practice exam paper

GCSE study tips
  • Take extra notes in class (that you will be able to revise from later!       
  • Revise for every subject – not just the ones you enjoy most
  •  Practice past papers and exam questions under a timed setting
  • Use colours to help you remember what you are writing.
  • For maths and science make notes of every formula you use.
  • Make flash cards.
  • Go to any revision sessions available.
  • If your school offers parentpay buy your revision books through that as it is cheaper.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day and eat well.
  • This may seem nerdy but if you have finished all the work in class ask for an extension task.
  • Use this youtube channel  *clicky clicky* for English lit. (You can also email him work for him to grade I believe)
  • Keep any old work/exercise books to revise from
  • Don’t constantly revise- take a ten minute break every twenty five minutes.
  • Eat a healthy snack or chew gum whilst you revise, if you can then chew the same gum during the exam (only if you can, please don’t get disqualified) it triggers a memory reflex.
  • Don’t cram everything two weeks before the exam, revise over a long period of time.
  • Make sure there aren’t distractions whilst you revise.
  • Don’t stress out – no matter how much the government fucks us over with the new grading system and the new specs it is not worth risking your mental health for a few numbers on a piece of paper.

ainilu  asked:

Hello!! I'm the UMAT anon from before! Thanks for the advice :) omg I find the understanding people the hardest one as well, like I always have two options that I can't seem to decide, and there's always words that I don't know! How did you improve those, and in general basically English cause I'm not that good at English either haha did u stick to like a study timetable for UMAT?

cute! is that IU in your icon? Omgsh, your blog is just so niceeeee! Followed you back so I can reblog you for my main haha

Hmm, well at the time, my friend photocopied a few practice paper exams for me, so I just would write down all the word options (usually 4 words for each question) and study the dictionary meanings. If you can manage to get a few papers I think that would help. And I didn’t have a study timetable, I barely prepared for it LOL I just did it so that I wouldn’t have any regrets (which is good because otherwise I wouldn’t be an optom lol)


Area of Study and Module Essays

  • As for English in general, I really hated it, but I mainly improved because I would write a lot of practice essays and then send it to my tutors for feedback. 
  • Unless you’re a natural at English, I would advise that you disregard what the teacher says and memorise your essays. I can’t write something under exam pressure that still makes sense, so memorising helped me to deal with exam anxiety as well. However, there’s a way to do this so that you can answer 90% of questions thrown at you. 
    • The school gave us like a bunch of practice essay questions at the time based on past exams, and the questions can be grouped together into the different issues they ask you to talk about.
    • Have all the quotes and techniques written up in an extra-long exemplar essay.
    • The format of each sentence inside the paragraphs should be like 
      • “The [author/playwright/speaker] 
      • [illustrates/demonstrates/other action verb] 
      • [some facet about the theme of the paragraph] through 
      • [alliteration/metaphor/symbolism] which 
      • [insert consequence e.g. emphasises the blah blah blah]”. 
    • I dug up my old English essays to find you an example :) (I did As You Like It for my main text)
      • “Duke Frederick paradoxically announces “her very silence, and her patience/Speak to the people”, and banishes her, touting “thou art thy father’s daughter, there’s enough”. The high modality and use of verse illustrates the dramatic tension of the scene, and has illustrated Rosalind’s filial ties restrict her expression of outrage at her displacement”.  Yet, Celia’s antithetical statement that “Now go in we content/To liberty and not to banishment” allows her to embrace the wider world of the forest.”
    • You can of course, rearrange the elements of the format above so it doesn’t make your essay sound repetitive and makes the sentences flow nicely. 
      • You can see I save on word count by using the technique (antithesis) as an adjective, as opposed to saying “Shakespeare uses antithesis in Celia’s statement…”
    • Then change the introduction + the topic sentence + the concluding sentence in each paragraph to suit the exam question. You get better at changing these the more you practice, don’t worry!
    • It’s even easier for the questions where you get to choose what issues to talk about. 

Some Real Tips for Creative Writing

As for creative writing, that was also mainly just writing stories again and again and getting feedback from the teacher. 

Just so you know, for my exam, I wrote something based around culture. Basic story was pretty unoriginal: girl gets invited out by friends, but like has to take care of grandmother, was going to ditch grandmother to go, but then has internal monologue, *insert angst about how different her culture and friend’s culture was*, *some memories about grandmother*, *sprinkle some weather parallels her internal strife*, /struggle/, and then runs home, *insert comforting imagery of cultural foods and items* for bittersweet ending in 1200 words. Somehow this was the one story I got full marks from LOL

  • For some reason, the English teachers always badgered you to write something original, but then they were like write what you know. Which kinda threw me for a loop for ages, because I was awful at making up plot lines. Stick with writing what you know, the story turns out much better. 
  • Just write like one super good story with all the elements of the area of study in it, so that you can add elements of the prompt. 
    • English teachers always badger you to use the prompt properly, but no one can think of stuff on the spot, so again I just ignored their demands. 
  • But like there should only be one “complication” or else you won’t be able to resolve it in 1000 words
  • Likewise, no story should be spanning more than one day. You can span one week if you do something like “After a week had passed”. 
  • Always write in 3rd person just in case they complain that your writing has too much monologue. English scarred me and now I can barely read first person stories without feeling irked :’(
  • Find a balance between monologue, outside action/dialogue, and descriptive imagery. This is something that you should specifically request from someone who is reading your story to comment on (most of the time when people critique your story, they’ll pick at small things, but can forget to give you advice on the big picture). 
  • Likewise, find a balance between short sentences and long sentences to alter the pace of your story. The monologue should have both types, descriptive imagery will always be long so it slows the pace of the story, and dialogue can be varied to alter the story pace. 

Hope this helps you write awesomely for English!!

