High School: Exams and GCSEs


Hey Peeps,

I have had a lot going on recently and I did have another post planned for today but I really fancied just sitting at my laptop, with no particular topic, and just chatting to you. I find blogging a great way to get things off my chest and it feels like ages since I have just rambled on so here we go. High School. Its such a weird yet wonderful place to be when your a teenager. Its great because school gives you lots of opportunities to do new things, to try and find who you are and to make loads of friends. But school is also really scary. Everyday bring new drama, new lessons to be learnt (and I am not talking about in a classroom) and obstacles that determine who you are and who you will become.
This week I have been making decisions for which GCSEs I would like to do. I don't struggle academically in school and tend to do really well in class and with my grades. But trust me this is not always a good thing. Recently I have been very stressed because I feel like I am under a lot of pressure to preform well all the time in class and get the highest grades. I feel like every one expects so much from me all the time, my classmate and my teachers. Every time we have an exam I work my but off revising for days before making sure I am confident with everything and usually I do well, but that's only because I worked hard for those grades. It really frustrates me when you get those few people who prat around in class, don't take notes, ignore the teacher and never get on with their work. Yet when it come to an exam they get one of the top mark. That just isn't fair...  
Anyway for Yr10 I have decided to do History and Spanish as I really enjoy these subjects at the moment and I think I will do well in them. But I have one more option and I really don't know what to do... My head is telling me to do something academic like phycology  but my heart is telling me to do music because it is my passion and I know I will enjoy it. I am really confused in my head as I don't know what I want to do in the future. This frustrates me because I am a big planner. For example I have all my posts already planned for the rest of February. I just really like knowing what's coming next. I am also really scared for year 10 and 11 as I want to do really well in my exams. In an ideal world I would love to get 8 or more A*. Lots of people are telling me this is what I will get and I deep down I really want those A* and I want to work hard to get them. But I am just scared that I wont preform well in the exams and now we don't get re-sits so I am panicking.
If you have any tips on choosing GCSE options or on how you cope with exams can you let me know in the comments please.
 MissBeccaBeauty xo 
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  1. I'm choosing my options as well this year and I feel exactly the same as you! I have a lot of pressure on me to do well and a lot of pressure from teachers to choose their subject! It's very frustrating! I would say do what you enjoy, we have been told to have a mix academic and creative options which opens up more doors than just academic. I have chosen to do Art and Design because I love it! I'm sure you would be amazing at music especially if you love it!
    Alice x

  2. I know exactly how you feel right now, most people say Year 10 is just as hard if not harder than Year 11 so I just can't wait to get it over with! I have about a billion mock exams this month too so my pressure level may have just hit it's limit- I suppose I'm just going to have to put up with it until exams are over. I also have a 'how to deal with exam stress' post coming up and reading this has really helped and encouraged me knowing I'm not the only one feeling like this! Good luck with all your subjects lovely!x

  3. I know exactly how you feel. I did 2 GCSE's early in Y9 and I did french and geography, it was so much pressure and I am allowed to resit my french which I failed which is more pressure for me this year as it really counts. I'm also studying drama as I picked that as my option and it's quite good. I feel like in my core subjects like english and science everyone expects me to do everything and they target me as a 'suck up' for working hard and trying to get my grades up there. No way am I bright enough to get A*s but i'd say just relax and go with your heart. Good luck lovely x


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