Monday, 27 June 2016

My Trip to London!

So on the 21st of June, 2016, me and my boyfriend, Liam went to London for the day. This blog post will just be about my day and a few photos I took on my travels.

We got the coach tickets for only £5 each way, which we both thought were so cheap! We booked them in advance to make sure they were cheap and the company we were with were called 'National Express'. The coach it self was really nice, there was a toilet inside, plug sockets, USB sockets, A/C, lights above your seats for night lights etc. The journey there was 3 hours, due to the high levels of traffic in the centre of London, and then 2 and a half hours back. We caught the coach from Leicester, where we are from, and we were dropped off at London Victoria Coach Station. 

When me and Liam arrived, which was at around 11:15, we headed straight to Buckingham Palace because it was about a ten minute walk away. When we got there, it was incredibly busy, we think there was something going on, but couldn't quite understand what. We looked around for a while and we took some photographs. While trying to find our way out of all the crowds of people, we found a little park to walk through, and we walked in the direction of Big Ben. 

When we were close to Big Ben, we sat down near some grass to have something to eat and we discussed everywhere where we wanted to go. After the little snack, we went towards Big Ben and we stopped by where the memorial is for Jo Cox, which is an MP which was sadly killed recently. The memorial was lovely and had lovely messages and flowers around it. While walking around, we continued to walk around and take pictures until we reached a bridge, which we walked over, continuing to take pictures, this is when we saw the London Eye properly, and this is when we tried to find 'House of Vans'.

We used our maps to try and find 'House of Vans' but sadly, it was closed, but we did get to see loads of amazing graffiti pieces around there and we managed to take a proper look at all of them. This is when we took a little walk to the Waterloo Station to get the underground. The underground was quite an eventful experience, we managed to figure out how to buy an all day ticket, which is £6 if you're under 15 and under, and £12 over 16. Although, I had used the underground before, my dad was the one in charge and he managed to take us to the right places, me and Liam had never done this on our own, so we took about 20 minutes, using a map to find where we were going, we eventually found the correct underground line and then took the underground to Covent Garden area. 

When we got off the underground, we took a look in The National Portait Gallery, because me and Liam really enjoy art, which we can safely say Liam is better at, haha. The newer art work was really fun to look at, although, after a while, it gets very tiring and luckily, they have portable chairs in there for you to carry around with you, which I used. 

Straight after that, we found the nearest Nandos, due to me being staving as well as needing to sit down, and because Liam was also starving. While walking towards it, I said to Liam "This looks so small and cute!", but when we got in, there was another floor, downstairs, which was so nice! There were little booths for large groups and the room was really nice. We sat down for our meal and soon headed off again to explore!

We headed to Covent Garden to have a little look around, although we didn't buy much, there were some cute little shops that sold some really nice things. I didn't buy anything there but we did enjoy ourselves and the shops. We then found the shops 'Supreme' and 'Palace' nearby. We looked around in these shops, and again, brought nothing. Round the corner, we found a Costa and I brought myself a double chocolate cookie iced coffee, which was soooo nice! Using a map, we figure out, Oxford Street was only a 5 minute walk down a straight street. When we left Costa Coffee, we walked down the street and about 10 minutes later, we found ourselves not on a straight road, this is when I got the maps app out on my phone and realised, we walked down the street the wrong way. Because we were both tired, we said we wanted to get the underground to where we needed.

We then found a underground station and then had the issue again of being confused about where to go and what line to get. While looking at a map, which we believed was an underground map, a worker walked over to us and asked us if we needed help, we explained where we wanted to go and she explained why we couldn't understand the map we were looking at.. we were looking at a bus route map, so the lovely woman gave us an underground map to help us and this made everything so much easier.

We traveled to Oxford Street to do some shopping and we looked in so many shops. We still ended up buying nothing but we did look in all the shops we wanted. I saw atleast 4 Zaras on the same street, 2 Primarks, 2 H&Ms, 2 Topshops, and we hadn't even gone down the whole street. 

When it was about 8:30, we headed to the coach station back via the Undergorund and we headed back home. Liam's mum then kindly picked us up at 12 from the coach station and we went home. 

Even though, neither of us brought anything, we both loved our day in London and we both were so worn out the next day, I even had blisters...!

Thank you for actually reading this very long blog post, please a comment below for me to look at when I come home from NCS, which I am leaving for the day I post this. I wont be taking my phone so there is no way of reading the comments until Friday. I hope you all have a good week.
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Paige x

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A Little Update..

Hey everyone! 

