Gradebusters: The SEQUEL! (A Year 11 GyG: 2021-2022)

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Hello all! Image And welcome to my 2021-2022 Year 11 GyG!
2 years ago, when I was in Year 9, I attempted a GyG blog, full of enthusiasm and vigour, though that failed miserably, "miserably" meaning that my first post was my last for reasons I can't recall and my blog, 'Who You Gonna Call? GRADEBUSTERS', faced extinction.
I've copied and pasted that post here in case you'd like to see it! (You'll also get to see why I chose this name for my blog!)
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The din and scuffle of 2019's Halloween has begun to settle, as a new month blooms, and we leave the faux spiders, red noses and clumpy, jelly-like blood behind. We grab our boxes and shove all of our costumes and decorations in there, and bring out the baubles and tinsel instead. So long creepy masks! See you in 365 days! It's a cycle: One holiday ends, and a new one begins. Or does it? Because really, when we leave the glitter, gore and fancy-dress gowns behind, we are yet to face the deadliest 'G' of all... Grades.

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Hello all! Hope you are well and welcome to Who You Gonna Call? GRADEBUSTERS!, my GyG blog for the academic year of 2019-20. To extend on this pun, I basically aim to make my grades something I capture, control and manipulate to the result I want, rather than something I am irrationally fearful of. This year, I'm going to be a gradebuster, and kick some academic a*s! I want to apologise for the late start (as I only became a member of the amazing TSR family today), despite it giving me the obviously unmissable opportunity to use a pun as the title of my blog. With commitment (in which I tend to lack normally, so I am hoping this blog gets me motivated), I am hoping to use this blog to inform people about my academic adventure through year 9, in which I will be finally choosing my GCSE subjects and exploring my self-identity whilst questioning everything I thought I knew about myself. Many say that GCSE's aren't that important to which career path you may take, and this may well be the case, but it will tell me a lot about myself and force me to make decisions regarding my life, and who I want to be. I probably overthinking this, but hey! at least I'm trying haha. This will be my academic planner, in which I will attempt to update at least once weekly (probably on Friday, as homework literally gives me no time to breathe whatsoever during the week).

I am currently on my October half-term and will be resuming school on Tuesday 5th November, where I start rehearsals for this year's school musical, making me even busier than I already am! Before I resume school, I've got many TA1's (Termly Assessments, which are basically tests tracking your progress throughout the year) that I have to revise for, so that is what is going to occupy me for the next few days of my life. Sometime soon, I will hopefully update you on how my grades are on average for each subject, and how I'm doing in school generally.

Thank you for reading this! I am very excited to kick off this blog, as I've never done this kind of thing before, and hope it will motivate me and change my academic mindset if I consciously keep tabs on what/how I'm doing. I have a good feeling about this year and am awaiting a glow-up in all aspects of my life aha (mental, physical, academic, spiritual and anything else you can think of!)


A lot has changed since then. Firstly, I'm almost 16, nowhere near the 13-year-old who wrote The OG Gradebusters, I've had to live through a pandemic (adjusting to the instability along the way, weaving in and out of isolation, which negatively impacted my education, and being crippled by demotivation etc.), I've got my GCSEs coming up in a few months (which I'm completely and utterly terrified for), but I've also just changed as an individual, as young, growing minds do. There are many things that are still the same about me though:
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  • My organisational skills still suck.
  • So does my motivation.
  • I did not have the mental, academic, spiritual and "anything else you can think of" glow-up that I promised in Gradebusters: 1st Edition.
  • I haven't a clue who I am, or about self-identity, or where I want to go in life, which something I further scammed myself into believing in Gradebusters: 1st Edition.
  • My skills in most subjects are the same, if not worse (especially in maths, a subject that, without a doubt, was created by Satan himself).
  • I haven't found effective revision and learning practices that I feel positively benefit my education and information retention (though I have got some in mind to begin trying).
  • And lastly, I'm still tired as sh*t and function on like 5 hours of sleep per day! Fun!


