How To Revise For GCSE

I realise that this post is slightly late for those poor Year 11 that have just sat their 20-something GCSE exams! So, this post is aimed at Year 10s (going into Year 11 in September) or below! I’ve been meaning to write a post about GCSEs for a while, but something else always came up, but I’ve finally got round to it now! Yay! I’m going to do another post in the future about CHOOSING your GCSEs, but in the post I am going to cover everything I believe you need to know about revising for your GCSEs:

How To Revise For GCSE

I just want to get it clear that it is not the end of the world if you don’t do as well as expected at GCSE, you can re-sit the important ones without any problems. But please, if you know you want to do a certain course at college (or similar) and you need certain grades, you need to know that You. Need .To .Work .For .It! Honestly, you’ll  get what you work for. That’s rule number one of GCSEs! Even if you don’t know what you want to do at college, or after GCSEs, I’ll assume you have some idea of the grades you want to get – at least. GCSEs are a HUGE deal at the time but as soon as you start A Level, they feel like nothing!

As for revising for them, my number one tip would be to revise as you go! I WISH I did this for my GCSE! I’m now doing it for my A Levels and honestly life is so much easier! As soon as you start GCSE content, start making those revision aids, be it posters, flashcards or condensed notes – they will save your life. Continue it all year! It will be hard work, I never said it’d be totally easy, but it will be worth  it in the end honestly! I became ill two weeks before my recent transfer exam for A Level and if I hadn’t had revised as I went all year, I definitely would have failed. (See my results HERE)

Another super top tip for revising for GCSE is to make it exciting. Yes, it might be some super boring RE or Physics module but you’re going to have to learn it whether you like it or not! I used to change the lyrics of songs or make board games out of some of my GCSE revision! The more quirky it is, they more likely it is to stick in your head without you even knowing!

A boring but effective way to aid your revision is practise/past papers! They literally tell you the sort of things that you’re likely to be asked. The more you do, the more that the real exam will just feel like you’re doing another practise paper and you’ll be much calmer (it honestly works!). You’ll be able to get practise questions from your textbook/revision guides and past papers online from your exam board website. Many schools put past/practise papers up on their student site/VLE/Moodle as well, or you could ask your teachers! They’ll like that you’re being keen. Most teachers will offer to mark/go though them with you too! If your teacher is rubbish, don’t be afraid to ask a different one. Your grade shouldn’t be determined by how well your teacher can do their job!

My final few points are to firstly manage your time, and secondly think of your end goal! You need to make sure you leave adequate time to revise, but not revise all the time. Seeing your friends is important too! Or maybe you can revise together, that can be fun too! Use results day/your future a level course/future career to motivate you. You know what you want and you know you’ll be really happy when you get what you want so if you work now, you’ll get that later!

My final, final point is good luck to anyone starting GCSE course/final years this September! And good luck to anyone collecting GCSE/A Level results this August!

I understand that this is quite a boring post but I think that some of the points I mentioned were really important. You may also find it useful to look at some of my other posts including 6 Ways To Stay Organised (for time management and planning revision around other exams etc.), My Top Ten Revision Tips, My Studying Essentials and 5 Ways To Stay Productive! You may also want to look at 5 Ways To Deal With Stress. And as I said, I will do a post about choosing GCSEs and A Levels soon too!

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you’d like to see my GCSE results, look at THIS post

Thanks for reading- Do you know anyone starting GCSEs soon?

Sea-Band Review

I haven’t done a review in a while, and I haven’t planned to do one for a while so I thought that I’d review a travel essential of mine as I think that it may be useful for other people too! I’m reviewing Sea-Bands!

Sea-Band Review

Sea-Bands, also known simply as ‘travel bands’ (Sea-Band is the main brand name), are a non-medicinal way to treat the symptoms of motion sickness including nausea. They are also commonly used during pregnancy to help with morning sickness. I have two sets of travel bands, one from Sea-Band and the other from Boots. They’re exactly the same, besides the pattern (I have two sets because I forgot them once!!). Mine are both children’s ones, but adult ones are available too! So how do they work?

