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Coping with exams

 

The Do’s and Don’ts for preparing for, and handling exam season.

The majority of us will have to go through an examination period in our lives, be it in primary, secondary, or higher education. Whether we like it or not, it’s relatively impossible to avoid having to sit exams, barring exceptional circumstances. Learning to cope with both the revision process and exam period for myself has definitely been a work in progress throughout my academic life. Despite having sat two years of university, I would still say that each year I am continuing to learn better methods of dealing with them, especially as someone who deals relatively badly with the stress and anxiety of exam pressure and academia in general.

REVISION TIPS

  • Do not overreach in the goals you set to complete each day!

This is something I fall short with EVERY TIME, and especially have this year. Every day I would wake up and say ‘today I am going to finish this topic, then start this topic, then complete that topic.’ Every night I would go to bed not having completed what I set for myself, and feeling like I had failed as a result. Realistically, I had just massively over estimated the amount I could physically get through in twenty four hours! Setting yourself ridiculous expectations is your own biggest downfall, it will make anything you do not seem good enough and you will never feel like you’re achieving anything. So, second tip is…

  • Set yourself realistic goals!

I personally do not use revision timetables: each year I spend hours drawing one up, allocating time for each day, only to completely ignore it when I actually begin. If they work for you then great, by all means maximise their use if they aid your time management. Instead I set myself rough goals of what I should have completed by either the end of the day of the end of the week, and work as hard as I can to meet those goals. It is so important to remember that we are only human, our brains can only deal with, process, and remember a certain amount of information in a period of time, and rushing to cram it all in will only detriment your learning process. Go slowly and be kind to yourself.

  • Keep stocked up on food and drink.

If I said that I only ate carrots and hummus and fruit during revision I would be lying…I practically lived off crisps, chocolate, coffee and pasta this year. But to an extent, as long as you feel well physically and mentally, I strongly believe that during a period as stressful and potentially sad as exams, eat whatever you want that will make you happy, be that healthy or maybe not so healthy food. Obviously there are huge benefits of healthy eating, but I personally need comfort food when I am working 12+ hour days. Water however, is so immensely important, as is energy providing food like brown pasta. Drinking water frequently throughout the day and stocking up on slow releasing energy food really does make a difference: I really notice a difference when I have forgotten to keep drinking water. Keep a big bottle on your desk near you and it will be harder for you to get distracted.

  • Stationery!

This one might be a personal/nerd preference, but I love stocking up on new pens, good quality paper, and revision cards SO MUCH. It makes such a difference for me, be it psychological or not. Start as you mean to go on and invest in the tools you need to make your revision notes vibrant and clear to read because it really does make a difference having your notes visually clear and bright.

  • Making your notes clear, condensed, and colourful.

How you actually physically lay out your revision is very much dependent on your subjects. All of my A-Levels were essay subjects (Politics, English Literature, History and Religious Studies), and my degree is in International Relations and History, so equally as essay based. I personally work very visually, and benefit the most from hand writing notes. I start off by condensing notes on a topic into a word document which I highlight on Word, and print out. From there I condense them into handwritten notes (spider-diagrams, bullet points etc), and then again into 5-6 revision cards for each topic. For me, highlighters and coloured pens are key: I will have historians in blue, key points in red, facts in green, for example. This is obviously dependent on the individual, but for me it ingrains it in my mind much more – I can be sat in an exam and think ‘what was highlighted pink and written in green half way down that revision card?’ and it can help jolt a memory. Find out what works for you!

 

EXAM TIPS

  • SLEEP.

The night before my A-Level Politics exam I had three hours sleep and then threw up the next morning. I did well in the exam but felt like I was dying in the process, and it could have been detrimental to my performance as a result. Sleep is so incredibly important: although the recommended eight hours might not be achievable, at least try and get six-seven the night before an exam. It truly does affect how alert you are, and if you have an afternoon exam you will slump before you even go in.

