PROGRESS UPDATE: Saturday 29th December (13:32 PM)
EMOTION: A feeling of doom being desperately veiled by fighting optimism.
WHY: Recently had a dawning realisation of how serious January is going to be, as well as how much work I have to do, which is being fought against by my thoughts of “You still have another week left” and “You might be able to buy some more CDs soon” and “DON’T PANIC”.
CURRENT REVISION TASKS: Currently doing revision for Science exams — Chemistry mock (which I don’t want to do much revision for since I might use up all the revision material for the real exam in May/June) and REAL EXAMS in Physics & Biology.
MOMENTS OF JOY: Bobbing along to Depeche Mode and Yazoo whilst working on SAM Learning; performing my temporary morning exercise — GANGNAM STYLE; lying exhausted on the floor of my room last night as Jean Michel-Jarre’s therapeutic “Oxygene” washes over me.
GREATEST MOMENT SO FAR: Reading up on the New Year Honours List and seeing Higgs, Quentin Blake and Ewan Mcgregor on it, along with all the Olympic heroes.
BIGGEST MOMENT(S) OF ANNOYANCE SO FAR: Getting a ridiculously low grade on a mini test (thank goodness it was only Electrolysis).
BIGGEST SHOCK SO FAR: Hearing and reading of the scurge of the blasted norovirus; it’s bringing out the germophobe in me.
FINISHING SENTENCE: Keep calm and carry on.
As soon as you get back to school after the summer holidays in primary school, they usually ask you to talk or write about what you did over the summer. Once you get to secondary school, it all changes. But they cut you some slack with the homework. I remember the first homeworks I got on my first day in Year 7: create a “Poster all about Me” for PHSE, and decorate the front cover of my French book with images related to France (I chose images of croissants, Asterix & Obelix, Mr Bean’s Holiday, the Eiffel Tower and croissants).
However, once you get to KS4, there’s no mercy for you when it comes to homework. The first two days back at school, I got four homeworks: write a paragraph on pocket money and learn vocabulary for German; find a way of recording time passing for Fine Art (how would YOU do this?); draw a scaled drawing where a school building is the opposite side of a right angle triangle, and from this work out its height; and bring in a newspaper article about fertility treatment for Philosophy & Ethics.
The stream of homeworks was continuous over the past three or so weeks, so much so that I didn’t get much chance to do many posts. I did get the occasional day of freedom without any homework or revision, where I could play blasts from the past on Spotify and start typing a new blog post, but they were rare.
I’ve also just come out of a Science ISA. (I’ll wait for you to stop singing. Done? Okay dokey, moving on.) Yes. We had a test lasting over three weeks, which counted towards my GCSEs…on my first term back to school. I’ve survived it, and I think I survived it well, but still: the teachers are a bunch of MEANIES. Especially since there are more tests to come: GCSE History coursework, a German speaking test..and a whole hoarde of exams in January that demands most unseasonly revision over the Christmas holidays.
But I must not face these upcoming hurdles with blubbering butterflies in my stomach; I must follow the philosophies of old and new: Don’t Panic; Keep Calm and Carry On; Embrace the chaos; and remember that even when it seems bad it’s always for the best.
Live long and prosper! 😀