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    THE ONE WHERE I START A GYG BLOG:

    Hi!
    My name is Melody and I am a chronic procrastinator.

    I am not unintelligent, I just have no motivation to actually do anything. To combat this I have decided to start a Grow Your Grades blog; maybe this will help me commit to regularly revising.

    Background Information:

    I am in year 11 so this is the year for me to really get my act together.

    I am studying for 9 GCSEs and a Level 3 BTEC in sport and exercise science. As we have yet to sit mock exams, our predicted grades are a bit all over the place. Some seem somewhat unrealistic so until we do our January mocks, this is where I am at. (The first number is my working at grade and the second is my predicted grade.)

    Biology 6 8
    Chemistry 8 8
    Computer Science 6 8
    English Language 7 8
    English Literature 6 8
    History 6 8
    Maths 8 9
    Physics 7 8
    Spanish 5 8
    Sport and Exercise Science merit distinction

    As you can see I have a fair amount of work to do!

    To kick off this blog, I thought I would share my revision timetable for October half term with you, and reflect on how well it worked for me.

    So I started off by allocating time slots to each of my subjects and some time for homework. As it is only October I thought that 2 hours a day (give or take) was a reasonable amount of time to be spending. Here is what I came up with:

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    To begin with I managed to stick to the timetable however by three days in I was starting to struggle.
    Why get up and revise when staying in bed is so much better?
    Well obviously because revision ahead of time is hugely important if I want to do as well as I possibly can in my exams but that somehow wasn't enough to get me out of bed.

    I started to just ignore my revision. The things I did just to avoid all school work; instead of an hour of biology and an hour of history, I opted to tidy the kitchen, wash the car, and then walk the dog. Ahh procrastination at its finest huh?

    So this just about brings us up to date. Having reached the final weekend of half term I can look back at my attempt at revision (with REAL emphasis on the word "attempt") as a partial success. I did do at least some revision on most days but nowhere near the amount I had intended to do.

    So drawing my first foray into blogging to a close I'm going to leave you with a question:

    How do you motivate yourself to revise?

    -Melody
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    hey i just finished my gcses and am now doing a levles - what ur doing is great and i wish i was so organised but just a bit of advice-
    try and do three subjects per day in like 45 minutes slots and rotate like bio, chem, spanish, chem , bio spanish.
    it keeps u motivated iff you dont like one of the subjects as u only have to do it for like 45 minutes.
    hope that is even the tiniest bit helpful
    i have also just started a blog -
    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...8#post74407368
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    I'll certainly bear that in mind, thanks! I'll give your blog a look If you have any more advice from doing your GCSEs let me know
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    Hey we're both predicted similar grades and we both need to get our act together, so this is going to be a fun journey for the both of us ahahah. Also, your handwriting is so pretty why was I not born with the cute and girly handwriting gene :/
    Looking forward to your journey, but mainly I'm just hoping you'll be as bad as a procrastinator as I am so I don't feel so bad when another day goes by without me doing anything. Good luck, nonetheless!
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    THE ONE WHERE I WASTE TIME ON AESTHETICS: (WEEK 00)

    I'm hoping to update this blog fairly regularly; I'm thinking twice a week (or there abouts). I tend to be quite busy so we'll see how that goes.

    Today I put together my weekly plan for the week beginning the 6th of November (my first week back at school after half term). I decided that I would aim for 45 minutes of revision per subject per week and see how I get on with that. I also thought I would incorporate other things into this and as such it became more of a planner or diary for the week.

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    The issue I have is that even the process of making this timetable was an act of procrastination in itself. The whole time I was working on this I had homework to do that I've been avoiding for the past two weeks. With the added fact that I aimed to make it much more aesthetically pleasing than was actually necessary for it to function.

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    This was my initial plan for my timetable.
    (To the person who enjoyed my handwriting last time, I hope it makes you feel better seeing the huge mess that is my regular handwriting)
    I could have used this and saved all the time it took me draw up the neat version.