  • Put yourself in a calm situation pre-exam.

There is nothing I hate more than being around people before an exam, especially people sitting the same one. Listening to someone discuss things you have never heard of throws you off track so much and completely messes up your focus. I am lucky to have a park next to my campus, so pre-exam I walked around that a couple of times before I headed into the exam.

  • Exceptional circumstances.

This is very much dependent on your institution/school, but if you have been suffering with a long term health issue that has taken up time in terms of doctors appointments, illnesses etc, you have the option to apply for exceptional circumstances, meaning said issue will be taken into account with your exam results.

  • Jot down anything you think you will forget once the exam has begun, and answer your strongest question first.

Obviously, again this is dependent on your subject and exam format. For me, I answer three essays in three hours. I jot down any historians, authors, and dates that I think I will forget so I can refer back to them. Answering your strongest question first means you ensure you will do it justice and really have one solid answer to show off with. Otherwise you run the risk of 1. running out of time or 2. forgetting something in the course of the exam and then messing up your best chance of showcasing how much you know.

  • PERSPECTIVE.

Lastly, but most importantly, remember that exams, regardless of the level you are sitting them at, are not the be all and end all of life, no matter how much pressure you are under or how much you have riding on said exam. From experience, both personally and from countless friends over the years, messing up, not getting what you wanted, and even completely failing an exam can be rectified. Retaking can be an option, and there is always the chance to change the course you had set out, and whilst this may not be appealing or what you had planned, alternatives do exist. One day you will look back and realise that whatever happened, everything turned out alright in the end.

People our age are under immense pressure in our education systems, and I truly do not think we get enough credit. So remember to give yourself a pat on the back, and just do the best you can, because at the end of the day that really is all you can do.

Good luck!

Kirstie x



240 thoughts on “Coping with exams”

  • This helped alot kirstie!! Such good tips on how to cope with the exam life and i shall attempt to try them out x

        • Thankyou for sharing this tips with us! I’m now on my exams season for end the semester, a little bit sad that i read this on my third day of my exams so i can’t try your tips for the first 2 exams (which was calculus and chemistry and it was the worst!) but hey i still got 5 subjects to try this tips. Once again, thanks! This will help lots of people coping hard times on exams. Your blog is amazing please keep writting 💖

          Lots of love
          Fia x

  • This is so good and will definitely help me with exams next year, I’m in 1st year at high school, going into second year this summer. I just want to say that I admire you and think you are an amazing person, what you’re doing with this blog will definitely help so many others, thank you💟

    • I’m really glad! I think talking to people going through similar situations is the best way to put our minds at ease x

  • Everytime when I will do my exams I will look at this! Amazing. Thank you a lot Kirstie! ♥ Love your blog already.
    Charlie xx

  • Hi Kirstie, I’m from Argentina and I’m in my third year at college. I think that the tips you mentioned are super useful and I’m sure they’ll help a lot of people like they have helped me. Also, I love the fact that so far away from where I live, people go through the same experiences and problems like me, so I can feel identified with you. Congratulations on your second year! And keep writing 😊

    • Hiya! Ah amazing, really glad you think so. The internet’s amazing isn’t it? So good being able to connect with people from all over the world! Thanks again x

  • This is really good advice, we’ll be sure to use it for my exams! Don’t know why you were so nervous posting it!

  • This is such perfect advice! I’ve just finished my AS exams and am doing the same subjects as you did! I used some of these techniques but will definitely take them all into account for next year! Xx

  • This is so so helpful, il be starting a psychology degree in September and I’m terrified for the exam part of the course as I always stress and then fail – I will deffo be referring back to this, it gives me hope! Haha, can’t wait to see more posts!x

    • Good luck with that, sounds exciting! Everything seems a lot more daunting from a distance. Really hope this helps a lil bit! x

      • Thank you so much! Could you please consider doing a post about uni life kinda thing and how you’ve found the first year and second year different?x

  • I am in the middle of doing exams just now so this advice has really helped. Thank you so much for posting it. Xx

  • This has actually helped ❤️💋💕definitely gonna use this ❤️❤️❤️💋💋💕💕👍🏻

  • After reading this, I will definitely be using these tips next year. This year I really struggled to keep up with revision and to find motivation. These will really help me next year when I take the rest of my exams. Thank you x

  • This is so useful! I’m currently doing my GCSEs and have been so put off revising lately but I reckon this’ll help me get back on track. 🙂 Thank you!