The bands are worn on your wrists. You get two in a set, one for each wrist. They are placed on a certain acupressure point on each wrist (known as the Nei-Kuan point) which is usually three fingers (or the centre of your index finger) down from the base of your palm. It sounds complicated but each set of bands is provided with useful instructions. The plastic stud may feel a little uncomfortable at first but I think that you get used to it pretty quickly! The great thing is that they only take 3-5 minutes to start working! No more taking tablets 2 hours beforehand!

Personally, I think that they are really good, and I tend not to travel without them! Sometimes I combine them with motion sickness drugs, but mostly I don’t! I’m not sure if it’s placebo effect or not, but I honestly think they work. I know a few other people which they work for too, so I’d definitely recommend them!

If you’d like to find out more, check out the Sea-Band website ( www.sea-band.com/uk ) (this page is really good www.sea-band.com/uses-for-seaband) and if you’d like to but some, I recommend Boots (where I got the orange ones), Sainsbury’s (where I got the pink ones) or online (for instance Chemist’s Direct). Sea-Band is safe for anyone aged 3 upwards!

Overall, I’d give these 5/5 stars for usefulness and effectiveness! They retail at less that £10 and can be used over and over and over again for as long as you like, so they’re definitely worth investing in!

I hope you enjoyed my review and found it useful!

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*Disclaimer: This is NOT affiliated with Sea-Band (Trademark) in any way!* 

The Joni Jeans Edit

Oh wow, ok, I haven’t done a fashion post is aggggesss! I thought that now was a good a time as any! I actually wrote most of this post a while ago and I never got round to finishing it, but it’s here now LOOK:

The Joni Jeans Edit

There was a period of time, where for yearrsssss I did not want to wear jeans. I found them restricting and uncomfortable and they never seemed to fit me properly. But that was until I discovered THESE jeans! You may have heard of them, the ever famous, popular Topshop Super High Waisted Joni Jeans! They are the most comfortable and stretchiest pair of jeans I have ever owned, it’s almost like wearing leggings! I mean, yeah okay, there’s a bit of a price tag (being Topshop and everything) but honestly it is worth it. They are the best jeans I’ve ever had; they make me actually want to wear jeans!

The sizing I find useful as well because, although it does correlate, it’s not your standard women’s UK sizing. Instead of something being size 10 for instance, it will have the actual waist measurement in inches, in this case 28. I find this sooo much easier because I don’t really know which ‘standard’ size I am as it varies by retailer generally! There’s also the leg length sizes, also in inches! So you can wear them if you’re petite, tall, or right in the middle! For instance, one of the pairs I have is a 28” leg, which actually makes it petite, but it means that it sits just above my ankle without having to roll them up. I also have a couple of 30” leg, which I do roll up slightly! So how do I style them?

I tend to style them with a sweatshirt, which means they’re perfect almost all year round (in England anyway!)! At the moment, it’s a bit warm to wear jeans at all, but any other time they’re ideal! They also go well with a good ‘ol crop top too, especially as they’re so high waisted! I like wearing either my Converse, Vans or Adidas trainers with them as I think the styles go well together!

One of the only criticisms I would have is the price tag! Although I said it’s worth it, most people can’t justify it! I have tried a few other brands as well and even though Topshop tops them all (pun intended!), I found that Matalan came a close second, with a much more comfortable price tag!

The only other criticism I would have is that the black fades quite quick unfortunately! Luckily I quite like the washed black look, but I know that others don’t like it so much! Honestly though, I’d definitely recommend these to anyone, and similar ones too! I find the style comfortable, and these ones have the added bonus of being extra stretchy!

If you’re interested in a pair, because they’re amazing, you can find them in store of online at topshop.com!

This post is slightly different than any other fashion post I’ve done before! Let me know if I did okay!! I hope to do more fashion posts in the future, but it really isn’t my area of expertise!

Thanks for reading – what’s your favourite item of clothing?

