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    Hi there.

    I'm at a bit of a mental crossroad at the moment. I had, up until Year 10, been going to a highly ranked grammar school and was predicted all As and A*s. Then, a few months into Year 10, a few personal things happened and I was incapable of going to school. I was suffering from stress, anxiety and depression and found the idea of returning to my previous, high-pressured environment unfathomable. I was out of the education system for almost two terms when my counsellor suggested a specialist school for 'anxious school refusers'. So, everything was going fine, and my mental health was literally at an all-time high up until a few days ago. I had, admittedly, been naïve about the effects of this disruption on my education and was frankly distraught when I found out my predicted grades:

    • Double Science Award - AA
    • Mathematics - B
    • English Literature - A
    • English Language - B
    • History - B/A
    • Art - C/B
    • French (short course) - C
    • Physical Education (short course) - B
    • Music (BTEC) - BB/CC
    • Religious Education - C/B
    • Art - C/B
    • PSHE - Level 2 (equivalent to half a GCSE at grade A-C)
    • ICT - CLAiT Level 1 (equivalent to half a GCSE at D-G, although this is a vocational course and so would probably not be treated by its GCSE equivalent)


    I know these aren't the worst predictions in the world, but, and I hope you can at the least empathise with me, they are a stark contrast to my previous predicted grades. I am currently trying to complete a lot of coursework for all the subjects and am so worried that I will have a mental breakdown again at what is such a crucial stage in my life.

    I'm looking for guidance, advice, help, tips, anything, really.

    So thank you, and I look forward to your responses.
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    You need to keep telling yourself that these grades are good, excellent even, and they're only predicted grades, they're not your real ones. You could do better than that, who knows?

    Why are you worried that you'll have another breakdown? You got through it once and you know the signs so that's good news. Keep trying to think positive and if something happens, then you'll deal.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
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    They're just that - predicted grades. And they (presumably) take into account the fact that you've been out of education for rather a long time. Generally, people's actual GCSE grades tend to be better than their predicted grades and there's no reason why yours shouldn't be, too, provided you work your socks off for the remainder of the course.

    I had a similar problem during my GCSEs (although not quite to the same extent) and emerged fine, PM me if you want to have a chat.
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    You've gotten over this once before, just keep telling yourself that you will get through it. You know you're capable of better. Those are your predicted grades - so go prove them wrong and exceed their expectations.
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    If academic success is really important to you write your own predicted grades down, then work hard until you get them!
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    To be honest, GCSE grades aren't all the important in the long run, except you need B's on some A Level/ Uni courses in Science/Maths/English. I think your grades sound awesome, and don't worry, it's doable - I had a breakdown in my AS Year but still managed to get an A and a B on my 2 main AS's, and I have offers for uni now!
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    Everyone else manages fine without a breakdown. I'm sure you can too. Just man up. Hope that helps.
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    They're only predicted grades. Put in some serious graft for the time remaining and try to get your As and A*s.
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    (Original post by ogloom)
    Everyone else manages fine without a breakdown. I'm sure you can too. Just man up. Hope that helps.
    :nothing: it didn't.

    OP, predictions don't mean much, I was predicted C in Science and got AA. Maybe they're lower than you expected because of your absence from school.
    Don't worry, now that you've realised you are doing worse than you expected, it's time to put more effort and pay attention.
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    (Original post by SomeStudent)
    :nothing: it didn't.

    OP, predictions don't mean much, I was predicted C in Science and got AA. Maybe they're lower than you expected because of your absence from school.
    Don't worry, now that you've realised you are doing worse than you expected, it's time to put more effort and pay attention.
    agreed. Predictions are useless. I was predicted 5 As and I got 5 high As (A level)
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    Considering what you are going through they are really good predicted grades. I myself suffer from anxiety and am in my first year of Uni, I know it can be really hard to remain focused but you've just got to do your best and think of your health first. If you think things are getting too tough then take a break until you have calmed down. Have you tried drinking chamomile tea when you are feeling edgy? ( I've recommended this to a lot of people but it works for me 9 times out of 10) and going for walks when your mind is clogged up with stuff.

    Remember those are only predicted grades, aren't you meant to move up a grade or two in your actual exams? For example I was predicted an E at AS Biology....managed to get a good solid B. My predictions were AWFUL for GCSEs but what I actually got in the end not only suprised my teachers but myself too. I was so pleased. You can do it if you remain positive. Good luck
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm at a bit of a mental crossroad at the moment. I had, up until Year 10, been going to a highly ranked grammar school and was predicted all As and A*s. Then, a few months into Year 10, a few personal things happened and I was incapable of going to school. I was suffering from stress, anxiety and depression and found the idea of returning to my previous, high-pressured environment unfathomable. I was out of the education system for almost two terms when my counsellor suggested a specialist school for 'anxious school refusers'. So, everything was going fine, and my mental health was literally at an all-time high up until a few days ago.

    I know these aren't the worst predictions in the world, but, and I hope you can at the least empathise with me, they are a stark contrast to my previous predicted grades. I am currently trying to complete a lot of coursework for all the subjects and am so worried that I will have a mental breakdown again at what is such a crucial stage in my life.

    I'm looking for guidance, advice, help, tips, anything, really.

    So thank you, and I look forward to your responses.
    Hi,

    I had an extremely similar experience when I was in year 10. I didn't change schools but my predicted grades went from A*'s and A's to B's and C's. I was upset but used it as my motivation. They are predicted grades for a reason, you can do better or worse than them if you put your mind to it or don't try hard enough. It's all about the effort you put in.

    I had social-anxiety, agoraphobia and a fear of school. I was off for the entirity of year 10 and taught myself from home. Some teachers were really helpful and still are, well after I've left school. Others were not so. I worked really hard at the subjects I knew I was good at and that I liked and did my best in the others. I left school with average grades and excelled in the areas I loved (and went on to study at Uni).

    I believe everything happens for a reason and the experience only made me stronger and more academically minded as I had to rely on my own studies rather than being educated and timetabled.

    You need to realise the predicted grades can be excelled and you do as well as you want. GCSE's, in the grand scheme of things, don't really account for much, you'll just need passes in the 3 core subjects for employment. You can always redo them in sixth form or later in life anyway if you're not overly happy with your grades.

    You're back in education, you've beaten your anxiety, don't let this little slip up hinder your current mental state as depression can be a viscious cycle if you let yourself slip back into it.

    If you need anymore help/advice from someone who's been there, feel free to ask me and I'll do my best to help! :yep:

    All the best!
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    (Original post by ogloom)
    Everyone else manages fine without a breakdown. I'm sure you can too. Just man up. Hope that helps.
    Hardly useful, helpful or considerate advice...
 
 
 
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