Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Top Tips For Year 11 Mock Exams

 
As I'm writing this, it's the 2nd of December, and I've only just managed to get through an entire week of mock exams. It's safe to say that I'm shattered, and I've still got another 4 to go - eek!

In all honesty, it hasn't been that bad. Okay, so maybe my brain has felt like stress city, and I'm pretty sure I've had cramps in my hand daily, which is never normally something that I experience, but hey, it's Year 11 - what did I expect?! It's hardly a walk in the park, that's for sure.

Anyway, the whole point of today's post is to help all of you out. Whether you're in the same boat as me, you have sailed far away from the mayhem that is mock exams, or you haven't even reached the harbour yet, I still have my fingers crossed that you find a little bit of comfort, or reassurance through the things I'm going to be talking about.

1. One of the most important, yet obvious tips that I can give you is to get plenty of sleep the night before. You may be thinking, "but Jade, how on earth can I possibly sleep when all this information, and all these emotions keep buzzing around in my head like busy bees?". Well, lucky for you, I know the answer! You need to do your revision earlier on in the day. If you have school, then you can do some at the weekends, and then do more as soon as you get in. Don't leave it all to the last minute, otherwise you won't ever be able to settle down. Take a warm bath, get cosy in bed, and try to relax. After all, you need your beauty sleep! Recently, I was lucky enough to get sent a sample of the 'Calm After Dark Balm' from Kiss The Moon. The idea is that you apply it to your pressure points (I rub a little bit into my wrists), and it's meant to soothe you, and put your mind at ease. I'll be doing a separate post on it soon, but I just thought I'd include a brief mention here as well!

2. Make sure you eat plenty for breakfast. Food, and proper nutrition will help you to focus properly, and then it's much more likely that you will actually be able to think of the answers, rather than having a complete mind blank. I get the fact that not everyone likes to eat in the morning, but I honestly can't function if I don't. Even if you just have a cup of tea, and a cereal bar, it's better than nothing!

3. Revise, revise, revise. That sounds like a stupidly obvious point to make, but you'd be surprised as to how many people don't actually put as much, if any, time, or effort into exams. You really do need to work hard if you want to achieve those desired grades. Of course, I don't mean that you should put tonnes of pressure on yourself, which could lead to you becoming very ill, but do revise, and do always try your best. Just make sure you know when to take breaks. I understand that a lot of people do put pressure upon themselves, because I'm one of them, but all you can do is practise, and put your all into everything relating to your education. You can only do your best.

4. Find the methods that work best for you, and only you. Some of the people in your class may be an auditory learner. Others may be a kinesthetic learner. You yourself might be a visual learner. It completely depends, and it varies person to person. I find that creating flashcards, quizzing myself, doing past papers, reading revision books, or guides, and watching videos about each topic to be the most helpful forms of revision for me personally. I really recommend Gojimo, and GCSEPod. I think you can only use GCSEPod if your school enables you to, but you can always speak to your teachers if you want to have access to it! You can look at the resources available through the apps, or the websites. I also just thought I'd throw in the fact that you should take advantage of every opportunity you get to receive extra help. See if you can get a tutor for a certain subject you're struggling with (who wants a separate post on that?), email your teachers, go to revision sessions, stay behind after school. You're in control of your education. Do what it takes to get to where you want/need to be.

5. Get all of the stationary supplies you need. I'm one of those people that always gets excited over this kind of thing, as you can probably tell from the picture that I used above. Some of the things that I have to help me get through Year 11, and my GCSE's are revision guides, and workbooks, a variety of highlighters, fine liners, flash cards, paper clips, post it notes, past papers, information sheets, educational apps, a memory stick, and folders. I literally have it all. You may not feel like you need, or want as much as me, but that's down to your personal opinion. I use everything I have, and it works for me, so maybe it will work for you too.

That's all that I can think of today, guys! Wow, there really is a lot of information, isn't there? Anyway, I really hope it's helped some of you, or been of use if you're going through mock exams. As I said at the beginning, whilst writing up this post, I've got 4 exams left. English Language, Maths Calculator (Paper 3), Geography (Human), and Citizenship in Context. I have results day on the 6th of January, so I may consider doing a post then..

Do you want to see more educational type posts? Do you have any tips I haven't mentioned? Best of luck if you have any exams coming up! You go smash them, lovelies!

Lots of love always,

Jade xo
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