My Trip To Devon

Ahh, long time no post! I’m sorry about that but I’m hoping to churn out a whole load of new and exciting posts over the summer, before making some slight changes in September. I’m going to start with a post all about my recent holiday to Devon!

For those who don’t know, Devon is a county located in the south west of England. Surrounding counties include: Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset. I went on a (static) caravan holiday (like I did in the Isle of Wight, if you remember that) to a Haven Park – Devon Cliffs, which is located near Exmouth and Exeter. Devon Cliffs is, apparently, the largest Haven park in Europe! Here’s what I got up to:

Day One: Monday 16th July 2018

I left home and travelled to Devon by car on Monday. It took a little longer than we expected it to take, but it was fine! We stopped at Cobham Services on the M25 for a McDonald’s breakfast, although I had a hot chocolate! On the surprisingly long journey, I whipped out my DS and rekindled my love for my Animal Crossing game and now I just can’t stop playing it! For those who are interested, I have both Animal Crossing: Wild World (ACWW, DS) and Animal Crossing: New Leaf (ACNL, 3DS)! It definitely kept me entertained on the way!

When we arrived at Devon Cliffs, we had to check-in at reception. This is where we were told what caravan we were in and where on the park it was, among other useful information. We were in an area of the park called Spruces, caravan 75. Spruces was about 10 minutes walk from the main complex and 7 ish minutes from the beach! We were lucky enough to stay in a deluxe caravan (basically slightly bigger) as we were staying in an ‘off-peak’ time (it was still term time!)! The caravan had three bedrooms , a bathroom, toilet, kitchen and living area and we also had a small balcony thing outside! It was nice!

My parent’s friend, and his son, who live in Exeter came down to see us and we decided to make use of the on-site facilities. There were a lot of on site facilities including a high ropes, mini golf, adventure playground, climbing wall, bungee trampolining and more! We went to the on-site swimming pool, which is both indoor and outdoor and has several slides/flumes! After a short swim, we visited the on-site Starbucks! I had a Vanilla Frappuccino as I was quite hot after swimming, and the weather was warm anyway!

When my parent’s friend left, we got dinner from Papa John’s Pizza – also conveniently located on-site! My mum and I shared a small margarita pizza and my dad had some kind of hot spicy pizza thing! After dinner, we had a quick walk down to the beach and I did some gymnastics on the beach! We didn’t do much upon returning, I think I went to bed!

Day Two: Tuesday 17th July 2018

On the Tuesday morning, I got up relatively early and walked down to Starbucks as it was one of the only places on site where I could get good WiFi! I took the opportunity to get a hot drink and have a sit down while browsing social media!  Once my parents were up, we decided to visit Exeter for the day!

In Exeter we looked around the shops and I managed to get 2 DS games in CEX for only £5! Bargain! For lunch we went to Gourmet Burger Kitchen! I had a vanilla milkshake and a children’s cheeseburger with a corn on the cob! I thought it was quite nice!

When we returned from Exeter, we went for a short walk around the holiday park to look at some of the viewpoints and for dinner we went to the on-site restaurant, the Mash and Barrel! I had a children’s spaghetti bolognese which I thought was tasty!

After tea, my mum and I watched Holby City and then I went to bed!

Day Three: Wednesday 18th July 2018

On Wednesday, I went to Starbucks again for ‘breakfast’! I had a hot drink and a brownie, because I am the absolute pinnacle of health!! (Haha, note the sarcasm) We decided to visit Torquay!

This was quite short lived, however! We looked around some shops and the marina and then decided that actually, we wanted to visit Paignton! At Paignton, we had some lunch! We went to a restaurant called the Inn On The Green and I had a children’s cheeseburger with mashed potato and peas! We then walked over to the beach to look around!

We relaxed for a while when we returned and then we went to dinner at another on site resturant – South Beach Cafe! I had Mini Mussels off of the children’s menu and apple pie for desert! It was nice, but very filling!

I don’t remember if we did much after that!!

