The Exam Diaries 2019 || GCSE's

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

WELL HELLO THERE, HAVEN'T DONE THIS IN A WHILE HAVE I?
Feat. loads of pictures of my revision because who can be bothered to do a proper photoshoot in the middle of exams?

Hello lovely people, nice to see you, to see you nice. I'M BACK!! After almost two months away from the blogging-scene I'm back with a whole heap of blog-post ideas ready to be written, but before I share with you all of my glorious posts on summer fashion, prom and The F-Word, I thought it would only be right to take to you through the past few weeks of my life and in-case you didn't know, those weeks were spent doing just under 30 exam papers as part of this lovely thing called GCSE's (if you have no idea what they are because you don't live in England google them so you know what I'm rambling about.)
Yesss, I survived! Just under five weeks of mayhem and I got through my first exam season so I thought I'd share with you my experience. It's been a complete rollercoaster of emotions and I cannot tell you how glad it is that it's all over. Honestly, I'm so happy because now I've got a twelve-week summer holiday to sleep and relax and I've got sooo many fun things planned.





THE REVISION
This was probably more stressful than the actual exams looking back. It was the process of hearing how many hours/evenings people had spent revising and then stressing out because I'd done so much less. It seemed to all become this massive competition of 'who could do the most hours?' or 'who could have the most notes?' I've learnt so much about what revision works for me and what doesn't, I've learnt the best methods for each subject and I've learnt that QUALITY is always better than QUANTITY. A page of really good, condensed notes with key facts is so much better than notebooks full of ramble.
Next exam season I'd love to do a whole series of posts on revision and how to revise for each subject I took, talking more in-depth about my own experiences and which methods were most useful for me and all that jazz. So stay tuned for that.
I didn't start working as early as most people and honestly I did do a lot of cramming the night before for exams, but I feel like certain papers or questions or topics you just can't be 100% prepared for and you need to accept that at a certain point it's becomes more about which questions come up or how they're worded than anything else.


THE EMOTIONS
Being completely honest I don't think my skin and under-eye bags have ever looked worse than in exam season. My sleeping pattern was messed up and will spend half my summer catching up on sleep. I know everyone copes with stress differently and has different views on exams in the first place, and for me I knew how important they were, but didn't feel too horrified that my life was going to end if I messed up a few papers (because in the long run...they're not that important. Trust me.) 
I had a routine of revising for a sold 45 minutes and then relaxing(ish) for 15 where I could sort my notes, catch up on socials and tidy my room. Yes, there were points where I thought I was going to throw up right before an exam (English Literature was a horrific build-up) and there were other points where I felt completely chill about it (maybe because I was past caring just a little bit.) 
Everyone's different and despite experiencing a mental roller-coaster of emotions over the four-ish weeks of exams, I think I've learnt more from it. Like the fact sometimes you just need to move on - so what an exam in the morning didn't go great? You've got another in the afternoon you need to focus on. If I dwelled on every exam I took and every mistake I made I think I would have just drowned in stress.
Some days were harder than others and more than anything it's just the amount of ENERGY you have to put into those exams, it's so draining and painful and I've never been so bloody tired.



THE EXAMS
First off, I reckon I know the pre-exam tape with all the rules and regulations off by heart. And secondly exams are all about having a certain attitude. If I didn't have my friends giving me ALL the advice, I'm not sure I would've had the same attitude to exams as I did and so wouldn't have come out the other side mildly okay. The whole process was a challennnnge and a lot of exams are just about luck. Because sometimes it doesn't matter how prepared you are or how much you've revised if a dodgy question comes up that's badly worded in maths, or a stupidly obscure question comes up in English Lit - you won't necessarily be able to do as well as you want and you might mess up that question a bit. It's something you've got to accept and for me that was one of the hardest things, feeling like I could've done so much better if it was just a different question.
Also the silence of the exam hall will always be my least favourite thing.