Today's post is just a quick update, I have finally finished all my exams! I finished last Friday, the 17th of June and I was so happy it was all over. It was a very stressful, and obviously, a time consuming period of time, but I have to admit, a lot of people say it's literally the worst time of your life, I have to admit, it really is tiring and horrible but I feel like how people explain it and how it is are completely different. I don't know if it was just me who felt this or if others do too. I'm not saying it's a walk in the park, but if you have worked hard in class and planned out and spaced out your revision, it is very manageable and knowing the subject well and feeling confident makes is 100 X's better.

But, moving on from that, I have had a lovely day trip yesterday with my boyfriend, Liam, to London, I had such an amazing time and if anybody would like to see a blog post on that, I am planning to, or comment any other blog posts you would like.

 I am taking part in NCS for 4 weeks, starting 27th June, so I am looking forward to that also. It's for people aged 16-18 and I believe it's in places over England. It's such an amazing opportunity and is something to keep you motivated during exam time. For the first week, you camp out and take part in different activities, Monday - Friday, the second week you stay in university accommodation and for the 3rd and 4th week, you take part in different tasks to raise money for a local charity, they all seem like amazing weeks, I'm personally looking forward to week 1 the most.

I just wanted to inform you of exams and what posts you would like to see, so make sure you leave a comment letting me know :) 

Sunday, 5 June 2016


Revision has to be one of the most boring things to do, especially if it's s subject you hate. I've decided to explain how I revise for the subjects I do, and hopefully it will give you all ideas.

For my GCSE's (which I'm currently in the middle of), I took, English, Maths, Triple Science, Geography, Art, Health and Social Care and French. I didn't get much choice when it came to my GCSE options, I had to take rather geography or history, which I both hated, I had to do french and the I only got to have pick, myself, Health and Social and Art (we had to do one design).

Before I get into each subject and ways of revising best, go out and buy some cute stationary, colour pens, coloring pencils (Crayola are my personal favourite). This makes revising a lot more fun and gives you more motivation to do it and enjoy it. Also, make sure you have some colored paper, a note book, plain paper or anything else where you can do mind maps, notes etc. finally, for preparation, I would go and buy, or make some flashcards to use if needed.

English Language (WJEC)
English Language is quite difficult to revise, you don't know what type of writing you will be asked to write and you wont have read the text you need to answer questions to. I go over the layouts of each type of texts and what to and not to include in the actual text. This way, when it comes to the exam, you will know what to structure it like. For reading, I learn how to format my questions and do past papers, most teachers will already go through some or give some out, if not, go online or ask a teacher. This way, you will have plenty of practice and feel confident.

English Literature (WJEC)
This, for me, has to be one of the hardest exam, I hate having to remember things, especially quotes and themes of books. I do mind maps for each character and theme, highlighting all the quotes in a colour, all the themes and all the links to context I can do. I also go over past papers to understand the extract question and the structure of them as well as the long answer question. If you have a friend or family member around, give them all your notes and ask them to ask you questions and say quotes and then answer them and tell them who says what, and this will allow you to remember who says what and more detail about the book. If you are studying a book which has a film, watch the film to know more details, but also make sure that the quotes and details are in the book, because some times the book doesn't contain every single thing the film will.

Maths (AQA)
I really enjoy revising for maths, its one of my favourite subjects. For me, going over past papers is the best thing to do, it helps me know what my weaker areas are and then I go over them with my teacher or I use my revision guide. For topics like circle theorems, I made flash cards with each theorem on to help me remember them.

Science (AQA)
In science, I chose triple, I chose this because I didn't know what I wanted to do in the future and biology was something I was considering.I struggle with triple a lot more than I thought so a little head up, if you're thinking of picking triple science, think carefully and ask your teacher if they think you will manage it. One thing I LOVE doing for science is mind maps, below are some pictures of biology mind maps I made. I find these helpful, I do each branch a different colour and the title of the topic along them or at the end of them. The use of different colors are proven to help you remember information. I also get post it notes and summerise pages of my revision book, this way everything is quick to read and it allows the main points to get into your head.

Geography (Edexcel)
I find that there is a lot of content for geography and it's hard to remember it all. I read my revision booklet and again, use post its to note down the key points. Any key words I see, I use revision cards with the key word and definition on. For case studies, I note down 6 points (for the 6 mark questions) and highlight the key words that will help me remember the points and the facts and figures, to get the extra marks. 
In the course I do at school, there are not written exams, it was all coursework and a practical exam. I'm unsure of my exam board so sorry for not noting it.

