Grow Your Grades is back, and bigger than ever! We started in September this year, so there are already hundreds of amazing blogs full of people documenting their studying journey through school, college, apprenticeships, university and more. You can read more about Grow Your Grades here, and start your own blog here to join the fun!
While we were reading some Grow Your Grades blogs so far, we noticed that every student, no matter what level they were at, were doing and thinking about the same things. This is what we found out...
Everyone worries about exams
Although they are still a long way away, lots of people are worried about their exams, or the content they are learning already. Don’t worry if you’re feeling like this as well – things may feel daunting at first, but learning doesn’t happen overnight. Give yourself time, and you’ll get to grips with it.
Not feeling very confident for the core 3 and the organic chemistry mocks tomorrow, but they're only mocks and I'll learn from my mistakes – Darkenergy
I feel like there is a strong possibility I'll mess up? Like imagine just working your socks off to just fall to pieces at the end – Pentaquark
Everyone needs to set goals
It is a good idea to set both general and specific goals for yourself. A long-term goal could be to get into your dream university, but without short term goals it can feel impossible to achieve. Setting yourself some smaller goals each day gives you something realistic to aim for and complete quickly.
I'm aiming to get a 1st again this year, although will be hard to improve on last year, I want to maintain my level at least! For programming, I also want to get to a good enough stage of Java, that is successfully complete a couple of projects for myself! – mobbsy91
My hopes for 2017: I will hopefully be updating this tread with a weekly recap of what I accomplished in that week! I'm really excited to combat all the procrastination and work towards my desired grades and gain a place at my dream uni! – Sheek1234
Everyone takes breaks now and then
Lots of students feel like they should be studying 24/7, but this just isn’t possible. Give yourself breaks, and celebrate when you complete your goals instead of heaping more on your plate.
My to-do list for college is currently empty!! Now watch that be ruined tomorrow lol. Oh well, a good way to end a Sunday night.
EMPTY!! – Sinfonietta
After a fairly unproductive weekend in which I spent both Friday and Saturday night clubbing due to my recent possessed legal rights and thus feeling sick on both days after, I did not get much work done – bigpaddy27
Take on these wise words from last year’s Grow Your Grades winner, brainzistheword:
I'd highly recommend that people plan their time, and I do this on a more specific level in a diary. Even if you don't plan every task to the minute, it is nice to see when you are busy and what is coming up in your day, as well as where you can ft in an extra 10 minutes study or meet up with your friends because you didn't realise you were free
Everyone tries to stay positive
Celebrate your small victories to keep your motivation up.
I need to get my head around the fact that I cannot get an A* in every subject overnight, it takes time. All I can do currently on tests is try and do as well as I can. I need to try and get ahead of homework, so I have time to revise for tests – emduck
I'm quite satisfied at the amount of workload I achieved today! 2 more days until Mock Examinations begin! – greentron6
Everyone is starting to think about exams
They’re still ages away, but it might be a good idea to start thinking about doing things like consolidating your notes, seeing where your weak spots are, and filling in any gaps in your learning. Here are four ways to get started without having to do much at all.
After a class, I get out my highlighters and highlight the information in the notes according to the colour code I used with my sticky notes in the first stage. (i.e green for formulas, pink for definitions etc). This helps keep everything organised so it's easier when it comes to revision – StrawbAri
I just revise by making mind-maps & cue cards for each topic and kind of teaching myself by reading it out to myself. I also test recall on certain areas and have to write down each steps for a certain process without looking at my notes (and I keep repeating it until I get everything right) – nmc0799
What are you doing right now? Are you worried about exams?