Looking back at exams

Hey everyone

So I haven’t been posting for a while as I have been focusing on my exams and now that they are over I am so excited to start writing again. Thank you for your patience with me being away from my blog. I hope you are all well and if you have had exams I hope they went well.

Today I thought I would reflect on the exam process and give my thoughts. If your still in the middle of your exams or have finished like me hopefully this will be useful as it will give you an insight into feelings about exams.img_2730

  1. Don’t look back. This kinda goes back against my words but once the exam is done it’s done. You can’t do anything about it once you have put your pens down and handed your paper in. I have tried not to do this because once you get out it’s most likely you will over think and make yourself feel you have failed. Looking back is the thing I do the most and it doesn’t help as I can’t go back so it’s better if you just move on from the exam and focus on something else.
  2. Don’t speak to people before the exam. I’m not saying be anti social the whole exam season but when lining up it’s best just to block everyone out and not speak about the exam at least. This has helped me because otherwise I tend to get worked up and believe that everyone knows more than me and I will fail.
  3. Treat yourself the night before. The night before my exams I always stopped revising at 9 and had a couple of hours to have a shower and watch some YouTube. This firstly was because I get tired and can’t concentrate late, but also because I felt if I revised until I fell asleep I would just panic and not get a good nights sleep. It’s also good to have a treat once in a while to get yourself more refreshed and ready for the next day.
  4. You don’t have to revise every minute. This is so hard because I felt guilty if I wasn’t revising, but just like the last point you have to take time for yourself otherwise you will become exhausted. What helped me through the exam season was a timetable and actually I did stick to it (which is surprising haha). But this gave me time to zone out go on social media and just have some me time. I do think that it really helped me keep as stress free as possible.
  5. There will be bad days. I’m sorry to say this but some days won’t be good. Your brain will sometimes just have had enough and you just have to listen to your body as it does know best. The best thing to do is try not to get annoyed. There is nothing that can be done because if you carry on most likely nothing will go in.
  6. Try and stay relaxed. This is so hard but I think this year I tired my hardest to stay relaxed and I think it worked (sometimes). It lead to a much nicer experience and I think it might have helped me stay focused sometimes.img_2732

I hope this helped and was interesting to read. If you are still going with exams good luck just try your hardest that’s all that can be asked. If you have finished I would love to know if you agree with any of these and if you have any other memories/ thoughts after the exams.

I will see you soon for another blog post.

Bye x

 

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Survival guide: Revision/ School

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So today I thought about doing another survival guide blog post. All about school. So I have done my GCSEs and I thought I would give you a few tips about revision but also just school in general. This is quite a long post so you might want to sit down get a drink and a snack, and enjoy.

So firstly revision, the dreaded word for most 15-18 year old’s (or if you go to uni then older). I wasn’t the best at revision and I’m not going to pretend I was because I would be lying, however I did learn a few tricks to motivate me through exams. The most important thing to do when revising is to keep organised. I wrote a whole blog post about keeping organised so if you want to have a read of that then click here.

Resousrces you may need

  • Paper and coloured pens are a must have. Making revision as bright as possible is what helped me
  • Post it notes
  • Cue cards
  • Snacks

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Some of my revision resourcse

Anyway with revision I made a timetable that I tried to stick to (it didn’t always work) but it gave me some goals to try and achieve, and like I said in my other post it’s so satisfying to tick things off once you have finished. With the timetable I made sure I took breaks and also prioritised in order of importance and what was coming first. For example I was never good at maths, I’m still not now haha, but I made sure I did loads of maths revision so that I went in feeling as confident as I could.

Past papers is also another big help when revising. I used the website Fast past papers to get past papers and then completed them in the time period with no resources in front of me. This is such a great way to know what you know and what you need to work on, also it helps you get a feel for questions because there is only a certain amount of questions they can ask.