Originally posted by kths

GCSEs: How I Revised For Each Subject

Hello! So I’ve had some asks about techniques for revising/studying specific subjects so I thought I’d make a post about what I did when revising for my GCSEs (my grades are here btw):

{I’ve put links on the names of some subjects which will take you to other notes and tips I’ve posted for that subject}

  • Maths: For maths I looked through my revision guide and wrote a list of the topics I would need to revise. I then made quick notes for every topic on sheets of lined paper (flashcards may also be good for this). Then I did every past  paper I could get my hands on! For subjects like maths the only thing that can really help you learn and improve is by practicing, so print out exam papers from your exam board’s website (or ask you teacher for some) and then mark and correct them yourself once you’re done. Doing this can also help you figure out what you need to work on, and what you’re already good at so you can focus your revision next time on things you need to improve on.   
  • English Literature: For english literature I made big posters about plot details, key quotes, characters, themes, etc. for every novel I was studying. I then did past exam questions (you can just plan essays if you don’t have enough time to write whole ones out). I also made some short notes of important things to remember the night before my exams. 
  • English Language: For english language I practiced picking out facts and key information from text by highlighting articles/sources from the exam board website. I also made spider diagrams of what I needed to include for each type of question in the exam. I did plenty of past exam papers too (my teacher very kindly marked anything I asked her to). 
  • French: For French I mostly did past papers (reading and listening) and made flashcards/lists of key words that would probably come up (things like holidays, family, health, etc.). I then got my family to test me on the key vocabulary. I also recommend sticking post-its of key words around your house so you familiarise yourself with words and their spellings.
  • Graphics: In graphics my teacher told us the topic of our exam (ours was firework safety) about a month or two before hand (when the exam board released it). He then made a booklet of activities that may come up on the exam based on past questions. For example we designed firework safety posters and key rings (this actually did come up if I remember rightly). So I’d recommend doing past papers and familiarising yourself with your topic. Also revise by making notes/spider diagrams from your revision guide.
  • Art: Your exam in art isn’t anything you can revise for but I would say to make sure you do not get behind at all when preparing for your art exam as otherwise you will not get a good final grade. Work hard and really focus because otherwise your final exam piece won;t be as good as it could’ve been! {keeping on top of art coursework as well as revision for other subjects}
  • Geography: For geography I made sheets of notes (from my revision guide and class notes) and then got my family to test me on them- this is especially good for learning case study facts. I also made little flashcards of diagrams (like longshore drift, hard engineering techniques, case study facts also). I did past papers quite a bit too and this is good as it can help you see how to answer different questions and what to expect in your exam. [Tip for geography: bring a piece of string into your exam in case you need to measure curved distances, like on a map]
  • History: For history I made bullet notes and mind maps from my revision guide and class notes. I then did a tonne of past papers and essays, as well as getting my mum to test me regularly on key dates and events.
  • Sociology: For sociology I made flashcards. Lots and lots of flashcards. I basically copied my whole textbook onto flashcards! This really helped, especially after I got family to test me using them. Past papers and mark schemes were also good for revising.
  • Ethics, Religion and Life: For ethics I made one massive revision poster using my notes and revision guide. I also did past papers and did a workbook that came with my revision guide.
  • Biology: For biology I made notes in a notebook, made mind maps, flashcards, spider diagrams, revision posters, and did practice exam papers/questions. I used my class notes and revision guides. For science-based subjects I found that I had to revise in different ways and for quite a long time as there’s a lot of material to get through. Just try different methods out and find what suits you- even if its a variety of methods/techniques. All I can say is practice! Do lots of exam papers.
  • Chemistry: For chemistry I did the same kind of thing as biology and physics; lots of revision using different methods!
  • Physics: For physics I again did similar things as for chemistry and biology, except I focused more on exam questions and using formulae. 

I hope all of this is some help and please feel free to message me about anything! :)

{Useful links: my resources page, fun study tips, starting year 11, organisation tips, how to study for the first time)

arm wrestling boxer!jungkook

“Choose your fate,” Taehyung sticks out the cup full of crumpled paper, eyes darkly intense and sounding all too-serious for a simple punishment game, which you remind him with a roll of your eyes.

It was game night, after what seemed like ages of practice exam papers and study sessions for finals that ended the day before. You were sure everyone would be as sapped of energy as you are, but that is obviously not the case seeing you had spent the last 12 hours, ass glued to the floor as the controller is to your hand trying to beat the boys. Seokjin had retreated to the kitchens after absolutely smashing everyone at Mario Kart and Cooking Mama, and you had already lost to Hoseok and Jimin at Just Dance since Namjoon was unfortunately out of the question, being away with Yoongi at the studio to work on some new music. You were slightly more confident at Tekken, but Jungkook was ruthless as usual and had dropkicked your character along with your dignity out the window, ultimately making you the biggest loser of the night. 

Which brings you to your current position. You unfold the yellow paper, hoping to god it wasn’t an absurd penalty, like licking a shoe (suggested by Taehyung, and executed by Seokjin who lost at bowling the last time around) or shaving off part of your brows (suggested and carried out by Taehyung. He never left the house for a whole month).

Arm wrestling with Kookie.” You mentally make a note to punch Jimin in the nose later, who has the at least has the conscience to look guilty while staring at the words scribbled in his handwriting, which seem to be staring back at you. Huh. You shrug, an odd, light sense of something between indifference and acceptance about your fate washing over you. You guessed spraining some fingers, or like, breaking your entire hand wouldn’t be too bad. 

“You sure about this?” Jungkook says, throwing a look towards his snickering, evil older brothers. 

“Let’s just get this over with, Jeon,” you beckon him over, sliding over to the coffee table. “Nothing happens if one of us loses right?”

“If you lose, you have to pick out another punishment,” Taehyung smirks, plopping on the couch for the front-seat view of the arm wrestling match.

“The – what? That’s not fair! No one wins against Jungkook!”

“Yeah, Taehyung…” Jimin says softly, fidgeting in his seat. “He’s a boxer, for fuck’s sake.” In his soft grey pullover, Jimin looks fluffy and small for his heart that is too big for his own good, the one that had saved you from the boys’ wrath more than you could ever thank him for. Even if he was the one who wrote the punishment. Taehyung just shushes his best friend, setting down the cup of penalties right in front of you with a big, fat, Chesire cat grin.

You’re about to flip him the finger when you feel a hand overlapping yours, and you turn to see Jungkook at the ready, sleeves rolled up his just over the taut muscle of his bicep. Your eyes travel up the veins lining his arm that disappears under the fabric of his white, supposedly loose-fitting shirt until you lock eyes with the smirking boy.


“Ready?” The competitive glint is back in eyes, bright and wide and unsure just seconds ago when he was hesitant about going against you. He’s prepared to add another win to his record of beating everyone he’s known and all the other boys at the boxing studio, including Jackson.

“Fuck no,” your groan ends in a whine of some sort, and Jungkook almost feels bad. Almost. In his mind, he blesses the person who created arm wrestling. A contest of strength and the chance to hold your hand? He makes a mental note to suggest more of this game in the near future, especially on game nights when you were around. 

