Tips for AS exams

As requested by an anon yesterday!

In theory, aim to stay on top of your work, understanding it as you go along instead of leaving it all til the end, but don’t worry if you can’t, because I never could, even though I tried. I was absolutely hopeless throughout the term then I’d study during study leave and then do fine in the exams. So it is possible. But do aim to keep on top of it, if you can.

Any other advice would be subject specific so feel free to ask if it’s Bio, Chem, Maths or French you’re worried about!

omg no i have exams to study for why have i been on tumblr for an hour i haven’t even reblogged anything

Anonymous asked:
Do you have any good ways on how to get motivated? I really need to revise for gcse's and mocks but i can't bring myself to it. Or i have a massive breakdown haha:S x

Yes, I know the theory on how to get motivated, it’s just that unfortunately I can’t seem to implement it into my life…ah well, here you go:

1) Make a timetable and stick to it
2) Be realistic, give yourself proper and regular breaks, don’t expect yourself to study for 5 hours straight.
3) Think about how important these exams are - I’ve just applied to university, and trust me, GCSEs are important. Don’t make yourself regret it later!
4) Be positive.

So, yeah. Just make notes from your text book and practice past papers, then mark them properly with a mark scheme, and learn the mark scheme answers off by heart. You can’t go wrong. :)

Anonymous asked:
Can you share your daily routine? I am asking as I am wondering how you fit so muxh of studying in such a tight schedule.

I’m curious as to why you think I do ‘so much’ studying - at the moment I actually just get the bare minimum done (basically, my homework) and that’s pretty much it. I don’t really have time to do anything else… I only really revise and study when it comes to exam time and I’m preparing for an exam. But anyway, how I get all my homework done is, I try to do as much as possible in my free time at school instead of waiting until I get home. A lot of people waste their free time at school but I think it’s important to utilise it correctly - you end up with a lot more free time at home (so you can waste it on Tumblr). Oh also, it’s important to spend only the required time on a set piece of work. Previously when I used to struggle with work load it was because I was spending too long on stuff that didn’t need it. Identify what you need to do to get whatever grade you need, and just do that. And when you do something, put your laptop/phone away and just GET ON WITH IT. It’ll be done so much quicker.

Anonymous asked:
do you think now in year 11 would be an ideal point to start recapping over stuff? so scared for gcse's:(

It’s right in the beginning of the year! Don’t start revising for exams now, you’ve barely covered any of the syllabus. Do make sure you’ve understood things as you go along, read over things in your text book as that’ll mean you’re not starting from square one when you do start revision closer to the time. You’ll have some modules in January presumably - spending the Christmas holidays revising for them should be enough. And then spending Easter holidays onwards revising for summer exams should be enough. Don’t be scared, just work hard and don’t stress and you’ll be fine. Feel free to ask me any specific questions if you need help though.

Anonymous asked:
How hard is french to you? Because I like it and I think i do fairly well in it but when it comes to tests and exams i don`t do so well in it. =\

I find French really easy but only because I practised a lot. If you like it but don’t do well in exams maybe you just need to practice more exam style questions?

Anonymous asked:
Hi! Congrats on doing so well in your studies!:O I was just wondering, when did you officially start revising for your (i)gcse's and did you always know that you wanted to become a doctor?:)

Hi, thank you so much! Hmm it was a year and a bit ago now so hard to remember precisely but… GCSE exams start in May right? So it was probably the Easter holidays in April? The problem with GCSEs is not that they’re really very difficult but rather that the sheer amount of stuff you have to learn is really quite overwhelming. Because of that, I recommend starting fairly early and not leaving everything til the last few days. But not so early that you get really fed up with it and start not following your revision timetable - make it realistic.

To be honest, I have always wanted to be a doctor, ever since I was a little kid and dressed up in a little doctor outfit and went around ‘making people better’ :P but obviously I had to make sure that it was the right thing for me and that’s where work experience comes in. When I did it I enjoyed it so so much. I really felt right in the medical environment and I could see myself doing working there.   And that’s what really confirmed it in my mind, that and visits to various medical schools and finding out what the course is like (because there are people who like the idea of being a doctor but the medicine course doesn’t actually suit them - you gotta be careful)

Hope this helps in any way!