    This is another issue I have regularly. I will spend time making something prettier than it needs to be and I can completely justify it to myself because technically I am working and I am making progress with something. Again, the dark procrastination curse strikes.

    I will update you as to how my week progresses. Hopefully I will be able to follow my revision timetable a bit more this time (although if last half term was anything to go off of, probably not).

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    This is quickly becoming one of my favourite GYGs this year because it's just so damn relatable it's hard not to love it. Sometimes it's so disheartening to go on TSR and see all the year 9s making detailed flashcards and everyone else your age getting 9s in every exam while you're predicted an 8 and barely scraped a 6, but it's reassuring to see that, although it looks like everyone around you has it together, no one really knows what the hell they're doing, and it's hard to come across as the perfect balance as unproductive enough to be realistic, yet productive to be motivational, and you've definitely nailed that. (that was the longest sentence I've ever written sorry if I've asphyxiated anyone)
    Also, everyone on TSR seems to be so good at maths and I've got no idea what I'm doing half the time. How do you revise (or are you one of those blessed people that can look at an example question, the planets aline and you just get it and no revision is ever needed at all)?
    If it's any consolation, your messy handwriting is literal art next to my neat handwriting, and I'm living for these aesthetic colour coordinated studyblr thingys you've got going rn
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    I'll be honest, maths is one of those subjects I don't revise much but when I do revise it's all about practice questions. It's dull but the only way to learn it is to keep doing questions until you can consistently get the correct answer. I'm alright at maths so if you are really struggling feel free to send me questions and I'll try to help to the best of my (quite limited) ability.

    Thanks for all your kind words about this page, it makes me feel a lot better knowing I'm not alone in my disorganised panic.
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    (Original post by melody.pond)

    Why get up and revise when staying in bed is so much better?
    Well because revision ahead of time is hugely important if I want to do as well as I possibly can in my exams but that somehow wasn't enough to get me out of bed.
    ahahaha you've managed to sum me up there! I tried over half term waking up early (like 7am!) and it completely failed. Turns out if I don't sleep I procrastinate more.
    So how do I stop myself procrastinating? Ah well.. has that happened yet? For me? Well to stop myself procrastinating I'll put a kinder bar in front of myself (at the top of the mountain of mess AKA my desk) and tell myself I can't eat it till I do the work. This only works if I'm not hungry (so like 5mins every few hours) so it's pretty ineffective oops sorry to have wasted your time ooh or I picture myself on results day being upset and disappointed and then I calculate how many days till gcses but that causes panic so I wouldn't recommend it. I guess you could force someone to make you do it. Be like mum or someone take my phone/dog/book/cupcake recipes away till I do physics!!
    I have no clue really. I can't advise given I basically only revise when I've eaten food.
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    THE ONE WHERE IT WENT A BIT WRONG IMMEDIATELY:
    (WEEK 01)

    (Original post by melody.pond)

    I'm hoping to update this blog fairly regularly; I'm thinking twice a week (or there abouts). I tend to be quite busy so we'll see how that goes.


    -Melody
    That went well then? This is very stereotypically me; committing to something and then immediately not doing what I said I'd do. So this past week I have completely ignored all of my revision to fairly catastrophic results. It turns out we have 4 exams this week (luckily only practice tests but I would still like to do well).

    I haven't revised for anything other than my English exam (which was today: I learnt a bunch of quotes from Macbeth for a question from a practice paper. We had 50 minutes, all I can say is thank god it's over)

    tomorrow is my first Spanish exam of the week: listening. Now I historically have not done very well in Spanish (see my 56% in my last listening exam and my 3/32 in our last writing paper) I really need to actually revise but let's be real, I'll just wing it. I don't want to be so un-motivated but I just struggle so much!