Jungkook curls his fingers more securely over yours, his hand warm and large enough to fully envelop yours. He stares at your hand in his, inwardly marvelling the way it fits. It would’ve been romantic if he wasn’t going to slam it down in a couple of mere seconds, but oh well.

He begins the match without giving you a countdown or warning of any sort, triggering a spew of expletives from you.

“This is so unfair!” you yell, your other hand flying to clasp onto the edge of the table for some leverage, almost going white-knuckled while you find yourself struggling to hold up against Jungkook. 

“Yeah, you said that already,” you hear the other boys chuckle above you, and you make a mental note to throw all their underwear, including and especially eveything Gucci from Taehyung’s possessions out the window later.

For now, you had to focus on winning this obviously unfair and unscrupulously-planned-against-you game, even if it meant foul play. The gears in your mind shifted quickly, sifting through ideas to bring Jeon Cena down.

Kicking him from under the table? That would probably just hurt your foot. Tickling him would take too much effort, not to mention he’d probably take the chance to knock you down the moment you stop holding on to the table to steady yourself. At the moment, Jungkook’s just delaying the inevitable, both of you knowing that he could’ve claimed his win within the first 5 seconds tops. 

You furrow your brow, running out of time and ideas while Jungkook looks almost bored, chewing his lip out of habit. The action reveals the hidden freckle under his lip, though you find your attention more drawn to the latter. Jungkook’s lips weren’t as plump or as full as Seokjin’s or Jimin’s, but still cute and pink and soft-looking all around, seeing how religiously he puts on lipbalm. His favourite was the Fruity Shine line, in Strawberry or Peach. You wondered which one he put on today.

An idea sprouts in your mind, where a private smile blooms. 

There was only one way to find out.

Before you can second guess yourself, you’re leaning across the table and eliminating the distance between you and Jungkook to slant your lips over his. Fragments of chatter and laughter in the background died down at once, and for a second all you can feel is Jungkook’s lips.  It parts slightly under yours, a little damp from where he keeps rolling it with his teeth but still silky and smooth and– 

Strawberry. He had gone for the strawberry-flavoured lipbalm today.

Jungkook had stiffened under your surprise attack, eyes somehow going wider, his brain short-circuiting on him and leaving him on his own to stare at your closed eyes and the way your lashes fan out prettily under, the lights above casting shadows on your cheeks. It takes him another second to react, but Jungkook finally relaxes under your touch, grip loosening, tempted to let his eyes flutter to a shut and –

You don’t waste another second in slamming his arm down hard enough for his knuckles to knock against the table loudly, and Jungkook responds more to the sharp sound than the pain. He snaps out of it just in time to see you yell in victory, flopping onto your back. 

“That’s cheating!” Taehyung hollers from the couch, suddenly babbling away and being adamant about the importance of following the rules of a game. Jimin’s collapsed in a bubble of giggles over the unexpected outcome, and Hoseok has settled for sitting back and looking between everyone in amusement.

“Technically, I did follow the rules of the game. Didn’t say no kissing,” you shrug, holding up a trademark V sign, just to piss the boy off more. “Come on Jungkook, pick your penalty.”

Jungkook cringes at the strips of yellow held out in front of him, quite aware of the boys getting their phones out to document this. Jungkook was good at everything, and it was a rare occasion that he got the short end of the stick.

He reads the messy scrawl of black ink over yellow creases again. And again.

Kiss Jimin.

“Who writes these things?!” Jungkook holds up the piece of paper, looking scandalised as Taehyung howls with laughter, clicking away on his camera while Jimin lights up like a Christmas Tree. He’d been demanding Jungkook for one since his birthday last year, had been pestering how he owed him one even on their Vlives. Fuck his life. The others would probably never let him live it down and would have the pictures saved, uploaded and backed up on every device they owned.

“Hey, I volunteeer.” Jungkook’s head turns to the sound of your voice, sees your hand sticking up from the carpet where you’re currently sprawled out on your back. The casual comment had ignited hoots from the noisier pair of boys, and Jungkook spots a twins spots of pink blooming on the apples of Jimin’s cheeks.

Jungkook feels something crawl under his skin, up his neck to where his jaw ticks. For some reason, he’s annoyed about the notion of you kissing Jimin. 

He watches you indolently rise from your position on the floor, leaning back on the heels of your palms, oversized sweatshirt dropping over the curve of one shoulder, a lazy smile curving at your lips as you watch how everything plays out.  Who would turn down a kiss from you? Not him. Definitely not him after he’s gotten a taste of how soft your lips are and even if it meant kissing Jimin-–

A loud, final exasperated huff is the only warning everyone gets as Jungkook purses his lips before swooping down to press them lightly on Jimin’s cheek, making the boy squeak. 

“Aw, that’s too bad. I wouldn’t have minded replacing you,” your words are drowned under all the ‘Kookie, kiss me too!’s and the older boys tackling Jungkook onto the ground, clambering onto him and puckering their lips at the poor boy who has his arms up as a shield from their attempts to land a smooch.  

“What’s going on here?” Seokjin appears, wide shoulders taking up the whole width of the kitchen entryway, a ceramic baking tray in each mitten-wrapped hand and Jungkook has never felt so thankful of the oldest boy’s presence that has saved his sorry ass from the others countless of times. Taehyung and Hoseok are dragged away by their collars in no time to help set up the dining table, leaving Jungkook to catch his breath. 

But Seokjin’s calling the both of you for dinner in no time, and Jungkook turns to see you hefting yourself up and heading towards the dinner table, where you hear the boys yelling for you to hurry. As if suddenly remembering about Jungkook, you turn towards the boy who’s already staring back at you, looking disconcerted.

What’s with this boy and looking so, how do you say – shook, all the time? 

Jungkook feels himself flush under your gaze, and his mouth feels dry all of a sudden.

You raise a brow at him curiously. “Coming?” 

“Y-yeah.” Fuck. He just had to stutter.

“Hey! Jin’s apron says ‘Kiss the Cook’! Where’s Jungkook to-–”

Jungkook groans aloud, rolling onto his stomach and smooshing his cheek on the floor, wishing the ground would swallow him whole.


“That’s hyung to you,” Seokjin sets the ladle he hits the top of Taehyung’s head with on the table, before disappearing into the kitchen to get more dishes. 

Fuck it. He’d kiss Seokjin, he’d kiss the rest of Bangtan as long as you didn’t have to do it. Or if it meant getting another kiss from you.


