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Exams Awaiting Us

Hello dear readers,

It is quite hard to think about what life is planning about you when you start a brand-new year of an exam period, all over again. You prepare yourself to sink into the books weigh as much as you, sleepless nights and lonely weekends spent studying. But unfortunately, I will take the wind out of your sails, because nothing has happened the way you and even, I have predicted.

I would like to stop arousing your curiosity and start with my first semester of my 10th grade, which means The Prologue. At the very beginning everything was tough, but I was handling it with baby steps. I was studying with passion, which I have accomplished it by preparing timetables and daily studying schedules. But I could not give up from my weekends, I always thought that I needed to socialize to have a healthy life. I was taking my lectures and extra studies at the weekdays and the weekends were mine to get social, by weekend I only mean Saturday because Sunday is more of a free day for me to spend it on my hobbies and my homework.

This continued for a while, but I periodically frustrated generating my motivation. At those times I put my mind into some other things rather than my lessons, such as MUNs. I know you were waiting for me to say that, yes, MUN helped me to control my own concentration. After those conferences I was fully focused on the things that are necessary in real life, and I felt ready for all the circumstances that are in front of me.

Apparently, I was not that ready for everything.  Because for like a bunch of months later world have collapsed with a contagious disease and we found ourselves stuck in our homes. The fact that none of us have predicted something like this to happen has made everything even worse. All the hard work and all the steps I have achieved was already forgotten. Exams were gone, lessons were gone even the normal life outside was gone. We all stopped doing whatever we were doing for a short while.

Eventually schools decided to make an online education system. Considering we all do not have equal opportunities all around the globe and nationally, this system caused different kinds of problems which is a whole another topic that I am not willing to talk about. But I will continue as if you are wondering how I coped with it, at first, I could not. My weeks went trying to wake up to the morning classes, which I basically attend with my pajamas and my slippers. And there was homework I have never been able to finish before the deadline. So fundamentally, the life turned into a misery.

I tried to stay focused and kept continue attending the lectures until the end of the school but that was way harder than expected. There is a possibility I may have been forgotten to participate a few of the lessons but I will not talk about it since my teachers are going to read this too… So mostly I was alive doing everything I am supposed to do in a healthier way, I mean it for real because I did not get COVID-19 (yet I hope I will not). Besides, I have never actually quit studying, I only reduced the time I spend on my desk.

Undoubtedly school has come to an end, and I had an opportunity to get my things together. Of course, I could not do it at the beginning of the summer, but I was ready at the end of it. Therefore, I am here, have overcome everything (mostly). I am better focused and motivated now than the beginning. It still is so hard to keep everything steady, but I have learned that nothing is simple in this life and no one can foresee anything before we find ourselves in it. So, we must evolve ourselves to come through or obviate those situations. This starts with never underestimating ourselves. I really do not want to turn this writing into a public service announcement, but you should never forget this. You can do everything in this life if you never stop believing in yourself. And nothing you have achieved or learned is wasted, in the long turn you will find a place to use that knowledge you gained.

If we consider everything is a test or a part of a simulation, I believe I am not going to fail in this. I hope you are feeling the same way that I do, because if not I believe you should talk with yourself and change your perspective and your mentality… I would like to conclude, with a quote from a tv series I have started watching during the quarantine: “When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like WHAAT?!”

Good days…

Hello there dear readers!

How have you guys been? Hope everyone is doing okay! Today, I’m going to share my progress on my A Levels and how my study has been going.

Firstly, I have to say that these past few weeks have been very exhausting for me. I have been dealing with a lot of quizzes and exams –both national and international– and all this studying has drained all my energy… However, for the most part, I have to say that it was worth it. I got pretty high scores on most of my classes which has been a huge relief! Unfortunately, my next exam week starts in about a few days and I’m trying to get myself ready for the tiring marathon that’s waiting for me.

Now I will elaborate more on how my A Levels are going since this is why most of you are here for. We have had so many A Level quizzes and mock exams this past month and I have to confess, some of them have been very disappointing for me. I had some Math quizzes that I thought it was nearly impossible for me to solve. There are still some subjects in Math that I should be improving myself on. Recently, we have been working on Mechanics and, Probability and Statistics subjects and although compared to Pure Math subjects they are easier, there are still some pretty challenging questions in Mechanics. Probability and Statistics is rather easy, but nothing is never not-at-all-hard when it comes to any A Level Math subject.

In Physics, we are currently studying on one of the hardest chapters: Electronics. We are introduced to so many new concepts and terms which makes it difficult for me to fully grasp the topic quickly. I just need to spend some more time studying on Physics and get some help from my teacher. Other than that, my A Level Physics mock exams have been very good. I just need a tiny bit more work, that’s all.

For Computer Science, I can confidently say that everything is going pretty well. Especially in topics that are related to hardware, I feel like I am knowledgeable enough to solve the questions in the mock exams and quizzes. We haven’t been working on programming too much lately so I feel like I need to practice more so that I don’t forget the things I have learned. Overall, Computer Science is still one of my favorite subjects among all of my other A Levels.

Hope my blogs help giving you an insight into what dealing with A Levels feel like. I will keep you posted so stay tuned! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out!

