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feels like i'm not doing enough

I genuinely feel like I'm not doing enough revision for my GCSEs during this Easter break, while I did work really hard between December to Feb every day apart from weekends, and recently did my mocks as well in which I got decent grades but I can improve them. However, for some reason I'm struggling to concentrate + a family member of mine passed away too recently. I keep seeing my friends do more work than me and it makes me feel ashamed of myself as I should be doing the same especially as now we're only a month to go until the GCSEs. I've tried Pomodoro technique that worked for a bit but isn't working now and I've also made a list of tasks I need to get done before the exams. I don't know if I'm burnt out from all the studying but I can't even say that as I've already have had plenty of time to rest. Nothing seems to be going right.
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Original post by klistral
I genuinely feel like I'm not doing enough revision for my GCSEs during this Easter break, while I did work really hard between December to Feb every day apart from weekends, and recently did my mocks as well in which I got decent grades but I can improve them. However, for some reason I'm struggling to concentrate + a family member of mine passed away too recently. I keep seeing my friends do more work than me and it makes me feel ashamed of myself as I should be doing the same especially as now we're only a month to go until the GCSEs. I've tried Pomodoro technique that worked for a bit but isn't working now and I've also made a list of tasks I need to get done before the exams. I don't know if I'm burnt out from all the studying but I can't even say that as I've already have had plenty of time to rest. Nothing seems to be going right.

Don't worry - I literally feel the same way...
I told myself that I gave myself a long break after Mocks, so therefore I should be effectively revising now before GCSEs. Yet I struggle with concentrating as well.
What I found out that works for me is by revising small - (e.g. today I do 30 min revision, tomorrow I do 1 hr, next week I do 2 everyday, etc...) and build up hours as a go along.
Moreover I believe there is a high chance you feel burnt out - but also confident you understand the majority of the topics from Mocks as well (So there's nothing to worry about!).

I would say go take a great rest day for now and get all your satisfaction - as your mind may feel fully confident in the topics you've done (resulting in revising less now).
I wish you all the best and good luck! :biggrin:
Reply 2
Original post by jelllyfiiish
Don't worry - I literally feel the same way...
I told myself that I gave myself a long break after Mocks, so therefore I should be effectively revising now before GCSEs. Yet I struggle with concentrating as well.
What I found out that works for me is by revising small - (e.g. today I do 30 min revision, tomorrow I do 1 hr, next week I do 2 everyday, etc...) and build up hours as a go along.
Moreover I believe there is a high chance you feel burnt out - but also confident you understand the majority of the topics from Mocks as well (So there's nothing to worry about!).
I would say go take a great rest day for now and get all your satisfaction - as your mind may feel fully confident in the topics you've done (resulting in revising less now).
I wish you all the best and good luck! :biggrin:

yeah its so difficult, how are you doing now?
Original post by klistral
yeah its so difficult, how are you doing now?

Doing just fine (hopefully...!)
I'm doing my last bits of revision before I go back to boarding school - my first official GCSE exam is German-speaking on April 18. I'm pretty nervous as during my mock for Ger speaking, I was sick, and my voice died (no joke), so I couldn't concentrate + didn't do quite well.
I hope everything goes well though!

How is your revision going? :smile:
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ah that's great!! hopefully, this time it goes well! for me my first gcses are my art exam which is literally on friday so i'm nervouss and then afterwards its my spanish speaking which is on 1st may i think! my revision could be going better, i still feel like i could have done more during this break and now i can feel the anxiety in my stomach/feel sick thinking about going to school tomorrow ☹️
Reply 5
Original post by jelllyfiiish
Doing just fine (hopefully...!)
I'm doing my last bits of revision before I go back to boarding school - my first official GCSE exam is German-speaking on April 18. I'm pretty nervous as during my mock for Ger speaking, I was sick, and my voice died (no joke), so I couldn't concentrate + didn't do quite well.
I hope everything goes well though!
How is your revision going? :smile:
to be honest i feel like i haven't done enough, i genuinely feel like crying lol. if there's one thing i learnt from year 11 is how valuable time is in general
Original post by klistral
to be honest i feel like i haven't done enough, i genuinely feel like crying lol. if there's one thing i learnt from year 11 is how valuable time is in general

Yes, time is definitely valuable.
At least you've got half a month before the first exam + doing much doesn't equvilate to how well you'll do during the exams!
It's all about the revision methods which works best for you!

We just need to find what works best for each subject and I can confirm doing 4-6 hours for each subject should already be enough!
Some other subjects might not even need 2 hours for revision if you're great at them.

Are you ready for the coming school weeks? I can't wait for study leave haha :smile:

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