You probably thought (or hoped) I would have undertaken a lot of personal growth in the two year period since I abandoned my first GyG blog and felt confident about where I was headed as both a student and a young adult who is out in the world sooner than she thinks, but no. Sorry to disappoint. However, this blog isn't here for me to whine or feel sorry for myself. I want to change. I want to grow. I want to improve. I want to reach a stage where I can look at myself and think "Wow. You did that. You created her, and you should be proud". I want to be responsible. I want to open my results in a few months time and be proud and feel assured that everything that I endured - the tears, the turmoil, the breakdowns, the sleepless nights (My God, how I crave a normal, functional sleep schedule) - was worth it. I want to evolve into the best possible version of myself. And I can only do that by taking accountability for my actions and realising I have to be intentional with everything I do. So, this blog is here to document that. To motivate me and to help me achieve my aforementioned goals. I understand that now that I am in the final stages of my secondary school life, I can't rely on my mother to get me to study or revise like she did when I was preparing for my 11+; I can't get my friends to give me all the answers, because they won't be there in the actual exam; I can't rely on technology and I certainly can't rely on luck. It has to be all me.

This is the sequel to what was a tragic, tragic start to a film franchise, and while you may be sceptical, untypically of Hollywood movies, this sequel will be superior to the original. Maybe this time, I will actually confront my ghosts and stay true to the title of the film. Grab your popcorn and steady yourselves, for this, will be quite the cinematic journey.

Thank you so much for reading this far! I hope you stick around <3

p.s. I will properly introduce myself and my GCSE subjects etc. in my next post since in this post I basically just gave a life story haha. I also plan to do one big weekly post every Sunday, which will allow me to reflect and on the past week and create goals for the upcoming one, but integrate that with smaller daily posts where time will allow me to!

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Wow, I love this 😄 I do hope you find strong sources of motivation, I am always here My GCSEs got cancelled last year (phew) so I am not one to ask for advice on exam stress haha. Please do tag me, I think it’s important that you have others cheering you on so you stay determined on your goals, because you have told us all you are going to reach for it. Good luck!
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Minus the maths, everything you said in the second spoiler encapsulates me perfectly. I can tell that this would be a good blog.
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Wow, I love this 😄 I do hope you find strong sources of motivation, I am always here My GCSEs got cancelled last year (phew) so I am not one to ask for advice on exam stress haha. Please do tag me, I think it’s important that you have others cheering you on so you stay determined on your goals, because you have told us all you are going to reach for it. Good luck!
thank you so much - I really appreciate it! <3 I too am hoping I can find some great motivation in the next few months of my life as I really need it haha! you're so lucky in that your GCSEs were cancelled, even though it was because of a pandemic (which obviously isn't that great). I do also consider myself to be quite lucky this year also though, as for most subjects, it seems we'll be getting reduced content to learn, making my GCSEs a lot more attainable if I work hard enough! Anyways, I'll be sure to tag you (and btw, thank you so much for asking for me to do so - your support means a lot!). See you around!
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Minus the maths, everything you said in the second spoiler encapsulates me perfectly. I can tell that this would be a good blog.
"Minus the maths" lucky you haha - I'm quite jealous and wish I was even a fractionally skilled in maths (pun intended lol)! Anyways, I'm glad to know there are people in the same boat as me and that I have your support of this blog already At least it means I'm not alone, or some strange anomaly just floating about whilst everybody has their stuff together. Let me know if you'd like me to tag you in subsequent posts of mine! <3
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Get to Know Me!

Hello everyone! This is the first post of my blog, excluding the commencing one, meaning I've already progressed further than I did with The OG Gradebusters 2 years ago (which as we found in my introduction post, failed tragically) - a huge milestone as it is! I'm kind of being sarcastic here, but kind of not, which is slightly disappointing as I shouldn't be patting myself on the back and doing celebratory cartwheels over the fact I've been able to commit to writing two blog posts in this almost-year-long event, but nevertheless, it shows growth from who I was in 2019, and that's what my GyG is all about!
Anyways, this is just a little something I'm writing in hopes that it will help you get to know me better! I will talk about myself as an individual, but also as a school student so that by the end of this entry, you feel slightly closer to me and have a stronger sense of who I am, something that is pivotal since we're embarking on this journey together! So let's go!