    In other news we now have 6 hours left of our 20 hour computer science controlled assessment: god help me. I literally don't know anything at all and I swear we've learnt nothing all year. I have had to teach myself everything as I go along. A positive side to this is that because I've taught it to myself I have a much better understanding of how it works I guess. It's still very annoying.

    Continuing with the more positive aspects of my life, when I learnt the quotes for my English literature exam I also made flash cards on my revision app of choice, quizlet. Quizlet is an app (you've probably seen it around) where you can add either a statement and definition or a question and answer to either side of a virtual flash card and then work your way through a series of tests to your specification until you've learnt them. I am a huge fan of Quizlet because it's on my phone so anytime I have a spare few minutes I can have a flick through the cards or test myself with a couple of questions. It also feels like much less effort to revise from Quizlet (always a positive in my eyes).

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    Quizlet doesn't work for every subject (not for me at least) but anything like English literature where there are sets of quotes to learn, or like history where there are dates and events to learn , it is very helpful.

    So to round this blog post off, I have a question:

    How do you make yourself prioritise things that are important?

    I do a lot of extra-curricular music and I have had several people come up to me and start lecturing me about how I need to put my studies first over fun stuff like music. I think more than anything this stresses me out more.

    Anyway, as always (or the twice I have updated this so far) please send me all your revision tips and advice as I clearly very much need it!

    -Melody
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    i really love this blog!
    i hope it gets popular

    good luck for your gcses this year - i’m sure you’ll be A M A Z i N G!

    don’t worry if you have revised so far, YES it’s year 11 and YES you need to get serious about stuff, but as a procrastinator myself, at least you’re TRYING to be a little more productive! i’m also really a bit unmotivated but i’m in year 10 so i have a bit more time

    your notes are so beautiful! i love your revision schedule! anndddd i’m really jealous that you’re good at maths, it’s the subject i struggle with the most...

    check out my gyg if you want?!
    i’ll be sure to follow this thread because it’s really interesting

    p.s i love your name xx
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    oh my...this gyg is me
    hahaaa im sure you'll smash your gcses
    and oh myyyyy your timetables goshhhhh i need them!

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    Thanks for all of your kind words about my timetables! I forgot this week but hopefully next week there will be another.

    Don't worry too much about procrastinating this year, you've got enough time before your exams. The main thing is to keep on top of your notes, make sure you understand things as you go along, and do work as you're set it so you don't get behind (yep all things I regularly ignore because AHHH responsibility).

    I'll check out you GYG blog; it's always interesting to see what other people are up to!

    p.s thank you! thoughts on Jodie Whittaker? xx

    -Melody
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    Your blog is so relatable xD AND YOUR TIMETABLES LOOK SO GOOD!! mine are literally just ticklists of stuff that I want to get done. the list is on my wall and stuff just doesn't get done.

    my sister has a really cool way of prioritising but i'm like... effort... mine is writing out all the stuff that NEEDS to be done and then just doing them in the order that I feel like doing them
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    THE ONE WHERE I MADE A MISTAKE:
    (WEEK 02)

    So I'm back finally. I wish I could update this more often and I'm hoping that as time goes one I will get into a more regular posting schedule.

    Today I finally started my latest piece of sports science coursework. Now for some context: I am doing a level 3 BTEC in sports science. This course is 100% coursework, we get set new assignments about one a month or so. This time we got given two months to complete our work (which should have immediately set alarm bells ringing) but I still went ahead with my usual, leave the work till the last few days then do it all in one sitting on the Friday night after school. This time I had a choir even on Friday so I couldn't do it then, and when I woke up on Saturday I just could not make myself do the work. So Sunday arrives and I get up, get dressed and sit down to start my work. As I progressed through the work (or failed to) I realised quite the catastrophic mistake I had made. This work has been set over two months for a good reason. It was SUPER long and I very quickly realised that this was quite possibly going to take me like four hours instead of the two or three I was expecting. So with no other solution in sight, I kept working.

