Friday, 22 September 2017

How To Survive Your A Levels

I'm gonna say this straight up. A levels are hard. They can take over your life. But they don't have to. From someone who has experienced A level hell, here are my top tips on what helped me, what I learnt and what I would do differently to make life a whole lot less stressful.

The work gets harder. Alot. But you will survive.
Over the 1st and 2nd year of A levels, your workload increases and the work gets harder. It happens to everyone and you're all in the same boat. You will survive but if you are finding it unbearable, tell your teachers. They understand its a step up and they'll help you.

Stay on top of your coursework
I handed my history coursework in 4 weeks late. I know. It was only because my teacher was an absolute gem that I didn't get penalised but some may not be as lovely as he was. Do the work in advance. It saves you stress and time and you'll also make your teachers more likely to grade you better if its all organised and in on time.

Practical stationary over aesthetic stationary
Trust me on this. You may see video after video cute stationary hauls, all the aesthetic notepads and folders in Paperchase and as pleasing as they are to look at, they just aren't practical. They will likely break in the first couple of weeks or you just will find yourself just not using them and you will then resort to buying the basic stuff from WH Smith. Just cut out the middleman and buy the practical stuff straight up. Ring binders, lever arch files and Pukka pads are your best friends and both your bank account (from only buying stuff you use) and you backpack will thank you.

Actually do work in your free periods
This advice comes from spending 2 years doing the complete opposite. Now don't get me wrong, you don't have to spend your frees in solitary confinement, but try to at least get your homework pieces done, so that at home you can focus on longer essays, papers and revision. Find a balance between work and chatting but make sure your use your time and if something needs to get done, a free is a great time to do it.

Communicate with your teachers
Now, more than ever, you need the help of your teachers. Seek out the ones you feel you can talk to and connect with (some you can even have a laugh with) and don't be afraid to ask them for help with anything. The specific subject, UCAS, future plans, you name it - you're A level teachers are there to help you prepare for actual adult life so use them.

Revise for your mocks 
Mock exams don't matter but if you want them to be, they can be incredibly helpful. Utilise them to test revising strategies and work out what you need to work on in order to get the grades you want.

This is in capitals because I cannot stress it enough. I did not do this and it bit me in the arse, not in terms of grades which turned out OK (how I have no idea) but in terms of mental stability. There is no such thing as starting to revise too early and if you don't you will have 3 weeks of sheer and utter hell before your exams and you will go crazy. Trust me, I've done it, its not fun and it is about all the one thing I would do differently if I could go back.

Do actual practises of the exam
This goes for all exams not just A levels but the best way to effectively test that you know what your doing is to do past exams. Obviously revise the knowledge first but then bite the bullet and do the actual questions. You can give this to your teacher to mark and that way you will know exactly what you are getting right and what you are getting wrong. And make sure you master it in timed conditions. That is also essential.

Find a revision environment that works for you
For me this was my local library. My bedroom became a prison for me and I struggled to do work there so I took myself out of it. I worked out the library was the best place to be free of distractions (mainly YouTube - I just didn't take my headphones so I couldn't watch videos) and it resulted in me getting way more done and I wish I'd done it earlier. If your environment ain't working, change it.

Go on trips
In my experience, school trips in sixth form are infinitely better than those in school. YOU HAVE SO MUCH FREEDOM. Go on them.

 (Berlin lads) 

Do not sacrifice your social life. 
This is about the only thing I think I got right during A levels and I think it was about the only thing that kept me from going completely batshit crazy. Enjoy yourself. These are the final 2 years you'll be with all your friends so make the most of it. Go to that concert, go to the party, have that drink at the pub. Balance is key to keeping you sane. And also utilise your sixth form/college socials. Some might be shit but you're with your friends and its nothing a pre-drink can't solve!

(us all fancy for our U6 boat trip :)

Don't procrastinate you're future. 
Whatever you decide to do after A levels, explore every option you possibly can and want to. As cliche as it is, the world is your oyster and you can do whatever the hell you want. As scary as it is, you have to face head on what you want to do in life so get researching. If you want to get to uni, get your UCAS going early, a first draft of your personal statement by October is the best. And if you can't decide, just take a gap year :)

Enjoy it.
A levels maybe be hard but you got this. You will come out the other side, having smashed your exams and had a blast while you were at it. I swear.


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

I'm Alive

Yes I am still alive. 

I almost don't how to start this. I have not blogged on here for coming up to 18 months.

I want to have some great explanation but honestly, life just got in the way as it sometimes does and I fell out of love with it. But I've missed it. I've missed writing, I've missed the community and I'm happy to be here now with a fresh enthusiasm to write about what I love again. 

I'm not going to say what can be expected on this new start to blogging (or how often is going to be because I'm still the queen of being unorganised) but I've changed since the last time I was here and so what I'm going to talk about is likely going to change too. I will say this though; 18 months ago I thought my blog had to fit into a category, that I should only write about certain things and leave out others because they did fit in with the 'theme' of this blog. This time that's going out the window. There's to be no theme other than that of what's going on in my head and I'm going talk about whatever I feel like. Why not?! I'm a bit out of practise but that isn't going to stop me. I'm not going to make any promises about what this is going to be, to be honest even I don't know, but I'm excited to see where it goes. 

