. If I had read it as a teenager, it might have prevented me from dropping out and might have inspired me to give school another chance. Jade does not downplay the problems of the school system, but turns them into fun challenges. She highlights both disadvantages and advantages and motivates you to tackle them with the tools of the book. After each chapter, I was inspired to start doing. Her advice sees a person as a full human being, Jade knows we are not machines, and she describes techniques that are realistic and actually work. Jade combines science based insights into learning with her own experiences and advice from other people. While she always puts a focus on mental health and individual differences. The book ends up feeling holistic and a complete study guide complete, which does the title justice. I find it easy and fun to read and finished it in two evening sittings. Thank you, Jade, for sharing all your knowledge with the world. Thank you for being vulnerable and pouring your heart in your book. Thank you for your hard work! One thing that has been on my mind while reading this book, and that might be fair to mention: I am definitely biased. Sometimes I felt her write like a true Minervan (I saw some HC applications!) and at this point I can't say anymore if that is good or bad :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Speachless. You opened my eyes to so much knowledge I hadn't heard, and this feels strange to say considering I have been following Jade, Ruby, Holly and Vee for so long. A must read😍 Speachless. You opened my eyes to so much knowledge I hadn't heard, and this feels strange to say considering I have been following Jade, Ruby, Holly and Vee for so long. A must read😍

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    If I’m honest, I had bad expectations for this book. As a student going into sixth form, I thought I’d pick it up as the premise sounded good, but I’m naturally sceptical of YouTuber authors (just an observed trend of ghost writers and poor writing). I was surprised to find this one of the most impactful books of my year. Far from boring, it is clear that the author took time to research the subjects discussed and to put them in an approachable light. The narrative around mental health was refresh If I’m honest, I had bad expectations for this book. As a student going into sixth form, I thought I’d pick it up as the premise sounded good, but I’m naturally sceptical of YouTuber authors (just an observed trend of ghost writers and poor writing). I was surprised to find this one of the most impactful books of my year. Far from boring, it is clear that the author took time to research the subjects discussed and to put them in an approachable light. The narrative around mental health was refreshing, especially in the “toxic productivity” space. I’ve read reviews stating that she is too privileged to do justice to mental health, but I found that her writing was attentive to students in all walks of life, such as citing familial circumstances as a reason why school may not be a priority. She shared her experience in a way that will definitely help those who are struggling with school/stress balance. The metaphor used in the mental health chapter was one which will stick with me and help for sure. This book put into words thoughts I didn’t even know I had about school/grades/exams and not only made me feel motivated, but seen. The SAAD pneumonic and “put it in practice” study tips were very helpful and, dare I say it, I’m excited to try them out during A Levels next year. I recommend this book for all students in secondary school. Don’t expect a step-by-step guide (which tbh would be boring), but a deeper look at learning, stress and how to tackle school more productively. Well worth a read and without a doubt changed the way I will approach school.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Finlay Lewis

    This book was good, but not what I expected. Given that the author was undertaking a degree at the time of writing I can understand its limited scope but I was disappointed to find that it was so heavily focused on GCSE and A-Level. I'm afraid for me it is a little bit mate to learn such tips. Yet, some of the chapters remain quite useful for those in post A-Level education. As well as this the author's writing style is incredibly easy to understand. Some critics have commented on the personality This book was good, but not what I expected. Given that the author was undertaking a degree at the time of writing I can understand its limited scope but I was disappointed to find that it was so heavily focused on GCSE and A-Level. I'm afraid for me it is a little bit mate to learn such tips. Yet, some of the chapters remain quite useful for those in post A-Level education. As well as this the author's writing style is incredibly easy to understand. Some critics have commented on the personality of the writing but it does not compromise the effectiveness of the message so I find it unnecessary to really care about it. Still, one more down before uni.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Politics Studies

    Incredible! Perfectly written, really engaging and not boring at all. A fun and interesting way to learn of new revision tips and techniques. Highly recommend to all students, especially those doing their GCSE’s, A Levels and BTEC’s.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Wasted a few hours reading this book. V poorly written. Confusing and distasteful. It’s not really about study, it felt like a v privileged, out of touch take with somebody who has a weak connection with the current education system. Felt pretentious and condescending. Disappointing as she marketed it so highly.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Xueyue

