I saw this hashtag circulating Twitter the other day and it gave me an idea for a blog post. Last September when I entered Year11 I felt nervous as to what the year would bring and I was unsure how to best deal with the forthcoming academic year. I learnt a lot last year and I know others did too so I wanted to write this post to give people going into Year11 (or even Year10) some advice.
I asked a few of my friends and people on Twitter who have just finished Year11 for their tips in hope that they can help and offer advice.
Really look after yourself, especially from the months of April and June. Drink lots of water, eat a balanced diet and make sure you’re getting lots of fresh air. This seems a silly thing to say but if you have a healthy and active body it’s going to give you a much clearer mind and a higher ability to learn.
Believing in yourself and your own ability is so, so important this year. You’re more likely to succeed if you believe you will. Even when it seems hard and that it’s not going your way just keep going, it’ll be worth it.
The worst thing you could possibly do is compare your success to that of the people surrounding you; success is such a personal thing. Some people will celebrate Cs and some people will be disappointed with Bs and that’s perfectly okay.
Stay focused, don’t be distracted by little things; this sounds hard but you have to have self-discipline and you have to have priorities. It’s only till the end of June, it’s not forever.
Your school will give you predicted grades but these don’t matter, they may be unrealistic (mine were) and don’t let them define the work you do. Have your own personal goals and strive to reach them; to get pressurised by what your school is telling you you should be getting.
Revising is so important, I’d definitely recommend using your mocks to help you find the way you prefer to revise. Mind maps, cue cards, posters, songs, youtube videos and writing are all ways that might work for you.
Don’t leave your revision till the last minute, your brain won’t be able to cope with taking in all that information at once. Give yourself time.
Accept help when it’s offered to you, there’s nothing wrong with getting support to boost your success. You teachers are there for you and they want you to do well (even if it feels like they don’t) get all the help and support you can.
Be organised, know how you work and what’s best for you as an individual. You don’t have to follow the crowd.
Overall, I’d say really try to enjoy this year of school. It seems hard with all the pressure and stress but really appreciate and support the people around you. It’s the last year you’ll spend with them so really make the most of it. At the end of the day you can only do your best.
(thank you to everyone who sent me tips for this post)