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    (Original post by funkydee19)
    Thought I would make an 'advice' thread where Current Year 10s can ask questions about Year 11 and get any advice from me or other year 11s. To get things started:

    If you are in year 10 going into year 11:
    1) What GCSE's are you taking?

    2) What are your expectations of year 11?

    3)Are you looking forward to year 11?
    1) I'm taking maths, English language, English literature, RS, triple science, German, and history.

    2) I think it will be a lot of work but it'll pay off in the end. Hopefully it won't be too different to year 10.

    3) I am a bit but I know i've got a ridiculous amount of exams at the end of it.
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    1) How was year 11 for you?



    It was fine at the beginning of the year 11 up to April, after that it was 24/7 revision. You don't really get a lot of time to socialise as you would way to busy with your revision.



    2) How many exams did you sit?



    I sat exam for 9 Subjects but in total I sat 14 Exams in year 11 , however in year 10 I sat 1 extra exam. In one day I had 2/3 Exams



    3) What advice will you like to give to the upcoming year 11s?


    When I was in year 11 I was procrastinating a lot because I always thought I still have more time till May. Never do that... When May arrives you will be loaded with so much revision that you will start cramming things in if you haven't started to revise on your first day back onwards. So revise everyone for each subject and go over past papers

    Don't let your social life take total control of you that you won't have time to revise leave some hours for socialising but majority of the time revising for your GCSEs, trust me, you think that you will only socialise for a few mins but they usually end up for hours :/

    Try and make your revision notes as you go along because I made my notes in April and I struggled to revise them because I was busy making notes for other subjects too so, use video tutorials, podcast, teachers, everything that will benefit you


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    Well Said.
    Great Inspiration.

    My sister took Art GCSE, and said that ten hour long exam was a pain in the back side.
    Apparently it's spread over two sessions, in which you do each in five hours. :eek:

    Your friends not knowing what a volcano is during the exam. Haha :laugh::laugh::laugh:

    Thanks for the heads up.
    Hope you received the results you wanted, and well done.
    Thank you! ^_^ I got 12 A*s, plus a B in an AS that I took early, so I'm super relieved! If you want any more advice or distressing-ness, then feel free to message me!

    Yep, that's how we did the art exam; I think what was the worst thing was that you can't talk or listen to music, so you're stuck in silence for 10 hours! I was going to complain at the usual people sniffing away and coughing for two days straight, but I must admit that I spent the last 3 hours scratching away at my canvas with a palette knife: everyone hated me by the end of it! :')

    (Original post by madisonyoung)
    this is amazing advice, especially with the planner, im starting year 11 next week so im going to go and buy a planner this week and get all my exam dates filled in ready for the start of the year :rolleyes:

    im glad you were happy with your results and good luck for sixth form
    I'm glad you found it useful, and good luck for the year! Well done for being so organised so early on, haha. As I said above, if you need anything, feel free to message me.
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    Hi guys. (:

    1) I'm taking English Lit, English Language, Maths, Further Maths, Triple Science, French, Spanish, Religious Studies and Music.
    2) I expect Year 11 to be hard work and pretty stressful, but also kinda fun because (hopefully) people will start to mature as reality begins to kick in.
    3) Part of me wants to go into Year 11 just to get the social hell that is school over and done with, but another part of me doesn't because I don't want all the stress of coursework, exams, and who the hell will let me go to prom with them.

    So, how stressful was results day for you all?


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    Im Happy to answer any questions??
    I was over the moon with my grades! ( 3 A*'s & 7 A's).
    Im happy to help
    Go Ahead!
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    Honestly...

    How did you survive and not have a stress breakdown? xD

    I'm already freaking, and it's not even September yet!


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    (Original post by SampleX)
    Honestly...

    How did you survive and not have a stress breakdown? xD

    I'm already freaking, and it's not even September yet!


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    Towards the exam season I started to stress really badly, I really wasn't myself for months. Like from January all the way to the exams I was just stressed. I'm saying this because I don't want the same to happen to anyone else cause it was hell. A week into the actual exams my form teacher (who was my science teacher for yr 9,10&11) pulled me to one side and he literally had to work out a plan to help me get over the stress. He helped a lot and I was fine for the rest of the exams. Just don't overload yourself too much. Allow yourself to have breaks, I wish I'd have done that personally. All I did was revise because I was scared of failing. But it probably made it worse tbh. A little stress is good and can motivate you but don't let it get too out of hand like I did. Don't let the stress get to you, as long as you know you're trying your absolute best then you have nothing to worry about and the results you end up with will be what you deserve. Good luck and don't stress too much!!:o:)

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    (Original post by deansimpala)
    Towards the exam season I started to stress really badly, I really wasn't myself for months. Like from January all the way to the exams I was just stressed. I'm saying this because I don't want the same to happen to anyone else cause it was hell. A week into the actual exams my form teacher (who was my science teacher for yr 9,10&11) pulled me to one side and he literally had to work out a plan to help me get over the stress. He helped a lot and I was fine for the rest of the exams. Just don't overload yourself too much. Allow yourself to have breaks, I wish I'd have done that personally. All I did was revise because I was scared of failing. But it probably made it worse tbh. A little stress is good and can motivate you but don't let it get too out of hand like I did. Don't let the stress get to you, as long as you know you're trying your absolute best then you have nothing to worry about and the results you end up with will be what you deserve. Good luck and don't stress too much!!:o:)

