Making This School Year as Productive and Useful as Possible

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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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

Lockdown 3: Staying Motivated (even though it’s super hard!)

They do always say third time’s the charm… Maybe we’ll finally knock out the virus this time?


Only the second post of the year and it’s already gone to shit… yeesh.

Since the excitement of staying at home wore off… almost a year ago, it’s super hard to stay positive during yet another national lockdown. However, most of 2020 was about making the most of a bad situation, and even though it’s going to be super hard, it’s important that we try and keep moral up throughout this lockdown. My gorgeous girlie Blondie said that it would be a very positive thing if I wrote an article on how to keep motivated during lockdown, so I am giving that to you lovely lot! I’ll be honest with you, this was a hard article to write because as of recently, I cannot help but be slightly cynical about everything that’s going on. Nonetheless, writing this cheered me up immensely. Of course, it’s completely fair to be pissed about it all, I’m pissed about it all! This is going to be tricky, but we’ve got this. We’re strong, we’re doing good, we have Taylor Swift on our side, we can do this together!

DISCLAIMER: I know this is a difficult time for us all, there’s no sugar coating it. if you feel as though you need extra support, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the numbers here. Remember, no matter how much you feel it at times, you are not alone.

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My Main Aim This Lockdown:

My overall goal for this lockdown is to get shit done, and look good while doing it.
I don't care what it is I'm doing, but you better believe that I am going to be looking my absolute best and working to be my absolute best so I'm ready for post-lockdown season!

The Personal Bits and Bobs I Will Be Doing:

My AS exams have been cancelled, but so far my A Levels have not, so most of my lockdown will be spent on Microsoft Teams, trying to scribble down notes from lessons, ensuring I understand it all, and just trying my hardest to be prepped for my A Levels! This is a good thing as it keeps my mind active. It stops the boredom seeping in, and it’s very good just for life in general!

On top of this, I will be doing daily workouts and fitness (more on this later!) and I’m doing something with a few of my friends where we’re going to have daily/weekly catch ups.

I am a complete social butterfly. I thrive off of speaking to others, which is the main reason I struggled so much in lockdown number one. This time, I have organised Skype calls with my boyfriend daily (something we’ve been doing since before Christmas), and weekly FaceTime calls with my gorgeous girl-friend. This is a great way to catch up with all of their crazy ways, gossip about whatever is on our mind and just generally have some interaction with others my own age.

Another thing which I’ll be doing this lockdown (much like I did in the previous two lockdowns) is I will be preparing myself for amazing, wonderful things after lockdown. By the end of this lockdown, I’ll have a to-do list ready and waiting to be completed, ready and waiting to make memories. This was one of the things which has kept me going for so long and I’m not letting it go when I need it most!

What I Am Doing To Help My Mental Health:

As you know, my mental wellbeing is something which I have struggled with for years now. However I am most definitely on the mend, I still have a bit of a way to go, and that’s okay! One big plan which I have for this lockdown is my new mini-challenge which I’d love you all to take part in! get dolled up with no-where to go is a new plan which lets me treat every day like it’s a fashion show, wearing all my cute outfits, trying out new makeup looks, and just generally taking care of myself and my appearance. It helps me to feel more in control of my life, which is something I think we can all agree I need now more than ever.

Something else which I began in December was looking after something other than myself. I bought three cacti from IKEA and I love them with my whole heart. They look cute, they give me the motivation to get out of bed, they’re not too high maintenance and they are super cute! Whenever I feel upset I remind myself I need to look after my plants, whom I have endearingly named “my children”. It honestly helps a lot and I recommend anyone who’s feeling a lack of motivation currently.

Finally, I will be doing a bunch of hobbies and things which cheer me up, and I will be talking about those more later! Feel free to use my ideas, I hope you find they help!

What I’m Doing to Help My Physical Health:

As I mentioned in my last post, I am going to be working on my wellbeing and fitness, and I will be explaining it a little more here.

As I briefly mentioned, my boyfriend has made me see fitness a whole new way. He showed me what wonders it’s done for his own self-confidence, and I’m sure you’ll reap the benefits also. It’s incredibly good for your wellbeing, releasing endorphins into your body, and overall just getting that post-lockdown-ready-for-the-beach-body! Soon I’ll be posting a list of exercises which are COVID Friendly – meaning you can do them at home, with no extra equipment!

