I didn’t know whether or not I’d be writing this post, and when I received my GCSE results yesterday I was pretty adamant that I wouldn’t be writing it, and I was only going to share my results with the people who asked me and who I wanted to. I wasn’t pleased with my results on results day and ended up having a pretty awful day because of it (it just reminded me how frustratingly bad the education system is in the U.K. and how bad it can make people feel, something I might do a post on in the future).
However, I woke up today feeling a lot better after a congratulatory card through the post from my grandparents and I feel as though I have somewhat of a new lease of life in me today. Therefore, I decided to head over to my blog and pen a post all about my GCSE results & how I did, how I’m feeling about them and such.
I sat my GCSE exams from May-June 2018, and I honestly really hated those couple of months. I’m not an academic; I enjoy school, I enjoy learning, but sitting and revising for hours on end is not something my brain is cut out to do. I’m definitely more of a gradual learner, and wouldn’t say I’m suited to exams as a person, but that’s beside the point. Studying was a boring time of my life, and exams stressed me out almost to the point where I didn’t try incredibly hard in some of them (as you’ll find out later in the post). Overall, I definitely found the exams hard, but in my favourite subjects and those which I was carrying on into A Levels (you can read about that here) I honestly gave it my all – I revised so much and tried so hard in those exams.
So, the long awaited results are finally here. Some of you will already know these if I’ve talked to you on instagram/twitter about them, or you know me in real life, but lots of you wanted to see this post and I decided I might as well share them with the whole lot of you! I’ll write the grades in the new 9-1 grading system, and in the old money A*-G system too (which I prefer, the numbers really are horrible!).
History – 8 (A*)
Geography – 7 (A)
English Language – 8 (A*)
English Literature – 7 (A)
Food Technology – Distinction */9 (this is an A* however the course is graded differently)
French – 6 (B)
Physics – 4 (C)
Chemistry – 4 (C)
Biology – 6 (B)
Maths – 5 (strong C)
Statistics – C
Overall, I’m happy with my results. Yesterday, I didn’t know what to think. I was pretty devastated and didn’t actually realise that I had done well, which resulted in an hour long sobbing session in the evening. I can’t say I’m disappointed with any of these grades; I passed everything and now have 11 GCSEs A*-C, which in itself is incredible. I didn’t think I would pass maths, but to come away with a high C grade is amazing, and considering I didn’t fill in the majority of the paper in chemistry and physics (we did not get along well), I’m shocked to have gotten a pass in those exams too.
The one grade which I’m really unhappy about is English Lit – thankfully, I’ve woken up today a lot more positive about this & feeling less upset, but I really didn’t expect this grade. I know it’s a 7, which is an amazing grade, however it is my favourite subject, the one that I’m best at and doing at A Level. To say I got an A* in language but an A in literature really annoys me, because it should be the other way round and always has been. I’m not saying it’s a bad grade, just that it’s not what I expected and I can’t be completely pleased with it. I’ve ordered a copy script of the exam just so I can read over what I wrote (even for peace of mind, I’m probably not going to get a remark incase my grade dropped), and I’m trying to forget about it now.
I’m also extremely pleased with my history grade! I didn’t think I’d done well in that exam – I had to basically teach myself the course, and I revised so so much so I’m glad my effort is reflected in my grade. I’m doing this subject next year (along with English literature and psychology), and I’m now really excited to start it and get working again!
AND NOW FOR EVERYONE ELSE
I also wanted to write a little bit of something in this post congratulating everyone else who got their results this year! A few of my wonderful blogging friends, Najida, Eden and Hannah, got their results yesterday and they’ve all done exceptionally well! A few of my friends in real life read this blog too, and I want to say well done to them, you guys have done amazingly and we should all be very happy!
The results we got yesterday don’t define us, and GCSEs are just a stepping stone to your next set of qualifications. You’re allowed to be happy, sad, angry or frustrated over your results (definitely something I had to tell myself yesterday), but most of all you should be proud you got through the exams and did your best!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and if you got your results yesterday, let me know how you did or leave me a link to your posts below & I’ll go read them. Well done no matter what you got!