THE AFTERMATH
Now that they're all done, I think my brain's just deleted them from memory. I can barely remember what was in most of my papers and can barely remember walking into that exam hall however many times I did. These exams are just something you need to face head on and get on with and now they're all finished I'm going to relax for twelve weeks. TWELVE WEEKS I swear this kind of thing will never happen in my life again TWELVE WEEKS OF SUMMER!

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I'm so relieved they're all done and can't wait to spend twelve weeks doing whatever the hell I want. It feels so strange knowing that three years of work is gone and finished. As always thank you for reading and I cannot wait to get back to blogging this summer and sharing my adventures with you! x
If you did exams, how did they go? What are your plans for this summer?

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Lots of love,
Grace
xox


44 comments:

  1. I remember studying for finals, it can be so stressful, but at least now you can relax.

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  2. Good job Grace Louise!! I've never been a huge fan of trying to cram it all in at the end of a semester. I feel like I learn more as I go!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

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  3. Life is all about learning that's for sure. I remember studying for exams and making colour coded cards to memorise info. My business school class was insane, nobody can cram there's too much for anyone to wait to the last minute. :) /Madison

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    1. Ohh thank you for such a lovely comment! x

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  4. hope you aced your finals!! I love your yellow sweater and even the photos of all the notecards are so cute!! now enjoy your summer!!! x Shannon • www.essellesse.com

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  5. Amazing that you're done. I forgot just about everything instantly when I did mine too. I hope you enjoy your break x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  6. This reminds me how happy I am to have school behind me haha!
    So much studying.

    www.fashionradi.com

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  7. Haha! Congrats because it's over!!! Enjoy your vacation!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  8. you did a great job !

    https://www.clairetalksbeauty.com/

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  9. Congrats! i hope you enjoy your vacation to the fullest!

    www.sundaydahlias.com

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  10. I'm so glad you survived! :) Job well done!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  11. Goodluck on your finals! Gosh, I sometimes miss school and then I remember stuff like this and I am glad I'm done XD

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

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  12. Congratulations on finishing them! That's huge!

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  13. Ugh same... so glad it's over.

    TWELVE WEEKS OF SUMMER HERE WE COME!!

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  14. Congrats! Great job!

    https://www.lostindaydreams.com/

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  15. Ooohhhhh god, don't worry I remember how bad my skin used to be during exam season; I'd eat SO much junk and drink litres and litres of diet coke haha!

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. Haha that was literally meee, I kept treating myself to all sorts of rubbish whoops! x

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  16. Omg great job!!!! You are so organgised

    Jadieegosh   Instagram

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    1. Aw thank you so much, I didn't feel it at the time!

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  17. WOW 30 exam papers! That is intense. I remember going through all this when I was in school. I was not a crammer I always studied in advance and increments. I find it stays in your head better that way and I would rewrite all my notes and organize them I found that this too kept the information in your head better was well.

    And when it was done I was busy I did not know what to do with myself and this was before I had a blog lol

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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    1. I completely agree Hun, I'm so glad I have the blog to keep me busy all summer!! x

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  18. Your post is so interesting to read as always :)
    Cannot wait to read more from you.

    - Marina W

    http://www.waitmarinawho.com/2019/06/ah-sunflowers.html

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    1. Aw wow thank you so much Hun, that's so sweet of you! x

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  19. Omg the stress of GCSE was something else. I hated every second of my final GCSE year - and now I'm at uni and have to go through similar, if not worse, things every May haha.

    Have a great weekend :)
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

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    1. Ughh the exams never stop, have a lovely weekend Hun! x

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  20. The memorization of a topic taught in a lesson proves to be more achievable because it is experience-based, whereas covering a topic by oneself at home or in the library is likely to be more tedious for the memory.
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  21. I know I’m a little late to comment but well done, you worked incredibly hard for those exams and you should be really proud of yourself, here’s to 12 weeks of doing whatever the hell we want!!
    Alice x

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    1. Haha no worries my lovely and thank you so much, you should be so proud fo yourself too WE DID ITTTTT!!! x

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  22. I'm super late but congrats!! Hope your summer has been going well :D -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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