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Name: Yemisi
Age: 15 (Year 11)
Birthday: March 31st
Ethnicity: Nigerian and Ghanaian
Nationality: British
Location: East London
Siblings: 1 Sister

Hobbies and Interests:
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  • I have 3 pet rats!
  • I play the guitar and have for 4 years.
  • I am currently learning to rollerskate.
  • I love to sew, crochet and knit.
  • I love reading! (especially old literature and gothic novels).
  • I enjoy writing songs, stories and poetry.
  • I am a huge fan of anime and manga (as well as anything else cartoon-y and animated)!
  • Linking to the previous point, I adore Japanese culture and am currently learning the language.
  • I am highly interested in theatrical arts and fashion.

My (Chosen) GCSE Subjects:
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  • Drama
  • Textiles
  • German
  • Geography

My Favourite GCSE Subjects:
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1st Favourite: Textiles
2nd Favourite: English Literature
3rd Favourite: Biology
4th Favourite: Geography

Least Favourite: Maths
^ Other honourable mentions: Physics and Drama (which is really getting on my nerves lately, despite my love for the subject on a broader level)

My Currently Working At Grades:
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Biology: 8
Chemistry: 8
Drama: 7
English Language: 7
English Literature: 8
Geography: 6
German: 6
Mathematics: 5
Physics: 6
Textiles: 8+


My Predicted GCSE Grades:

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Biology: 9
Chemistry: 9
Drama: 8
English Language: 9
English Literature: 9
Geography: 8
German: 8
Mathematics: 7
Physics: 7
Textiles: 7 (Even though I'm currently working at 8+ haha. Perhaps the Predicted Grades are capped?)

Okay, well that's all I can think of for now, but please let me know if there's anything else you'd like to know! I will see you in my next entry! Thanks for reading!
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If you'd like to be sent a notification every time I create another post, let me know, and I'll tag you below!

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I'd love to be tagged!
I'm in Year 11 too and oh my god I am so not ready. Unlike you, I really regret taking textiles :cry:
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Get to Know Me!

Hello everyone! This is the first post of my blog, excluding the commencing one, meaning I've already progressed further than I did with The OG Gradebusters 2 years ago (which as we found in my introduction post, failed tragically) - a huge milestone as it is! I'm kind of being sarcastic here, but kind of not, which is slightly disappointing as I shouldn't be patting myself on the back and doing celebratory cartwheels over the fact I've been able to commit to writing two blog posts in this almost-year-long event, but nevertheless, it shows growth from who I was in 2019, and that's what my GyG is all about!
Anyways, this is just a little something I'm writing in hopes that it will help you get to know me better! I will talk about myself as an individual, but also as a school student so that by the end of this entry, you feel slightly closer to me and have a stronger sense of who I am, something that is pivotal since we're embarking on this journey together! So let's go!

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General facts:
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Name: Yemisi
Age: 15 (Year 11)
Birthday: March 31st
Ethnicity: Nigerian and Ghanaian
Nationality: British
Location: East London
Siblings: 1 Sister

Hobbies and Interests:
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  • I have 3 pet rats!
  • I play the guitar and have for 4 years.
  • I am currently learning to rollerskate.
  • I love to sew, crochet and knit.
  • I love reading! (especially old literature and gothic novels).
  • I enjoy writing songs, stories and poetry.
  • I am a huge fan of anime and manga (as well as anything else cartoon-y and animated)!
  • Linking to the previous point, I adore Japanese culture and am currently learning the language.
  • I am highly interested in theatrical arts and fashion.