So lastly for revision tips is watch people on YouTube. For my English I watched Mr Bruff because he went through all the poems and texts and helped answer the questions for the exam. Another person who is great for revision is Eve Bennett with her revision channel. Eve like myself went through her exams and is able to give personal experiences and more tips on how to revise. She also talks about specific subjects and how she was able to revise so that might be useful if your unsure how to revise languages for example.

So moving on to school (I’m sorry if this post if long, maybe take a break and get another drink) the best advice I can give is ask for help when you need it. Your not stupid if you don’t understand because I guarantee there will be someone else who doesn’t get it either. Take all the advice you need because that’s what teachers are there for. Also for the exams the teachers will want you to be as confidant as you can.

So the last point I will make for this really long post on school, is enjoy friendships and lunch. This may sound really weird but the lunch period is where you can relax for about an hour and then you will be able to have a little chat and your brain can switch off, but then be ready to learn again after lunch.

So that is the end of this post. Thank you if you stayed to the end I know this was very long. However I hope you enjoyed, I would love to know your tips either for revision or school down below because there are so many interesting ones out there. Anyway thank you again, if there is anything you would like to hear from me leave a comment.

See you soon

Bye x

Blogging breaks

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So today I thought I would talk about why I have taken a blogging break. I hope you enjoy this post and maybe you might understand some of the reasons I have. I’m not trying to make up excuses for myself but I thought you might like to know why there has been a lack of posts recently.

So I haven’t been very active lately and I apologise for that, but I have been so busy with school work and as I am writing this post it is 70 days until my first exam (omg !!). That might sound a long time but there is so much to learn that I need to concentrate and give the majority of my time to school and revision.

Also I just haven’t had the ideas that I need to be able to post. Every post I make I want to put 100% of my attention into it and I want to be fully happy with what I post for you all to read. I feel like over time I will be able to manage school work and this blog it’s just hard at the start to find that right balance, however I guess that is all part of this experience and I am learning new things all the time.

I feel that sometimes blogging breaks are needed and people shouldn’t feel ashamed to take a break. Even if it’s only for a day to clear your head, take time to yourself or just get on top of things everyone needs to have a break at some point. That’s just my opinion at least haha.

I am starting to plan and get things back into order so keep your eyes peeled haha. I hope you found this post useful and understand why my blog is lacking at the moment. If you have any tips for juggling blogging and other commitments then please let me know.

Thank you for baring with me and also being so positive on my other posts it means the world that you take the time out of your day to read my blog and I will make sure that I am more active.

See you soon for another post.

Bye x

How I keep organised

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So today I thought that I would tell you all how I get organised. I’m not saying that I am the most organised person ever because I’m not but here are some tips I have learnt that have helped me become a little bit more organised. I hope that this post if helpful and that you could maybe apply these tips to your life. Anyway here are some of my tips …

Write things down

I have learnt that even if I think I will remember everything I have to do in my head I won’t, it’s impossible. So I like to write every task down in a diary or if you prefer you could use a to do list (that is also another tip that I will be speaking about later). When everything is written down sometimes it helps me figure out what to do first. Also I feel that when things are written down sometimes it shows that I don’t have as many tasks to do as I thought.

To do lists

As I said in the last suggestion I sometimes use to do lists to show myself what I have to do. I love ticking things off it makes me feel that I have accomplished something, but that aside to do lists help me figure out what I have to do and what is the most important and needs to be done first.

File things away

Especially with school work I love keeping everything together. It then makes everything easier to find and when revising I can flick quickly to something that I don’t understand. I find that if I make my files prettier then I am more willing to put work in them (that’s probably just me!)

Start early

This is mostly important for school work but start tasks early and then when you get more and more homework it won’t feel as stressful and you will be able to get everything done in time. I find that starting early puts my mind at rest and tells me that I am sometimes organised with my life.

That’s it those are some of my tips on how I stay mildly organised. If you have any tips leave them down below and we can all help everyone become more organised this year. I hope you enjoyed this post. I will see you very soon for a new post.

See you next time

Bye x