Sunday, 20 August 2017

How to Survive Sixth Form! - Kisses From Amy

Hey Everyone,

Today I am going to be writing a post about how I survived sixth form...or at least tried to! I have just finished my second year of sixth form and I have just picked up my results (last Thursday; 17th August).I took three A Levels in history, English literature and philosophy and ethics as well as a BTEC subsidiary diploma in performing arts. I worked extremely  hard over the course of two years in all of my subjects, and I am very happy with the results I came out with. Anyway, this post is going to be about some hints and tips to help you get through two years of sixth form! Enjoy!

I cannot stress this enough, staying organised will make or break you. I have always loved stationary and so I found this step relatively easy. I would highly recommend buying an academic planner, through this you will be able to write down when pieces of homework or coursework etc are due and the deadlines for projects etc.  For the two years I was at sixth form I dedicated one notebook to write down to-do lists in. Every day when I got home from sixth form I made myself a to-do list and this encouraged me to get the tasks on this list done. Planning my evenings out like this really helped me establish what I had left to revise or work on for class.I also found that having a wall planner also helped with this because I was able to see a whole month at a time and what i needed to prepare for throughout that month, this came in especially handy during exam season when I needed to work out how much I had to revise and in what space of time I had to revise it.

2 - Make sure you choose subjects you enjoy as well as ones that you are good at.
This is more of a tip for those of you who are choosing what to study at A level. An essential tip for this is to choose subjects that you do well at GCSE at, as well as subjects that you will enjoy for the next two years. In my history and English literature GCSE I got two As, I also got a B in religious studies (which is the closest thing to my philosophy and ethics course). As well as an A* in my GCSE in performing arts. I knew I wanted to take history at A level because I knew already that I wanted to study history at university. I also planned to take performing arts and philosophy as well because I enjoyed them both. However, I didn't choose to take English literature until my GCSE results day because I didn't expect to do as well in this subject! As it goes, English was the one of the subjects I enjoyed the most out of all of my A level choices.

3 - Use your free periods effectively form the start of the year!
This tip is essential! Using your free periods to complete pieces of work and do extra revision etc from the very start of the year will have such a positive impact on your grades at sixth form. Through doing this you won't have to go home each night and have a massive list of tasks to complete, whether this be homework, coursework or revision etc. You will also be able to open up more time to complete further reading and extra revision and tasks. Even though it may be considered 'nerdy' by others, shutting yourself away from others who could distract you will benefit you so much!

4 - Don't let sixth form rule your whole life!
Even though sixth form and your A levels are very important, you shouldn't let them control every aspect of your life. I am not entirely guilt-free on this count as I would often become very stressed over revision and getting tasks complete. In an attempt to stop myself from worrying, I would often try to dedicate at least one day per week were I would do no sixth form work at all; this day would often fall on a Saturday and on this day I would usually see my boyfriend and we would try to go out in order to take my mind off sixth form. Doing this helped me relax and I would often still be thinking of revision on this day but it definitely had a positive impact on my mental health and mindset during the two years of sixth form. 

5 - Remember that it is possible!
Mental health and well being are a large part of getting through sixth form, remember to look after yourself even during exam periods and periods of stress throughout the year, such as deadlines. There were times throughout my sixth form life that I felt completely shitty about myself and how I was achieving in each of my subjects, this worry would sometimes go away quite quickly after a phone call with my boyfriend or talk with my mum.Although other times, it would linger for a week +. During these moments, I found it useful to remember why I am taking the subjects I did. Personally, I am going to university in September and this is what I was working towards. I needed to get the grades to get into my first choice university and the excitement of being able to study the subject I love at an incredible university often helped with these feelings of stress( well as a hot bubble bath and a relaxed pamper evening binge watching Netflix!).

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I hope you all enjoyed this post about how to survive sixth form and I hope that if you are just about to start your A Levels, college, GCSEs etc that you found this helpful and good luck to anyone picking up exam results any time soon!

Love Amy xxx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Get To Know Me Tag! - Kisses From Amy

Hello Everyone!

It only occurred to me earlier today that I haven't properly introduced myself to you. So I thought I'd do the 'Get to know me tag' so you can know a little more about me and my blog. Enjoy!

What is your middle name? - My middle name is Lauren. 

What was your favourite subject at school? - Ever since I can remember my favourite subject at school has been history; I just find it so interesting. This is majorly the reason why I am going to be studying this at university in September! 

What is your favourite drink? - My favourite drink is probably iced tea; my favourite flavour being peach. However, the drink I always reach for is Pepsi Max, usually the cherry flavoured one!

What is your favourite song at the moment? - There are so many songs I am loving at the moment, however if I had to narrow this down I'd say: Hard Times by Paramore, Power by Little Mix as well as Wings by Birdy. My music choice is so varied and there's no one genre I like!

What is your favourite food? - Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE food! Pretty much anything with chicken in to be honest makes me happy.

What was the last thing you bought? - The last thing I bought was a whole load of things I'm gonna need for university

What is your favourite book of all time? - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The whole book is so beautiful and I would recommend it to anybody, no matter your age, gender etc!

Favourite colour? - Any pastel colour really; probably lilac specifically!

Do you have any pets? - I have one cat, called Izzy and we have had her her since she was a tiny kitten. 

Favourite perfume? - To be honest I don't really wear perfumes. I usually just spray some body spray on myself before I leave the house. The spray I usually reach for is the Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction scent!

Favourite holiday? - I have visited Italy twice now and they have been the best holidays I have ever been on. Italy is fully of hidden beauty everywhere and there is always something new to explore no matter where you stay in Italy. I would love to go again and visit Rome as the last two times we visited Italy we stayed around an area called the Amalfi Coast.