Health and Social Care  (Edexcel)
40% of my grade is exam based, I use flash cards again to learn key words. I also go over past papers as well as plan long answer questions and write them, to know how to format them and answer them.  I find this a quite nice and easy subject to revise for, as it is common sense and quite easy to catch on to. I use a folder to hold all my class books in as well as revision guides and a plastic folder with my flashcards in. 

French (AQA)
French is a subject I hate and didn't overally revise for when it came to the exam, I was on foundation so I didn't need to know loads and loads of french but in class we went over past papers, which I didn't find helpful personally, but some people found it helpful because, from this, they were able to find the words they didn't know or understand and then go off and learn them. For learning vocab, I would recommend the app 'memrise'.

Thank you for reading this blog post, if you have any questions, make sure to leave a comment.
Follow me for more blog posts, I won't be posting a large amount over the next few weeks due to have the rest of my exams, but for everyone doing exams, good luck!

25 Facts About Me Tag! -My First Blog Post

Hey! I have decided to start a blog and I thought, as a first blog post, it will be a good idea to let you guys get to know me. So here you go, here's some facts about me:

Question 1: Do you have any pets? 
Yes, I do! I have a beautiful dog, who is two, called Aggie. She's a cross between a Pomeranian and a Corgi. This is her, waiting for my boyfriend to throw her toy, which she will then try and get back off of him a soon as he gets it, haha... 
I also have a chinchilla called Charlie and a Degu called Manny.

Question 2: Name three things that are physically close to you.
My laptop, my phone, my bottle of Cherries and Berries (the best squash ever!)

Question 3: What’s the weather like right now? 
It’s very hot and sunny for a change, the weather in England is very weird right now, it's coat weather one day, then shorts and vest tops the next..

Question 4: Do you drive? If so, have you crashed? 
I haven't reached the legal age to have driving lessons yet, as I'm 16 and the legal age here in England is 17, but as soon as I'm 17, I want to have driving lessons so that it is out the way.

Question 5: What time did you wake up this morning? 
I woke up around 8, it's the school holidays at the minute, but I'm never able to get back sleep once I'm awake, so I just stay awake, sit on my phone then get some breakfast.

Question 6: When was the last time you showered? 
Around 2 hours ago, although, it was a bath, so I don't know if that counts.

Question 7: What was the last movie that you saw? 
The Jungle Book, which was amazing by the way. I went cinema to watch the newest one, and loved it. I would really recommend it.

Question 8: What does you last text message say?

' Ok x' from my mum  (who's only next door)

Question 9: What is your ringtone? 
The standard apple ringing tone.

Question 10: Have you ever been to a different country? 
Yes, I’ve been on holiday with my dad and school to many places, like France, Spain, America, Egypt, Dominican, and Wales (even though its connected to England).

Question 11: Do you like sushi? 
I’ve never actually tried sushi, I don't like trying new things, so I guess I'm never going to know.

Question 12: Where do you buy your groceries? 
My mum and step dad actually buy all the food, they normally go Asda, just because it's the cheapest option and they deliver, which saves us the time. 

Question 13: Have you ever taken any medication to help you fall asleep faster? 
None, which I'm aware of...

Question 14: How many siblings do you have? 
I sadly have none... I always wanted a little bother or sister, but that never happened... but I do have my dog :)

Question 15: Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop? 
I have a computer, although it's currently broken, so for now, I use my mums laptop.

Question 16: How old will you be turning on your next birthday? 
I will be turning 17!

Question 17: Do you wear contacts or glasses? 
I have glasses for reading and using phones, and screens but I just wear them if and when I need or want to.

Question 18: Do you colour your hair? 
I have bleach highlights every now and then, although, my hair still isn't how I would like it, so I am considering dying the whole thing soon..

Question 19: Tell me something you are planning to do today.
I’m planning to go sleep... it's currently 8pm as I am writing this.

Question 20: When was the last time you cried? 
I'm not too sure, but I'm a very emotional person and cry over the most stupidest things, so probably not very long ago.

Question 21: What is your perfect pizza topping?
I actually hate cheese, it's the one food, I will never, ever, ever go near...

Question 22: Which do you prefer, hamburger or cheeseburger? 
As you have read from the last question, I don't like cheese, so hamburger.

Question 23: Have you ever had an all-nighter? 
I have stayed up until around 7am before, until I realized I had to go my dads at 12, and I went back to sleep.

Question 24: What is your eye colour? 
They're brown / green, they change.

Question 25: Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
Yes and I prefer coke... I only like Pepsi when it's been in the fridge for a while and it very fizzy.

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