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Revision tips and tricks!

hi!

as you may know, i am currently in year 11, that means that this year i will be taking my GCSE’s. I have recently started revising as there is so much i need to cover.

I always find it easier to concentrate if my desk area, and the rest of my room is tidy, so before i start revising i usually tidy up quickly. It makes my mind feel less cluttered and i feel that i revise more efficiently when my room is tidy.

I personally like to revise by making revision notes, if you do this to, i highly recommend using lots of different colours. I like to change colour when the topic changes, this way my notes are slightly more fun to read over and all of the different topics can be easily distinguished

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I bought myself a set of Muji gel pens to use when making revision notes, because the colours are really bright and they are really easy to write with.

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I also find it really useful to make posters with key information (eg. maths equations, historic dates etc…)  and stick them on my wardrobe, this way i cant help but look at it, and it is easy to look over and remember the information quicker. I also used coloured sharpies to make these posters so that they would be super easy to read and also not boring to look at.

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while i was revising for my mocks in December, i didn’t have enough time to revise everything in depth, for R.E (religious education) i recorded myself saying key religious beliefs and attitudes and then listened to the recording while i was going to sleep. I found this really useful and i found that i remembered the quotes that i needed to much easier. I will probably use this technique again with historic dates, or facts i will need for Geography case studies.

revision techniques vary a lot from person to person, i find that listening to music quietly in the background helps me to revise better, however a lot of my friend say that they need it to be silent to study well. I also don’t find it useful to take breaks, personally once i start revising i get into the ‘zone’ and taking breaks just reminds me of all the other things i would rather be doing. But if you are a person who works better with regular breaks, i would recommend making yourself a timetable so after revising for a certain amount of time, you give yourself a short break, and then go back to studying. I also think it is also best to have a bottle of water near by when you are revising, because it is quite easy to forget to drink if you are busy with lots of work. I would also avoid revising late at night as it is less likely for the information to stick in your brain, and you will just feel tired and grumpy the next day.

Basically, find what works for you, and maybe give a few of these techniques a try is your struggling! Revision can be pretty boring, and not many people enjoy it; but it has to be done, and it’ll be worth it.

Thank you for reading!

The small quiet one X

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life update

hello!

i haven’t done a general ramble in quite a while, so i thought it was probably about time!

School is going okay i guess, although i think iv’e become really intolerant and i keep getting really irritated with people, even though they haven’t done anything wrong. I’m also really worried about GCSE’s at the moment because they aren’t really that far away, yet i cant seem to make myself start revising; i think iv’e been stressed for so long, that iv’e become numb to the feeling. i want to do well so badly, i just need to start working soon, otherwise i’m not going to get the grades i’m hoping for. Between all of the homework iv’e been receiving lately and looking after my horse, i think that me and Belle (one of my closest friends who moved away a year and a half ago) have drifted apart quite a lot; Belle, my other closest friend and I have a group chat, we used to talk on it all of the time but recently its just been the odd message here and there, that usually doesn’t get replied to for a while. I guess we are all so busy that there just isn’t time anymore. I’m really hoping that once all of this GCSE rubbish is over, that the chat will get used a lot more. To be honest, i doubt this is the end of our little trio because we are all really close and we will probably be visiting her over summer; i guess i’m still getting used to the fact that she isn’t near me anymore, and that she is just as busy as i am. As you can probably tell, i don’t deal with change very well.

with regards to my mental state, i have absolutely no idea if i’m depressed; sometimes i feel so down that it feels like it can’t be anything but depression; then other times i don’t feel anything at all, and then sometimes i feel pretty alright. It seems to just depend on the day. I don’t want to be one of those people who self-diagnose; the only way for me to know if i am clinically depressed is to go to my GP, but that is a terrifying thought. I’ve been searching on the internet about signs and symptoms, and to be completely honest i experience a lot of them on a day to day basis. I am always tired, i have lost interest in some of the things i used to love doing, i get irritated and frustrated easily, and i often feel like the world would be better off without me. I don’t know.

On a more cheerful note, it’s less than one month until i go to the Halsey concert! i really cant wait, and i know its going to be amazing!

Thank you for reading!

The small quiet one X

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Mock results 😭

Hello!

I got my results for the mocks I did before Christmas on Friday, so this post is a bit overdue 😄 but I was so nervous, I don’t think I did as well as I could have to be quite honest.

I managed to get all of my grades at a B or above, however that is my current grade, what I actually got in the exam may be slightly higher or lower, as for a lot of my classes they also have to factor in coursework. I was really hoping for an A in maths as I’ve been stuck at a B grade for a long time, sadly I got a B again, but I know that it’s not a bad grade, and with maths being one of my worst subjects, I hadn’t done too bad. I was pretty happy with a B in history though, especially since in the mocks we did in year 10 I got a D, the fact that my coursework got an A probably helped a lot to, and I think my teacher was feeling a bit generous 😄 what I am most proud of is the A* I got in science, because at the 6th form open evening not long ago, my science teacher told me and my mum that she didn’t think I would be able to get a good enough science grade to get into a vet course at university; so I revised my butt of, and it definitely payed off! 

I am really going to try to get all A’s and A*’s in my actual GCSEs, so I’m going to have to work really hard and do a lot of revision, but hopefully it will be worth it! 😊

I hope no one thinks I am trying to brag of boast in this post! I thought you guys might be interested, and I know a lot of people are going through similar things with mocks and GCSEs etc… 

Thank you for reading!

The small quiet one X

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a few thoughts

hi 🙂

its been a while, i know; but iv’e been super busy as we’ve been doing GCSE mocks this past week so iv’e been having to do so much revision. Its all over now though and all that’s left is the real thing in spring!