My (Chosen) GCSE Subjects:
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  • Drama
  • Textiles
  • German
  • Geography

My Favourite GCSE Subjects:
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1st Favourite: Textiles
2nd Favourite: English Literature
3rd Favourite: Biology
4th Favourite: Geography

Least Favourite: Maths
^ Other honourable mentions: Physics and Drama (which is really getting on my nerves lately, despite my love for the subject on a broader level)

My Currently Working At Grades:
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Biology: 8
Chemistry: 8
Drama: 7
English Language: 7
English Literature: 8
Geography: 6
German: 6
Mathematics: 5
Physics: 6
Textiles: 8+


My Predicted GCSE Grades:

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Biology: 9
Chemistry: 9
Drama: 8
English Language: 9
English Literature: 9
Geography: 8
German: 8
Mathematics: 7
Physics: 7
Textiles: 7 (Even though I'm currently working at 8+ haha. Perhaps the Predicted Grades are capped?)

Okay, well that's all I can think of for now, but please let me know if there's anything else you'd like to know! I will see you in my next entry! Thanks for reading!
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If you'd like to be sent a notification every time I create another post, let me know, and I'll tag you below!

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If you are stuck on maths I could try help when I’m online. I’m doing A level Maths
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I'd love to be tagged!
I'm in Year 11 too and oh my god I am so not ready. Unlike you, I really regret taking textiles :cry:
omg yes ofc i’ll tag you! i’d love to even and appreciate you taking interest in my blog☺️☺️ but no i totally get how you’re feeling! it seems so surreal that in literally a few months, i have to sit these really important exams, and i don’t feel like i’m capable of that yet. mentally, i’m still in year 9, where my “normal” secondary life stopped (with covid and everything). but please try not to feel overwhelmed if you take it slow and steady, you’ll definitely be able to achieve the grades you want! i can elaborate in a different post if you’d like, as i’m currently working on ways i can revise and stuff without feeling burnt out and overwhelmed? and also, if you need any help with textiles in any way, please let me know and i’ll see if i can help! i’m sure there are subjects you’re better at than me, so maybe you can help me out too? a mutual exchange haha! anyways, sending love and always here to help because i know 1st hand how stressful year 11 is </3
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If you are stuck on maths I could try help when I’m online. I’m doing A level Maths
oh my goodness - yes please! that would mean a lot😭 i know i’ll never be a maths prodigy, but i at least want to get okay grades in the subject haha. i think my problem is mostly applying knowledge to questions and figuring out how to answer questions that are less straight-forward. i find that, for some reason, the content is so much more attainable in class than in exams, in that i feel like i understand a topic, and then won’t know how to approach it when it becomes higher-level. i’m not sure if that made any sense, but anyways, i will definitely be taking you up on that offer, so thank you so much ) i need all the help i can get!
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good luck!! :grin:
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oh my goodness - yes please! that would mean a lot😭 i know i’ll never be a maths prodigy, but i at least want to get okay grades in the subject haha. i think my problem is mostly applying knowledge to questions and figuring out how to answer questions that are less straight-forward. i find that, for some reason, the content is so much more attainable in class than in exams, in that i feel like i understand a topic, and then won’t know how to approach it when it becomes higher-level. i’m not sure if that made any sense, but anyways, i will definitely be taking you up on that offer, so thank you so much ) i need all the help i can get!
Yes I get you, same thing happens at any level tbh. Corbett maths is always a good help though, as well as the GCSE Maths Tutor on YouTube. It’s all about opening your mind to problem-solving and trying not just use knowledge from a certain topic area but from across the entire course, because bigger problems aim to incorporate more than one maths skill, hence why they are worth more marks. Always do question after question until you get better bc maths is just a load of practise. What maths topics do you feel you are worse at?
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omg yes ofc i’ll tag you! i’d love to even and appreciate you taking interest in my blog☺️☺️ but no i totally get how you’re feeling! it seems so surreal that in literally a few months, i have to sit these really important exams, and i don’t feel like i’m capable of that yet. mentally, i’m still in year 9, where my “normal” secondary life stopped (with covid and everything). but please try not to feel overwhelmed if you take it slow and steady, you’ll definitely be able to achieve the grades you want! i can elaborate in a different post if you’d like, as i’m currently working on ways i can revise and stuff without feeling burnt out and overwhelmed? and also, if you need any help with textiles in any way, please let me know and i’ll see if i can help! i’m sure there are subjects you’re better at than me, so maybe you can help me out too? a mutual exchange haha! anyways, sending love and always here to help because i know 1st hand how stressful year 11 is </3
I totally agree with you on the year 9 thing - it’s crazy how quickly the time flew by and I feel like I haven’t changed at all!
Thank you so much - that sounds absolutely great! Lots of love :love: :hugs:
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good luck!! :grin:
thank you so much! :hugs: I really appreciate it! <3
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Yes I get you, same thing happens at any level tbh. Corbett maths is always a good help though, as well as the GCSE Maths Tutor on YouTube. It’s all about opening your mind to problem-solving and trying not just use knowledge from a certain topic area but from across the entire course, because bigger problems aim to incorporate more than one maths skill, hence why they are worth more marks. Always do question after question until you get better bc maths is just a load of practise. What maths topics do you feel you are worse at?
that makes a lot of sense, thank you! being able to apply more than one topic to a question and problem solve better is something I'm definitely working on I have heard of Corbett maths and GCSE Maths Tutor, and have used them occasionally, but never consistently, which is something I'll start doing! In terms of the topics I struggle the most with, I'd say Graphs, Trig and Shape stuff are definitely up there. I think with the topic of shapes, I mostly fall short with equations and when it connects with things like trigonometry. Inequalities and direct and indirect proportion also confuse me quite a bit also. I think that may be partly due to learning those topics solely in lockdown and never completely wrapping my head around them. But nothing else really comes to mind here! I'm also trying to brush up on my general maths skills so I make fewer silly mistakes haha!
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that makes a lot of sense, thank you! being able to apply more than one topic to a question and problem solve better is something I'm definitely working on I have heard of Corbett maths and GCSE Maths Tutor, and have used them occasionally, but never consistently, which is something I'll start doing! In terms of the topics I struggle the most with, I'd say Graphs, Trig and Shape stuff are definitely up there. I think with the topic of shapes, I mostly fall short with equations and when it connects with things like trigonometry. Inequalities and direct and indirect proportion also confuse me quite a bit also. I think that may be partly due to learning those topics solely in lockdown and never completely wrapping my head around them. But nothing else really comes to mind here! I'm also trying to brush up on my general maths skills so I make fewer silly mistakes haha!
UGHHH I HATE SILLY MISTAKES!!

