Where I am now. Thanks to Pixabay for the image.

The Monthly — April 2016

Learning something new every month.

Preface:
Let me start off by saying this. I want to do this for me. 
But I think you could use it too.

Right now I’m thinking:
I’ve written pieces on here before but I’ve never really gone on to talk about me, discover me, learn from me and improve me. I have an opportunity to try and learn from myself things that maybe I thought I couldn’t.

Why on Medium though?
This is where I keep track of my thoughts. This is where I am able to sit down and pour my mind out into words on a computer screen. I want to be able to share this with my friends easily while also be able to access this myself wherever I may be. People can do it on video or through pictures and that might be a future possibility! But for now let’s just stick to text.

So what is it going to be like?

I am going to write, each month a recap of the previous month and a goal to set for that month to come. It may come late, hopefully early but I can only try my best to make it happen.

Structure:

  1. Previous month recap
  2. Best part of the previous month
  3. Previous month review on goal
  4. Goal setting for the month
  5. Conclusion

But what do I do for the first month?

Let’s talk about me.

Here is my story, very briefly, until now:
I am currently 16 years old and I am studying in the south east of England.
I was born in Malaysia but my family moved to Australia when I was 3 years old. Since then, Australia has been my home.

I was fortunate enough to be able to travel around the world from a very young age. There is no doubt that education is one of the most important things for a child and travel is only another form of that. Experiencing different cultures from a young age really opens your mind.

Perth was not and still is not a very big city but nevertheless it was home. Tucked away in the south part of Western Australia, I was brought up as an Aussie and hopefully I’ll stay that way. After moving around multiple times, changing schools and changing friends, I was given an opportunity to apply to study in Sevenoaks, Kent in 2013.

At this point in time, opportunities really opened up. I made friends from different places around the world and we shared our experiences with one another. I decided to learn an instrument, participate in different clubs and societies such as debating, worked with a team to win a technology competition and begin a blog.

Now I am here starting this.

You learn the most when you are young. You absorb so much information in that sometimes you begin to lose it. I want to keep track of the information so that I don’t forget it. Every bit has its purpose and starting this April I am going to begin to find my purpose.

So, join me as I discover me and hopefully you and I can learn something helpful.

Goals for the month

Before we head into the goals for the month let’s look at the criteria:

Smart goals

  1. S for Specific
  2. M for Measurable
  3. A for Achievable
  4. R for Realistic
  5. T for Timely

Heading into the rest of 2016, this is something I will keep in mind and hopefully you will too when you set your goals. (Or maybe you already do!)

At this time of year, we are faced with our real (I)GCSE exams. I discussed the mocks in a previous blog post here. The mocks were a trial run but these upcoming exams stick to your report forever. They really matter.

When you apply for your choice of university, your (I)GCSEs reflect upon your pursuit of academics. Are you ready to commit? Are you suitable and are you prepared?

That’s me this month. Am I going to be able to pass with flying colors or am I going to fail. Obviously entering the exam hall with a negative mindset doesn’t really help.

What I want to do this month:

  1. Revise for the exams
  2. Know how to manage my time.
  3. Having a positive mindset

Revision

This is what April is about. Every student is buckling down and revising for the upcoming exams. Past papers, rewriting notes, preparation for the oral examinations coming very soon.

It’s all hustle and bustle, teachers and students email back and forth waiting for past papers to be marked.

This is the April Crunch Time.

How do you work with it?
The thing is, revision is different for everyone because everyone works differently. Finding the most effective form of revision only comes through personal experience.

For someone, past papers and looking through multiple question types works best but for others rewriting your notes to memorize them works best. What I assume most people do, myself included, is to include both of these ideas into one. Look through your notes, close your book, see what you remember and apply that to a paper.

Time management

Time management goes hand in hand with revision.

To know what you are doing at the right time comes with discipline.
Discipline is key especially in times of importance. To practice this, you have to be prepared to commit to an outline of some sort.

Creating a timetable

This is probably the easiest way to manage your time. We are given timetables by our mentors and tutors to follow. The issue is that it comes down to us to follow the timetable. The timetable itself won’t do anything without you acting on it.

Make sure you make time to relax as well. Get out, walk about and stretch it out! You don’t want to burn out immediately especially with a lot of time on your hands between each exam. Prioritize the exams which are closer or need more attention according to how you feel about the subject.

Positive mindset

I think above all, keeping a positive mindset throughout the exam period is extremely important. Making sure that you are comfortable and you are sure that you have prepared for the exam to the best of your ability is all part of having the correct mindset.

Regret

The issue with tests and challenges is the idea of regret and the effects it has upon your mindset.

The question is: How do I avoid regret?

The answer: Prepare for the exams to the best of your ability. When you exit the hall knowing you tried your hardest, you can’t regret what you have done.

There’s no more ‘I could have prepared more’ because you prepared as much as you could. When you walk out of that hall and you think you could have done better, you should not blame yourself because you tried your best. However, in most cases, preparation will allow you to succeed.

That is how you are going to succeed. Understanding your limits, trying your best and keeping positive.

Conclusion

It’s getting closer! I know that I will have to keep my confidence up no matter what happens. I don’t want to regret what I’ve done but I do not want to burn out either.

I’m not sure what will happen this April but I hope I will be prepared for whatever hits me. Listening to Andy Grammer’s song Keep Your Head Up helps as well.


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