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    Thanks I hate exams, and I'm stressing I'll fail them all and won't do enough work


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    Thanks I hate exams, and I'm stressing I'll fail them all and won't do enough work


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    I know what you mean I feel on edge I'm exams myself but honestly once the exam period starts you have that many you don't have time to stress. For me some days it was out of one exam and straight into another. Very busy, then some days I'd have no exams. I think the exam window lasted just over a month for me for others it was shorter others might have been longer! As long as you work hard and try your best it doesn't matter what anybody else says because its you who sat the exam and not them! If you ever have any questions or anything just shoot me a private message and I'll try to give the best advice I can.

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    (Original post by deansimpala)
    I know what you mean I feel on edge I'm exams myself but honestly once the exam period starts you have that many you don't have time to stress. For me some days it was out of one exam and straight into another. Very busy, then some days I'd have no exams. I think the exam window lasted just over a month for me for others it was shorter others might have been longer! As long as you work hard and try your best it doesn't matter what anybody else says because its you who sat the exam and not them! If you ever have any questions or anything just shoot me a private message and I'll try to give the best advice I can.

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    What did you take last year?


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    (Original post by SampleX)
    Hi guys. (:

    1) I'm taking English Lit, English Language, Maths, Further Maths, Triple Science, French, Spanish, Religious Studies and Music.
    2) I expect Year 11 to be hard work and pretty stressful, but also kinda fun because (hopefully) people will start to mature as reality begins to kick in.
    3) Part of me wants to go into Year 11 just to get the social hell that is school over and done with, but another part of me doesn't because I don't want all the stress of coursework, exams, and who the hell will let me go to prom with them.

    So, how stressful was results day for you all?


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    Was quite nerve racking but that's only due to the influence of my friends. But I had nothing to worry about really, I exceeded my targets
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    (Original post by funkydee19)
    Was quite nerve racking but that's only due to the influence of my friends. But I had nothing to worry about really, I exceeded my targets
    Oh, congrats When did you get your exam timetables?


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    (Original post by SampleX)
    Oh, congrats When did you get your exam timetables?


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    Thankyou I got mine the week before my exams.. which was very unhelpful but I will tell you a website which I used a month or so before my exams to create my own timetable. http://www.education.gov.uk/comptimetable/ It does say it's closed atm but during your time it should reopen. Looking on the exam boards websites and finding out when the exams are earlier than your school tells you helps you a lot and allows you to be organised and plan your revision.
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    (Original post by funkydee19)
    Thankyou I got mine the week before my exams.. which was very unhelpful but I will tell you a website which I used a month or so before my exams to create my own timetable. http://www.education.gov.uk/comptimetable/ It does say it's closed atm but during your time it should reopen. Looking on the exam boards websites and finding out when the exams are earlier than your school tells you helps you a lot and allows you to be organised and plan your revision.
    Oh, thanks.


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    (Original post by SampleX)
    Oh, thanks.


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    1) How was year 11 for you?
    Really not too bad up until about Easter, when exam stress kicked in. It was actually the most enjoyable year so far!

    2) How many exams did you sit?
    24

    3) What advice will you like to give to the upcoming year 11s?
    Its not as bad as everyone says! Remember that whilst working hard is important, also enjoy your time as it will go so fast!
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    So, how much down time did you guys take?


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    (Original post by SampleX)
    What did you take last year?


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    English Language & Literature, Digital Communications (I did that as an extra once a week for an hour after school until the exam), Maths, Core Science, Additional Science, Triple Science, History, PE, Spanish and Photography (I made sure I had one light subject which I didn't have to take seriously:mmm::top:)
    How about you??? What are you taking this year?

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    (Original post by deansimpala)
    English Language & Literature, Digital Communications (I did that as an extra once a week for an hour after school until the exam), Maths, Core Science, Additional Science, Triple Science, History, PE, Spanish and Photography (I made sure I had one light subject which I didn't have to take seriously:mmm::top:)
    How about you??? What are you taking this year?

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    I'm taking English Language and Lit, Maths, Further Maths, Core, Additional and Triple Science, Religious Studies, French, Spanish and Music.
    I really regret taking Music, everything is so hard Dx

    Do you regret any of your choices?


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    (Original post by SampleX)
    I'm taking English Language and Lit, Maths, Further Maths, Core, Additional and Triple Science, Religious Studies, French, Spanish and Music.
    I really regret taking Music, everything is so hard Dx

    Do you regret any of your choices?


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    Photography because even though there was no written exam and I thought it would take the pressure off it was insanely boring IMO. I mean it did take pressure off but I literally used to sleep during those lessons and do the bare minimum:mmm:
    I hated English so much also, I already did the language course in Year 9 and I did the literature in Year 10 and they wanted me to redo both just for the sake of it cause I had nowhere else to go. Needless to say about halfway through the year I just stopped attending those lessons on the condition that I still had to sit the exams, just with no preparation. I spent the English lessons sat with my form teacher who was my Science teacher and I did a bit of extra science which I loved

    Just one year left of music then you never have to do it again, keep telling yourself that

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