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Completely messed up my year 12 mocks

Hi guys so I've been doing pretty well throughout year 12, my grades have been pretty high and my reports were the highest they could be. So i had my exams recently and they went terribly and I didn't finish my history exam and it was a disaster, my anxiety got so bad I started to forget everything and panicked. I genuinely am not sure what to do, I have a chance to redo them in the summer but I'm scared they won't care about that. Genuinely disappointed because I revised so much over Easter and basically didn't see friends
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Hello, your feelings are completely valid! You said 'mocks' in the title so i assume these are not your actual final grades? If so that is even better, worse case scenario you can repeat them if you feel you would be able to do better, but it is likely that you have done better than you think as you said you revised so much and you are probably overthinking what you COULD have done not how amazing you probably already have done!! Please don't get your hopes up, there is still plenty of time to bring up the grades
Don't worry about it 🥸
As you say, these are mocks not the real thing. Your mistakes at this point are actually a good sign, so that you won't make the same mistakes in the future. What you need to do is try not to panic and to lower your expectations. If you have high expectations you will feel worse if things don't go your way. Believe that you have other paths towards your success because life is definitely not a one-way street. School can make you think there's only one direction, but there are many directions you can take. Also, try to be in control of your mind when you're in an exam-if you realize that there are many opportunities and you believe in yourself, then nothing can stop you.
Original post by jcurry1234
Hello, your feelings are completely valid! You said 'mocks' in the title so i assume these are not your actual final grades? If so that is even better, worse case scenario you can repeat them if you feel you would be able to do better, but it is likely that you have done better than you think as you said you revised so much and you are probably overthinking what you COULD have done not how amazing you probably already have done!! Please don't get your hopes up, there is still plenty of time to bring up the grades

Thank you so much!! Unfortunately my teachers have high hopes for me and I'm so scared I disappointed them
Original post by JDINCINERATOR
As you say, these are mocks not the real thing. Your mistakes at this point are actually a good sign, so that you won't make the same mistakes in the future. What you need to do is try not to panic and to lower your expectations. If you have high expectations you will feel worse if things don't go your way. Believe that you have other paths towards your success because life is definitely not a one-way street. School can make you think there's only one direction, but there are many directions you can take. Also, try to be in control of your mind when you're in an exam-if you realize that there are many opportunities and you believe in yourself, then nothing can stop you.

Thank you this is so helpful
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Original post by Funkygazeebo
Thank you so much!! Unfortunately my teachers have high hopes for me and I'm so scared I disappointed them

If you've been consistently doing well throughout the year they'll see the forest for the trees: that you're a hardworking individual and that sometimes results don't turn out as hoped/planned. As others have said, Y12 mocks are hardly the end of the world, so don't get bogged down in any shortcomings there.
One thing not brought up yet that I would like to address is making sure that you get enough time to do things that you enjoy, as well as revising. It's really easy to burn out this late in the year, so make sure you take the time out to do something relaxing! Obviously don't neglect your revision, but from the sounds of it you would definitely benefit from some more leisure time (maybe meet up with your friends!) :smile:
Original post by Funkygazeebo
Thank you so much!! Unfortunately my teachers have high hopes for me and I'm so scared I disappointed them

Aw I bet you want to make them and yourself proud! But remember we are all only human I am sure they will not be disappointed no matter what the outcome, I'm sure at one point they have failed an exam or 2. They will probably just offer you guidance on where you could do better, make sure you take this advice and you will be okay!
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Original post by Funkygazeebo
Hi guys so I've been doing pretty well throughout year 12, my grades have been pretty high and my reports were the highest they could be. So i had my exams recently and they went terribly and I didn't finish my history exam and it was a disaster, my anxiety got so bad I started to forget everything and panicked. I genuinely am not sure what to do, I have a chance to redo them in the summer but I'm scared they won't care about that. Genuinely disappointed because I revised so much over Easter and basically didn't see friends