    • Ah really glad you think so! Sometimes we need a lil nudge in the right direction. Good luck, you’ll be great x

  • This is really helpful thank you x and btw I spent like 3 hours making a timetable and I haven’t used it I don’t think I’m going to make one the next time 😂❤️

  • This helped me so much! I’ve recently started my exams and I have plenty more when school starts again so I’ll make sure to keep your tips in mind when revising and when sitting the exams, thank you Kirstie😊😊 x

  • Hi Kirstie! I’m dealing with a lot of exams right now and this is so helpful. However, next year I’m going to college and I think this’ll be like really useful! So thanks for doing it xx

  • I also find visualising my work a really good technique during the exam!! These tips have been really helpful! Thank you x

    • It’s a good technique isn’t it! I’m sure it’s probably personally but I think its good to at least give it a go. Thanks for reading! xx

  • I don’t think you fully understand how helpful this is, I am yet to sit my GCSEs and I have been looking everywhere for an article like this to help me calm down/help me be more prepared for exams, considering I have been diagnosed with anxiety, calming me down is a very hard thing to do! So I congratulate you on writing such an amazing piece that has not only helped me, but has helped others too x

  • It’s helped me a lot, and I think your blog will be a good inspiration for the weekdays! Thank you, Kirsite! I hope for it a lot you will rest, you deserve it & I will share the link ALL of the hungarian blog-link proposers! 🙂 ♥

  • Kirstie this is so helpful, especially since I’m going through my GCSEs at the moment and I know I’ll have more exams to sit and revise for in college 💙 . Thank you so much for writing this post xx

  • Absolute life saver- still got a few more exams after the half term. May get through them now! Thanks,M

  • Hello Kirstie! I understood you so much during your exams period when i saw your snaps and tweets, I was in the middle of my exams too, and the most important of my life cause its the last one before getting in thw work life (if this makes sense) It was so stressful and i think that we put way too much pressure on ourselves, it kinda ruins a time in our lives we’re supposed to enjoy. Instead we have to worry, and personally for one month i didnt sleep and i ate way too much because of this ahah. Anyway, thanks for your tips that are so useful, I hope you did great at your exams, And I cannot wait to see more posts from you, you did a great job! xx

    • Flipping awful wasn’t it! But you’re right, at the time it all seems like the end of the world..then you come out the other side and realise that the world keeps turning whatever happens. Good luck with everything and thanks for being so supportive! x

  • I usually feel horrible when I can’t complete what I planned for the day so yeah setting up more realistic goals might actually help feel effective, thanks! And if you tend to be anxious I heard that chamomile tea helps a lot (I’ve never tried though). 😉 Thanks for the tips and good luck with your exams! x

    • It’s such an easy trap to fall into! Chamomile tea is actually great! Really good for before bed. No worries, thank you!x

  • This was so useful and will be a great help with the rest of my GCSEs and I am really excited to see what else you post! I imagine you blog will be such a good inspiration💜!! Hope you enjoy the summer now your exams are over xxx

  • I loved this post and it helped me a lot! English Lit is one of my strongest subjects at school meaning I put so much pressure on myself to do well in the exam in order for me to take it at A Level and in the end I cracked and only answered one of the two questions and ended up crying in the middle of the exam because I thought I’d done so badly. Although I know it, it’s always nice to have the reminder that exams aren’t the be all and end all of everything X