    I have been following Jade since she was a small YouTuber, it's incredible to see her development! As a huge book-worm, I was immensely excited to see her publishing a book, and it's a self-help study guide book! I swallowed this book in one day. I think it's the best time for me to read it. Furthermore, I am writing my A-Level exams next January and I have lots of uncertainty and fear. This book it not only a study-guide, but more like a book with study advices +life advices+ future advices+ mo I have been following Jade since she was a small YouTuber, it's incredible to see her development! As a huge book-worm, I was immensely excited to see her publishing a book, and it's a self-help study guide book! I swallowed this book in one day. I think it's the best time for me to read it. Furthermore, I am writing my A-Level exams next January and I have lots of uncertainty and fear. This book it not only a study-guide, but more like a book with study advices +life advices+ future advices+ motivation boosts. I thought it was perfect for me and this sequence of my life. I want to say : Thank you, Jade! You really made studying more fun and I love how passioned you are about learning and being yourself ^^ I think I am ready to smash the exams next year :) Keep it up! <3

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anjani

    An interesting non-fiction book on how to study, and I will definitely utilise her tips.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ruby-Lu Reads

    This book is absolutely incredible!!! The Only Study Guide You’ll Ever Need is a must-read book for every student. I read study guides often and I’m always searching for the latest tips, but this book reframed my mindset so so much. It doesn’t shy away from the truth - yes, exams are really stressful and yes, they do affect your future academic choices but there is more to just life than your future academic choices!! The school system makes these things seem like the be all and end all, when re This book is absolutely incredible!!! The Only Study Guide You’ll Ever Need is a must-read book for every student. I read study guides often and I’m always searching for the latest tips, but this book reframed my mindset so so much. It doesn’t shy away from the truth - yes, exams are really stressful and yes, they do affect your future academic choices but there is more to just life than your future academic choices!! The school system makes these things seem like the be all and end all, when really they are not! I never annotate or take notes from books but this one has got a whole Notion page 😂. There are revision tips in here that I am so excited to try and ones that I hadn’t even thought of or read about before. The SAAD study method is something I will be implementing into all of my revision. Thank you, Jade for writing such a beautiful and important book 💜 5/5⭐️ Thank you to Jade Bowler and Blink Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Penelope

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I purchased this book a while ago but never got around to reading it until recently, and I'm not sure if the title does the concept any justice because "the only" is a strong term to use, especially when there are so many useful videos and alternatives available for free. My expectations were high given the hefty price tag, and to be frank, the content is adequate but I can't say that the material is outstanding. I'm not criticising Jade because this book is a good quality read for goal-oriented I purchased this book a while ago but never got around to reading it until recently, and I'm not sure if the title does the concept any justice because "the only" is a strong term to use, especially when there are so many useful videos and alternatives available for free. My expectations were high given the hefty price tag, and to be frank, the content is adequate but I can't say that the material is outstanding. I'm not criticising Jade because this book is a good quality read for goal-oriented people in need of a motivational pep talk because it's written and executed in an optimistic philosophical manner that positively rubs off on the reader, however I can't help but be slightly disappointed because there is one missing element, and I believe that while some sections seem adequate and definitive, other details are impractical. Jade has also over-explained and less was simply enlightening. in other words, this book does not cultivate balance. I adore Jade, but I get the impression that she is just one of many influencers who exploit their status while pretending to be humble about their intentions, which is a shame because she has tried to persuade her audience that it isn't about the earnings but rather the sale number target, well, If that's the case, why is Jade frantically promoting her book on social media? In conclusion, Unfortunately, and realistically, Your grades or commitment to your studies will not instantly improve as a result of reading this book. This is entirely dependent on your own willpower and preparation. This book, in my opinion, is a waste of time because it will not teach you any new techniques. I'm afraid the content is less unpractical, minimal and would be better off seeking advice elsewhere.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ° m a g g i e °

    As a 17 y.o student, honestly this book was all I needed.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Niklas Terrahe

    Wow, this book surpassed all expectations! 👏🤯 I bought this to help with my studies after seeing it advertised on Amazon and I thought I might come away with the odd study tip, or knowing how to make a timetable. Instead, I got that and 10X more!! I got an in-depth overview of some of the best study techniques I wish I’d known years ago AND a framework called SAAD to help rate the effectiveness of all my future study activity. My entire mindset towards education and exams has shifted. The passage Wow, this book surpassed all expectations! 👏🤯 I bought this to help with my studies after seeing it advertised on Amazon and I thought I might come away with the odd study tip, or knowing how to make a timetable. Instead, I got that and 10X more!! I got an in-depth overview of some of the best study techniques I wish I’d known years ago AND a framework called SAAD to help rate the effectiveness of all my future study activity. My entire mindset towards education and exams has shifted. The passages about the school system, perfectionism and why we’re scared to fail really made me reflect on my learning and see it in a more positive, less stressful way. One of the best books I’ve read this year, if not in my whole school career. Just get it. It’ll change your life. 🥳

