Today was majorly productive - I’m still a bit behind but I got so much done! The book in the middle “the Cold War” is one I’ve been reading on the train the past few days to try and expand my knowledge for history, but in a more novelised way because I find I take in information from books and textbooks differently. I also managed to finish f my ecologist notes as well as type up some history work and convert them all to pdf’s to print (Never let pdf converting build up - I had over forty files to convert) Also during the day I managed to cram in planning a history source question and a Ecologism question to consolidate some of my knowledge. Late tonight I think I’m going to do some more economics and maybe start writing my history questions and I’m super looking forwards to tomorrow because it’s Starbucks Thursday’s!! :)
Please go check revisingigcse.com (link in the bio). We (Jasmine + Sherry) put a lot of effort into this so I hope you can all check it out and show some support. The website is about igcse. It includes all our personal notes + resources + tips and more!! Hopefully it will help some of you through igcse/gcse!!
18/5/16 3:56 PM // studying chemistry for my igcse exam tomorrow. Kinda worried that I won’t study thoroughly as chemistry is a subject in which once you understand the topic, you don’t really need to revise a lot, so I decided to go through the syllabus and do some more past papers. I’ve already done like 10 last week. Just made a stupid mistake: did the specimen paper for the core syllabus instead of the extended one 😩. Good practice, though.
Today I did my economics igcse and it was actually comparable to my mock exams. I did a lot better than I expected in my mocks so I do hope I can obtain an equally high score.
Oh, and also, I’ll be answering all the asks in my inbox tomorrow so don’t worry if I haven’t answered your ask yet ☺️
So I thought that I would make a post on how to boost your grade in languages at school, or just get more fluent in general!
1. IMMERSE YOURSELF EVERYDAY - Repetition is the key to feeling more fluent in a language as the more you practice, the easier and more natural it will feel to speak it.
2. TALK TO NATIVE SPEAKERS - Even better if they also are trying to learn your language so you can help each other. You speak to them in your language, then they reply in theirs. It is a very good way to learn how they form sentences and what sounds right in that language - you could even ask them to explain a few things that confuse you too!
Visit here to find people to chat with! Or even go on the Habbo site for that language and sign up!
3. START A JOURNAL - Write a journal completely in the language you are studying! You could include doodles with captions, song lyrics, lists of useful vocab, or just diary entries about how your day has been - anything!
Useful phrases for French journals hereand here and German journals here
4. LISTEN TO MUSIC - Native music is a very fun way to learn! make a playlist for all the music in that language on youtube and play it atleast a few times a week and make sure to translate the parts you don’t understand!
I only study French so can only recommend some french artists: Stromae, Coeur de Pirate, Louane, Joyce Jonathon and Indila! Also, Selena Gomez sings some songs in spanish, and most Disney songs have versions in other languages e.g. French which is good as you already recognise the tune! My favourite is “Il en Faut Peu Pour Etre Heureux” (The Bear Necessities in french!)
5. WATCH CARTOONS - Youtube has an array of cartoons for kids in foreign languages, have a browse and see what you can find! Easy for learning vocab as you can pause and translate! A great way to practice your listening skill too as learning written language and learning spoken language are two completely different matters, one may be harder for you than the other!
6. START A VOCAB BOOK - Grab a cheap A5 notebook and write down every piece of new vocab / phrase that you see! Be sure that its correct first though. Every few weeks make yourself read through the whole book so that you remind yourself of the words!
7. READ - Read books in the language! I’m currently reading the French version of a John Green book (La Face Cachee De Margo) and i love it! Many popular books have versions translated into a number of languages so you can find something you know that you will like! If you are finding it hard to translate, start a word document and type up everything that you translate so that you can remember next time you pick up the book! It doesn’t matter if it takes you months and months to finish the book, its just something you can do every so often! You could also read the news on a website from their country!
Also the girls site ‘Elle’ is translated into many languages, find yours here!
8. PRETEND THAT YOU ARE A NATIVE - As you go around your normal daily routine, try to think in the language. Making a cup of tea? In your head (or even out loud) say ‘Now I’m going to boil the kettle’, ‘I like my tea with 2 sugars and a splash of milk’. If you cant say a word, translate it, or write it down to do later! Be sure to write the translated words into your vocab book too and try to see if you remember how to say it the next time that you make your cup of tea! For everything that you see, try to repeat the word in that language in your head.
9. USEFUL APPS: + I 10000% recommendDuolingo! They have an app too which is amazing and actually fun!
+ Reverso Dictionary (website here) is a great app if you’re not sure if Google translate is quite accurate (which it isn’t a fair deal of the time). It translates the word that you enter in context so that you can see it in a sentence, and is pretty much always correct as it finds it from online sources! You can also see lots of examples so that you’re sure its correct.
+ Just do an app store search for something in that language, for example search ‘mots mêlés’ and you will find french word search apps!
10. STAY MOTIVATED AND HAVE FUN! - Learning a language happens a lot easier if you find it fun and not just a chore that you need to do for school. Find a friends and learn it together, chat in the language and just joke around! If you dont like learning languages, then I can guarantee that you will find it 10X harder to learn.
A lot of you have been asking me how I find time to exercise in the run up to exams, and what things I eat while studying, as well as how I generally balance health with revision - here’s a post that answers these :)
Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries - any berries really
Trail mix (you can buy it or put together your favourite seeds, nuts and dried fruit to make your own)
Smoothies (buy them or make your own)
Greek yoghurt (it’s best when topped with granola and fruit)
Pitta bread and hummus/dips
Rice cakes (topped with whatever you want)
Apple and peanut butter
Nakd bars and Trek bars
Graze - you can order a whole range of health snacks from this website
EXERCISE: I find that if I am very stressed out because of revision and approaching exams I can release and get rid of a lot of that anxiety by exercising - going for a walk, run or cycle. Even if it’s just for a few minutes.
It can be hard to find time when you have a lot of studying to do throughout the day, so I generally exercise first thing in the morning before I do anything else. It helps wake me up and makes me feel good and energised for the day ahead.
I don’t have a gym membership, and a lot of people can’t get one due tot he cost or that there;s no gym near them - here are a few links to youtube videos and ideas of home workouts that require no equipment and are also very quick:
It’s really easy to just do a quick 10 minute workout at home, you could do it in one of your study breaks. I think it’s also good to have prepared your food the day or morning before, or know exactly what you’re going to cook that night - otherwise it can just be a lot easier to go out and get a takeaway. There are loads of quick and healthy recipe ideas on tumblr and buzzfeed etc. a lot of which can be prepared in advance, so you don’t have to spend time cooking during the exam period. You can’t always eat healthy though; so if you want a big piece of chocolate cake then give yourself a big piece of chocolate cake because you deserve it!
Sorry I haven’t been very active recently. School has just started again after the summer and I literally have a pile of work on my desk I still have to do. I’m going to try to be more active this week if I can. Here’s a picture of my chem project on the periodic table.