All the best,

Asmin

My A Level Journey

Dear Readers,

Welcome back to my blog!

As you already know, I have been writing about my IGCSE journey for the past two years and I have finally taken the exams and passed all six of them. Therefore, it is finally time for me to move on with my A Levels! Another exciting journey is about to begin for me. It has been a while since I have written here so I hope all of you are doing well and are still here! Today, I wanted to elaborate more on how my A Level’s have been going and the kind of challenges I have faced through the way. Want to join me on my A Level journey? Keep reading!

This year, I am an 11th grade student in Beştepe College. At the beginning of 10th grade, our school asked us to pick three A Level subjects to study. They presented a variety of choices and it was hard for me to pick since I wanted to learn almost all of them. When it was finally time for me to choose, I had to make a choice. After a long thinking process, I decided on the following three subjects: Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics. I always had the dream to study either engineering or computer science in university so, I chose my subjects according to my dreams for the future. Some of my friends were so confused about which subjects to take and ended up choosing random ones. However, all of them regretted at the end and changed their subjects because they realized much later that these decisions are not to be made randomly. You have to think about what to do with those subjects later in life and how their contributions will help you in your academic life. If it is a subject that you are not interested in, do not take it! It will only make you waste your time on something you are most likely to fail. Choose the ones that you actually want to improve yourself in. This is how you can enjoy your A Level journey.

After the first term began, all of us were stressed out. A Levels were harder than most of us expected however, we still managed to catch up and adapt to it. We have very busy schedules when it comes to homework and studying but I guess it is the only way for us to succeed. Last year, I learned the importance of studying hard. I had times where I found it hard to focus on schoolwork because I thought it to be too much. However, it made me realize that not studying regularly and not doing revisions affected my grades drastically. After that realization, I started to study more for my A Levels and saw that I was getting better grades on my quizzes and mock exams. I know that you must be tired of hearing this from everyone but seriously, do not give up! Keep studying!

As months went on, I started to like my subjects even more. I believe Computer Science is my favorite subject among the A Levels I am currently taking since it is very new to me and I am very eager to learn it. We are learning the programming language Python and our teacher makes the lessons very enjoyable and educational for us to learn it more effectively. By bringing our laptops to lessons, we learn the language by practicing it and getting help from our teacher when we need to. It is my belief that if you want to pursue a career related to computers in the future, taking A Level Computer Science is a great way to start.

The other two subjects I have chosen are also great. However, I find some topics of Mathematics to be pretty challenging. Although, it is nothing I can’t handle, with a little extra help from my teachers, of course. Other than that, I can easily say that my A Level journey has been terrific! I am looking forward to share more with you in the future. A Level exams are just around the corner so, stay tuned!

A Level Journey

Dear Readers,

Welcome back to my blog!

As you already know, I have been writing about my IGCSE journey for the past two years and I have finally taken the exams and passed all six of them. Therefore, it is finally time for me to move on with my A Levels! Another exciting journey is about to begin for me. Want to join me on my A Level journey? Keep reading!

At the beginning of 10th grade, our school asked us to pick three A Level subjects to study. They presented a variety of choices and it was hard for me to pick since I wanted to learn almost all of them. When it was finally time for me to choose, I had to make a choice. After a long thinking process, I decided on the following three subjects: Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics. I always had the dream to study either engineering or computer science in university so I chose my subjects according to my dreams for the future. Some of my friends were so confused about which subjects to take and ended up choosing random ones. However, all of them regretted in the end and changed their subjects because they realized much later that these decisions are not to be made randomly. You have to think about what to do with those subjects later in life and how they contribute to your academic life. If it is a subject that you are not interested in, do not take it! It will only make you waste your time on something you are most likely to fail. Choose the ones that you actually want to improve yourself in. This is how you can enjoy your A Level journey.

After the first term began, all of us were stressed out. A Levels were harder than most of us expected, however we still managed to catch up and adapt to it. We have very busy schedules when it comes to homework and studying but I guess it is the only way for us to succeed. This year, I have learned the importance of studying hard. I had times where I found it hard to focus on schoolwork because I thought it to be too much. However, it made me realize that not studying regularly and not doing revisions affected my grades drastically. After that realization, I started to study more for my A Levels and saw that I was getting better grades on my quizzes and mock exams. I know that you must be tired of hearing this from everyone but seriously, do not give up! Keep studying!

As the days went on, I started to like my subjects even more. I believe Computer Science is my favorite subject among the A Levels I am currently taking since it is very new to me and I am very eager to learn it. We are learning the programming language Python and our teacher makes the lessons very enjoyable and educational for us to learn it more effectively. By bringing our laptops to lessons, we learn the language by practicing it and getting help from our teacher when we need to. It is my belief that if you want to pursue a career related to computers in the future, taking A Level Computer Science is a great way to start.

The other two subjects I have chosen are also great. However, I find some topics of Mathematics to be pretty challenging. Nevertheless, it is nothing I can’t handle, with a little help from my teachers and friends of course. Other than that, I can easily say that my A Level journey has started off terrific! I am looking forward to sharing more with you in the future. Stay tuned!