You’ve spent the last 2 years working towards your GCSE exams, learning the content and revising for mocks. Now schools are closed and GCSE exams are cancelled. It’s easy to feel as though the rug has been pulled from under your feet, and perhaps you’re feeling a little lost.

It’s important to remember that all the work you've put in so far, all that knowledge you've built, is not wasted. 

‘What’s the point in carrying on learning at home?’

Education is as much about the process and the journey as it is about passing exams. Education helps us develop our skill sets, become better individuals and contribute to the world around us.

The current situation may have taken away your exams, but it doesn't take away your future planning. You'll have made plans to move on to college, an apprenticeship, or other routes after finishing Year 11. You still can.

You'll need everything that you've learnt so far and more. You'll need to continue learning, especially in subject areas that you want to continue on with at Level 3 or A-Level, for example.

Adjust to the situation, re-frame the opportunities

You now have time to build on skills alongside your school curriculum – skills that will play a key part in your future education and employment.

Tips for working from home

The ability to spend more time with those we live with is a welcome opportunity for most, but losing all other face-to-face contact is new to us all.

We may not have the perfect recipe for getting through this, partly because we haven’t faced this before, but also because we're all different.

Not all of these points may be relevant to you. We hope that some might and you can also share these ideas with others:

1. Identify your anxieties

Some days the thought of not needing to go to school and no exams will feel like one big extended school holiday. Some days it won't.

Take time to acknowledge how you're feeling. Knowing yourself better will help you to manage the situation you're in and find ways to support yourself.

2. Structure your days

Control what you can, let go of what you can’t. Structuring your days gives you control over what you work on and when.

Just like creating a revision timetable, split your time into manageable chunks. Not just for your school work, make sure you make time for lunch and social activities too.

3. Maintain social connections

No one really loves the awful camera upshot on a video call, but we’re lucky to have this technology – so use it where you can! Messaging friends is easy and quick, but it’s all written communication. If you can phone, video call or speak to friends and family via online gaming then do.

It’s amazing what a difference hearing someone’s voice can make to feelings of isolation.

4. Things will return to normal

This is probably the hardest one, but accepting that things aren’t quite the same will help you to move past feelings of uncertainty. Try to maintain things, while also embracing new opportunities. 

Your final days of school may have been affected. You may not have had your leavers assembly, but this will all come to an end. Start working with friends to plan a group get together, BBQ or send-off party for when we’re all back out of isolation.

Your journey is different, but no less important or special.