I'm about to start uni in a couple of weeks and so as there is new start in my life, there is going to also be a new start on the blog. So cheers to new beginnings! 


(fyi this photo is the realities of trying to take instagram/blog photos - 90% of the time the weather says nope!)

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Corduroy Kid

||     Pinafore - Topshop      Shirt - Topshop       Cardigan - Pins & Needles at Urban Outfitters  ||
||  Tights - Primark    Boots - New Look     Bag - Esprit at ASOS  ||

Another outfit for the blog today and this time I am sharing my absolute favourite Winter-to-Spring outfit. I think it perfectly sums up the change in seasons.

First things first, I'm wearing another pinafore. I did an outfit post previous with one of these a while back and I have worn it to death, so picking up another was without question - they just suit my style completely. This one is sightly more traditional in style than my other, with the cross back and button-over straps and it is in this stunning burgundy corduroy material which I am in love with. It makes it so soft and comfy and such a versatile piece -  it's definitely going to end up wardrobe staple!

The shirt I wore with it has this gorgeous botanical floral print all over and ties in beautifully, the dress bringing out its burgundy accents. You can see another way I styled this shirt here

I then threw over a big cardigan because let's be honest, I live in England and it is not really warm enough yet to where just this out, so a big fuzzy jumper keeps me covered for all weathers. My bag is the one I'm using for sixth form because as I suspected, shoulder backs have been murdering my back with the library I seem to carry everywhere with me these days, so this backpack is my new best friend. 

And then its just completed with the holy grail super cosy tights and the Chelsea boots I wear 24/7. Ta-dah! A perfect early spring look.

What do you wear to change with the seasons?


Saturday, 27 February 2016

Winter Playlist

When We Were Young - Adele
Life On Mars? - David Bowie
YOUTH - Troye Sivan
Poloroid - Imagine Dragons
Starman - David Bowie
Stitches - Shawn Mendes
Imagine - Jack Johnson
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Bros - Wolf Alice 
Stay - Rihanna
Heroes - David Bowie
Robot - Novah
Vienna - Ultravox
Lorde - Royals
Sense of Home - Harrison Storm

Music is something I rarely post about, but something I love, so today I am changing that and sharing my winter playlist with you all. As you can probably tell, my music taste is incredibly mixed, both in style and era, so here's a few notes on some of my current favourites

-  Adele // If I'm not listening to this playlist, I'm listening to 25. It is hands down my favourite album of the past year - every single song is beautiful. Adele is queen. (also I'm seeing her live in march ohmygosh I'm excited)
-  Bowie // It's no secret I love 70s/80s music, and Bowie is the absolute king of that era. Recently I have been listening to his music pretty much non-stop, reminding me of its utter brilliance and his sheer genius. A music mastermind sadly lost. 
-  Chart toppers // I've also got some of my chart hit favourites on this list, the most played probably being Shawn Mendes, but of course what's a playlist without a guilty bit of Biebs eh? :)
-  The new finds // I love finding great lesser known artists, so this playlist is not without a few. Harrison Storm is definitely one of my favourites recently, his voice is so peaceful, it just chills me completely out, as does Novah and I hope to find more of their music I love in the future. Definitely check these 2 out if you haven't. 
What's on your winter playlist?

Saturday, 20 February 2016

90s Dungaree Dreams

||  Dungarees - ASOS        Jumper - Brandy Melville     Necklace - Accessorize  ||
||     Shoes - Converse    Rings - Miscellaneous  ||

Let's just skip over the fact I haven't posted in 2 months even though I said I would. A levels are hard. But I've got a bit more time as its half term so I'm back on it - I've really missed my little blog.

To start back I thought I'd do one of my favourites, the good old outfit post. Today's ensemble has a bit of a 90s vibe going on with dungarees and converse, which wasn't intentional but I'm quite liking it. I feel a little bit Rachel Green.

Starting with the dungarees, they are one of my newer purchases which I've had my eye on for a while. Recently I"ve been loving 1 piece garments like dresses or pinafores and so as dungarees were missing from my list, I decided to order some from ASOS to see if they suited me. I did not expect these to fit all at if I'm honest but ohmygosh do they just. Like a glove. I  also wasn't sure if I was going to like the fit, as they're a bit looser than the super skinny jeans super high waisted I usually wear, but I was surprised to find I really do and it's a nice change.

My style is quite simple so with these I chucked on my current favourite jumper, this plain khaki one from Brandy Melville aka the softest baggiest thing ever, a bit of gold jewellery from Accessorize to spice it up a bit, and my very battered white converse which may or may not be my second pair - they are well loved!

I never thought 90s fashion was for me but I do very much like subtle twist on it and I'm definitely going to see what other trends from the decade I can subtly incorporate into my style. After all, I am a 90s kid. But only just.

What do you think of dungarees & the 90s? 

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