anyways yes I hate trig graphs and transformations oml -_-

Remember the formulae for direct proportion (y = kx , where k is a constant) and indirect (y = k/x)

Trig is a case of remembering the values - you can also work these out but I can’t remember how the teacher explained. You could search this up to gain a more in depth explanation into the trig values. The sin and cos values are reverse of each other, which helped me remember them.

The equations are just a load of practise. Can you remember the sine and cosine rule? There is also the A = 1/2absinC for a triangle area.

Something which may be useful is try do most questions without a calculator, unless it states otherwise. This will help with basic maths skills.

I just had a lesson on inequalities and they are funnnn 😂 you treat them like normal equations but keep the < or > symbol throughout. Always be careful if you have to flip the sign. In GCSE Corbettmaths was a good help with quadratic inequalities (if that’s the name for it).

If you get stuck on any maths hw or questions do send them and I will try reply soon as I can
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UGHHH I HATE SILLY MISTAKES!!

anyways yes I hate trig graphs and transformations oml -_-

Remember the formulae for direct proportion (y = kx , where k is a constant) and indirect (y = k/x)

Trig is a case of remembering the values - you can also work these out but I can’t remember how the teacher explained. You could search this up to gain a more in depth explanation into the trig values. The sin and cos values are reverse of each other, which helped me remember them.