    Soon four hours turned to five and still there was no end in sight. I went through so many stages of emotions, it was like the five stages of grief. I felt like I was going mad; I think I averaged about 2 words per minute. It was just so hard going, discussing theory after theory all with only the most subtle of differences.

    I don't usually find sports science particularly challenging but for some reason I just could not get through it!

    So eight hours later, I finally finished my work and submitted it (thank the lord).

    The moral of the story?

    Don't ignore your work and leave it until the very last minute.

    Alternatively, when you do make sure you have plenty of coffee to keep you awake and a Netflix account so you don't actually die of boredom (Gilmore Girls was the only thing that got me through the day).

    In hindsight, perhaps Gilmore Girls was the reason it took so long and I couldn't concentrate. hmmm...

    On a slightly more cheerful note, I got my English assessment back: I got 24/30 and 4/4.

    It's not what I'm aiming for in the long run but it finally shows an improvement. I have been working towards the same targets in English for so long, always the same "develop you ideas further" and "use the PEACE paragraph structure". I'm really pleased that I have a new set of targets to work towards, as well as continuing to attempt to meet my previous ones.

    The revision is hoping less well, or more accurately, it's not going at all. But hey, I need something to work on right??

    So to wrap up this lengthy post (hopefully this makes up for my absence over the past couple of weeks) I shall finish with a question as usual:

    How much revision are you managing to get done??

    Please make me feel better about my lack of revision and as always, please leave your thoughts and any questions you may have for me!

    -Melody
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    THE ONE WHERE I MADE A MISTAKE:
    (WEEK 02)

    So I'm back finally. I wish I could update this more often and I'm hoping that as time goes one I will get into a more regular posting schedule.

    Today I finally started my latest piece of sports science coursework. Now for some context: I am doing a level 3 BTEC in sports science. This course is 100% coursework, we get set new assignments about one a month or so. This time we got given two months to complete our work (which should have immediately set alarm bells ringing) but I still went ahead with my usual, leave the work till the last few days then do it all in one sitting on the Friday night after school. This time I had a choir even on Friday so I couldn't do it then, and when I woke up on Saturday I just could not make myself do the work. So Sunday arrives and I get up, get dressed and sit down to start my work. As I progressed through the work (or failed to) I realised quite the catastrophic mistake I had made. This work has been set over two months for a good reason. It was SUPER long and I very quickly realised that this was quite possibly going to take me like four hours instead of the two or three I was expecting. So with no other solution in sight, I kept working.

    Soon four hours turned to five and still there was no end in sight. I went through so many stages of emotions, it was like the five stages of grief. I felt like I was going mad; I think I averaged about 2 words per minute. It was just so hard going, discussing theory after theory all with only the most subtle of differences.

    I don't usually find sports science particularly challenging but for some reason I just could not get through it!

    So eight hours later, I finally finished my work and submitted it (thank the lord).

    The moral of the story?

    Don't ignore your work and leave it until the very last minute.

    Alternatively, when you do make sure you have plenty of coffee to keep you awake and a Netflix account so you don't actually die of boredom (Gilmore Girls was the only thing that got me through the day).

    In hindsight, perhaps Gilmore Girls was the reason it took so long and I couldn't concentrate. hmmm...

    On a slightly more cheerful note, I got my English assessment back: I got 24/30 and 4/4.

    It's not what I'm aiming for in the long run but it finally shows an improvement. I have been working towards the same targets in English for so long, always the same "develop you ideas further" and "use the PEACE paragraph structure". I'm really pleased that I have a new set of targets to work towards, as well as continuing to attempt to meet my previous ones.

    The revision is hoping less well, or more accurately, it's not going at all. But hey, I need something to work on right??

    So to wrap up this lengthy post (hopefully this makes up for my absence over the past couple of weeks) I shall finish with a question as usual:

    How much revision are you managing to get done??

    Please make me feel better about my lack of revision and as always, please leave your thoughts and any questions you may have for me!