    • ah bless you. There is such a horrible pressuring culture around exams, it makes me wanna wrap everyone up in a blanket and cuddle them!! Don’t worry about it bub, things will turn out fine I promise x

  • This is really helpful Kirstie! The advice will help me with finals for next semester so thanks so much! I will take the advice with me for now on! I’m from America and I think our studying is the same! Sleep and food is very important to stay focus. you a very great writer and can’t wait to read more xxx

    • Thanks so much <3 really hope it can help some way with your finals. Bet you'll be great! Good luck and thanks again xx

  • Hey kirstie I loved your work already and seeing u made a blog makes me super happy! I suffer really badly with exam stress and am currently doing my GCSEs only 7 left to go now, will definitely be using your tips thank you!

  • I love this, I just finished my exams today and your message at the end was exactly what I needed to hear after 4 weeks of exams, can’t wait to read more posts 🎉 X

  • My A level politics exams are next week and I was stressing about revision but this honestly made me feel so much better about my efforts! Thank you so much for starting a blog, you’re a life saver ❤️

  • So happy you started a blog! I’m a very stressed person and this is so helpful. I always worry about my exams and my future because failure really scares me. But thanks to you I learn to calm down and study in good circumstances so thank you Kirstie. Stop being worried about this blog, you’re doing a good job 🙂 xx

  • Thank you so much for this Kirstie! It really helped me especially since I have an exam tomorrow. I had terrible anxiety about my exams at Christmas and I even broke down crying all the time, but this post has helped me not do that for these exams so honestly thank you so much xxx

    • Aw you poor thing. It’ll be over before you know it and you’ll be able to get back to loving life. Sending loads of luck x

  • Kirstie thank you so much for writing this, I am just starting my GCSEs and I am probably the most anxious person in general, and especially when it comes to exams😓 This has really helped me a lot, I’m so greatful, and relieved to know that someone else understands thank you!😘Xx

    • No worries! I do hope it can be of some help. I can totally relate and so can so many others, so don’t think you’ll be on your own! Good luck with it all x

  • Hello, Kirstie! I’ve been reading your snaps while your revision period and It was really supportive for me seeing that I’m not the one who passes through it so hard (with tears sometimes:) cause before I used to think there’s smth wrong with me.. So I was very glad to find out your first post is also about it 😉 Thank you! much love <3

  • Thank you so much, right now i´m having trouble with my marks, i´m falling every single subject at high school so i´m definitely going to try this out the next semester. Thanks again and continue doing this because it´s great! Love from Argentina

  • I’m doing my A levels this year and I’m terrified ! My biggest problem is timing, I never get to finish anything ! However thanks for the tips Kirstie it was really helpful and calmed me down a bit x

    • Timing is my worst enemy! perspective is totally key though, as is simply just being realistic with what is manageable. I bet you’ll do great! Good luck <3 x

  • I can’t thank you enough for this post! I’m currently in my free period for studying, with exams coming up next week and these tips are really helpful. I am definitely going to give these a try, starting from tomorrow. I am a university student myself and it is great to see that I’m not the only one facing struggles like that (All of my friends seem to be fine 😂). This was a great first post to start with and I can’t wait to see what more you will be posting. I’m sure it will be amazing! Don’t be scared to post please, there are loads of people supporting you. Keep up the good work! Lots of love ❤️

    • Thanks so much for this message!! Trust me you aren’t alone! University is intense. I bet your friends aren’t coping as well as they’re letting on! You’re going to be great, good luck and have a well deserved rest after! x

  • Hi Kirstie, your blog post is really helpful! I’m from France and my exams are in 3 weeks… I’m like you, I prefer revising by doing hand writing notes, and the tips you mentioned will help me in my revisions!
    P.S: I can’t wait to read a new blog post because I really enjoy this one, you write very well, thank you xx

