Advice For New Year 11s

 It has been a funny year for us all. Exams were cancelled for the first time in over 60 years and it was a strange experience indeed. Here, I have a few tips that are specifically going to help the upcoming year 11s, although, I do think anyone can apply them.  I know that I would have loved to see a post like this, this time last year as it is worrying to think about!


1. Use Your Planner

Whether it's an ordinary planner issued by your school or an academic diary it is really important that you use this. You will need it to write down dates for exams, deadlines for homework notes so you don't forget items. My planner was a huge help and I have no idea how I would have survived without it. They are issued for a reason so make sure you use them!

2. Keep Yourself Organised

This kind of runs off from my previous point, but by simply ensuring that your folders are organised, you are saving yourself a lot of time. Maybe sit down every other week and organise any loose sheets so that everything is in its place. It makes it so much easier to come back to when you need it. I remember doing this a few times for friends and seriously, if you stay on top of it, it becomes much less of a mammoth task! 

3. Revise As You Go

Make revision resources as you go. This will save you heaps of time in the run-up to exams and you will be less stressed. If you revise for the smaller tests, then the bigger ones will become easier.

4. Do Something You Love

We all need that time for ourselves, whether its a sport you play, volunteering or a hobby. You must remember that in order to do well in school, you also need time away from the books. Check out what your school has going on at the beginning of the year and sign up for that gym class you have always wanted to do. It's the best way to take your mind off of the daily pressures too! If not now, when?


5. Homework Is Set for A Reason

Now it may not seem like it, but when you get in on a Friday night and discover that you have been set a week's worth of homework you might think that your teachers have set it in spite of you not getting a weekend. However, I can assure you that that's not the case. Homework tasks have been thought out to help you progress on specific topics. It will get hard and there's no denying that. Some teachers may set homework tasks as revision which actually works in your favour because in the long term there will be less for you to do!

6. (Try to) Stay out of the Drama

It just isn't necessary, and that's coming from me of all people!

7.  Create an Exam Routine

This may sound slightly strange if you have never really sat any formal exams before. But simply by having a set routine before each exam, it has been scientifically proven that you will be more relaxed (as much as you can be) and may even perform better. This could be, eating a certain food, I always had a banana or protein bar before my morning exams, or listening to a chilled playlist on your way into school. Also, always make sure that you have your exam pencil case prepared with everything you will need on standby! It makes it so much easier to grab when you have been so busy revising that you almost forget it!



8.  Exam Questions Are Your Best Friend

Just like many of your teachers have told you, there is no use in just reading a textbook, unless you have an insanely good memory, and let's be honest, what are the chances of that? You can find a plethora of them online, do past papers and get them marked. Your teachers won't mind if you do an exam question every week and hand it in. If you did that once a week - imagine how much practise you could have!

9. REVISE FOR YOUR MOCKS!

This one goes without saying, REVISE FOR YOUR MOCKS, THEY ARE IMPORTANT! Even more so, for the Class of 2020! You never know what may happen! 

10.  Enjoy Yourself

Year 11 for the most part, was a great year and was very fun. It is important but you can have heaps of fun. I guess at the end of the day, it is what you make it!



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