Hello everyone! I’m back again with yet another back to school post; sadly I go back this Wednesday but I do still have a few school related posts I want to do on my blog so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for them. Anyway, today’s blog post is a very exciting post because I’m doing it in collaboration with one of my most favourite bloggers of all time, Liv from Liv Grace! I’m going to share the top five things I wish I knew before going into GCSEs, and she’s going to share the same, only for A Levels!
So, If you didn’t know I finished my GCSEs this summer (you can see my results here), so I’m now moving into my A Levels (I go back to school in about three days now & it’s safe to say I am definitely not ready!!). I’ve decided to share with you all five things I wish I knew before I started my GCSEs, and hopefully this will be useful to you whether you’re starting year 10 or year 11!
YOU CAN NEVER START TOO EARLY
So, this might go against some of the advice you’d read before, but I wish I’d started revising earlier. And by revising, I don’t actually mean learning the content, but making my revision resources. You don’t want to be stuck making mindmaps and flash cards the night before the exam, because you won’t have any time to learn them. I didn’t finish all my content revision wise, however I know if I’d have started early with making mindmaps, quizlets and writing up notes, I’d have definitely been able to revise more content in the run up to the exams.
BEING ORGANISED IS KEY
I had a folder for each of my subjects in GCSE, and I recommend you do too. You gather up a very large collection of notes and revision hand outs from your teachers, and with 11 different subjects that’s really difficult to keep track of. I filed all my work away into folders and it definitely helped me know where everything was whenever I wanted to read it or revise a particular topic. Also, having the right tools for revision and exams in terms of stationery is important too, not only does it make you want to revise more but having some backup pens in an exam will save you lots of time rather than having to wait to borrow one from the invigilators.
BUY ALL THE BOOKS YOU NEED EARLY
I ended up buying a bunch of random books for GCSEs throughout the year, which I wouldn’t recommend. Find out which books you’re going to need as early as possible, and buy them then and there; I’d recommend CGP revision guides for science and geography, but for history and English I don’t think they’re that good. I bought all my textbooks I used at school for history, and for English I didn’t really use revision guides. The earlier you buy all the books, the sooner you can read through them and get to grips with the course!
YEAR 11 MOCKS COME AROUND VERY QUICKLY
We all know that the school year goes pretty fast, but most of us have our year 11 mocks in December/January time. The year honestly goes so fast before mocks, and you’ll have done no revision if you don’t realise how quickly they come around. I wish I’d revised some more in the summer holidays before year 11, as mocks came around quicker than I was expecting and I did nowhere near enough revision. I’d say definitely do light revision all year round in the run up to mocks, especially if you don’t want your Christmas holidays to be ruined by the impending doom of mocks!
IT SOUNDS MORE SCARY THAN IT IS
I was really worried about starting year 11 – I knew exams would come around quickly, and I worried that I’d be spending my whole life stressing over school work rather than actually enjoying it. If anything, GCSEs were better than I expected; sure, the content was difficult and I hated the revision, but it was definitely my favourite school year so far. You make and keep some really great friends (bonding in periods of stress is always good), and GCSEs are totally manageable. Don’t stress about them too much, and remember the huge 11 week holiday you’ll have after you’re finished to do whatever you want. It’s the best reward ever!
I hope this post was useful to you all! For those of you going into Year 12/13, make sure to go check out Liv’s post here. Let me know which year you’re going into in the comments!