To be honest, Christmas, when you’ve got exams, can be a bit bittersweet – on the one hand, it’s really nice to have a break from lessons where the teachers are going at full speed to get through the syllabus before Easter, but the flip side of that is that you know that when you go back to school you’ll have one/two weeks of back to back exams. Is there a way to strike a balance? Can you have fun and be productive? The answer is yes! Obviously, you’re going to have to do some work, so it’s not going to be as much fun as usual, but don’t let exams get in the way of some downtime – you need to recharge so you can hit those mocks with the full force of your intellect. So, here are my top tips for a productive AND relaxing Christmas holiday.
Outside the classroom before any big test or before a big deadline, it is not uncommon to hear joking or complaining phrases such as: ‘I haven’t slept all week’ or ‘I was up until 3am revising’ or ‘lol sleep is for the weak’. We also hear these comments around the common room (particularly if you stand near the coffee machine) or in our first period lessons. In fact, I don’t think I go a day without somebody commenting on how tired they are, or how little sleep they’ve been getting.
All of us should be doing regular exercise. Yes, you may groan, but please take this coming from someone who is rather ‘un-sporty’. If you told my Year Eight self who dreaded PE every week that she would later be advocating for the importance of sport, she would indeed let out a groan. Four years down the line into both my academic and rowing careers, I am a believer in the benefits of exercise for the following reasons.
I joined Wimbledon High School in year 10 and I didn’t really know what a GCSE was, but I survived them. I am in no way qualified to give advice, but here you go: the ten things I wish I’d known before starting my GCSEs…