Digital Skills in School vs Real Life


I’d like to think that I’m fairly apt at working with computers and using the internet. However, I know that I am under skilled. Take Microsoft Excel for example, the last time I used that programme was in year 7 and my most prominent memory is colour coding the spreadsheet boxes. Yes there were equations, but after 5 or so years I’ve completely forgotten how to use Excel for its actual purpose. It’s a bit embarrassing to say that my mum can operate it and she doesn’t even use Facebook! I definitely need to get my act together. Continue reading “Digital Skills in School vs Real Life”


From First Year to Second


What a year!

On results day I had the unfortunate realisation that something had to change in my second year of A levels if I was to have even the slightest chance of achieving my aspirational grades this year. Thus, I have the joy of retaking both of my non-linear subjects, it could be worse I suppose. My philosophy grade is what hit me hard because I ended up a whole two grades lower than what I was expecting and two grades lower than I’d been marked at throughout the duration of my first year. In short, I was not best pleased. Continue reading “From First Year to Second”



Here’s an unpopular opinion for you… I like being assessed! There, I said it. Assessment has happened all through schooling and I would honestly say my GCSE grades were the result of consistent assessments and consistent feedback. After all, if you aren’t tested and given feedback, how do you suppose that you’ll improve? Continue reading “Assessment”

English & Maths


I don’t think that many people enjoy English and maths at school, though to be honest, I didn’t really mind them. I’ve never been a very mathematical person, however I didn’t dread maths lessons. The reason being that I knew that we were being taught what was necessary in order to get the top grades. Continue reading “English & Maths”

Learning Languages


I’ve never had a particular fondness for languages so the fact that I chose French as one of my GCSE options was quite the unwise decision really! At the school I went to, those in the high English sets had the chance to learn French, German and Italian; the idea being that there would be at least one language that we would be good enough at to take for GCSE. This was a good opportunity, though we weren’t forced to take any languages if we didn’t want to. Continue reading “Learning Languages”



I’d never done an MOOC course prior to doing my 2 week course with Futurelearn and I didn’t know what to expect but I have to say it was quite enjoyable! MOOC is an acronym for massive, open, online course so as you can imagine one of its primary focuses is to allow people to express their ideas and communicate with others online. The course involved completing mini tasks to further our understanding of communicating online and there were small quizzes at the end of each topic to test our knowledge which I found particularly useful- I like to know what I need to do in order to progress. Continue reading “Futurelearn”