Exams are Over: Let’s Think About Them

This last week, I have had exams.
exam, after exam, after exam. Finally, after 8 consecutive school-days (with an included weekend) of exams, they’re over, and so I thought I’d talk about my exams, and exams in general, now I have the brain capacity to think straight.

Here’s a quick idea of how my exams went, for my own record-keeping and for your perusal:
* These exams are organised in the order in which I took them. *
Maths: I was pretty happy with this one. I definitely didn’t get full marks, but this was a great exam to start with, as during it I realised the importance of CHECKING YOUR WORK. I had made so many silly little mistakes which would have lost me marks, but I checked and spotted them, and corrected them to gain that extra mark here and that extra mark there — they add up!
Music Performance: I had to play the clarinet, which was surprisingly quite relaxing, despite being an exam; I love playing my clarinet. I got my mark there and then: 24/30, or 80%, which was more than enough for me! Additionally, I know what to work on to get full makrs in my music performance GCSE recording, which will take place in October this year.
English (Literature): I am so glad I revised for as many hours as I did — I actually knew quotes, because the question we were given was quite similar to a question I had done for revision a night or two before. Thank you, God … if you’re out there, somewhere.
History: I love history, and so I do well in exams (hopefully) because I enjoy revising for them. I find history fascinating, and I really liked the questions that were set on the Korean War, and on Germany from 1890-1945.
Biology: I failed my last biology exam so, so badly — I got, like, 17/34? I feel like this one went better though: I didn’t stop and look at any question and go, “what?”. Again, checking my work proved to be invaluable, because I realised I had answered a 3 mark description question incorrectly, by describing the process for the opposite action to the one the exam paper had stated. Good work, L.
English (Language): I enjoy English Language, because I know HOW to answer the questions. Regardless, if you can’t find anything, make shit up — that’s what I do! Analysis of unseen poetry — my worst bit — went well, which gave me some well-needed confidence.
French: Oui, c’Γ©tait bon. My French teacher came to see me on Friday, and said that although she couldn’t give me my grade, I had done really well, so that kick-started my weekend with a happy boom. It was only a reading and writing test, so that’s good.
Computing: Meh, it was OK … ish. (Yep, that’s it.)
Further Maths; so, because I’m blind, I have to do exams separate to everyone else; I get extra time, because reading Braille and so forth is slower than reading print. However, the maths department failed to inform my exam-person that they had changed the exam from non-calculator to calculator. I didn’t know this either; I spent 2 hours feeling so shit about myself, to find out 1.5 hours after the exam that I should have done it with a calculator. I have to redo it on Monday.
Chemistry: I love multiple choice. It’s the best. Chemistry went well though — I knew the content, which was a first.
Music: The actual music exam, with listening and writing and stuff, went alright. Everyone said that it was difficult, and I would agree with that, but I think I did well by my standards.
Finally…
Physics: I was so tired by this point, I have no idea if I got anything right, but I think it was OK. I left o question because I had no idea what to do, but aside from that, it was OK.

Enough about self-centred me, though: I| want to talk about … uh, well … me.
As Sav said to me: “The thing is year 10 exams are the biggest thing you’ve done in your life so far so you’re gonna think it’s super difficult and important”.
These exams weren’t IMPORTANT: they won’t decide anything besides a tick or a cross on a piece of paper which will arrive on my doormat in 3 weeks time (or so). The thing is, in my head, I knew that they weren’t important, but I still stressed out so much for them. It was ridiculous, but even more so because it didn’t make sense.

What i’m getting at is remember to always take a minute, breathe, and think: “How important are these exams?”
Put things into perspective — think rationally. If they’re end of year exams, sure — they’re important. But are they important in the long-term or the short-term? Will this affect anything in the future?
And never forget:nothing is more important than your own mental health and wellbeing
Nothing.

L XX

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19 thoughts on “Exams are Over: Let’s Think About Them

  1. Yayyy I love posts like these! And nobody really does them so I’m so happy when people do. You did so well in your mocks, all that suffering payed off!
    I’m honestly so excited to start History GCSE, I’ve said this so many times bit I am! They literally picked most of my favourite parts of History I like learning and made it into a gcse course, I’m so ready πŸ˜‚ I feel so bad for you for maths though, someone messed up big time. But at least you know what’s coming!

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    1. Awww — I’m so glad you liked this!! History GCSE is literally brilliant, and it really makes a huge difference if you have an engaging, interesting teacher. You’re going to love it; it’s fascinating.
      Yeah, the Further Maths paper really annoyed me, but I hope that the maths department take the whole mess-up into account when assessing my progress and so forth.

      Thank you!! πŸ™‚

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      1. I know I can’t wait!πŸ˜„Plus all history teachers in my school are pretty amazing, so whatever teacher I get they’ll be great!
        Hopefully they do, I mean they really should because that would be so unfair if they don’t!

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      2. I’m not sure what it is about history teachers, but they’re all really cool and interesting … Maybe they’re trying to win over Geography students! πŸ˜›

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  2. Your last 3 paragraphs sum it all up perfectly ! In all my working life (and I ended up running my own company !), nobody EVER asked me what exams I had. Its what you learn as a person, blind or otherwise, that makes you who you are. Well done, you tried hard and hopefully won !

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  3. “nothing is more important than your own mental health and wellbeing” YES! PREACH! That is so true and important. I’m on the star section of our whole year and everyone in my classmate is jut stressing because it’s in our nature to be competitive so whenever a quiz, exam, even just a simple question and answer, everyone, including me tbh, gets so serious but others take it to the next level, without checking their wellbeing and it bugs me of bec as you said, wellbeing is so so important.

    PS I’m sure you did great on your exams. Not okay, great!

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  4. I’m really really proud of you because you worked so so hard πŸ™‚ And like Sav said: they’re important to you and so they matter. Your stress is just as valid as anyone else’s but all of it payed off because I KNOW you did well. You are extremely intelligent and don’t forget it!

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