Video: Celebrities offer exam tips to inspire Leeds students

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Celebrities from the world of pop, sport and television are throwing their support behind students in Leeds ahead of their exams.

Olly Murs, Dizzee Rascal and former F1 superstar Mark Weber are just some of the stars offering their words of wisdom as part of a motivational film.

Nigel Richardson, director of Children's Services, and Councillor Judith Blake as good luck banners are unfurled around Leeds.

Nigel Richardson, director of Children's Services, and Councillor Judith Blake as good luck banners are unfurled around Leeds.

And the clip, which supports the city’s Child Friendly Leeds campaign, comes just as giant banners have been unfurled around the city centre to wish students luck in their examinations.

Pop group Neon Jungle reminded students to go to bed early the night before the exam and revise hard in the clip.

And CBBC presenter Katie Thisleton offered some unusual advice to help students remember tricky facts – to sing them to the tune of their favourite song.

Boxer Amir Khan encouraged youngsters to work hard ahead of their exams and said in the clip: “This is a once in a lifetime chance and you need to make the most of it.”

Sports broadcaster Gabby Logan, who hails from Leeds and is the first chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, advised students to stay calm and not to get stressed in the run up to their exams, which start next week.

Nigel Richardson, Leeds City Council’s director for Children’s Services, said the banners are a way of showing students that the city is throwing its support behind them.

He said: “This is a really important time of year for lots of students in Leeds.

“As part of Child Friendly Leeds and being a child friendly city we want to say that the city is right behind you.

“We know you have put in a huge amount of work and hopefully that will pay off.

“Do your best and good luck in your exams.”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for Children’s Services, added: “Everyone in the city knows how difficult this time of year is for students.

“We are all behind you and we wish you the very, very best in your forthcoming examinations.”

The short motivational film will be shown on the big screen in Millennium Square from next week.

It will also be shown at schools across the city, as well as being shown at Miley Cyrus show at the First Direct Arena tonight.

The film was produced by Sally Molineaux at ‘Molineaux Productions’, with some help from Child Friendly Leeds young reporters at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

Your Yorkshire Evening Post is giving you the chance to share your good luck messages to students sitting exams across Leeds.

We want parents, carers, families, friends and teachers to share their words of wisdom as thousands of pupils prepare to sit their exams.

You can tweet us via @LeedsNews with your messages of good luck and don’t forget to include #YEPexams in your message.

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