  • This is definetly the sort of advice I needed to get me through the next 7 days of exams! Was feeling a little stuck with studying but I’ll be sure to try these tips out. Thanks Kirstie xxx

  • I’m just about to sit my A-Levels, my next exam being a week tomorrow and I am someone who has struggled a lot with placing so much importance upon exams and reading this has really helped!! This was such a good post! Very relatable and it’s good to feel like you’re not alone during exam season!!x

    • I bet you’ll do smashing. A-levels were so hard for me stress wise, you really do need someone to remind you that the world won’t end regardless of the outcome. Good luck with them all x

  • Everyone is commenting about how its going to help them with their a levels or that its really helped them and im just here like i will use it in like 6 years time ahah .but thanks for posting it will really help me in the future and im looking forward to your next post xxx also how’s your cats they’re sooo cute xxx

    • Aww haha well yes maybe in the future it will help <3 my cat is good thank you doll! chubby and cute as usual haha! xx

  • Uggh I wish I had this information before I finished my exams but I’m not done with school, next year I’m sure to improve!! Thx a lot for this!

  • I found this so helpful! I’m constantly setting myself too much to do during the day then feeling annoyed with myself or unproductive if I haven’t finished my to do list even if I’ve been working all day so I’m 100% going to change the way I do things after reading this, thank you 🙂 lots of love xx

  • This is so brilliant! It has genuinely helped a lot with putting everything into perspective. Thanks heaps <3

      • Honestly perspective is key with EVERYTHING and sometimes you just need a little push to get that perspective. I cannot thank you enough, I am in year 11 at the moment (I think that’s equivalent to your A levels?? idk I’m from Australia aha) but like you were the little push I needed so thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou <3

  • I’m so scared I’ve got exams all next week and I’m worried I will let people down, after I revise I feel like I haven’t done anything this has helped tremendously thank you so much kirstie, I hope all goes well for you xx

  • I love this alreadyyyyy thanks for doing it, I’m sure lots of people (including me) are finding it useful🙆🏻💞 i lava u✨✨

  • This has helped me soooo much! I sat here saying out loud “that’s a good idea” “hadn’t thought of that” and I mean it this has helped so so so much. Keep it up with this blog it’s amazing and by the way we would never laugh at you for doing something so great xxx

      • You’re my inspiration always have been always will be. You are the person I want to become. You show that you can do it all! You work to pay for your uni and still have time to do your exams revise and write an amazing blog. Thank you for being you and for making me smile everyday ❤️❤️

  • this is so helpful for my exams after half term! I always struggle with revision – I make revision cards or mind maps but can’t actually get it into my head! thank you so much, this is going to help a lot + it will get me in a more positive mindset!

    • I bet more is going in thank you think! Speaking out loud is great too, it really makes you have to work to remember and process things, try and get a family member or friend to test you/let you explain things to them. Good luck dolL! x

  • I found this so helpful! I’m only taking coursework based modules next year (don’t know what to feel about that) but most of these tips do apply to learning in any form especially the ‘perspective’ bit. I am often so negative when it comes to uni and feel like I’m completely useless most of the time 😣😭 This post made me realize that the lack of positivity when it comes to learning really does affect the outcome of a revision session. Will definitely go back to this page when I’m struggling with work as it gives me nothing but great vibes 🌸☺️ Thank you xx

    • I think all of these can still apply! Honestly I feel the same. I often feel like i’m at the bottom of the pack haha so don’t worry you aren’t alone. We both need a more positive outlook! Really glad you found it helpful <3 no worries x

  • I’m so glad you finally started your blog, and this post is amazing! I’m sure you’re going to help so many people with this. The way you write to express what you want to say is also really good, so well done!! Can’t wait for the next one already aaahhh lots of love to you Kirstie xx

  • This is great! I am really stressed about my A-level exams as I was upset with my AS results last year and these tips are really helpful, good luck with the blog xx

  • Kirstie you life saver!! This is so helpful, thank you for putting your time into this to help us. I’m so excited for your blogs in the future!!xx

  • Thank You so much kirstie! I am sitting my grade 10 exams in 2 weeks and they are my first exams ive ever done and i have been so stressed lately. All of these tips will help me so much in the lead up. Cant wait for your next blogs xx

  • I’m really stressed at the moment with something going on at home I just haven’t got the time for revision but Kirstie your wise words have comforted me and inspired me yet again ! You should be really proud of yourself for doing this ! Your amazing !!

