We’ve been back at school for about a month now, and it’s all in full swing again. Don’t get me wrong, I love having the structure to my days, but I realllly am missing having lie-ins and being a little lazy in the morning. Hopefully, you’re doing well too? Good.
Even though we technically started year 13 work in June and July, we’re officially the oldest in the school now!
I would’ve said “the biggest” but some of us are only 5ft 😦 But this does mean that the work has been piled back on and our lives are busy busy busy again! At our school, I’m trying to get as involved as possible in things this year and part of that will be writing short articles for our newly founded school bulletin – similar to what I write on here. This month I’ve written a little article titled: Things I wish someone had told me during year 12, although what I’ve written can apply to (almost) anybody doing any sort of exams this year, especially for the first time… So here goes:
- Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. When I first started A-levels, I was finding Philosophy really difficult to understand, and almost immediately I regretted doing Maths! All I kept seeing was that I was doing badly in both subjects, but was keeping it to myself as I was too embarrassed to ask for any help! DONT DO THIS!!!! I emailed my Philosophy teacher and she was amazing and helping me to (finally) get it! I started doing extra maths tuition outside of school and it helped me pick up my confidence so much! Any decent teacher wants to see you do well, and I’m pretty sure that most schools will have ways to support those who are struggling. Get help ASAP, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about; if anything it makes you feel even more proud when you actually do well!
- You’ll get there eventually. Similarly, I’d been sitting in lessons thinking “I’M NOT GETTING ANY OF THIS!!!” and at times it felt like the lesson was being taught in another language! But now I’ve finished the year, I’ve realised that it all made sense eventually and just to keep going at it. When I had no idea what was going on, it put me off working sooo much. As long as you don’t get too put off by the fact that it’s not clicked yet, and just remember that it’ll all click eventually. It’s definitely easier said than done, but trust me, it works.
- It’s never “too” early to start working. The title gives this away, but I convinced myself that I wouldn’t need to revise just yet because it was early on in the year. I WISH I could go and shake myself at this! It’s a cliche but doing little and often makes the hugest difference and won’t only improve your knowledge and grades, but will leave you feeling less stressed during exams!
- You get out what you put in. I don’t mean this just for work (whilst this is true) but instead for school in general. If you get involved, volunteer to do stuff and throw yourself into whatever you’re doing, especially in sixth form, you tend to enjoy it more! I certainly am, and people tend to say the same thing.
- Stop going to the co-op every time you have a free! Our school is a 5-minute walk away from a co-op, but I guess this depends on if you have home-study or can leave the site at lunches. In my case, almost every time I had a free period last year, I’d walk to the co-op and buy food or something stupid that I definitely would regret wasting my money on before payday. I’d love to go back and say “Caitlin, you fully know that you don’t need that pasta salad, and you definitely don’t need that chocolate to ‘stress eat’ – put it back”. This is the main reason why I always find myself broke at the end of the month. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
6. Get more sleep. Last year I’d be up until early hours in the morning most nights, then exhausted the next day. My aim at the moment is to be asleep by midnight which I’ve (mostly) kept to. Hopefully, I continue this haha!
These are all things I’m going to try and actually do this year! Hopefully, this is of some benefit to both of us.