    -Melody
    Haha, I did that all the time with GCSEs, leaving my essays till the last minute. I don't take any more essay subjects because of that (and partially because I'm better at STEM subjects).

    Well done on your English!! That's really good!!

    As for revision, I left my GCSE revision until the very last minute so I was cramming most it. (Don't do that but it's possible to get it done if you know how). Personally, I don't do much revision outside of class unless I have a test or something but really, I need to do more work. I'll probably do more once my busy weekend gets out of the way next week.
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    THE ONE WHERE I MADE A MISTAKE:
    (WEEK 02)

    So I'm back finally. I wish I could update this more often and I'm hoping that as time goes one I will get into a more regular posting schedule.

    Today I finally started my latest piece of sports science coursework. Now for some context: I am doing a level 3 BTEC in sports science. This course is 100% coursework, we get set new assignments about one a month or so. This time we got given two months to complete our work (which should have immediately set alarm bells ringing) but I still went ahead with my usual, leave the work till the last few days then do it all in one sitting on the Friday night after school. This time I had a choir even on Friday so I couldn't do it then, and when I woke up on Saturday I just could not make myself do the work. So Sunday arrives and I get up, get dressed and sit down to start my work. As I progressed through the work (or failed to) I realised quite the catastrophic mistake I had made. This work has been set over two months for a good reason. It was SUPER long and I very quickly realised that this was quite possibly going to take me like four hours instead of the two or three I was expecting. So with no other solution in sight, I kept working.

    Soon four hours turned to five and still there was no end in sight. I went through so many stages of emotions, it was like the five stages of grief. I felt like I was going mad; I think I averaged about 2 words per minute. It was just so hard going, discussing theory after theory all with only the most subtle of differences.

    I don't usually find sports science particularly challenging but for some reason I just could not get through it!

    So eight hours later, I finally finished my work and submitted it (thank the lord).

    The moral of the story?

    Don't ignore your work and leave it until the very last minute.

    Alternatively, when you do make sure you have plenty of coffee to keep you awake and a Netflix account so you don't actually die of boredom (Gilmore Girls was the only thing that got me through the day).

    In hindsight, perhaps Gilmore Girls was the reason it took so long and I couldn't concentrate. hmmm...

    On a slightly more cheerful note, I got my English assessment back: I got 24/30 and 4/4.

    It's not what I'm aiming for in the long run but it finally shows an improvement. I have been working towards the same targets in English for so long, always the same "develop you ideas further" and "use the PEACE paragraph structure". I'm really pleased that I have a new set of targets to work towards, as well as continuing to attempt to meet my previous ones.

    The revision is hoping less well, or more accurately, it's not going at all. But hey, I need something to work on right??

    So to wrap up this lengthy post (hopefully this makes up for my absence over the past couple of weeks) I shall finish with a question as usual:

    How much revision are you managing to get done??

    Please make me feel better about my lack of revision and as always, please leave your thoughts and any questions you may have for me!

    -Melody
    Lmao, brings me back to a time in year ten where I thought it was a good idea to do a physics project the night before it was due. Several hours, pages and heartburn-inducing cups of coffee later, I went to bed at 3am and handed it in.
    Turns out it was never marked.
    Nonetheless, I've learnt my lesson.

    Whoop whoop for the English! The only motivation I have to revise now is the facts that mocks are in full swing, but even then it's not much more than a night before panic. I guess old habits die hard
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    THE ONE WHERE OFQUAL SCREWS US OVER:
    (WEEK 03)

    Okay so technically this happened at the beginning of last week but I think I was so deeply traumatised by the whole event I have already repressed the memories deep, deep down (and for good reason).

    Let me set the scene for you all:

    At the end of November I finally finished my 20 hours of computer science controlled assessment/coursework (worth 20% of our final grade). As you can imagine, I was so happy that I had finally finished it as it basically took up my life for a whole term. When I wasn't doing actually work towards my 20 hours I was planning things and practicing at home. Combined with the fact that I missed so many lessons for various musical activities and then had to catch up at lunch and after school (I literally didn't have time to eat lunch for 2 weeks) it's safe to say that I was thrilled to finally have my life back.

