Hello! As it’s approaching the start of term 2 in the UK, I thought I’d reflect a little on my first term as a Year 13 student. So far this year has been quite different to how I imagined, but I think it’s also going to be my favourite school year so far, which I’ll talk about below!
(I know most of my writing lately seems to be about studying, it’s just because I have so much studying to do it’s all I can think about! I’d like to start writing about a greater variety of topics again, so please let me know whether you like these type of posts or if you’d want to read something different!)
Obviously I expected the workload to be a lot more demanding than year 12, as generally school gets harder the further you progress. Over the summer I was probably overthinking and stressing about the daunting amount of new content, coursework and revision that lay ahead! Although I frequently find myself swamped with work, which lives up to my expectations, I think I am coping with the workload better than I thought I would. I’m much more productive than I was last year and somehow I’m managing to stay on top of my work and get ahead in some subjects.
I had some individual expectations for each of my subjects this year – which are the same as last year; geography, history and French – so I’ll go through them seperately.
French – I actually thought French would be the most similar to last year, as we have the same amount of themes/units and no coursework, plus slightly less grammar as we did a lot last year. I’m really enjoy the themes as they’re very political, however I’m really struggling with the speaking-aspect of French this year, which I wasn’t expecting. I thought I would be fine because my speakingand confidence improved so much last year and I ended the year on a high getting a B in my speaking exam. It’s seems like the summer break has really affected my confidence though, and I’ve been getting anxious before our fortnightly speaking exams and having mind blanks during them. I can really tell my quality of ideas and grammar is slipping which is NOT GREAT so hopefully if I spend lots of time practicing my speaking, I’ll be back to my pre-summer standard by the exam period!
Geography – as with last year we have four modules in geography but whilst I enjoyed all of these in year 12 I didn’t think I would this year as the modules are a lot more science-based. So far we’ve done a human topic which was superpowers and I absolutely loved it however I’m kind of dreading starting the water cycle unit next term.
History – I didn’t think I’d enjoy the witch craze topic we’re doing this year, and although I didn’t at first, i’m finding it really interesting now that I understand it more, so that’s good!
Last year I like to think I was pretty organised and had a good study routine, so I sort of just assumed I’d carry on with that this year. However my timetale has changed quite a lot so I haven’t found a good routine of when to study yet, Also I didn’t think I’d start a bullet journal but I have and it’s totally changed the way I stay organised!
Before starting year 13, I definitely expected it to be the most stressful year of my life so far, what with the stress of A Level exams and applying to uni,. I’ve certainly been extremely stressed this past term, but because I anticipated it, I think it as helped me to get over it and cope with it quicker. Also a couple of weeks into term I decided I needed to properly take better care of my mental health and since I’ve been using some of the methods I mentioned in this post, I’ve definitely been a lot happier and positive. Even thought I still have low points, I know I can get through them now and have picked up some strategies to help me deconstruct my emotions and work through them.
Well that’s all the expectations/reality examples I can think of so I shall conclude the post here. Let me know in the comments if you’d like more study themed posts, or more of a variety and I’ll try to get writing more often because I really miss it!
How has school been for you so far? Is it what you expected? I’d love to hear your thoughts!