PLACES TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST

 

1. The Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives.

2. The swing at "the end of the world" in Baños,Ecuador.

3. Haiku Stairs (a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven) in Oahu,   Hawaii.

4. Victoria Falls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia in Africa.

5. Angel Falls in Venezuela.

6. Katikies Hotel in Santorini, Greece.

7. Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas.

8. Hôtel de Glace in Canada.

9. Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.

10. Glacier National Park in Montana.

 

 

HOW I DELT WITH MY GCSE'S-EXAM STRESS

 

I found my GCSES so stressfull this year. I took my exams in May 2017 and recieved my results on August 24th 2017, and honestly, my life was a total mess in the run up to those dates.

School hasn't always been my strong point in life, I would like to say I am more street wise than I am acidemically wise, which some would argue is a good thing. Now I'm not saying that I am completely incompetent and failed life completly but at the time, I didnt think I was that far off.

Most of my teachers were very supportive in the run up to our GCSEs with running extra sessions after school and offering 1 to1 help on anything that was required. I took full advantage of these and went to every one I could to get the biggest advantage possible. At all times I felt like I was behind and slower than everyone else in learning, especislly in maths. I have never been good at maths and I would like to think I was fortunate to be in the second to top set which was full of very bright people. For two years we had a lovely teacher who was a great person but didn't teach us the right stuff and didn't finish the subject syllabus which left us at a disadvantage when we came to year 11. It didn’t really help that I missed 2 months of school due to medical issues. 

Everyone else eventually caught up but for some reason I couldnt do it, I was trying just as hard if not more than the others in my class but wasn't getting the results I wanted. My teacher put it down to that I just wasnt trying and had no asperations in life. I WAS STRESSED. I felt like I was letting my parents down, that I was a bit of a let down and I wasnt going to do well.

It gets drilled into us from an early age that if we don't do well in our GCSEs our chances of a good career are out the window and we won't succeed in life. If you look around I am sure you will know someone who has done well in life that didnt have the qualifications and didnt have the belief of others. Expectations are set to the highest standard by our peers, our teachers, our parents and most of all by ourselves and it is hard to break out of that expectation in fear of dissapointing people.

It took me a while to learn how to deal with my stress as I am a very stressy person in all aspects. To make it simple I will put it into 5 easy steps.

1. Talk to your teachers.

You will find that all your teachers have seen many kids just like you who have been sat stressing and worrying for a long time and will know ways to help take the load off your sholders. All you have to do is talk to them.

2. Take time for yourself.

My mum had the idea that for me to do well I would have to study for at least two hours straight after school each day plus 5 hours at the weekend which clearly wasn't going to happen. Do a bit of revision when YOU want to, if you're not in the right mood to revise you won't do it, you will procrastinate which is no help. Take little breaks inbetween your study to give your brain a break.

3. Get enough sleep.

This was something I struggled with big time. The average teenager needs about 7-8 hours sleep a night to recharge. If you don't sleep well you won't be ready for working the next day and you will also be moody which nobody wants to deal with.

4. Talk to your parents.

Parents are a funny one because some just go with the flow and some go military bossy on you. If you are stressing about exams in general or about a subject you're struggling in tell them! They won't bite your head off, even if they look like it and they will do whatever to support you. They are your parents after all they want whats best for you no matter how they show it.

5. Realise exams AREN'T the end of the world.

They are just a bit of paper where marks are generated by a national average. If the whole or your reigion does bad in a test, the mark barriers go down and it is easier to get a better grade, if everyone does well, the barriers go up. Don't stress, nobody is going to be mad or whatever, you will still do well in life and have a good carreer whatever the result.

 

My result came out better than I expected. I got;

 

English Literature

C+ (5)

English Language

B    (6)

Mathematics

C+ (5)

Science Core

C+

Science Additional

C+

Religious Studies

B+

Psychology

B

Health and Social Care

A

Drama written

Drama practical

A

A*