Anonymous asked:
Can you please share some tips on how to excel at GCSE French?
  • Put work in all year round, not just at the end
  • Learn key vocab
  • Do past papers and look at mark schemes when you’re done
  • You do controlled assessments - for God’s sake, you get to learn the writing and speaking exams OFF BY HEART. So do it! You have no idea how many people I know who didn’t just because they couldn’t be bothered. And remember that the bulk of marks come from content, not grammar/accent/spelling (although they are quite important too)
  • Don’t stress out about it, it’s much simpler than you think
  • Outline what your weaknesses are and target them specifically and determinedly. I, for example, always found Listening the hardest, so I practised once a week outside of lessons for the whole of Year 10 and 11. Now I find it an absolute doddle. Trust me, it’s worth it.
Anonymous asked:
was your life at the time you were having GCSEs completely devoted to studying?

I wouldn’t say that. I think it’s really important to take have time off, enjoy yourself and relax, otherwise when you do study you won’t be working to your full potential and it’s a waste of time. So that’s what I did. However it’s equally important to know yourself and how you learn, and do the amount that you need to do to succeed. Yes, I worked hard for my GCSEs; in the couple of weeks leading up to them especially it’s VERY important to focus. But I made sure to do other things too.

Anonymous asked:
Any tips for succeeding at GCSE exams? What worked for you? And are you satisfied by whatever grades you got?

Lots of tips! Here goes:

  • Make a thorough timetable and stick to it
  • Don’t leave things too last-minute
  • Make sure you consider which subjects need more time than others. Although you might really enjoy something, if you’re also really good at it you should consider spending less time on it and more on something harder. It’s easy to spend more time on the easier subjects because you enjoy them! As an example I loved French but I didn’t need to do any work for it - so I didn’t waste any time.
  • Find a method that works for you and stick with it. MAKE USE OF MOCK EXAMS/PAST PAPERS to find out what your ideal methods are! I used read the text book, make notes from it and then do past papers. Some people like getting other people to test them. Do what works for you.
  • Past papers past papers past papers! I can’t stress enough how important this is, they REUSE the same questions over and over again! Memorise the mark schemes!
  • Don’t overwork yourself - do leave time for breaks in your revision time table. If you do too much it’ll be less productive as you’ll be too tired and you’ll get fed up of working. Trust me, cramming all day will do nothing for you. But spending an hour or two working, then taking a 15 minute break, then another hour working, worked very well for me.
  • If you don’t understand something, ASK. Don’t assume it won’t come up. Ask a teacher, a friend, a sibling, someone you think knows the answer.
  • Practice timing on past papers

That’s all I can think of for now, do you have any questions about particular subjects? And I got all A*s so do feel free to ask, I’m happy to help.

today I ate like a pig

  • toast and coffee for breakfast
  • pasta, crisps and coke for lunch
  • fish and chips for dinner followed by 2 bags of mini oreos
  • more coffee and more oreos after finishing my revision

don’t think it could get much worse, blah. revising just mentally drains me and I crave crappy food and it’s not good. well, i say crappy. crappy but delicious. at least i’m still running though so hopefully i’ll still fit through the doorways at school when I get back from study leave

Ohhh wow.

Just watched House, I was not expecting that ending at all… I was literally staring at the screen like :O WTF. As if there’s only next week left, it’s so sad, I’m gonna miss it so much :|

PS. Had my Chemistry exam and it was okay. Sigh. One down, six to go.

I cannot believe I slept for 15 hours last night.

6pm - 9am. New record for me! At least I’ve caught up on a week’s worth of lost sleep, I feel pretty great actually. Can’t believe my exams start on Tuesday though. Guess I’ll be revising D1 and Chem Unit 1 this weekend then, which isn’t bad at all to be fair. Happily sitting in bed drinking coffee, surfin’ da net and listening to The Honey Trees. It’s lovely moments like this that make me put things into perspective and just chill out. :) Will start revising soon though I promise


Just did 20 minutes running on the treadmill, then a heck of a load of sit ups! Woo! Really proud of myself, and haven’t been snacking at all today!

The Apprentice sucks though, just sayin’. I used to enjoy it so much but now that I’ve grown old and cynical (lol) I can see that they just pick a bunch of people who look funny on TV, certainly not the brightest business minds of the UK. Otherwise we’re in deep trouble. (I admit though, last year’s winner, Tom - I loved him all the way through, haha)

Ok I just went on youtube and saw a featured video called “Beasts of the southern wild” but I read it has “breasts of the southern wild” and I was just like wtf o_o it’s like that weird ad I always get on my email… “win one ridiculously large coupon!” which is odd enough on it’s own but I ALWAYS read it as “ridiculously large tampon”… There’s something wrong with me.

Off to showerrrr. Not even gonna think about revising for tomorrow’s chemistry mock it’s a hopeless case