By Nurul Fadilah
In 3 months I will sit my AS Level Examinations and I am becoming very nervous everyday. The pressure to perform well, the questions that I need to answer within a given time and the unpredictable nature, just as unexpected as a turn in a rollercoaster ride; I am not prepared. Even though I have just gone through mock exams with some pleasing results, it becomes another factor that adds pressure to do as good. A-levels is very different from GCSEs, one must put a lot of time to work, to revise and the most important thing is to be independent learners and being organised.
I have not been an A-level student for a year but I already realise that we need to be responsible for ourselves. It means that I cannot rely on my teachers or my parents reminding me of not spending enough time studying. I have chosen German, Physics, Maths and Further Maths as my A-level subjects and compared to some of the combinations of subjects that one could pick, these four are not the easy ones. As I am getting deeper into ‘Electricity’ in Physics, ‘Integration with Trigonometry Identities’ in Maths and the forty-nine possibilities of adjectival endings in German, it requires more time, research and effort to be able to take everything to my head. This includes coming to revision class after school (whereupon I can easily opt to go to town and chill instead of study) and chasing our teachers to give you more explanations on the topics.
We always have ups when there are downs. My ‘up’ in A-levels is I am not alone through all of these struggles. My friends are the ones who is always there to drag me to revision classes, ask me to study with them, and so on. They are my only reminders If I need to take a time off from all of these crazy things that I need to try to understand; maybe by sitting in front of the TV just eating ice cream (I know, I know) or running together. Don’t forget my teachers whom always see more within me compared to my own eyes. They know how high I can aim and it just becomes the undying motivation for me, even if it means they can get cross at me for not handing in a good written homework.
Hopefully at the end of this academic year I can get all the grades that I want to, which makes it obvious that I need to try hard to make it happen.
Nurul Fadilah flew to England and started school in the UK since she was fourteen years old on September 2012. To this date, Monday 7 March 2016, She is still the youngest student from Indonesia ever to go to school in the UK whilst her Parents are in Indonesia. Due to her performance, Since September 2015 Nurul Fadilah has gained a considerable fee reduction in the form of a Scholarship. She studies in -Durham School-, Durham, North England. She has a rather interesting blog -click here- which she shares with Rana, her friend who is also the daugther of her Guardian in the UK, Mr. Dono Widiatmoko.