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Welcome back to my blog, hey if you are new, my name is Eden, I write all about things I’m passionate about and love, everything from makeup to travel. If you enjoy this post, make sure to stick around. Today’s post is going to be all about my Year 10 experience and will also include a mini Q&A at the end. Really hope you enjoy!
So actually before entering Year 10, I was really chilled and actually really excited and raring to go, start some new subjects, doing most of what I liked and enjoyed at school. I was willing to work hard and do well, as I have mentioned in previous posts, in Wales you now sit some of your GCSEs in Year 10, so I was prepared for it. I knew it was going to be a big jump from KS3 to KS4, I was ready for that to happen. In a way, a new chapter. I don’t really know what I was expecting really but I was looking forward to it.
The actual workload for me personally was okay, it was manageable. I found there wasn’t as much homework as previous years, more tests and mini exams, so more time spent revising and then the odd minute spent doing a sheet or two. It does depend on the school you go to and what subjects you do and what kind of person you are. As long as you can stay as organised as possible, get everything done in time, stick to deadlines and be a keen learner, you will be great. Also Year 10 is a great year because it is giving you the time for finding the revision techniques that work for you and from my experience grab this by the balls! Make sure to sort it out before Year 11 when you are sitting around 20 exams.
I have actually found that the teachers treat you a lot better, talk more about their lives and are friendly and for me, more approachable. The whole teacher-student relationship I feel is improved and it makes my lessons so much better and more enjoyable.I have realised this especially because lots of teachers have told my class they are leaving or retiring etc, but one of my teachers said that this year and I was so upset and gutted. I was nearly crying and I had lots of mixed feelings because I knew if it was right for her, she needs to go but i wanted her to stay and teach me for the rest of GCSE because I was being slightly selfish and i just felt like we really got on and she was the best! If that had been last year or any previous, I wouldn’t have been like that so it shows how this year has made a difference.
Actually being thrown into different classes with people I had never been in a class with before was good. It was nice to be with different people and to not be with the same 29 others for every class. Also because of more sets, it is good because we are all working at the same level and we can get a whole lot more work done. Also some of my classes were smaller, only around 15 of us and that is also better because it just makes the lessons much better experiences and I enjoy being in smaller groups.
What I learnt throughout Year 10 was that even though the workload was getting heavier and the lessons were harder, there was still time to have fun and to be social. You still need a good work-life balance whatever school year you are in, it is very easy in these years to burnout, to work yourself too hard, enjoy yourself as well, you will never get these school years back again. This is what my experience in Year 10 taught me, there is always room for a smile, friends and family and Netflix and popcorn in bed!
Before, Year 10 though, I did thing, ‘no one can seriously have lots of hobbies and be in important years of school’ but I was very wrong. What Year 10 taught me was that, there is more to life than school and education, keep going and pursue your hobbies because as i said earlier it is still so important to have fun. I still kept up with this blog because it is one of my favorite things in the entire world and do what you want as well. I promise you, there is enough time to do what you love and for school.
Overall, Year 10 is hard at times and amazing at times, do your best, work and try your hardest and have a fab time! You can do anything that you want to do, strive for it and go for it! I did really enjoy this year and I think you will to, have fun!
Now I am going to be answering some of your questions:
What was the most challenging part of Year 10?
Probably sitting some of my GCSE exams, I didn’t know what to expect so it was a new experience for me. But, it was actually okay, I got through them and it was fine. Also, it was challenging to keep up all the work and stuff when school was constantly draining for me and I was tired quite a lot of the time.
Was Year 10 as stressful as you thought it would’ve been or was it like a normal year?
Actually no, I don’t think it was. I did start to think, is it going to be too much but it was pretty much like a normal year, just harder work and more to do.
Is it hard to keep up with options?
I found because I had chosen subjects that I really enjoyed, I did want to do the work, more than other subjects. But as long as you meet deadlines, give yourself enough time and a good balance, it isn’t that bad. It is actually a lot easier than you think.
How best to start preparing for GCSEs?
I learnt this from my own mistakes, but writing notes and doing all your revision resources as you go akong is a great way to start preparing for GCSEs. I should’ve done this because now I have notes to do ready for next year. Make sure you have enough stationery and all the information you need and just get your head into the rhythm of revision.
How to balance school and life?
Don’t spend all your time revising or doing school work and if you are not in the right headspace don’t force yourself to do it. Carry on with your hobbies and socialising with friends and family. Get up early so you can be more productive and dedicate some time for you to just chill out because that’s very important.
How to deal with bitchy popular girls?
This is the same for every school year, from my experience ignoring them and just trying to move on and keep your head held high. Think about all the good and positive things that you already have in your life and focus on your lessons rather than the bitchy girls in your class. If it gets really bad specifically to you or one of your friends speak to a teacher or a senior member of staff or parents etc.
Is it true that the workload is loads and it gets a lot harder and more serious?
The workload does increase but it is still quite manageable but obviously it depends on your school and the subjects you do. It is more serious but some lessons are still quite lovely and chilled as long as you get all the work done and do it t the best of your ability.
Would you recommend revising topics once we finish them now?
It is totally up to you, maybe make your notes or revision resources ready for next year and revise if you have tests on the topics. Make sure you write everything clearly so when you come back to revise, it is all legible and will help you.
Should you focus more on friends and trying to be ‘popular’ or your work?
Have a balance, spend time with friends and make sure to get all of your work done. Don’t worry about being popular because when you finish school none of that will matter. Focus on what matters.
I really hope you enjoyed this blog post, it means so much that you are taking time out of your day to read this. I would love to know what you thought o this in the comments below! Have a great rest of your week, lots of love!