The equations are just a load of practise. Can you remember the sine and cosine rule? There is also the A = 1/2absinC for a triangle area.

Something which may be useful is try do most questions without a calculator, unless it states otherwise. This will help with basic maths skills.

I just had a lesson on inequalities and they are funnnn 😂 you treat them like normal equations but keep the < or > symbol throughout. Always be careful if you have to flip the sign. In GCSE Corbettmaths was a good help with quadratic inequalities (if that’s the name for it).

If you get stuck on any maths hw or questions do send them and I will try reply soon as I can
thanks so much for this! it’s super helpful <3

I can’t lie, the formulae for direct and indirection proportion really really confuse me😭 i don’t know what goes where, what k is, and what is meant by “where k is a constant” T_T I can figure out direct and indirect proportion questions using logic and basic maths skills sometimes, but obviously, that doesn’t always work.

Yes! I’m trying to remember the values for trig! there’s a hand method that I was taught by one teacher, but my other teacher says it sucks and is too fiddly, so I think I will just try to have them committed to memory lol! (I have two maths teachers in case you’re wondering!) I get basic trig for the most part, I just start to struggle more with the really precise, number-y, equation-y stuff.

I most definitely cannot cannot remember the sine and cosine rule, but that’s just my memory skills being impaired, so I should hope I can get that memorised soon enough 😅

And the “don’t use a calculator when not necessary” thing is SO HELPFUL! I am so reliant on my calculator when there’s no need for me to be, which may be hindering my general mathematic skills, so I’ll deffo take that on board! thank you so much! <3

And yeah, equalities are okay - i just started to get fumbled when the graph stuff comes up😭 But what do you mean by “if you have to flip the sign”? Under what circumstances would I have to, if you don’t mind explaining?

Thank you so so much once again! You’re a lifesaver😇
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Weekly Big Update! (Every Sunday)



Hey guys! Sorry for not updating much throughout the week! This one was quite hectic! However, welcome to my very first big update on this blog! If you're unaware, throughout the week, I will be giving mini-updates on micro-events and other bits and bobs that happen throughout, and on Sundays, I will give a larger, more holistic reflection on the week, whilst looking forward to the one ahead and also covering any study activities! from that weekend!

Before I start, there are some things I forgot to update you on during the week so I will quickly catch you up now!

Last Week
I had an English Language Practice Test two Thursdays ago, which I considered went quite well! Usually, my time management is terrible and I don't distribute my time accordingly to how many marks the question is actually worth, meaning that sometimes I spend more time on the 8-mark question than on the 16-marker. This time I was actually able to get a good body of writing for the 16-mark question however and felt pretty confident. My English teacher came in the following Thursday though (the one a few days ago) and told us we'd have to all re-sit the test the following day (Friday) as some of the scores weren't good enough to put on the system and to be used in our sixth form applications. I got 29/40, which is a grade 8, so not bad, but it's not an astonishing score either for someone who prides themselves on being a top English student (I usually get top marks of the class) and my Q4, the 16-mark one, still fell kinda flat. I will let you know what my improved score is though!

Further, last week, my drama teacher told me and my group, who I'm working on a devised piece of theatre with to be performed and graded as part of our GCSE next month, that we have to completely restart as we didn't do the task correctly, meaning we have a month to create a performance from scratch, and completely discard of the one we've been working on since May. Yes. May. And we're only now being told we have to get rid of our work and start over both the physical performance, but the extremely important, mark-heavy portfolio also. I'm honestly terrified, I feel extremely overwhelmed and I'm angry we had been left unsupervised, delving further and further into our piece with the wrong foundation, and not being told this until a month before we get examined!!


:headfire: <---- How I'm feeling right now.

Granted, our teacher was absent for many weeks towards the end of the previous academic year due to personal issues and therefore couldn't start this body of work with us, but I do feel like more effort could have been put in to offer us support. Like, the cover teachers we were supplied during that period never had a clue what they were doing, and since they weren't drama teachers/professionals, couldn't offer us much meaningful advice. What is even more annoying is that there's only one drama teacher in our school. And that one teacher had to take such a long break in one of the most pivotal stages of my academic life (for no fault of her own obviously, though it's still annoying). Anyways, rant over. I will keep on updated on this process along the way.