    • Ah don’t worry about it bub, deal with whatever is happening at home and don’t be too hard on yourself. Thanks so much xx

  • Hello Kirstie! I have been charmed with it all these advices for the examinations! They are brilliant and already I am going to put them into practice. Thank you for these recommendations they are going to serve me for what I still have of study I hope that you continue writing and good luck!
    If some word is not understood it is because I translated what it wanted to say to you because I am Argentina and my Englishman is not very good.. Pardon

  • This really helped me, Kirstie! Thank you so much! I’m having my ‘N’ levels(something like GCSEs) later this year, and i’m still looking for a better way for me to revise. Good luck for your blog & i can’t wait to read more from you!😘

  • You should make a post about modeling castings, I’m going to one this weekend and i’m so freaking nervous.
    PS: this post is going to help me so much next year (I’m going to college woho!!!)

    • I might do one overall post about modelling in the future but I’m not sure yet. Be yourself and it will be fine! good luck and thank you! x

  • by reading this i don’t feel as stress as I was before, I have a exam on friday this was so helpful I will definitely use some of these tips thank you kirstie! x

  • This has actually helped me so much! I’m going through my exam block at the moment and to read this has helped a lot!! So thankyou so much :))) xx

  • Thank you so much for this post Kirsite! I have my first 3 Science GCSE’s next year and I’m already stressing out about them but this post has really helped my calm down and stopped me from overthinking every single thing. I’m also taking History for GCSE too as well as Triple Science and Health + Social Care and I’m dreading the exams so when it comes to the time when I have to sit them next year and in Year 11, I’m going to come back and read through this post and it will definitely help me. It already has! I wish your blog the best of luck, I really can’t wait for your next posts and I will be a constant reader of your blog.

    • Ah thank you so much. Do let me know if you think it helps, really glad you think it will <3 I bet you'll smash it all, good luck and thanks again xx

  • Thank you so much for this blog post, it’s helped me so much and I feel may be one I read over and over again as it calmed me down to read … Stressed with GCSE’s at the moment so thank you 💕

  • This was so helpful even though I don’t really have any important exams till next year Thankyou ❤️ Hope all your exams went well and I can’t wait for what’s to come in this blog 💞✨

  • THANK YOU! – I’m halfway through A-Levels and I’ve come to a halt but you’ve given me so much motivation – plus I also get way to excited by new stationery )thought it was just me). Can’t wait for the next post x

    • Ahhh I’m so glad you found i useful! Stationery is great isn’t it… nerd vibes. Good luck with it all <3 x

  • This is soo helpful especially because i have so many exams atm ❤️ I can tell im gonna love this blog already 🙂 xx

  • This was honestly so helpful! Thank you for writing this x Last week I had 2-3 exams everyday and I was so stressed and I ended up crying etc. because I left my revision till like 2 weeks before. I think I did alright in my exams (some better than others) but knowing that you have been through harder exams (I’m only in year 10) it kind of reassures me that it isn’t actually the end of the world.
    Thank you and I’ll be sure to keep reading your blog 🙂 xx

    • Oh its awful isn’t it 🙁 Such a rubbish time of the year. I bet you did just fine love, well done. Thank you xxx

  • love your blog Kirstie, I have three exams this week and your helping me so much, good luck with all your future exams xxx

  • Hi Kirstie, I found this super helpful! I did a very similar post on my own blog a few weeks ago! But there were some new ones in here that I will definitely start using! Much Love x