Are you married? - Nope! I have no idea what the future could hold for me though!

Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times? - Yes, I have been out of the UK. However, I can't remember the exact about of times I have been abroad!

Do you speak any other language? - The only language I can speak fluently is English. However I took German as a GCSE in school and I know the basics in least I like to think I do...

Do you have any siblings? - I have an older brother named Liam.

What is your favourite shop? - I really don't know, there are so many shops I like. But I'd probably have to say Primark or New Look as that's where most of my clothes are from!

Favourite restaurant? - Without a doubt, my favourite restaurant is Nandos! I love chicken so this should've been a given to anyone know already knows me!

When was the last time you cried? - I cry at the most stupid things so the last thing I cried at was probably a dog video on facebook by the RSPCA or something...

Favorite blog? - There are honestly so many blogs I love so narrowing these down would be impossible!

Favourite movie? - To go along with my favourite book...The Perks of Being a Wallflower is my favourite film. It has been so carefully made and although many parts of the book are left out of the film, there are still many references that viewers would only understand if you have read the book. It's defiantly worth reading the book before watching the film in this respect! 

Favourite TV shows? - There are so many TV series I love! My all time favorites are probably My Mad Fat Diary, The Big Bang Theory as well as Orange is the New Black. I have also recently watched Riverdale and completely loved it!

What was the last film you watched at the cinema? - I actually went to the cinema last Tuesday evening with my boyfriend and we watched Dunkirk because I have been nagging him about seeing this for months! The film is incredible, portrayed in such a good way; allowing viewers to experience the events that occurred at Dunkirk from multiple perspectives.

What phone do you have? - I currently have an iPhone 6 which I love to bits!

How tall are you? - I have always been tall for my age but at the moment I am 5'10 ish.

Can you cook? - I like to think I can cook, although in reality I can't really cook too well. However, I am going to have to learn to cook basic meals to survive!!

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Thankyou all for reading this post and hopefully getting to know me a little better, I hope to see you again soon, have a fab week! If you complete these questions be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Amy xxx

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

My Holiday in France!

Hello Everyone!

A few days ago I came home from my holiday with my family; this year we travelled to the South of France. When we first arrived,it rained for the first two days, this was very unusual because normally at this time of year, it is usually over 30 degrees at least on a regular day. Therefore this was slightly disappointing, however this weather made it a lot more comfortable to explore towns and villages near to where we were staying. On these first two days we visited Saint Antonin Noble Val as well as the larger town of Albi. Both of these towns were equally beautiful although Albi was a much larger town where we were able to go on a river cruise to view the beautiful River Tarn as well as visit an art museum full of the art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; Musée Toulouse-Lautrec. I'm not usually the biggest fan of art museums although I found this incredibly interesting to find out about his life and how this inspired many of his works. 

Later in the week it began to gradually get a lot hotter which made everything a lot nicer. We spend two days relaxing next to our pool in the heat and during this time I was able to top up on my tan as well as continue my holiday reading. During this holiday I chose to re-read the Hunger Games by  Suzanne Collins. I have read this many times before although I felt the urge to re-read it because I remember how many smaller details about the characters and the plot that made the book a lot more enjoyable to read. One of the towns we visited at the end of our week was a town called Cordes Sur Ciel, and to get to it you have to walk up a large hill in order to see the breath-taking views over the surrounding valley. Not the mention the delicious chocolate shop where we spent a little too much money... We also visited some very old castles dating back to the 12th century in Bruniquel which was also very beautiful and yet again the views were stunning.

Throughout the week I was taken back by the number of cats we saw just wondering round these towns and villages, they weren't necessarily strays either. There were just so many and they were so cute. A majority of the cats were friendly and let you stroke them and some of them even began to follow us around! By the end of the week we had really settled into our home for the week and didn't want to leave. On our final day we visited a local market and two smaller towns and then we continued onto the airport to wait for our flight. We eventually arrived home at around 2:30 in the morning! Since then I have been attempting to catch up on my sleep! If you are looking for somewhere to go on holiday that isn't full of tourists yet still beautiful and tranquil, I would highly recommended the areas around the towns I visited in the South of France! 

Thankyou for taking the time to read this post about my recent holiday to the South of France, I really hope you enjoyed it and I hope to see you again very soon!
Love Amy xxx

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Welcome to My New Blog :)

Hello Everyone!

So this is my very first post on this brand new blog! I have had a few blogs before but I haven't managed to keep up to date with them and I have struggled a lot to upload posts, especially over exam periods. So, here's a little bit about me; my name is Amy and I'm 18 years old and I've just finished my second year at sixth form and I'm going to be moving to university this September to study history. I'm very excited although I am also extremely nervous to move away from my home and to meet a whole new group of people. I am a pretty typical teenager; I love shopping, makeup, reading and performing arts. I have watched youtubers such as Dan and Phil for so many years now and I have read the blogs of people including Louise Pentland (Sprinkle of Glitter) for just as long as well. As I have now finished my A levels, I have a lot more free time to write and upload posts about many different things. I'm hoping to write about beauty, fashion, things I'm loving and just generally the things I have been getting up to as on my other blogs I did this and it was a nice way to remember the days out and holidays I have been on. 

Sorry this post has been pretty short but I just wanted to upload a post introducing myself. I'm currently planning to upload once or twice a week but this will depend on whether I am away from, or working etc. Thankyou for taking the time to read and I hope to see you soon! 

Love Amy xxx