Now that's done we can move on!

I don't really have much else to say at the moment, so I guess I'll move straight onto my goals for the coming week:

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  1. Create an effective revision timetable! This is really important to me, as I want to start my revision now, little and often, instead of having to cram later on in the year. It's better for me to slowly be retaining information. Also, this way, I feel less overwhelmed in the future and still have time for the things I love, because I've organised my time responsibly.
  2. Catch up with any missing notes from last year (especially in lockdown and towards the end of the year, where I was feeling extremely burnt out and couldn't concentrate for the life of me).
  3. Research and write up HPQ Essay. I really want this to be over and done with, so it doesn't stay in the back of my mind tormenting me when I know I have other things to do *cough cough* revise for really important exams!!
  4. Make a good start of my Drama Portfolio. Self-explanatory, really, given what I wrote earlier haha.
  5. Use Tassomai more consistently (every day this week), so you can be retaining knowledge little and often, like you're aiming to do. In case you don't know, Tassomai is just a website my school has supplied to me that tests students on Maths, the Sciences, and English. You do it daily (for consistency and info retention), and it customises your questions, based on how you're doing, to what they believe would help and challenge you most.

That's all I can think of at the moment! I'll be back next week to tick off everything I managed to complete (which hopefully is everything!)

So with that, I think I'm done with this Sunday blog! I hope as time goes on, I'll have more to talk about (especially regarding things like revision techniques, organisation, what's working for me and what isn't etc.), but for now, I'll leave it here. Thanks so much for reading - see you soon! <3



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Mid-week Update: Monday 27th September 2021!

I barely got 5 hours of sleep last night, so today was a struggle to say the absolute least! I typed a huge (okay, not that huge, but huge to me!) blog post for my GyG, tried to post it, lost the internet and hence “lost” everything I wrote when the page wouldn’t refresh, sobbed for like 30 minutes, got yelled at by my mother because I was so loud, I woke her up (yes, I was genuinely that distraught. In my defence though, I spent around 40 minutes writing it), was able to retrieve my writing (very easily, actually. It’s something I have thought of from the very beginning), meaning I worked myself up for zero reasons, posted it, and finally went to bed looking and feeling like an absolute fool :dontknow:

My eyelids were heavy the entirety of the day and every second, I felt myself getting seduced further into hitting snooze haha! :bored: It doesn’t help that I had relatively boring subjects also - Geography, Maths, English (less boring), Chemistry and Science. They’re okay individually but in that combination? Deadly for one’s attention span (or at least mine because I can’t completely say that everyone struggles in the manner that I do lol).

Regardless, I survived! :aetsch: And I get to live another day, so today, I aim to get enough sleep to sustain the day. Sleep at 10, wake up at 6, giving me 8 beautiful, beautiful hours of rest and sweet dreams, which I think should be enough? I do really want to fix my sleep routine, as I don’t want lack of sleep to negatively affect my education. How much sleep do you guys get per day roughly?

Moving on: I did a geography "end of topic" test on (UK) Coastlines a week or so ago, and got the results back today! The results are…………. *drum roll*

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14/18! Not half bad!



It was a very short test because, in the actual exam, it’s worth very few marks and holds little weight, so my geography teacher had to combine as many questions on the topic as she could find.

I’ve also got a chemistry test coming next Monday, so revision starts for that as soon as I get caught up-to-date with my Textiles Portfolio (I’ll insert a few pages of it in a spoiler down below as I really am quite proud of how it’s progressing) and begin my drama portfolio again from scratch (I still can’t believe I’ve got less than a month to complete everything :bawling:</3 See my last post if you're wondering what I mean (My Sunday update!))