  • Thank You! This has been such a help! I have just finished sitting my exams and I was so stressed out before. (I read this before just did not realise I could comment) Thank you so much for the amazing advice! Please blog more! <3

  • girl these r such great tips! I remember reading about stress of a levels on ur old blog .. Same D: Just finished uni exams am so happy but deffo gonna take these notes into a consideration (((-: x

  • Hii. How are you today? Thank you for the advices! I’m from Argentina and I will have the final exams in a few weeks and I’m so nervous. Love you! Xx

  • Hii. How are you today? Thank you for the advices! I’m from Argentina and I will have the final exams in a few weeks and I’m so nervous. Love you! Xxx

  • This is really good advice! I’d love for you to post something about essay writing as you’re clearly quite a good writer and it’s something I struggle with a lot personally haha. So happy you’ve started a blog 🙂

  • This has helped me so much! I’m doing my A-levels and I suffer with anxiety- anxiety and exams are a no-go!! I have 2 exams left and I’m so worried about failing them! The last part of the blog really put things in perspective for me and confirmed what my parents have been saying for ages- if I fail, it doesn’t matter, there are always other ways around it to reach the same goal! Thank you so much, this really helped!
    Big love x x x

    • ah i’m so glad, I also have an anxiety related disorder so know exactly how you feel. Parents speak sense don’t they! There definitely are always alternatives path. Really glad you liked it <3 x

  • oops, I was just reading comments and didn’t realise that mine posted more then once, I didn’t think it worked. oh well

  • This is so helpful! I have my A-levels next week (I live in Spain) and I’ll definetely try to use some of your tips. Keep up the good work! xx

  • I have exams this month I hope it will help me! Thanks for your advice, it’s so nice that you share them with us. I hope your exams went well xx

  • I am learning for my exams right now… I was so stressed but this block made me feel better! This is amazing!🙈x

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  • i’ve been meaning to read this for a while and think those tips will help me with my remaining exams. i don’t cope well when it comes to exams but with your tips i know they’ll really help me out 🙂

  • Did you by any chance do political ideologies for A2? I’m currently trying to revise for the practice paper and finding it so difficult 😭 Do you have any tips? Thank you Xx

    • I did! What helped me most with that was doing a big a3 sheet for each of the ideologies and doing big mind maps with loads of arrows and highlighting. In terms of content though my memory wouldn’t be fresh enough to give any better advice I’m sorry! But good luck xx

  • oh my goodness this is brilliant! im doing my GCSE’s at the moment and I have 23 in total (r.i.p me) and I might just have to print this out and stick it on every single wall in my house to keep me going 🙂

  • Hi Kirstie! I’m from Argentina and I’m in my third year at college. I read your post and I agree with you! I think all the tips you mentioned are very important! Exams season really frustrates me and when I fail some of them I end up thinking I’m not good enough but as you said, they can be rectified and I keep trying because I LOVE my career (English Translator). Thank you for this post, it really helped me 🙂 greetings from Argentina and I hope you keep on writing posts like this one! Xo ❤

  • I had to leave college last year within the first month because my anxiety and stress had increased in intensity. I’m going back in September and I’ve been so scared, this has really changed my perspective on exams, thank you so much for this. Do you by any chance have any advice on socializing for someone who’s anxiety gets the best of them in that situation?

    • Ah no worries at all doll, really sorry to hear about what you’ve been dealing with and it sounds like you needed to take a step back so well done for making that decision. Don’t try and through yourself into big groups because it will probably take you back a few steps instead of forward. Start of small in less busy places with a few people and build your way up. Give yourself time xx

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  • I have my exams coming up in a month (ish) and I’ve already been stressing so much. This helped me heaps so thank you so so much Kirstie 💕

  • I’ve commented on here before but I just want to say thank you, after using your revision tips I just received my mock gcse results and they’re the best results I’ve ever received in my school life! Xx

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