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My GCSE experience + tips

Hello everyone,

Today I will be sharing with you my experience with GCSEs and how the last 2 years went for me. This blog post is also in collaboration with the lovely Lana from Life in the Happy and we are both doing a back to school blog post for you all!

At the end of this post, I will be answering a few questions you guys had.

Year 10 experience

Year 10 is a little fuzzy but I do remember it being the year where I was the most carefree in my school career. This is the worst time for it to happen but, it was due to having multiple teachers for each subject and I genuinely did not learn anything. It was also the time when teachers would not stop saying you have GCSEs constantly and they had to rush over the majority of the content because we were doing 3 years worth of work in 2. (Just a side note: we didn’t have enough time to finish the content for most subjects before the exams).

Year 11 experience

The first half of year 11 still didn’t feel like we had exams but, it was hectic because we did so many mocks (and when it came to the real GCSE, it felt like a mock exam). When January rolled around and I had my last mock, it hit me that I have exams to sit so I wanted to start revising in February (because January was practically done). However, that did not go to plan! Due to having an extra period after school for revision/catch up on content and sometimes staying in school until 6, for art which I hated, I kept becoming ill due to exhaustion. Especially the in the holidays and I just couldn’t revise. It definitely drained me mentally and physically because of how much effort I was putting in school. It got pretty stressful during the exam season and honestly, I was just counting down the days ’till summer.

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Due to the questions being so similar, I’ve made the questions similar so I can explain it more.

When it came to choosing subjects, did you choose subjects you like or the subjects you are good at?

I chose both because I chose art as I liked it (but ended up hating it in the end and was a big regret) and Graphics because I was kind of good (and I really enjoyed it). I chose business because I wanted to try something new (and it went alright) but I chose Geography out of history because I preferred that out of the two. But it is all down to personal preference really.

Was year 11 as hard as you expected it to be?

Yes because the more effort you put into year 10 and consolidate the knowledge, the easier it would’ve been. However, that was not the case for me.

When did you start revising?

As you guys have just read and due to that circumstance, I started proper revision a month before. I wish I would’ve done it 4 months before (but I guess the extra period counted as revision).

Did you find GCSEs stressful and if you did, how did you cope with it?

I didn’t find it stressful; I was just constantly tired and took naps every day. I did get stressed when I was doing exams because some went so badly. To cope, I cried once and that really helped because I was honestly over it after that.

Did you prepare before the summer of GCSEs (in year 10 and 11)

Nope. I wish I did in the summer before year 11, but I’m glad I didn’t at the same time because if I worried about studying, I wouldn’t have focused on having fun. The summer before year 11 is the best summer I’ve had ever.

My GCSE experience + tips

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Year 10: I would recommend you guys to get your act together and try to understand as much content as you can. The more you consolidate the less revision you do in year 11. But don’t forget to still enjoy yourself because it is the last year before it gets stressful.

Most importantly learn which study method works for you so you can study better in year 11.

Year 11: Try your hardest and ask for help when you need it. Revise effectively because it doesn’t matter how many hours you revise. It’s about how the information stays in your head. Just know that it is ok to feel stressed and it is normal and it goes really fast so enjoy yourself too.

So I hope you all enjoyed this post and found it helpful. Click here to check out Lana’s post because she shares her experience in the first 4 years of secondary school and check out her Instagram. Have a lovely day everyone!

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  • Sophie

    Such a great post Najida!

    Soph |

    August 25, 2018 at 6:10 pm Reply
  • Caitlin

    Fabulous tips here! Year 11 was such a long time ago for me now 🙈 I’m feeling old haha

    August 23, 2018 at 9:16 am Reply
  • Eden

    Loved this post! It is also so useful to me because I am going into Year 11 so thank you! 💖xx

    August 22, 2018 at 9:57 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      You’re welcome lovely! I’m so glad it was helpful💖 x

      August 22, 2018 at 11:39 pm Reply
  • Lana Free

    Loved the post!! Great tips too – I’m definitely going to start revising now then 🙂 Thanks so much for collaborating with me lovely xx

    August 22, 2018 at 6:41 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Your welcome and thank you again for wanting to collaborate with me! Glad this post came to some use xx

      August 22, 2018 at 6:42 pm Reply

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