Alternative Title: How To Make This School Year Your BITCH
With school coming up next week in really great pixels and definition, these next two terms are going to be insanely important for year 11’s, 12’s and 13’s. As it’s teacher assessed grades, it’s super important to put 100% of your effort into each assignment, test, essay and just classwork in general. These two terms will consist of you working your sorry butt off to get the grades you know you deserve. Whilst this can sound really daunting, I promise you it’s not. There are a few helpful tips and tricks I want to share with you all so that you don’t get overwhelmed this year and you can be prepped for the following year where everything will (hopefully) be back to normal.
DISCLAIMER: Whilst I hope that these will be useful for years 11, 12 and 13, I know that as I am in Year 12, this list will almost definitely be tailored towards my fellow Year 12s.
- REVISE, REVISE, REVISE. Whilst it may sound crazy, especially for any GCSE students, it’s so important to revise your subjects. If you want to do any resits, this time will be so greatly valued and appreciated by your future self. As for those who are meant to be doing AS Levels this year, if you want to continue on and do A Levels in those subjects, it is so important to revise the topics so that it can stay fresh in your mind. This will all help you stay on track and understand more when September comes around. Even for year 13s, it never hurts to begin revising parts of your uni course if that’s the path you want to take.
- Become an active class member. As much as you may loathe putting your hand up in class, it really can end up helping. Regularly contributing and communicating with the teacher will both help you understand the class way better and it will let the teacher know that you want to be there and you are enthusiastic and ready to learn.
- Be ready and prepped. I’m sure that all of your teachers say this to you, but you really need to show up to lessons with all the things you need. It helps in the long run, trust me. Bring your notes, folders, text books, texts to analyse, highlighters, pens, everything. Just pretend that you have your shit together and you can simply fake it ’til you make it – it’s what I’ve been doing for the past few years and it works pretty well I must say!!
- Remain Vigilant. Even though we’re going back to school and the infection rate has gone down, that doesn’t mean covid has gone away. No no no! Make sure that if your school wants you to keep your face-mask on, you Keep. It. On. Protect your peers, social distance when you’re able to, open windows when possible and really just stay safe. Protect your loved ones guys, it’s really important.
- Set yourself mini-goals. I always do this when I find it really hard to deal with my mental health. Just make a mini to-do list full of relatively achievable things and you can tick it off throughout the day. It can be something small like going to all your lessons, or eating a healthy lunch or something slightly bigger such as planning that essay, or handing in that coursework. Whatever it’s filled with, it never hurts to get a bit of motivation.
- Stay Organised. Having a mini planner to hand has never hurt anyone. Making a note of your lessons, homework set, birthdays and just other random bits and bobs have really helped me to survive lockdown, and I’m sure that it will help me to keep my shit together when I’m back at school half awake and grumpy because I can’t learn about tort in my jammies.
- Eat healthily and regularly. Something I know I’m going to miss about online learning is being able to eat whatever whenever. If I ever got peckish, boom I got to eat food. Since food and water is so important for your energy levels, don’t at all be afraid to pack a couple of extra snacks to keep up your energy levels throughout the day. If you just Google good snacks for energy, millions of articles come up and I can promise they will help you. Just remember to always have a bottle of water to hand as well as some snacks and a healthy lunch to keep you going throughout the day.
- Try and read ahead when possible. Even though it feels like we’re super behind our schedule and curriculum in general, it really helps to know what you’re doing in the lesson the day prior so that you can skim read the text book. That way you feel more prepared and even if you’re really not at all in the mood to do lessons, you can still kind of understand what the teacher is going on about which will help.
- Take notes. As painfully obvious as it sounds, it is so incredibly important to take notes, even if you cannot be bothered. They can be half-assed and scrawly for all I care, but it’s really important to jot down things so that you have them at a later date. I always also make sure I can access the PowerPoints for my lessons, that way I can also go through the lesson in my own time and get to grips with it myself. It’s something small but it pays off in end of topic tests and things!
- These things take time. As exciting as it is to be able to get back to school, it’s also very scary. You need to remember to wear face-masks, have hand sanitiser to hand (no pun intended), and there’s loads of extra rules to remember. Whilst this can be overwhelming, it’s important to remember we’re all in this same situation and we can try and face this head on. Take each day as it comes and don’t overthink anything too much. You’re already doing great and I’m sure you’ve got this! Best of luck, love you all, Tati xoxo