Day Four: Thursday 19th July 2018

Last day of holiday! Of course, I got up and went to Starbucks in the morning, and then me and my parents had a game of mini golf! And guess what, I won!! After my victory, we had lunch at the Mash and Barrel restaurant. I had a children’s tuna sandwich, which came with some cucumber, carrots, red pepper and crisps. The best part? I got a free Frisbee! Whoop!

The pool was shut over lunch for kids activities, but once it reopened, me and my mum went swimming for a while! It was so fun! We went on the slides and we did some ‘water acro’ in the pool! When was got out we went to the very conveniently located (directly opposite) Millie’s Cookies and I had a vanilla milkshake and a chocolate chip cookie!

My mum did my hair and I binge-played Animal Crossing for a bit when we returned ( I unfortunately couldn’t binge watch Grey’s Anatomy as I didn’t have internet!). We went to the South Beach Cafe again for dinner as they had a new menu! I had another children’s cheeseburger with chips and beans!

After dinner, we packed a little to get ready to leave in the morning!

Day Five: Friday 20th July 2018

On Friday, I got to Starbucks for when it opened so that I could send my friend, Ellen (ellengblogs.blogspot.co.uk) a message for her birthday! I had to buy drinks for my parents too!

We left the park just after 9am and we went via Glastonbury town on the way back as my dad wanted to look around! We didn’t stay long though! We stopped at a couple of services and I, again, played Animal Crossing until my DS died! We got stuck in a bit of traffic but not for that long! Once I got home, I got ready to go to Ellen’s birthday party!!

I hope you enjoyed my latest travel post! If I can write fast enough, I’m hoping to get a new post out EVERY DAY until the 3rd August, where it would then continue to be two posts a week (Although I may do some extra ones from time to time!).

Thanks for reading – are you going on holiday?

University Open Days

Over the past month, I have visited three universities as a prospective student for September 2019! I visited the University of Sussex, located in Falmer, Brighton, St Mary’s University Twickenham, located in Strawberry Hill/Twickenham, near Richmond London and University of East London, in Stratford, East London (in the same postcode Eastenders is meant to be based, not where Shakespeare was born (Stratford-Upon-Avon)). I’d thought I’d share with you my experiences of the open days and what I thought of the universities!

I should let you know that I already knew what university I wanted to apply for prior to these open days, but I still went to the others so that I could say I made the right choice!

University Open Days

University Of Sussex

Situated only 9 minutes by train to Brighton City and only 30 minutes away from home, I couldn’t not consider this university! It’s known for being one of the top 20 universities in the UK and claims to have ‘the most beautiful campus in the UK’, being conveniently located on the South Downs. I visited the University of Sussex with interest in their Biomedical Science, Medical Neuroscience, Psychology and foundation year courses.

On the day, my mum and I travelled by train to get an idea of the commute. We had to change twice, once at Three Bridges and once at Brighton, but these were easy and no connections were missed. Falmer is only 3 stops (London Road Brighton, Moulsecoomb, Falmer) from Brighton, each stop being roughly two to three minutes apart. I found that it would be super easy to get right into the town! At Falmer station, all there’s to do is come out the front of the station and walk under the short underpass (under the dual carriageway) and you’re there! It took roughly 1.5 hours to get there on the train from home, and as I mentioned before, it’s even quicker to drive!

It’s instantly obvious that the campus is prettttttty big which I personally think is great because it means everything is there! There’s the classrooms, lecture theatres, accommodation, library, a Co-Op, various coffee places, bars and more. I was told that some students don’t need to leave campus for weeks!

The first thing I did on the open day was look at some of the accommodation. I think that there is soooo much choice at Sussex. I was interested in the en-suite accommodation, mainly because of some of the medical issues that I have. They’re currently in the process of replacing some of their oldest accommodation with brand new flats too! The accommodation was really nice and well kept!

I went to a Biomedical Science talk and it gave me a comprehensive breakdown of the modules and structure of the course, which increased my interest much more. I also spoke to several of the teachers from other subjects too, and although I received some conflicting information (surrounding the fact I haven’t got the standard three A Levels), it certainly didn’t put me off.

