education, GCSEs, holiday

The end is finally near…

Uuuuummm… So that happened. I disappeared off the face of the Earth for about a month. Yeah, sorry about that. I warned you though! In my last post about my last day of school ( https://madsem13.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/i-guess-thats-a-wrap-then/ ) I told you guys that I was starting my GCSEs and, shock horror, that’s all I have been doing for the past 4 weeks!

Firstly, I just wanted to give a little tip to anybody who is going to be doing exams next year, or later on this year. Do not take study leave for granted. If you have it, USE IT! I’m not saying I haven’t, used it because I definitely have, but maybe getting up at 9:30ish most days wasn’t the smartest idea. For me this meant I typically didn’t start revision until about 10:30 or 11, meaning that it was pretty much already hallway through the day. I was still able to revise lots and I think I have worked pretty darn hard these past couple of weeks, but if I had started earlier, maybe I could have got in one or two more hours, or even have allowed myself to finish for the day earlier. So, tip: aim to get up for normal school time, or as close to as possible.

Now here we are, 7th of June, 2015, and I only have 3 exams left. Geography and Chemistry on Tuesday, and Physics on Friday. Then I am done. And then I have a well deserved rest, which I am so excited for. It really is the best feeling to know that all your hard work is almost over, but that, for now, you should probably stop procrastinating and get back to work.

GCSEs have been hard work and no fun at all, despite what my headmistress believes, but I’m on the home straight, and I know my summer will make up for it! 17 down, 3 to go!

Adios, my lovelies, and see you in the not so distant future 🙂

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culture, education, GCSEs, literature

Work, work, work…

I’ve been back at school for three days now. I got home on Tuesday and my mum asked how my day was, to which I replied, “I’m sick of school.” And I had literally been back at school for one day.

I have found year 11 to be the most strenuous year of my life school workwise (so far obviously. Sorry people who disagree) This week alone, I had a practise paper due for maths, I had to learn my Chinese oral presentation, and my drama controlled assessment started today (hence why I haven’t posted anything for two days). I also have to face getting all of my mock results back, which could be completely traumatising in itself!! Surprisingly I have actually been getting quite good marks so far, which is a relief! Apart from the workload, I suppose school has actually been alright. It’s been good to get all the girls back together (I go to an all-girls’ school) and to see everyone again. We do all feel like there has been no holiday, “What holiday?”, but it’s still great to have everyone together, and just be able to chat to the people who you would never meet up with outside of school.

I made a discovery in the Christmas holidays. I was given ‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Green for Christmas, and I started it last week. It was all great and I was thoroughly enjoying reading about the rebellious teenagers adventures; until the second half of the book, named “After”. A couple of pages later, I realised there was a trend establishing among the two John Green books I have read. They both heavily involve death. Green is known as the author of ‘The Fault in our Stars’, and it is well known that that book will ultimately lead in a death (not telling you who though – go read it! 🙂 ) This book though, to begin with, held the indication of a romance evolving between Miles (the narrator) and… someone. So, as you can imagine, I was completely not expecting it at all when I read the news of the death. (Again, not telling you who!) I was shocked, to say the least. I can only commend John Green for instilling such a deep emotion in me, but, wow. I know death is all around us, but I would really like to know why both books are so… morbid I guess? Any ideas, I would love to hear them!

The picture above is the motto that Miles lives by almost, and I personally think it is a great quote. I find it inspiring, so I thought I would share it with you guys, my lovely beautiful readers 🙂

I suppose this post is also a bit morbid, but I really am interested! I am going to now go and finish ‘looking for Alaska’, and see how it ends! (please be a bit happier) Thanks for reading, bye!!

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education, GCSEs

Back to school…

So tomorrow is the fateful day. The day I go back to school. The first day of school in the calendar year I am doing my GCSEs. I am so scared, and honestly, I feel extremely unprepared. I’m nervous for tomorrow, which is weird considering I still have almost five months before my main bulk of exams (even though I do have a drama controlled assessment coming up on Thursday!!) This again probably stems from my lack of doing much work this holiday, as afore mentioned in my previous post. I know I need to get more organised, proactive and just with it overall. My main aims for this year, as in my new years resolution, is to be proactive with my learning, so I can get the best grades possible. If that means doing half an hour of making flash cards on top of homework one day, or learning a paragraph of my Chinese, so be it. I just have to work hard from now on.

The picture above perfectly represents how I have been feeling about my schoolwork lately, and this is NOT a good thing. which is why I am trying to change. Nobody’s perfect, we are all just human (unless you’re…not?) but I believe if we work hard enough, we can achieve whatever we want. So here’s to 2015, and bring on GCSEs!!

Thanks for reading guys! I would love to hear about any of your struggles and ways you are going to overcome them, or if you already have, as it would be great encouragement for me. See you soon 🙂

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