    That is until I arrived home after school on the following Monday to find this news article:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42138037

    For those who can't be bothered to follow the link, the headline reads:

    "Computer science GCSE in disarray after tasks leaked online"

    Oh. Dear.

    So after some further investigation I finally found my way to ofqual's website and on it was a proposal.
    A very long proposal detailing exactly how they planned to deal with all the 'cheating' in the controlled assessment:

    By making it worth 0% of our final grade.

    As you can imagine I was somewhat concerned (read: apocalyptically panicked) by this latest development. I don't want all my hours of work to go to waste. It wasn't just 20 hours, that was a whole terms worth of computer science lessons, where we could have been learning other things, completely wasted if they go ahead and scrap our coursework.

    My immediate reaction was to research this proposed change to the GCSE course as much as possible. After reading their unnecessarily long proposal (I mean 26 pages?! Really?) I have come to the following conclusions:

    1) They have already made their minds up despite several proposed ways of dealing with the issues they have uncovered.

    b) Nothing I can say or do will have any bearing on their decision.

    3) I definitely changed my numbering system halfway through this list.

    4) Basically, were screwed.

    Now I'm not one to go quietly and I fully intend on fighting this decision right up until they officially announce their decision (the 8th of January - don't even get me started on how badly they've timed this whole thing and how irritating it is that we have to wait SO long to find out their decision) and long afterwards if I think it will help.

    So what am I going to do?

    The first thing I did was fill out a response form on the ofqual website. Now whilst this will almost certainly do nothing, it was very therapeutic getting all my pent up rage out at the people/body responsible for this mess.

    Me and two others in my computer science class have organised a meeting with our head master to educate him on the whole issue and to help him write a letter on behalf of us and the school to ofqual and OCR.

    As I am in a position where I have the power to try to have their decision changed then I sure as hell am going to.

    Anyway updates will follow as soon as I know more; were meeting with the head on Thursday (day after tomorrow) so we'll see.

    Thanks for reading if you struggled on this far!

    -Melody
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    THE ONE WHERE OFQUAL SCREWS US OVER:
    (WEEK 03)

    Okay so technically this happened at the beginning of last week but I think I was so deeply traumatised by the whole event I have already repressed the memories deep, deep down (and for good reason).

    Let me set the scene for you all:

    At the end of November I finally finished my 20 hours of computer science controlled assessment/coursework (worth 20% of our final grade). As you can imagine, I was so happy that I had finally finished it as it basically took up my life for a whole term. When I wasn't doing actually work towards my 20 hours I was planning things and practicing at home. Combined with the fact that I missed so many lessons for various musical activities and then had to catch up at lunch and after school (I literally didn't have time to eat lunch for 2 weeks) it's safe to say that I was thrilled to finally have my life back.

    That is until I arrived home after school on the following Monday to find this news article:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42138037

    For those who can't be bothered to follow the link, the headline reads:

    "Computer science GCSE in disarray after tasks leaked online"

    Oh. Dear.

    So after some further investigation I finally found my way to ofqual's website and on it was a proposal.
    A very long proposal detailing exactly how they planned to deal with all the 'cheating' in the controlled assessment:

    By making it worth 0% of our final grade.

    As you can imagine I was somewhat concerned (read: apocalyptically panicked) by this latest development. I don't want all my hours of work to go to waste. It wasn't just 20 hours, that was a whole terms worth of computer science lessons, where we could have been learning other things, completely wasted if they go ahead and scrap our coursework.

    My immediate reaction was to research this proposed change to the GCSE course as much as possible. After reading their unnecessarily long proposal (I mean 26 pages?! Really?) I have come to the following conclusions:

    1) They have already made their minds up despite several proposed ways of dealing with the issues they have uncovered.

    b) Nothing I can say or do will have any bearing on their decision.