He peeks open an eye to see you still waiting on him, head cocked to one side and.. you look too cute doing that he wants to die. 


Science Revision Tips for GCSE and A-level Students from a Cambridge Graduate

Hermione Granger was essentially doing science A-levels.

Except in her case,
they were NEWTs
(Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests),
and instead of doing the conventional Physics, Chemistry and Biology,
she was taking more intriguing subjects:
Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Charms, Defence against the Dark Arts, Herbology, Potions and Transfiguration,
to be precise.

being Hermione,
she did very well.
Harry and Ron didn’t take NEWTs at all
– partly because they were busy looking for Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes and thus saving the world.
Fair enough.

what was the secret of Hermione’s success?
Native intelligence?
because she was clearly a bright student and eager to learn.
But she also hinted at a revision technique,
which included a revision timetable.
It has to be said that there is not much evidence for Harry’s and Ron’s revision technique
– merely a lack of it.

And here we are getting relevant.

*If Hermione Granger can do it,
so can you.

Revision literally means ‘re-vision’
– looking at something again.
Which means that you must have seen it in the first place.

Spider diagrams

There are lots of different ways of writing out your notes.
you can just copy them out,
in shortened form,
from your exercise book
– perhaps highlighting the important parts,
or different topics,
in different colours.

But have you come across spider diagrams?
These can be a handy way of forcing you to get something straight in your mind
before you write it down on the page.

You put the topic in the centre of your page.
Let’s say you’re doing Physics, and you’re looking at Mechanics.

So, write down Mechanics in the centre of your page.
what are the sub-topics here?
To make it easier,
you can go by the chapter headings in your text book.
Kinematics, accelerated motion, dynamics, vectors, forces, work and power.
Write these sub-topics like the legs of spider
(let’s not take the analogy too far
– there probably won’t be eight legs here).
Then under each sub-topic,
write down the most important points,
and the things you need especially to remember.
These might be equations, or definitions, or little sketches about how to work out problems.

With a spider diagram,
you can get everything you need to know about a whole topic on a single sheet of paper.
It’s very satisfying.
not everything you need to know,
of course,
but a jolly good summary.
Once again,
if you take the time to do this properly,
it forces you to make sure you understand each mini topic as you write it down.

Understand before you revise

Make sure you understand something before you start revising it,
otherwise you risk learning something that’s not correct.
The best way to do this is to
*understand new information as you go along.
You’ll know from your homework whether you have got to grips with a subject.
If you haven’t,
then ask the teacher,
or a friend who does understand the subject,
or go to a science clinic,
if your school offers one
– and get clear in your mind what you haven’t been able to understand.

Revision need not be daunting.
Some find it boring and tedious,
and resent having to set aside long swathes of time at a desk when there are more exciting things to be doing.
One of the keys to effective revision is to make sure that you have enough breaks from revision,
to make sure that you do get to do those exciting things.
And by ‘exciting’, I’m only talking in relative terms:
exciting in comparison with revision,
which might mean a chat with your friends, a cup of tea, or a few minutes harassing the dog,
and not necessarily going off to fight the demons of the spirit world.

Draw up a timetable

So, you know you are going to have breaks during your revision.
Now think about writing a revision timetable.
It doesn’t work for everyone,
but it can be helpful.
At least it can help you keep track of how much revision you have done,
which can be a confidence-booster.

Let’s say the holidays are coming up.
Your school may well have suggested a number of hours of revision that you should aim for.
Some schools suggest a ridiculously high figure
– but revision is not a 9-5 job,
*and it’s counter-productive to aim to do too much.

Think about what’s possible for you.
Think what’s realistic,
without being a slave-driver or overly lenient.
Could you manage six hours a day?
Four or five hours?
If you start at 10 o’clock,
you can do two and a half hours before lunch,
and then two and a half hours in either the afternoon or the evening
– leaving the rest of the evening or the afternoon free.

And if you don’t normally get out of bed that early in the holidays,
try and make a point of doing so.
Have a lie in for the first day or two,
but then let the discipline kick in,
and make sure you get up in time to get down to work at 10am.
Write it on your timetable,
to help you stick to it.

If you’ve decided that it will help to have a revision timetable,
it’s worth spending some time drawing it up.
This may seem an awful faff,
but it IS worth spending time up front to work out what you are going to be doing, and how much, and when.

Make sure you have either one or two days completely free each week
– or one day that you definitely always have off,
and the other day as ‘spare’, in case you have to rearrange some of your revision sessions from another day.
Put like this,
it doesn’t look too bad, does it?
And yet it’s 25 hours of revision time a week.

write down your subjects on another piece of paper:
Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or whatever they are.
It’s best if you also write down a list of topics within each subject:
Electromagnetism, Waves; Kinetics, Organic Chemistry; Genetics, Photosynthesis, and so on.
It’s tempting to start revising the subjects you find the easiest,
but think about the subjects and topics you find hardest.
What do you need to spend most time on?

Let’s say you’ve got 25 revision slots in a week
(five hours a day, for five days a week).
And let’s say you are doing three A-levels.
All things being equal,
that would be 8 or 9 slots each a week.
But probably one of your subjects needs more work than the others;
no doubt there are some topic areas that you know need more work.
Fill them in first,
and give them more weight in your timetable.

So, how’s that looking?
It may be nowhere near the 50 or 60 hours that your school suggest you do,
but, the way you’ve drawn it up,
it should be 25 hours of GOOD revision time a week.
Just because some people spend longer at a desk with a book or computer screen in front of them
doesn’t mean they are spending longer revising, after all.
Making the most of revision time is what it’s all about.

all this about a timetable isn’t specific to the sciences
– you can apply it to any sort of revision.
Which is all very helpful,
because you might be doing a mixture of arts and sciences.

Make notes
– but not too many

Another good reason for making notes is that,
if you are making CONCISE notes,
you have to understand what you are taking notes on.
this is worth doing.
The more concise your notes are,
the less you have to read when you go through them again.

Decorate your walls

Flashcards can come in handy for revision as well.
Cut up a piece of stiff paper or thin card into bite-size chunks
(you can get about 18 pieces out of an A4 sheet of paper).
Now you can write down anything you need to remember particularly:
this might be equations, or short sentences, or graphs, or diagrams.
Read through them and test yourself.
Stick the most important ones on your walls,
so you see them every time you are in your room.
It might even get to the point where you associate,
your cupboard door with Newton’s First Law of Motion.
That might seem very sad
– but it’s helpful,
all the same.