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Today was also the first day I used my new day folder!
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A really cool friend of mine that is now off at uni made the label for me! :heart: their insta handle is @yellowlemonstudy in case you’re curious! they make a bunch of study content! Anyways, I’m not really sure what to put it in - I only know as far as that I’ll do work and revision in here, and file it in the designated subject folder later on - but it’s the first step to me becoming more organised, so I’ll figure it out! Let me know what kind of stuff you think I should put in there or how I should organise myself, as that’d be incredibly helpful! Thank you!

Lastly, I was able to complete my daily Tassomai exercises in Maths, Science and English today, so I’m already off to a great start in doing them daily for greater information retention and understanding

Okay well, that’s it for today’s update (which turned out longer than I expected haha). I will see you in my next update!
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Mid-week Update: Monday 27th September 2021!

I barely got 5 hours of sleep last night, so today was a struggle to say the absolute least! I typed a huge (okay, not that huge, but huge to me!) blog post for my GyG, tried to post it, lost the internet and hence “lost” everything I wrote when the page wouldn’t refresh, sobbed for like 30 minutes, got yelled at by my mother because I was so loud, I woke her up (yes, I was genuinely that distraught. In my defence though, I spent around 40 minutes writing it), was able to retrieve my writing (very easily, actually. It’s something I have thought of from the very beginning), meaning I worked myself up for zero reasons, posted it, and finally went to bed looking and feeling like an absolute fool :dontknow:

My eyelids were heavy the entirety of the day and every second, I felt myself getting seduced further into hitting snooze haha! :bored: It doesn’t help that I had relatively boring subjects also - Geography, Maths, English (less boring), Chemistry and Science. They’re okay individually but in that combination? Deadly for one’s attention span (or at least mine because I can’t completely say that everyone struggles in the manner that I do lol).

Regardless, I survived! :aetsch: And I get to live another day, so today, I aim to get enough sleep to sustain the day. Sleep at 10, wake up at 6, giving me 8 beautiful, beautiful hours of rest and sweet dreams, which I think should be enough? I do really want to fix my sleep routine, as I don’t want lack of sleep to negatively affect my education. How much sleep do you guys get per day roughly?

Moving on: I did a geography "end of topic" test on (UK) Coastlines a week or so ago, and got the results back today! The results are…………. *drum roll*

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14/18! Not half bad!



It was a very short test because, in the actual exam, it’s worth very few marks and holds little weight, so my geography teacher had to combine as many questions on the topic as she could find.

I’ve also got a chemistry test coming next Monday, so revision starts for that as soon as I get caught up-to-date with my Textiles Portfolio (I’ll insert a few pages of it in a spoiler down below as I really am quite proud of how it’s progressing) and begin my drama portfolio again from scratch (I still can’t believe I’ve got less than a month to complete everything :bawling:</3 See my last post if you're wondering what I mean (My Sunday update!))

Textiles Portfolio Highlights:
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Today was also the first day I used my new day folder!
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A really cool friend of mine that is now off at uni made the label for me! :heart: their insta handle is @yellowlemonstudy in case you’re curious! they make a bunch of study content! Anyways, I’m not really sure what to put it in - I only know as far as that I’ll do work and revision in here, and file it in the designated subject folder later on - but it’s the first step to me becoming more organised, so I’ll figure it out! Let me know what kind of stuff you think I should put in there or how I should organise myself, as that’d be incredibly helpful! Thank you!

Lastly, I was able to complete my daily Tassomai exercises in Maths, Science and English today, so I’m already off to a great start in doing them daily for greater information retention and understanding

Okay well, that’s it for today’s update (which turned out longer than I expected haha). I will see you in my next update!
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sounds like your little by little revision is coming along good! definitely a good habit to get into, it's so annoying finding motivation to keep revising -_-

I can't see the textile portfolio pics, maybe that's just from my side...

well done on geography! i had to do geography for gcse and it was either that or history. it was interesting but i didn't like the exams.

keeping a blog must take so much effort though lmao

also wow your drama situation is such a mess... are you going to take it for a level, do you think?
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