As much as we hate to all admit it, lots of us have already gone back to school, or are about to. Today I start Year 13, my last year of school EVER. It’s crazy to think that I’ve completed all those years, and although the lessons at times felt like ETERNITY, the time has flown by!
Having experienced all those years of secondary school and sixth form, I’ve had my fair share of stress and exams. I know that year 11 is the most stressful year in secondary school life. Having a HECK LOAD of GCSE exams, coursework and a load of other stress as well as it being the last year for you, I can understand it can get a little stressful and busy! Therefore, as almost two years ago I was nervous entering year 11 (TWO YEARS WTF IM OLD), I thought I’d share some tips on how to survive your last years of school, and also enjoy it a lil’!
It’s important to start revising early, but not TOO early. Obviously, Year 11s face a year of revision, ending with GCSEs which can be SO nerve-wracking and stressful. Lots of people make the mistake or revising a little too late, leaving them to have to CRAM everything in a few weeks which is really bad for you- it’s impossible! However, it’s also important not to get stressed about revision too early. I really recommend just working hard in your lessons and making notes, then a few months before the exams (either February or Easter half term for UK readers!) start your revision. This will give you enough time to get everything sorted and remembered, without stressing you out!
Do extra things that will help your CV and future. Although you may just be starting Year 11, it’s important to start thinking about your future. If you want to get a job, perhaps do some things for your CV such as after school clubs or volunteer work. If you are hoping to go to a college, sixth form or university in the future, you may want to take part in some academic clubs or trips as it can really boost your image, knowledge and experience!
Look at the year in perspective. Yes, year 11 is an EXTREMELY stressful year. I had my moments of tears and worries over exams that when I look back, weren’t even that bad. Trust me, they feel like the hardest thing ever, but one year on I feel like I could do them everyday haha! It’s your last year of secondary school, so make sure you ENJOY it! Go out with your friends, go and chat to your teachers after school, make the most of what you have because before you know it, you’ll be on your last day and may never see it again! (Or go back in year 12 to sixth form like me LOL)
I hope these tips will help the new Year 11s this year! To be honest, these tips can pretty much apply for every single school year, all are very important, so it’s important you make the most of it! Good luck to everyone going back to school and starting their new years, WE CAN DO THIS! If anyone needs any help or advice with anything regarding school, PLEASE just drop me an email or message as I want to make sure all your school years go FAB!