My GCSE Results!

The morning of the 20th August 2020 will definitely go down as one of the most panic inducing mornings in history. Why? It was the day of my GCSE results.

This year GCSE results were very different… for obvious reasons. The thing that stressed me out the most however, was the fact that we had no idea how we’d done. We only had mock papers from school to go on and that’s not the most accurate source of data.

On the night before the mocks, I lay awake panicking. I was on the phone to my friends until 4am because I simply couldn’t sleep, then only to get a grand total of two hours sleep that night. I was terrified. My whole life I’d had people telling me I’d never amount to anything and that I was a good for nothing whore. Even though that’s total bullshit, I felt like this was my one chance to prove them wrong.

All I was hoping was that I would pass five exams with at least a four; including English lit, English lang and maths. My actual results were better than I could’ve hoped for.


if you’re confused:

After my first set of mocks in January, I was predicted the following grades in each subject:

Citizenship: 5

Science: 4-3

English Language: 3

English Literature: 5

Maths (foundation): 4

Media: 3

Design and Technology: Textiles: 1

History: 4

Performing Arts: Merit

As you can tell, I passed a few, but not exactly monumental. After getting back these results in January, I began really putting the work in and thankfully, it paid off. My results in August 2020 were as follows:

Not only did I pass everything with a high pass, but I majorly surpassed my expectations with all the grades I got! In particular, I didn’t just get a distinction in Performing Arts, but instead a distinction* – the highest grade you can get!

Even though the results are clearly not by any stretch of the imagination amazing, considering my mental health was not amazing and I struggled lots with focusing and trauma. If I can do something like this while struggling, imagine what my A Level results will be like, when I’m passionate about a subject and I’ve left behind all the toxicity!

If anyone’s about to take their GCSEs, my advice would be, follow the deadlines, work hard on coursework, revise a fair amount, and make sure you understand the work! Ask questions and, as aforementioned, stick to the deadlines! I have lots more tips and tricks on my school page. There, I talk about focus, mental health and information about revision I wish I knew! I hope it’s helpful to you and I hope you enjoyed this article! I know I’ve been messing up the 30 Day Writing Order, but by the end of August, there will be 30 posts out, just maybe two in one day. Sorry for any inconvenience caused, all the best, love you all!

xo baby, Tati xoxo

What I Wish I Knew Before GCSEs

If GCSEs were still going ahead, today I would have had my first official GCSE.  If they were still going ahead, I would have published this article at the end my exams.  However, as that’s not happening, no time like the present!

Since I chose my GCSE options, I have had many times where I have thought to myself damn, I wish I had known this sooner!  Of course, there’s no point in dwelling on the endless possibilities of life – that will just get you nowhere.  Instead, I’m here to give anyone who’s about to choose their GCSE subjects some advice that I wish I knew.  I have compiled a list of things that my teachers didn’t tell me until it was too late or just didn’t tell me whatsoever.  I hope that these pointers will help you on your way to achieving your true potential. 🙂

1) Start revising ASAP The sooner you start, the easier it will be. The topic will be stored in your head for longer and it’ll be way less work for you in the long run. It’s a perfect way of working out your weaknesses for each subject. The absolute latest you should start revising is the end of year 11.

2) Try not to miss class! Remember, the teachers are there to help you. They want you to get the highest grades possible so you have to at least try and apply yourself in each and every lesson. Of course, you’re bound to have off days and that’s completely fine, just rememer to take notes and focus as much as you can. Asking questions will also be really helpful so you don’t get stuck when revising at home.

3) Push out of your comfort zone and crack the whip! The best way to actually revise is to get into a mindset where you actually want to do well and will go to lengths to achive that. As soon as you accept the fact that doing well in your GCSEs is impossible without putting in the time and effort, you’re halfway there. Be strict on yourself, make sure you actually revise at least once a week. In the long run you’ll be so much better off for it.

4) There are no “easy pass” subjects. Contrary to what everyone says, every subject you choose will have an aspect which is very tricky. As long as you choose options for yourself, not for anyone else, you’ll be fine and hopefully won’t regret your options as much.

5) Use notes, flashcards or posters. I’m a visual person so I have to physically write something after seeing it to retain the information. I find posters work best, but depending on what style you learn best from, you can differ your revision style. I go into loads more detail about revision in my blog article https://totallytatiana.com/2019/11/30/totally-tatis-top-ten-revision-tips/ which you should check out after this. I have lots of websites and ideas which helped me pass my mock exams.

6) Take mocks seriously! This was definitely a regret for lots of my friends. You never know what’s going to happen before the final exams (proof right here). It’s also a perfect chance for you to find out how you would score in the real thing. Areas of weakness become apparent and you can tailor your revision timetable accordingly.

7) Listen to lo-fi hip-hop. I find it near impossible to work in complete silence. I get distracted way too easily but when I listen to music I find myself recreating the music video, pretending to be Lauren in the Kinky Boots Soundtrack, or dramatically becoming Anne Bolyen in Six the Musical. So, what do I do? I listen to a music genre called Lo-fi hip-hop. It’s instrumental music designed to help you relax and focus (and not unleash your inner Taylor Swift). I love it because it’s so much better than sitting in silence but as it’s lyricless, I can focus more on what I’m reading instead of the song.