Overall, I was able to get a great feel of the place, and it felt really good! I was able to try out one of the coffee shops and I got lunch from the Co-Op, among doing everything else!

St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Travelling in and around London is super easy, providing the trains are running the way they’re supposed to (ahem Thameslink). Thankfully, they were the day I travelled to St Mary’s University! St Mary’s University ‘specialises’ in Primary Education, but I went with interest in their Sports Rehabilitation and Psychology courses.

As I already said, the trains ran super smoothly the day I travelled to St Mary’s! Again, it took roughly 1.5 hours but I only had to change once, at Clapham Junction to get to Strawberry Hill – the nearest train station. The great thing about London is Oyster Cards! They make travelling (between London zones 1-6, of course) really easy, you need’t worry about buying train or bus tickets any more, just make sure you’ve got your card topped up (there’s now an app you can check your balance)! That’s an advantage I believe London Universities have over those outside!

Once we arrived at Strawberry Hill, there was a short 5-10 minute walk to the university itself. The first thing that I noticed was that the campus itself is a lot smaller than Sussex, which is good if you felt that somewhere like Sussex was too big! There’s still a lot there though, the accommodation is on campus, the classrooms and lecture theatres, the canteen and coffee shop!

When I arrived, I went to the main sports hall where there were the stalls for all the subjects with leaflet. My mum and I grabbed a free drink and popcorn which they were offering! We then went on an accommodation tour. It was completely different from Sussex in that most of the accommodation was shared bathroom and it was also catered. This means that each day you got about 10 ‘points’ and everything in the canteen costs a certain amount of ‘points’ and you could use them throughout the day. If you ran out of point then you have to pay with money. I think this is quite a good system because it means that everyone can afford at least two meals a day! Although they were shared bathroom accommodation, I still thought it was nice and I could see myself living there.

Overall, I thought that this was a great little university and it has some fantastic facilities! Obviously, being in a London borough, it’s a bit more expensive, but you also get a slightly higher maintenance loan if you live in London!

University Of East London

The University of East London, or UEL, is split across two campuses situated in Stratford (and just outside!) in East London. The two campuses, in Stratford and Docklands are about 30 minutes apart on the bus (there’s a free shuttle bus that runs between the two) and the underground train! I went to the open day with interest in their Psychology, Physiotherapy and Bioscience courses.

I travelled to UEL by train and found it fairly easy. I went to the Docklands campus first as it furthest away, and the accommodation was located there. I changed at London Bridge to the Jubilee Line and then changed at Canning Town to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). It took slightly longer to get here than the other universities from home, but that didn’t put me off. As soon as you come out of Cyprus DLR station the university is immediately obvious! Despite being in the city, it’s a really nice location. I saw people rowing on the River Thames, and you’re super close to London City Airport which is great for when you want to go on a short break!

After registering, I immediately went on accommodation tour (good timing that!) to see a older, smaller room and a newer, slightly larger room. All the rooms were en-suite and I feel that there were in a good location! The tour didn’t last very long as there were quite close to each other and so my mum and I jumped on the free bus that runs between the two campuses as the subjects I wanted to look at were based at the Stratford campus. I feel that the only disadvantage of this university is that I’d be living on a separate campus, but on the other hand the commute was no different than that I do to college every day currently! As well as the free bus, there is also the train and Stratford tube station is only 10 minutes away from the campus (and right next to Westfield Shopping Centre!)

At the Stratford campus, I went into the main hall to pick up a couple of leaflets about the subjects I was looking at and I got a free donut! My mum and I went for a little walk around the campus too!

Overall, I thought that this university was really nice too, even though the accommodation was in a different place to where I’d actually be learning! I thought that the facilities were good as well!

I hope you enjoyed my post about the university open days and it gives you an insight into them! I’m going to do a separate post soon about what I’m applying for and about the application process itself!

Thanks for reading – which one do you like the sound of?