Or put up a coloured representation of the Periodic Table on your wall.
Again, how sad
– but if it helps you learn the elements in Group 1 or Period 3,
then that’s great.


you can’t revise for practical exams at home.
But you can look over common scientific methods and techniques from your practicals notebook.
You want to be in a position where you won’t be surprised by what you are asked to do in the practical exam.

Do practice papers

You might not think this is a tip,
because it’s so obvious,
but you can’t beat doing past papers for practice.
These should be available from your school or wherever you are;
they are certainly available online.
And get hold of the answer papers as well.

But don’t cheat when you are doing them.
Sit them in exam conditions;
make sure you spend the exact length of time that the actual exam will be.
Then have a short break,
and mark the paper yourself,
using the answer sheet.

Here it’s an advantage that you are doing sciences:
the answers will clearly be right or wrong,
and there’s no room for subjective opinion as there is in,
say, history or English literature.
Where you’ve got an answer right
– well done.
Where it’s wrong,
have a look at the answer paper,
and see if you can work out where you went wrong.
If you can,
remember this for next time.
If you can’t,
try and find out how to get the right answer.
You may need to ask a teacher or a friend.
The same sort of questions crop up year after year,
so it really is worth knowing how to answer them.

Mark scheme

Now, the mark scheme is a REALLY annoying aspect of how A-level exams are marked
– but you have to be aware of the exact wording that the examiners are looking for.
This particularly applies to,
say, descriptions of flame tests or the colour of precipitates in chemistry
– and of course for many definitions.
Your teacher will probably have indicated where particular wording is needed:
don’t just think it’s all right to give an approximate wording,
because you know what you mean:
in certain cases,
you have to give the EXACT wording.
There’s no other way round this but to play ball and learn the wording off by heart.

Regular testing

If there’s a tame person in your household whom you can call on to test you, that’s great.
It doesn’t mean they have to concentrate on you entirely
– testing can be done while you are both clearing the table,
emptying the dishwasher,
cooking the supper
or walking the dog.
If there’s no such person available,
then test yourself,
by saying things over to yourself.
Talking to yourself isn’t always a sign of madness:
it can be the sign of a good reviser too.

Extra reading

Exams are made to test what you have learnt.
– although it’s not actually revision –
a bit of reading round the subject can work wonders.
Try and do a little bit of extra reading now and then,
even if it’s only one or two Science news stories on the BBC website.
It may even help illustrate some topic that you have been learning about.
If you have the chance to bring in something relevant to an exam question,
it will help you stand out from the crowd.


Everybody does it
– but it’s not always helpful to compare yourself with what your friends are doing.
Hermione has spent 60 hours revising Chemistry in the holidays,
and you’ve only spent 30?
But maybe your 30 are as good as Hermione’s 60.
If you apply good revision techniques and self-discipline,
then 30 can be just as good as 60.

And not an Auto-Answer Quill in sight.

ciara10108  asked:

Hello!! Just saw that you recently did unreal in your leaving cert!! I'm currently heading into 6th year and was wondering if you had any tips? I'm the first in my family to do the leaving cert so I've no one to turn to for advice. Ciara

My number one tip is to just be organised! Get a folder for every one of your subjects and keep all your notes and homework and everything organised neatly in each one.

What I liked to do was get a big A3 sheet and divide it into 8 columns (one for each subject). And I’d write down every chapter and topic in the columns. I’d then use a method my teacher told me about called the traffic light method. What you do is colour a red dot next to everything you don’t really know at all, an orange dot next to it if you kind of know it and finally a green dot when you know it perfectly! The goal throughout the year is to have every topic green by the end! This is so useful because it’s great to visually see what you need to get done by the leaving cert and you can track your progress continually.

Another tip would be to figure out how YOU best study. Everyone’s different. I loved making colourful charts and liked to pretend I was teaching other people the stuff and that worked great for me! Others liked to write out reams of notes over and over until it’s drilled into their heads. Often teachers will tell you writing things out is the only way to learn things but lots of studies have actually proven that our brains are wired differently depending on our learning style. So try to figure yours out! Once you do, it’ll make everything much easier!

For the leaving cert in particular, everything’s about the exam. So exam paper practice is key! Do exam questions from the get go! And from November onwards try to do them in a set time limit (mimicking your exam times). You’ll get used to answer questions in the time you’re given this way. On top of that, correct them using the marking schemes! You can get them on for free so make use of them! Questions have been repetitive in the past so it’s great to know what the SEC are looking for!

If you’ve any specific subject questions please feel free to ask me! I’ll post which subjects I did below and the grades I got so you’ll have a better idea!

English (H1)
Irish (H2)
Maths (H3)
Geography (H1)
Phys-Chem (H1)
Biology (H2)
Business (H2)
Economics (H2)

I actually repeated the Leaving Cert and opted to drop French in lieu of Economics this year. So I’ve an idea of French too if that’s any use to you!

Best of luck with 6th year! It’s the quickest year of your life! It’ll be over before you know it!

sequencefairy  asked:

48 & 44? Ichiruki if you are down for it! ❤️

Prompt 44: I’ve been having a bad day

Pairing: Ichigo/Rukia

Summary: “Next week’s focus is on imagery, and the little girl with Nel-ribbons in her hair turns around in her seat to tell him that his hair looks fake. “Your notebook’s nice though”, she says, “it’s a pretty colour.”

“Thanks”, he says, “I think so too.”

Ichigo stays back after class, writing about blue stars bursting violet-cold and eyes so bright, they freeze you to the bone.”

Post-342 Hurt/Comfort, only there’s no real comfort here.

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Tips to help you Study for Exams

Tip #1 - Work hard and understand that hard work pays off

The simple fact of the matter is that time spent working hard, revising for your exams will pay off. Of all the successful students I know, there isn’t a single one of us who does not work hard in preparation for our exams, putting in the hours to make great revision notes, to learn these and then to practice exam questions.

Tip #2 - Study how you study best

Have a look at my previous post on working out how you study best!

Tip #3 - Condense your notes

Find ways to keep condensing any revision notes you make down into smaller, more concise notes. You should be able to recall all of your ideas and all of the details of your notes by relying on seeing less and less information. That is to say that, for example, from a single word like ‘photosynthesis’ you can then remember and recall the equation for the photosynthesis reaction, the substances involved, and examples of organisms that photosynthesise, just from that one word.