I wasn’t really sure what to write, but i really wanted to post something so…

okay first off: Troye Sivan’s new album ‘Blue neighborhood’ came out last week; it’s amazing, i love it and i highly recommend it.

secondly: iv’e been so up and down recently, i have no idea how to get a grip of my emotions, but i hope i manage soon. The last few days have been a bit of a down, probably because iv’e been so stressed about mocks and i really don’t think i did very well in any of my exams. I really want to sort myself out and i have been seriously thinking about going to my GP and talking about depression and self harm because i want to know if it really is depression or if how iv’e been feeling for the last few years is down to something else; and most of all i want to be able to get better and go back to my old, happy self.  What do you guys think? i really don’t know what i should do, i definitely don’t want to talk to my parents about it and preferably they don’t find out at all.

thirdly: thank you so much everyone who reads this blog, it means so much to me and having over 60 followers is amazing!

Let me know what i should write about, as i often have trouble coming up with topics and the majority of my posts end up being jumbles messes!

Thank you for reading!

The small quiet one X

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A-level terror

hiya!

I only just became aware that i need to have picked the A-levels i want to do by the end of this month for the sixth-form that is in my school; a lot of people in my year are choosing to go to different sixth-form colleges but i think i’m going to stay at the one that’s part of my school because i live near and i already know my way round.

I guess it hadn’t hit me yet that next year i’m going to be doing A-levels and i hadn’t really given much thought to the subjects i’m going to take. It’s really scary; especially because i don’t really know what job i want to do when i’m older. I’m thinking of doing Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Geography but i also want to take Spanish because i find it very easy.

Growing up is happening way too fast, i wish i was still in primary school to be honest; it was much less stressful!

Thank you for reading!

The small quiet one X

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Year 11…

Hiya everyone

I know I haven’t been very active lately but I’ve been pretty busy despite being on half term break.

I’m so stressed out at the moment; Christmas GCSE mocks are looming and the fact that the longest half term is over is terrifying.

At the beginning of this school year all of my teachers where going on about how quickly year 11 goes, to be honest I didn’t really listen; but looking back, that was 8 weeks ago, yet it feels like it was only a few days ago. This is making me even more worried about the mocks and the actual exams in spring. I don’t feel like I’m prepared to be taking such massive exams that have such a big impact on my future. On top of the damn exam stress my class is also really behind on out geography coursework and were not going to have enough time to study the remaining 3 topics and revise everything we did in year 10. Basically I’m shitting it.

There’s so much riding on the results of these exams and I really don’t want to be on of the people who’s crying on results day because I didn’t get the grades I wanted. I know I’m going to have work my butt off to get the grades I want, but I’m also SO LAZY. At some point I’m hoping I’ll kick into gear, but for now I’m enjoying the least stressful part of the year. That’s the other daunting thing, this part of the year is the least stressful, it’s only going to get worse from here.

I’m not 100% sure how I’m going to cope with the upcoming exam stress in addition to the usual teenage, secondary school drama; but hopefully I’ll still be alive come July. I guess there is a light at the end of the awfully long tunnel… The extra long summer holiday! But to get to that I will have to survive prom, which in all honesty I am dreading; non uniform days are bad enough, prom is going to be hell. Judgment day. Girls in my year are already talking about dresses and dates, some have already bought prom dresses. I have no clue what I’m going to wear. I know lots of girls in my year are going to go all out on prom: professional hair and makeup, big limo for their entrance and dresses and heels that cost more than my house; it would be lovely to be able to spend so much on one evening, but in my opinion it’s all a bit of a waste. But in the end I will succumb to social obligations, buy a ridiculously priced dress and spend hours looking in a mirror to ensure I look decent.

Sorry if this post is a bit of a rant, and also forgive any spelling/punctuation mistakes as I am using my phone and I am also not very good at English

thank you for reading!

The small quiet one X

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Education…

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Day 16 of the thirty day blogging challenge is my thoughts on education.

I’v already done a post on this topic, but it is pretty old, so here i go again!

I think education is great, but i feel as though the way it is being carried out now a days; is making it unbearable and unnecessarily stressful. I am taking my GCSE exams this year, these exams decide what subjects you can take for A level, and can also have an impact on getting apprenticeships; many universities will also look at your GCSE’s. We choose our GCSE subjects in year 9, I feel as though this is way too young to make such a big decision that will have such a large impact on your working life. In the year 10 and 11 there is so much the students are expected to do, for example: we have to prepare huge amounts of coursework which will make up a varied percentage of our final GCSE grade (for subjects like history and geography, i believe its 25% but is more for creative subjects like media, art and english), at my school we also do two sets of GCSE mocks, so there’s that to study for; along with the overwhelming amounts of homework; I am constantly stressed.

I recently heard that my year are the last year that are going to be doing coursework, this can be seen as both a bad and good thing. If you get a good grade in your coursework and don’t do so well in your final exam, the coursework grade will help boost your final grade. I personally think removing coursework is a very bad move, as all of the courses will be 100% exam based, this means that if you panic and forget things in your final exam, there is nothing you can do about it. However removing coursework does give more time for students to study for exams, both in class and out. The new GCSE will also not allow students to have an equation sheet in maths or science, this means the students will have to memories all of the equations for their science or maths exam; i think this is terrible as the students are going to be much more stressed going into the exam, which will make them more likely to forget. Remembering what the equation also isn’t a sign of intelligence; however being able to manipulate it is, which is what the exam is really meant to be testing.

Overall i think the education system in the UK is pretty bad and will cause huge amounts of stress and anxiety.

(this is just my opinion, and this is purely based on my experience, i’m not sure how other schools across the UK deal with GCSE’s)

Thank you for reading!

The small quiet one X

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