    3) I definitely changed my numbering system halfway through this list.

    4) Basically, were screwed.

    Now I'm not one to go quietly and I fully intend on fighting this decision right up until they officially announce their decision (the 8th of January - don't even get me started on how badly they've timed this whole thing and how irritating it is that we have to wait SO long to find out their decision) and long afterwards if I think it will help.

    So what am I going to do?

    The first thing I did was fill out a response form on the ofqual website. Now whilst this will almost certainly do nothing, it was very therapeutic getting all my pent up rage out at the people/body responsible for this mess.

    Me and two others in my computer science class have organised a meeting with our head master to educate him on the whole issue and to help him write a letter on behalf of us and the school to ofqual and OCR.

    As I am in a position where I have the power to try to have their decision changed then I sure as hell am going to.

    Anyway updates will follow as soon as I know more; were meeting with the head on Thursday (day after tomorrow) so we'll see.

    Thanks for reading if you struggled on this far!

    -Melody
    good luck with your battle with ofqual. i hope it goes well and that they don't scrap it.
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    THE ONE WHERE I ACTUALLY REVISE:
    (WEEK 06)

    Yes, you read that correctly; I actually revised.

    Last Tuesday (the 21st) marked the start of our Christmas holidays, which for me meant only one thing: mocks are nearly upon us.

    Our mock exams span two weeks starting the 3rd of January so if ever there was a time to revise it would be now. Naturally, I started off my revision by creating a revision timetable so here it is (as of a few days ago):

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    Obviously, my main focus was on aesthetics again (please send help) but at least this timetable is vaguely functional.

    So thus far I have managed to stick to my timetable (thank the lord) but I have only been doing 45-minute revision slots which doesn't feel like very much. Is three hours a day enough revision? I feel like I should be doing more than that. There is so much to revise and unfortunatley, quite a lot to learn also.

    Do any of you have any advice for revising things and learning new things for exams? I have been using lots of flashcards and websites like quizlet and memrise but I'm not sure how much information I'm actually retaining.

    Going back to the ofqual situation from my last post (3 weeks ago whoops), we met with the headmaster a couple of weeks ago and he has now written to ofqual on our behalf which is good.

    So once my exams begin i'll let you know how it goes, hopefully there will be another update between now and then but we'll see!

    -Melody
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    THE ONE WHERE I ACTUALLY REVISE:
    (WEEK 06)

    Yes, you read that correctly; I actually revised.

    Last Tuesday (the 21st) marked the start of our Christmas holidays, which for me meant only one thing: mocks are nearly upon us.

    Our mock exams span two weeks starting the 3rd of January so if ever there was a time to revise it would be now. Naturally, I started off my revision by creating a revision timetable so here it is (as of a few days ago):

    Name:  IMG_20171222_135621121_HDR.jpg
Views: 82
Size:  505.4 KB

    Obviously, my main focus was on aesthetics again (please send help) but at least this timetable is vaguely functional.

    So thus far I have managed to stick to my timetable (thank the lord) but I have only been doing 45-minute revision slots which doesn't feel like very much. Is three hours a day enough revision? I feel like I should be doing more than that. There is so much to revise and unfortunatley, quite a lot to learn also.

    Do any of you have any advice for revising things and learning new things for exams? I have been using lots of flashcards and websites like quizlet and memrise but I'm not sure how much information I'm actually retaining.

    Going back to the ofqual situation from my last post (3 weeks ago whoops), we met with the headmaster a couple of weeks ago and he has now written to ofqual on our behalf which is good.

    So once my exams begin i'll let you know how it goes, hopefully there will be another update between now and then but we'll see!

    -Melody
    prettyyy :heart: where do you get your paper??
    damn, your mocks start really early...
    practising exam-style questions is always good :yep:
    yayy, at least your headmaster has some sort of sense :yes:
 
 
 
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