Tip #4 - Make information relatable

Look for and relate words or ideas to one another:

  • Words that have two different meanings (e.g. drag - the force pulling you backwards could be related to drag - when a man dresses up as a woman)
  • Words that sound similar to one another
  • Words that rhyme
  • Vivid and memorable images
  • Ways to turn the completely abstract (e.g. a date, such as 1940) into something personal (e.g. the time of an event, such as 7:40pm)

Tip #5 - Test yourself

One of the best ways of learning information is to test yourself, or to get others to test you on it.

Tip #6 - Do practice papers

Practice doing past exam papers so that you are used to answering questions under pressure, you are familiar with the styles of question you are likely to be asked, and you have an idea of what the examiner is looking for you to do. Make sure you either mark them yourself, using mark schemes, or get your teacher to mark them for you.

I hope that helps - please reblog if it does and also keep an eye out for my new book that is almost finished, entitled The Rules of Revision, that is full of this sort of advice. It’ll go into lots more detail about how you can make the most of your potential by working smarter in the classroom, while revising, and in the exam room itself!

violetism  asked:

Hey friend, I was wondering what type of effort you were required to put in in order to get a band 6 in HSC English, since that's my goal. Also, I am from Sydney and I am also straight edge so that's a coincidence yo.

Hello friend!!! HELL YEAH THAT’S AWESOME!!!! (Y) aw man thanks for the great question, and for coming to me for advice, I’m so flattered!! Well, it’s said that you get back what you put in, and that’s true! To be honest, my situation affected my ability to carry thr workload but I really tried my hardest with English, so I can tell you that no matter what you’re going through, a good mark is achieveable! Here are my tips, and the methods I used: (btw I hope you don’t mind me posting this, just in case it could motivate someone else too!)

In class:

  • Know the text you’re studying. Be one with the text. When you study a text in class, always take notes and summarise each chapter. Answer your chpter questions and do your homework. Seriously, this will do wonders for you when you’re desparately searching for content to use in your essays.
  • Play close attention to the unit you are studying, because this will be the focus of your assessment, and therefore the thesis of your essay, and in turn, your marks. For example, if your topic is comparative texts, focus your notes on the similarities and differences between the two texts you’re studying. In your essay paragraphs, always compare the two texts- even if you weave the comparison subtly into the sentence (e.g. “Similar to character X in Text1, Text2 utilises character Y as a mechanism for…”)
  • Use your teacher. Do not feel like a bother, it is their job to teach you! Always ask them questions, and participate as much as you can in class. When you get your exam paper back, ask your teacher what you did wrong and what you can improve on- take notes as they tell you. Then take your exam essay and rewrite it using their advice, and resubmit it to them for feedback. Whatever essay paragraphs you write, send it to them for feedback. Ask them direct questions, i.e. “Where did I go wrong?”, “Where did I lose marks?”, “How can I strengthen this paragraph?”
  • Write practice essays. I know this can be a pain but when it comes to exam period you’ll be so damn thankful for this. Ask your teacher for a practice essay question, and as you go along studying your text, practice writing a rough draft of an essay paragraph (it doesn’t have to be perfect). You don’t have to write an essay all at once- try to write separate practice paragraphs, and see what you can piece together eventually. (If you’d like more advice on writing essays, I’d be happy to go through it with you!)
  • Hand in your practice essays to your teacher. Always get feedback. Acknowledge what you do well, and emulate that in your later essays. Take constructive criticism and use it to amend your essay, and resubmit it until your teacher says that it’s perfect.
  • Pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses. Look back on your work (particularly after it’s been reviewed by a teacher), write a list of the things you need to improve on and how you will go about doing that. For example, I was terrible with time management so I could never write much in exams, even in Year 11- so, I developed a new study technique and practiced before every exam, and went from writing a third of a page to five pages in the given time limit! Common points of weakness for students could be spelling and grammar, essay structure, writing topic sentences/thesis, time management, or incorporating textual analysis (quotes, techniques) comprehensively. It’s also important to acknowledge what you do well- it’ll not only remind you to emulate it in future responses, but will also provide great motivation!

For exams:


  • Have your essays prepared. Stating the obvious I know, but it’s so important. The great thing about English is that you can basically use your practice essay in an exam, because the texts you study stay the same- it’s only the question that changes, so you’ll have to taylor your thesis accordingly. If you have trouble with writing a strong thesis, practice that- ask your teacher for essay questions, brainstorm several thesis statements and ask for feedback.
  • Do not try to memorise your essay as one bulk of information. Before exams I would always see kids reading their whole essay over and over in a desparate attempt to absorb the information, and it only stressed them out and impaired their performance in exams. What set me apart from the other kids in terms of my performance was my study technique, which I developed in accordance to how I learn. So, find out how you memorise best, and stick to that method. I never memorised the essay as a whole; I broke it into separate paragraphs. I highlighted the topic sentences in one colour, and the major chunks of sentences in another. Then, I got a separate sheet of paper, and summarised my essay in dot points- one dot point for each sentence of my essay. The dot points consisted of only a few words, and I used trigger words to remember each sentence. In this method, I managed to compress my several-page essays into just one page of less than 200 words- isn’t that much easier to work with! I would place the sheet next to me, and try to write out an essay using that page as help. I would write two essays using this page, then I’d write a third practice essay, but without the page for help, and under a 40 minute time limit. As I wrote along, the words flowed and I remembered it!
  • Don’t cram for exams. Especially if you’re trying to memorise an essay. You’ll only stress yourself out more, and with stress comes impaired memory recall. If you’re running short of time, try to cover just one paragraph before you enter the exam room, or write out just one paragraph instead of pulling an all-nighter. It’s better to remember one thing than nothing- and if you know the text/s you’re studying, the rest should flow anyway.
  • Receive teacher feedback. This ties in with some of my previous points, and it’s especially important after you receive your exam paper back.