8) Focus on you, not boys! I wish I had done that. I spent way too much time that could have been spent revising chasing after jerks who just wanted one thing. I spent so long crying about the he-said she-said that I didn’t focus on my future without these idots! Going into sixth form all I’m doing is getting myself a future, if I find a boo along the way then they can come along for the ride.

9) Plan in the exam! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been running out of time in an English exam so I quickly bullet point my answers. That stuff saves my sorry sleepy ass. Once I was running out of time on an English paper so I bullet pointed my plan for a 40 mark question and started a kick-ass introduction. How many marks did I get? 21 Marks. It’s so much better than just accepting defeat when you have five minuites left. Every mark counts!

10) Keep up to date with coursework! I took two GCSEs which relied quite heavily on coursework: Performing Arts and Technology. I cannot stress enough that the best way to pass these classes is by listening to the deadlines and completing as much work as you can. It gives you so much free time at the end to edit and improve your work and it’s a lot less stressful! Trust me, future you will be eternally grateful!

Finally, take each day as it comes. You’re only human and at the end of the day you can only try your hardest. If you’re having a bad day, that’s completely okay and understandable. People won’t think any less of you after you get your results as long as you give it your all in that exam hall. It will all be worth it and GCSEs are merely a stepping stone to the next bigger, better part of your life.

Good luck, you’ve got this 🙂

Totally Tati’s Top Ten Revision Tips

First of all, yes. Yes I did choose this title just because alliteration. That’s what you have to deal with when you decided to come on my website – which now has its own domain name! My Dad got it for me as an early Christmas present so thank you Dadddd xx

Anyway, I’m back! It’s been a while since I’ve been super busy trying to revise and also being ill. Oh, the life of a youngster. So, if you take GCSEs you’ll know, you have to do mocks (or PPEs) before June. My mocks for #GCSEs2020 are in January and I know not many people have begun to revise. I can hold my hand up and say that although I try and revise, I get sidetracked by things like cleaning my room, creating new hairstyles, playing the ukulele and even looking out of my window. I have friends who aren’t revising as “they’re just mocks!” (I’m sorry for calling everyone out, I love you really I promise) but the more you do now, the less you need to do later! However, if you do wish to start revising now, you need to know how to start revising and where to look if you have no clue what to do. So, to help my fellow #GCSE2020 friends, or anyone who needs to revise, here are ten tried and tested tips and tricks which can help you to revise.

1) Make a revision timetable – ensure it’s as realistic as possible. It’s all well and good having a timetable which shows you working for 9 hours straight without breaks but you need to think: will I really be able to achieve that? If the answer is no, work out what is best for you. Spend more time on subjects you struggle with and are less likely to get a higher grade on. For example, I struggle lots with Science and maths so I am spending more time on those subjects than citizenship.

My Revision Timetable

2) Past Papers are the most magical things. As they say, practice makes perfect and past papers can really help you get a feel for the style of questions and reading through the mark scheme will show you want the examiner is expecting. They’re also super easy to obtain. Just find what exam board you’re using – for example I’m doing AQA English – you’d go to the AQA website and search for past papers – the AQA website lets you select which subject, spec, qualification and series. Then you can just complete and mark them! It’s the easiest way to get example questions with answers. Links for some exam boards are below:

3) Find resources which help you. Websites, workbooks and textbooks are all amazing… If you can find good, helpful material. A website I will never shut up about is one called Seneca. They have a wide variety of subjects which they explore in explicit detail and they help you to understand the topic quickly. Another website which is very helpful is BBC Bitesize. It’s an oldie but a goodie and they provide lots of information which is easily understandable. If you want textbooks than I strongly advise CGP’s. They fit the new spec, have lots of information and even example questions. You can also get them for different exam boards and I have CGP books for Maths, English and Science.

4) Get a revision folder to put all your revision in. It’s easiest to keep it all in one place and it’s far more organised. I have my revision timetable, login details as well as my revision.

My Revision Folder

5) Get an aesthetic! It may sound bizarre, but personally it makes me more motivated to work and I’m prouder of it when I’m done. I also have a higher chance of looking back at it which means I’ll memorise it more

Jack the Ripper’s Victims Information Sheet

6) Have a space where you can constantly revise. It’s got to be a place with minimal distractions and it’s got to be relatively clean so you can focus for longer.

7) If possible, find out if your teachers hold catch up lessons/interventions before, during or after school. They will not only help you understand the subject more and give you tricks to remember for the exam but will also put your mind at ease and make you less stressed.

8) Put away the phone! It helps you to focus! Trust me on this one I know from experience. Even writing my blog earlier, I got sidetracked by my phone and facetimed my boyfriend for almost an hour. You could simply leave it downstairs while you revise upstairs, put it in a cupboard which is nowhere near where you’re studying or even give it to someone to look after so the temptation isn’t there.

9) Keep healthy! Ensure you’re eating enough, sleeping enough, drinking enough and exercising enough. It’ll help you to remain focused for longer and you can avoid falling asleep while analysing Macbeth seeing a dagger before him (true story – I’ve fallen asleep while revising way too much.)

10) Take a break! Just because you’re revising doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Personally, after I do at least an hour of strong work, I’ll take ten minutes to calm down, stalk peoples social medias and just collect my thoughts. I’ll also factor in a couple of hours a week just to socialise with friends. It’s also a good way to stop my mental health from deteriorating.

Thanks for reading, I hope you found it helpful and feel free to comment other revision tips. See ya soon,

xo baby, Tati xoxo