I will also be looking after my skin, using masks I got for Christmas from MadBeauty, sticking to a strict skincare routine, eating healthier and drinking lots of water!

All of these things are very important to consider, and don’t forget to go outside once a day, and get that Vitamin D!

Things to Think About – Ideas and Inspiration for Lockdown Activities:

Of course, as much as I love to, I don’t want to just talk about me for this whole post! This is also about you, your mental wellbeing and what will help you during these tough times. Hopefully some of these ideas will help and if you have any more, feel free to comment them, I’d love to hear your ideas!!

  • Start a new hobby! Sky’s the limit.
  • If you’re a dab hand at sewing, why not sew face masks for you and your family? Protect yourself and those you love, but why not look cute doing it?!
  • Drawing! Last lockdown, I really loved going on walks and seeing all the rainbows in the windows and the “Thank you NHS” signs and more! I really want to keep that up this time so, you know what to do!
  • Read! It never hurts to transport yourself to a COVID-Free world! Currently I have set myself a mini challenge to read 12 books in 12 months, let’s see how I get on!
  • Netflix! The Office (US) is on the UK Netflix now so… what are you waiting for?! It’s brilliant, and I can guarantee you I’ll be watching it over and over again.
  • Cooking/baking! It’s a calming chemical reaction following a recipe, which I enjoy hugely. No time like the present!
  • Try out new makeup looks! If they fail horrifically, who’s going to know?
  • Organise your house – get a head start on spring cleaning! You got this.
  • Keep your mind active, playing logic games, things like Trivia or even Monopoly, watching game shows and yelling the answers at the TV and getting annoyed when the contestants are wrong, they’re fun pastimes which will keep you alert which is always good
  • Take some photos! Sing! Dance! get creative!
  • And most importantly, have at least 20 minutes each day to just… breathe. You need it, just calm down and relax!

why i took a break… [general life update]

So… hey guys… It’s Tati… Hope you remember me!

I’ve been logged off of Totally Tatiana for almost three months now, and I feel I should explain why to you guys.

As you all know, I struggle a lot with my mental health as it is. I have crushingly low self esteem, I struggle with PTSD, and I have to take medication for my depressive episodes. This September something bad happened. I won’t go into details, I’m just going to say it was bad. This caused a lot of knock on effects and my mental health plummeted and I went back to square one. This took away almost all of my motivation and I felt like I couldn’t bring myself to write on here whatsoever.

Through mountains of support from my friends, family and therapy, I am slowly getting better. there’s still a long road ahead, but I’m willing to try my absolute hardest to battle through this and I know I will get there eventually.

Thank you so much for all your support recently, I’ve been feeling so much love from you all, it’s kind of insane!

Hope this clears things up slightly, I promise I won’t take anymore undocumented breaks!

Love you all, stay safe,

Tati xxx

Movies to Watch During Lockdown

Since Lockdown has begun, I’ve had a lot of free time.  Particularly in the evenings and mornings where I would be revising for my GCSE’s, I have nothing to do.  Recently, I’ve been finding films on Netflix and Sky Cinema, and watching them.  As I really enjoy reviewing things, I’ve decided to update this article after I watch a film.  My taste in films is very… broad.  By that I mean in the morning I could be watching a light-hearted rom com, but then by the evening I’ll watch a spine-tingling horror film, guaranteed to give the bravest person nightmares for months.  As I consider myself a slight movie-buff now, I’ve decided to share every film I watch and give them honest, to the point reviews.  This way, I hope I can give you helpful recommendations.

  1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall                         ★★★★✩

Star-spangled cast, lovely message which honestly made me wish I watched the film sooner!  Only downside is, at some points it’s very crude.  A feel-good comedy about finding your way after getting beaten down.

  • That’s My Boy                                               ★★★☆☆

An original storyline and an iconic cast.  The biggest downside of this film is they glamorise a teacher and student relationship.  If you get past all the dodgy stuff, it’s a very heartfelt film full of plot twists!

  • Wolf of Wall Street                                   ★★☆☆☆

Honestly, I spent this three-hour long film slightly confused.  It was a cool concept and I liked the overall message, there was just a lot of sex, drugs, drugs with sex and sex with drugs. 

  • Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels         ★★★★★

OH, MY WORD THIS FILM.  It’s amazing and so funny and I’ve been quoting it since I watched it.  Full of plot twists and you can’t help but love all the characters – as insane as they are.

  • Jaws                                                                 ★★★★☆

It’s an iconic film and I loved watching it.  I really recommend it.  The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because the ending is very underwhelming. 

  • Grown Ups                                                 ★★☆☆☆

Cute film, just slightly dull and predictable.

  • Shawshank Redemption                           ★★★★★

Complete cinematographic perfection.  Amazing storyline, amazing casting, amazing filming.  You have to watch this film.

I’ll be updating this article whenever I watch a new film.  I hope this helps you find some good things to watch during this bizarre time.

What I’m Doing During Lockdown

I normally wake up at around 9:00am and when I say I wake up; I mean my Mum wakes me up.  I chat to her for a while about some crazy dream I had and then she finally manages to coax me out of bed, and by coax, I mean she gets my little brother to clamber over me until I’m practically shoved out of my own bed. 

After I am unceremoniously dumped on the floor, I put on my dressing gown and mooch downstairs ready to eat cereal.  I got nostalgic before lockdown, so I got some cheerio’s and I’ve been eating at least a bowl a day… Oops. 

I go upstairs and get changed, brush my teeth, have a shower and all that jazz.  I like video chatting with my friends, so I wear something nice, if I’m not wearing something chic and stylish, alarm bells immediately go off in everyone’s heads.  I pride myself in the outfits I wear, and my loved ones know that more than anyone.

If it was a day, I should be at school I’d aim to do five hours of schoolwork with regular breaks.  However, because I should be on Easter Holiday currently, I’m not doing that!!

I’ll go back downstairs and play a game with my brother.  So far, we’ve played Minecraft, air hockey, Bop It and even random games from when we were younger.  Earlier today we were both playing a Moshi Monsters game on my old Nintendo DSI.  After my brother successfully manages to kick my butt at whatever we’re playing, we start on our most recent challenge: getting five stars on everything in Just Dance 2014 on the Wii U.  We’ve been nostalgic recently… and by ‘we’ I mean me.  After we complete at least four dances, we both separate for a while.  I still don’t really know what my bro does during this time, but I know that I’ll watch Everybody Hates Chris or Rick and Morty or Buzzfeed Unsolved and if I’m feeling really adventurous, I’ll watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  After I’ve had a short-term fix of TV, I go up to my room and work on a Lego set… More specifically the LEGO Disney Castle.

Then, I’ll get changed and do one of the following: Paint my own or my Mum’s nails, work on a present I’m going to give one of my friends or do some colouring/activities in my Feminist Activity Book.  I’ll work on that until after Lunch and then go on to do sewing or embroidery as I find it very calming.

After that, I’ll get slightly existential and watch more TV.  While doing that, I normally find games I used to play on the iPad from when I was younger, and I’ll restart on those.  I’ve recently become obsessed with Jelly Splash and my Mum has had to pry the game away from me!  I typically do this for about half an hour to an hour and then I complete some Duolingo.  For the past three weeks, I have been learning Russian as I’ve always found it a fascinating language and I’ve always wanted to travel there.  I tried to learn the language before, but I never had the time to do it.  I strongly recommend it as it’s very rewarding and it’s good to keep your brain active during this time.  My Duolingo account is totallyxtati so feel free to follow me on that and we can learn Russian together 🙂

Finally, after I eat dinner, I’ll go out on my daily government allowed form of exercise.  I’ll go around my local area and practice skateboarding.  Thumper encouraged me to get into skateboarding and now I’m obsessed.  It’s super fun and I’ve only fallen off once which is pretty impressive considering I can barely walk in a straight line without tripping.

In the evening, I’ll watch a movie either on my own or with my parents.  I’ve watched some great ones (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and some not so great ones (Lizzie).  I’m considering writing some more reviews so let me know if you want me to!  Also give me film recommendations. :)When I have the time, I’ll read and work on my blog. I’ve been enjoying having the quiet nights in to be honest.

This month has been difficult to say the least. Lets keep holding onto hope, and if we all listen to what the government says it should end soon. Until then, I’ve been Tatiana and just remember: Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.