For the HSC:


  • Start preparing early. Give yourself at least three weeks to plan out your study schedule (which I can also teach you to make if you’d like!)- spend the first week making notes/finishing essays, the second week memorising, and the third week solely for doing practice papers. Give yourself enough time to study, and enough time to relax!
  • Do practice papers. I cannot stress enough to you how important it is to practice, and past exam papers are your best bet. Head to the Board of Studies site and try out at least three exam papers to get a good feel of what the exam will be like.
  • Know what the paper will be like. Both the standard and advanced course will have two papers (as well as in your trials)- Paper 1 will be your first HSC exam overall, and Paper 2 will most likely be the next day. In your trials, you’ll probably have Paper 2 the day after that so you can prepare. If you’re doing the advanced course, Paper 1 will be in this order: tiered questions about Area of Study (yours would be Discovery, mine was Belonging lol), essay question about Area of Study, creative writing piece on Area of Study. Paper 2 I think may vary depending on the syllabus but it will be three essays; one on each of the remaining units. Both exams are two hours long, so it’s important to nail time management as early as you can!
  • Know all your texts, and choose good related texts. Markers are more impressed by students who compare a variation of textual forms in their responses, so try to pick related texts that are different forms of media (e.g. a poem and a movie, not two movies). In your analysis of each text, provide techniques that indicate to the markers that you know the difference between textual forms by incorporating how the different techniques within them portray meaning (for example, enjambment in poetry, and use of lighting in film)
  • Keep healthy. Please eat and sleep enough, and don’t work in more than 55 minute blocks- your brain needs to be fuelled and rested for optimum cognitive function!

So friend, those are my magical tricks to success that earned me my marks! I hope I could help, and I apologise for my rambling! To put it simply, you should work hard, but not overwork yourself, and prioritise your time well. The key to optimising your marks in any subject is by doing practice papers and familiarising yourself with exam conditions. Write practice essays if you can; even if they’re just scaffolds or one of two paragraphs, and always send them to your teacher for feedback. Whatever practice you do, receive feedback on it. I’m always here if you need more help! Stay awesome my cute little friend, edge for life (Y)

anonymous asked:

Hello :) Do you have any studying tips? To me it's very hard to start working and keeping concentrated so I end up studying not enough :(

Of course!

Okay so my tips…

  • Firstly, when you start studying make sure you know what it is you want to achieve. Clearly plan out what you want to achieve and the time slot you want to have it completed by. If you go into a study session with no clear goals of what you want to achieve, it’s very easy to get distracted and find yourself procrastinating
  • It’s worth downloading a website blocker. Depending on what device you use you can find apps that block certain websites for a set amount of time. I use a mac, so I use self control which you can find here, if you’re using another computer I am sure you will easily be able to find an equivalent.
  • Do not study with your phone. As difficult as this may be, it is so easy to be tempted when you have your phone around you. So when you study, you’ve got to allow yourself to have the restraint to put your phone off, or put it away somewhere that you’ve no access to it, just whilst studying.
  • When you study, try and study in environments that are as similar to the exam situation as possible. This can act as a context dependent cue for your memory and can help for memorisation of crucial information which will be able to be accessed easier during the exam or a test you have coming up.
  • When you study, if you listen to music, choose to listen to tracks that are softer, and more calming and relaxing rather than tracks that are upbeat and may act as a distraction whilst studying.
  • Don’t study in your bed, and make sure you study in well lit areas. If you study in your bed you will associate the environment with sleep and being tired which will thus affect your focus.
  • If you’re going to study with friends, only study with friends who have the same motivation as you. If you study with people who are going to talk and distract you, you’re going to find that you will get nothing done and will finish a study session feeling worse and more stressed than when you started.
  • When you get closer to the exams (If this is what you’re preparing for), get practice exam papers which can easily be found online and sit them with the time limit allocated. Sit them in environments that are similar to the exam itself, so these can again act as context dependent cues.
  • If you’re at school or university, utilise your teachers! This is something that has taken me until year 12 to start doing, but it is one of the smartest things i have done. Ask questions, if there is a concept you don’t understand, make sure you get your teacher to clarify. If you’re too afraid to ask in front of your class, approach your teacher after class and ask them then - Your teachers are here to help you, so never be afraid to make as much use of them as you can.
  • When you’re studying, try to do things that are going to actively keep you engaged. Don’t simply sit and re-read over your notes, because that is not going to keep you active, nor engaged. Find other ways to revise information. One thing that I do, is I buy whiteboard markers and summarise the information of my notes and write it all over my windows and my bathroom mirror. Because this way, you’re actively processing the information you’re reading, simplifying it down into terms that you can understand, and it’s being left up in places where you will be constantly exposed to them.
  • Study in fifty minute blocks with five, ten or fifteen minute blocks between them. There has been research that shows that after studying for fifty minutes, you lose a great deal of focus and can not take anything in.
  • If you’re a snacker when studying, try and eat only healthy foods that are Low-Gi and will provide you with energy that will sustain you for longer.
  • When you finish studying, if you’re going to bed after it make sure you go straight to bed. Don’t let yourself be distracted by television or your laptop. There is a consolidation period of half an hour, so for the best retention of information, once you finish studying, go straight to bed without letting anything interfere with the information you’ve just taken in. Within this 30 minute time span, the information you’ve focused on will be consolidated and this occurs most efficiently when consolidation is not interfered.
  • Make sure you have a calendar in a place that you will always be able to see it. In this calendar, if you have any assessments coming up or assignments due, clearly key it in so you’re constantly being reminded about it. This can also act as motivation to study for anything upcoming.
  • When you get closer to exams, plan out a study timetable that can be easily moved around and chopped and changed dependent on your plans for the day. You can find a basic template here
  • And lastly, when you study make sure you study with only what you need on your desk. Study with the basic stationary necessities, have your laptop on your desk if you need it for what you’re doing, and have the books of only the subject you’re currently studying with you. If you have any other books or anything else with you, it can be overwhelming and take your focus off the task at hand… Only study for one subject at a time, because if you’re trying to focus on multiple subjects and multiple concepts at one time, there can often be interference between information being learnt and can put you off track.

I hope these tips have helped. Sometimes, the one problem people have with studying is finding the motivation to actually get started, which can be really difficult. If you check back with my blog by the end of the week, I will try to find some time to create some playlists of music that are good to study with.

Good luck ♡

anonymous asked:

Hey! How do you revise your subjects (especially sciences)?

I like to do a lot of mind maps. One of the things I love about sciences is that there are so many links between topics and mindmaps help you visualise those links. I do two types of mindmaps:

These have as much information as I can fit onto them. I write in in pencil first and then go over in pen but that’s just a preference and it allows me to cover the content at least twice. 

  • And rough mindmaps where I just write the headings of each topic and when I look over it I try to think about the information linked to those words. These are better closer to the exam as they are very quick and they make me think more.