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becky's Bookshelf

    I enjoyed this book overall. It was informative and interesting. I've watched Jade on YouTube for a few years and I was excited about her publishing a book and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I think this book really shone through in chapters 3 and 4 about how we learn and revision methods. These were by fast the most information packed and helpful chapters. I will be using everything I learnt from them in my own revision. However, I think the rest of the book was a bit wish-washy and not as pa I enjoyed this book overall. It was informative and interesting. I've watched Jade on YouTube for a few years and I was excited about her publishing a book and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I think this book really shone through in chapters 3 and 4 about how we learn and revision methods. These were by fast the most information packed and helpful chapters. I will be using everything I learnt from them in my own revision. However, I think the rest of the book was a bit wish-washy and not as packed with information as I would have liked. There were also many grammatical errors within the book which were uncomfortable to read. Overall, I would recommend this book if you are looking for really great advice about the most productive way to revise but not sure all the chapters are necessary.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Vong

    I read this book in just two days and it's a very interactive book so I did not get bored. At the end of each chapter, there is an action box where Jade encourages us to carry out actions based on the content discussed in the previous chapter and I think this acts as a good interaction between author and reader. Moreover, there are advice from a variety of studytubers and accomplished academics so we get advice from a wide range of people, not just from Jade's perspective. Her tone is friendly i I read this book in just two days and it's a very interactive book so I did not get bored. At the end of each chapter, there is an action box where Jade encourages us to carry out actions based on the content discussed in the previous chapter and I think this acts as a good interaction between author and reader. Moreover, there are advice from a variety of studytubers and accomplished academics so we get advice from a wide range of people, not just from Jade's perspective. Her tone is friendly in the book and overall it has been a pleasant read. Things she discussed are not necessarily just about exams but can be applied to all events in life. It provides a new perspective and also inspires. Would recommend to people of all age :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    Jade did a really good job at putting together a fun study guide to read. If you watch her YouTube videos, there actually won`t be too much new information in there - that being said, it will motivate you to work smarter and reflect on your study habits. I liked the personal stories and also the little advice section of the "study prodigies" at the end of the chapters. Personally, I wish she would have expanded on how she "solves" a problem during the Exam Chapter since I felt it was a bit super Jade did a really good job at putting together a fun study guide to read. If you watch her YouTube videos, there actually won`t be too much new information in there - that being said, it will motivate you to work smarter and reflect on your study habits. I liked the personal stories and also the little advice section of the "study prodigies" at the end of the chapters. Personally, I wish she would have expanded on how she "solves" a problem during the Exam Chapter since I felt it was a bit superficial advice and felt rushed compared to her really strong chapters on Study Methods and Habits- especially since is supposed to be "The Only Study Guide You`ll Ever Need". All in all, I would recommend this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Arushi

    Absolutely incredible book! Jade discusses everything that goes on in the lives of us hectic and busy teenagers, juggling many realms of student life at once- from studying smarter and being productive to looking after our mental health and making time for ourselves. This book has so much insight, so much wisdom that I'll definitely be consistently returning to it during my GCSE studies throughout the course of the next 2 years, and I thank Jade so much for producing such an incredible masterpie Absolutely incredible book! Jade discusses everything that goes on in the lives of us hectic and busy teenagers, juggling many realms of student life at once- from studying smarter and being productive to looking after our mental health and making time for ourselves. This book has so much insight, so much wisdom that I'll definitely be consistently returning to it during my GCSE studies throughout the course of the next 2 years, and I thank Jade so much for producing such an incredible masterpiece. Just know we love you, what you do and how you never fail to inspire your love of learning in others. <3

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Attarian

    I've been following Jade's YouTube channel since I was in year 9 now being in year 12 she has still been my idol and helped me through the toughest study moments. To see that she has published a book honestly is the best thing that's happened. It gives so many tips for just about everything when it comes to exams and mental health and school in general. I know that I'm literally going to be using this book for everything this school year. Thank you jade! I highly suggest this book to confused tee I've been following Jade's YouTube channel since I was in year 9 now being in year 12 she has still been my idol and helped me through the toughest study moments. To see that she has published a book honestly is the best thing that's happened. It gives so many tips for just about everything when it comes to exams and mental health and school in general. I know that I'm literally going to be using this book for everything this school year. Thank you jade! I highly suggest this book to confused teenagers who want to sort their academic lives ASAP.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Veerle