Hi year 13 here!
I felt the exact same pressure to reach such high standards from teachers considering my grades had been high throughout year 12, honestly you have ‘mocks’ for a reason and they’re so key to helping you improve and understand where your at with the immense amount of content you are expected to learn. Please do not beat urself over an exam you think you may have messed up!! I used to do that and I promise you it doesn’t help with anything, be so proud that you’ve managed to get your grades high and remember you should want to achieve high for yourself I know it’s hard to forget about external pressures but I am living proof you can work through year 12 mocks you thought you didn’t do well in!! I’m now holding an offer for KCL in september so please don’t let this knock ur confidence!! xx

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Original post by j4zzyb_
Hi year 13 here!
I felt the exact same pressure to reach such high standards from teachers considering my grades had been high throughout year 12, honestly you have ‘mocks’ for a reason and they’re so key to helping you improve and understand where your at with the immense amount of content you are expected to learn. Please do not beat urself over an exam you think you may have messed up!! I used to do that and I promise you it doesn’t help with anything, be so proud that you’ve managed to get your grades high and remember you should want to achieve high for yourself I know it’s hard to forget about external pressures but I am living proof you can work through year 12 mocks you thought you didn’t do well in!! I’m now holding an offer for KCL in september so please don’t let this knock ur confidence!! xx

Wow that's amazing well done!! Thank you so much that made me feel a lot better. I just feel like other smart people in my year did well and didn't stress and panic in the exams as much as I did and it really affected my grades. I dont know how i will explain to my teachers how they all went wrong
Original post by jcurry1234
Aw I bet you want to make them and yourself proud! But remember we are all only human I am sure they will not be disappointed no matter what the outcome, I'm sure at one point they have failed an exam or 2. They will probably just offer you guidance on where you could do better, make sure you take this advice and you will be okay!

Thank you so much!!
Original post by Funkygazeebo
Hi guys so I've been doing pretty well throughout year 12, my grades have been pretty high and my reports were the highest they could be. So i had my exams recently and they went terribly and I didn't finish my history exam and it was a disaster, my anxiety got so bad I started to forget everything and panicked. I genuinely am not sure what to do, I have a chance to redo them in the summer but I'm scared they won't care about that. Genuinely disappointed because I revised so much over Easter and basically didn't see friends

Hi,

I did my A-Levels last year and I also struggled with mind blanks in my year 12 mocks. Exams, even if they're mocks, can be really daunting and it's easy to panic under the pressure. I understand how disappointing it feels to have put in loads of effort when revising and not have the grades to reflect it. What helped me through was remembering that the whole reason for doing mocks is to practice and prepare for the real exams. You have time to work out why it happened, and what you can do to make sure it doesn't happen again. I find that if I walk into the room calm to begin with, I'm more likely to stay calm and focused throughout. What I'd suggest is to work out what things you can do to reduce your anxiety just before going in, such as breathing techniques, fidget toys, or distracting yourself for a few minutes to stay calm. Remember everyone's different, so it's important to find whatever works for you.

Hope this helps.

Sophie
LJMU Student Rep
Reply 13
Original post by Funkygazeebo
Wow that's amazing well done!! Thank you so much that made me feel a lot better. I just feel like other smart people in my year did well and didn't stress and panic in the exams as much as I did and it really affected my grades. I dont know how i will explain to my teachers how they all went wrong

I totally get comparing yourself to other people in your year, it’s so daunting to see people not stress or panic as much as you!! just remember everyone reacts to exam conditions differently and how you do it’s not a reflection of how smart you are, as someone who also gets quite anxious in exams it’s really helped me to develop a routine when going into exam season and the exam itself, preparing yourself for those really overwhelming feelings you know you are bound to feel when in the exam hall is really helpful, and also don’t afraid to just take a minute to breathe and solely focus your attention on the exam paper in front of you. I found taking each question as it came and not overwhelming myself with the whole paper really helpful as I was able to keep my attention on one section at a time and not over fill my brain with information i’m supposed to remember to the point where I’d blank and stress myself out. Remember year 12 in itself is a learning curve! and this is your time to figure out what works for you! i’m really glad you care about ur performance in these mock exams just remember it is not the be all end all, it’s only up from here!! x

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