Also, I do a lot of practice papers. Science exams are usually very picky about wording of definitions and explanations and having a look at the past mark schemes to see what they are looking for is invaluable. When it comes to definitions, I often learn them out of the mark scheme so I know I can be learning something wrong.

anonymous asked:

please tell my lazy ass to get up and start studying I havw an economy test Monday... roast me please

Presh you got this, okay? You have absolutely got this. You have two whole days to make the most of these exams. If you sleep 8 hours a night (like we all should be even though we don’t) then that’s 32 hours in the next two days that you can use to your advantage to help you absolutely S L A Y this exam. And you can do it. Keep telling yourself that. The more you say it, the more you’ll believe it.

Start by setting yourself up in your favourite study spot. Get your notebooks, pens, folders, everything you use to study out. Then eliminate your distractions. Phone? Not gonna help you. Laptop? Sure, but use a page blocker for sites that you don’t want to be using whilst you’re trying to concentrate (*giving tumblr severe side-eye*). Turn off the TV. If you really need some background noise then put on some music that you either don’t know the words to (so you’re not tempted to jack it in and have a dance party) or music that doesn’t have lyrics. I find it to be less distracting if there isn’t another source of actual information coming from anywhere else. The same also goes for being able to hear people talk. Sometimes, in coffee shops, it’s not so bad because it’s a general murmur. But if you’re easily distracted by other people’s conversations then I’d recommend going to the library or something.

Once you’re set up, make a list of everything you need to do. Don’t spend too much time on this because the point is to get you studying, not to get you to prepare for studying. Take 5-10 minutes to plan out everything you need to cover, whether that’s chapters in books or topics from your own notes, or practice exam papers. Write it all down. Break bigger tasks into smaller sub-tasks so that they don’t look so daunting. It’ll make your list longer, but you’ll be checking things off that list quicker, and making yourself feel more productive.

Start with some of the smaller tasks to get you going. Start with something unrelated, if you want, so long as it won’t take you more than 5 minutes. Is there an e-mail you’ve been meaning to send for a few days but haven’t gotten round to it? An appointment you need to make? A relatively easy, small chore that you keep putting off like taking your laundry downstairs or emptying your bins? This might seem like procrastination, but productivity breeds productivity. You’ll feel good after doing that little niggling thing that you’ve been meaning to do for ages, so you’ll feel more motivated after doing a couple things. You’ll want more of that feeling of accomplishment.

Next: get started. That’s it. There’s no magic wand you can wave, no clicking your fingers and suddenly conjuring up some motivation out of nowhere. You simply have to be disciplined and focused and, most importantly, strict with yourself. Imagine a friend said to you “Okay, don’t let me go on my phone for the next 30 minutes. I need to focus.”. What would you do if you saw them reach for their phone? You’d take the phone away or clear your throat or say “Hmm is that the best idea right now?” Treat yourself like you would treat that friend. You want them to succeed, right? And you want yourself to succeed. So if you feel tempted to do something that isn’t to do with your work, you need to tell yourself that now isn’t the time for that. Now is the time for studying.

Study in small, sharp bursts. Think of it as high intensity interval training but for your brain not your body. Do 20-30 minutes of work, then take a 5-10 minute break. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Over and over again. Take a longer break for lunch/dinner, of course, but then get straight back into your cycle. A 10 minute break for every 30 minutes of studying you do. This is advisable because of how long your brain can focus before it thinks “Hell, we’ve been at this a while now. Let’s snack. Or watch a movie! Yeah, let’s watch a movie. Let’s watch TWO movies, that'a a great idea!” The longer you go without a break, the more intense that urge becomes in your subconscious, and ultimately, the more frustrated you get. Taking 10-20 minutes out of every hour won’t harm you, it’ll do you good.

Read things more than once. Write things down. Say things out loud. This will help you remember them. Maybe spend one 30 minute session reviewing the past sessions you’ve studied. So, for example, use 30 minutes to study Topic 1, the next 30 minutes to study Topic 2, and then the following 30 minutes ro review those two topics. Test yourself, see how much you remember. Then move on to Topic 3 for the next 30 minutes. Information ideally needs to be looked at more than once in order for it to really solidify itself in your memory, so doing this will hopefully help you remember stuff better.

I like to work backwards with information as opposed to forwards. By this I mean that I like to start with ALL the information on a given topic/phenomenon/event/process, and then I work backwards by breaking it up into smaller pieces. Then, I extract the key terms/dates from these by eliminating all the redundant filler words in between and just keeping the main bits of jargon I’ll really need to remember, and any dates etc. You’ll need to be able to talk about these things fluently, so it’s important that you’re able to connect all these little jigsaw pieces in your own words, but it’s easier to remember the key points than to remember entire sentences/paragraphs from textbooks that are 50-100+ words long. In stages, this is what I mean:

• “Translanguaging is a strategy that is adopted in bilingual classrooms that is believed to aid information absorption, wherein the student hears/reads material in one language and goes on to develop this knowledge in another language. Baker (2000) argues for the many developmental benefits of this strategy, but his argument lacks supporting empirical evidence.”

Break this down into smaller, more memorable pieces, and you get this:

• “Translanguaging: classroom strategy used for bilinguals. Hear in 1 lang, develop in another. Baker (2000) says it aids information absorption - lack of evidence for this.”

So you’ve basically said the same thing, just without filling the sentences out with an academic tone. This makes it easier to remember. You can then work further back from this to create trigger words for yourself:

• “Translanguaging > Beneficial (Baker, 2000) > No evidence”

This gives you the term itself, and also tells you the two main things you want to discuss in relation to that term. You work backwards towards this, until you can use the terms in the third example to trigger in your memory the second example, and subsequently, the first. You don’t have to remember it word for word: you need to be able to talk about these things freely and with understanding, which means that it’s important that you know how the terms in the condensed third example relate to and interact with one another.

Disclaimer: Do whatever works for you. Some people work differently than others. This is just what works for me and, hey, you asked for my advice. I hope this helps anybody who reads it, and good luck with everything!

The Signs After Exams

Aries: Time to catch up on their favourite shows

Taurus: Time to go back to hobby clubs

Gemini: Catches up on social media

Cancer: Catches up with family and close friends

Leo: Treats themselves to the salon or spa

Virgo: Reorganises everything - time for that new poster in my room

Libra: Shopping!

Scorpio: Catches up on their reading

Sagittarius: Day out with mates

Capricorn: Day in with mates

Aquarius: Catch up on sleep

Pisces: Back to their social media accounts “I’m bacckkk”