    It's a brilliant piece of work. This is truly the only study guide I'll ever need. Not only is it amazing because the study and planning tips are good, this book spends also time on mental health, the time around your exam and what to do after you finished school. I follow Jade on YouTube for a while now and didn't hesitate when she said she would publish a book, but this is better then I imagined. I am going to sixth form after the summer, so thank you Jade this is extremely helpful! It's a brilliant piece of work. This is truly the only study guide I'll ever need. Not only is it amazing because the study and planning tips are good, this book spends also time on mental health, the time around your exam and what to do after you finished school. I follow Jade on YouTube for a while now and didn't hesitate when she said she would publish a book, but this is better then I imagined. I am going to sixth form after the summer, so thank you Jade this is extremely helpful!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Roisin

    This book is so good. It gives genuinely good advice from a student, who cares about mental health and mindfulness. There are many different methods of revision suggested, to help with different subjects and people who learn better in different ways. Topics such as motivation are also covered. It is mainly based around the UK school system but if you're at school in a different country a lot of this will likely still be valuable. This book is so good. It gives genuinely good advice from a student, who cares about mental health and mindfulness. There are many different methods of revision suggested, to help with different subjects and people who learn better in different ways. Topics such as motivation are also covered. It is mainly based around the UK school system but if you're at school in a different country a lot of this will likely still be valuable.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Max Burford

    Saw this advertised on Amazon and before reading this I had lost hope at achieving the grades I want for uni next year but now I feel like it is totally within reach. I can’t wait to put these revision techniques into practise and apply this healthier mindset towards school! Will defo be re-reading, 10/10 would recommend to any student

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maaike

    I absolutely loved this book! Although it was written for GCSE-students, I really got some helpful tips. The revision methods mentioned seem very useful and I will test them next semester. The chapters on perfectionism and mental health were both thoughtful and relatable. I think Jade did an amazing job writing this book and I loved that she included advice from other studytubers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    A Court of pages

    This is an essential read for all students ! Not only did this book cover exam techniques and study methods that are guaranteed to get you good grades, but it also placed a huge emphasis on looking after your mental health, life after exams (who would have thought there as one ) and the fear of failure. It covered scientifically proven strategies that are going to drastically shorten time spent revising, while achieving the top grades. What’s not to love. The title of this book speaks truth - this This is an essential read for all students ! Not only did this book cover exam techniques and study methods that are guaranteed to get you good grades, but it also placed a huge emphasis on looking after your mental health, life after exams (who would have thought there as one ) and the fear of failure. It covered scientifically proven strategies that are going to drastically shorten time spent revising, while achieving the top grades. What’s not to love. The title of this book speaks truth - this is the ONLY study guide you’ll ever need.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Great book ! A relatable content and amazing advices. The author basically explains how to study., learn and get good grades (which I replay needed). Everything is very clear and seems easy to put in application. I really recommend reading it (especially before back to school season) !

  25. 4 out of 5

    julianna

    as someone who never learned how to study because winging it was enough until you know - french preparatory classes happened - this book was a nice read and i'll definitely recommend it to anyone taking exams as someone who never learned how to study because winging it was enough until you know - french preparatory classes happened - this book was a nice read and i'll definitely recommend it to anyone taking exams

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sanna Overington

    Oh god well after reading a lot of one stars reviews; I hear you. It was a lot about how studying is like one of the main pass times. She gave a lot of useful advice but also a lot which I already knew. Nothing mindblowing but still very good.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    -some things unremarkable, forgot immediately -made me anxious about exams at some points hahaha -had some really valuable infos (study techniques, how to timetable, productivity and mental health) -easy read -esp. chapters 3,4 and 6 are important overall: liked it :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ahnaf Anjish

    The book is good, and truly the only study guide necessary. But I think I'll prefer Ali Abdaal's Retrospective Revision Timetable more than hers. But overall the techniques she mentioned (& how to apply them irl) are truly great! Enjoyed and got inspired after reading. The book is good, and truly the only study guide necessary. But I think I'll prefer Ali Abdaal's Retrospective Revision Timetable more than hers. But overall the techniques she mentioned (& how to apply them irl) are truly great! Enjoyed and got inspired after reading.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Irish

    Literally the best study-related book I've ever read! :) Now making notes of all the useful tips & tricks. Literally the best study-related book I've ever read! :) Now making notes of all the useful tips & tricks.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tara Stokes

    Brilliantly insightful, wish I had this when doing my gcse but will now be able to use the study techniques for university 😀

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