Schooldays - Polls


#241

i had that as well as general studies, had to do IT lessons cos i hadn’t got an A in ICT GCSE i think

i turned up now and then and had two friends in that lesson who i never saw anywhere else, we used to talk exclusively about indie music. many years later one of them came to work in the same call centre as me, i was his manager haha. i bumped into him at an agency party this week actually


#242

Was such a waste of time. I remember having to study Heraldry as part of General Studies.


#243

Anyone who says they found school really easy and managed to get straight As despite doing no work is full of shit really.


#244

Gave you sweet, sweet UCAS points (don’t think I would have had enough without it)


#245

Or really clever. One of the two.


#246

People who said they did no revision and then magically for all As and Bs :wastebasket::wastebasket::wastebasket:


#247

I did do iterally did no revision and did get all A’s and b’s for gsce and a level (tell a lie I got one c)

But absolutely do not class myself as intelligent or even much above ‘average’.

I just happened to have a decent memory and be fucking amazing at constructing A level essay answers.
I got massively found out at university and to an extent in the workplace.

Pretty much every day now I wish I’d been crap at that but had a decent work ethic instead.


#248

Guess it depends what you mean by effort. I participated heavily in actual classes, but didn’t do much outside it. While that’s partly laziness, I think a big part is just that classes and participating was the best way for me to learn stuff.


#249

I remember how they made it seem like adult life is just people asking what you got in your GCSEs


#250

there’s not a lot that prepares you for being good at school and rubbish at life


#251

honest advice you’d give to a teenager?

i’d tell them to get good at the following:

  • appearing confident*
  • listening**
  • understanding instructions
  • explaining things verbally

*being confident is the ultimate goal but appearing confident is a good step along the way (and will help you become truly confident)

**I’ve met less than 10 people in my life who i’d describe as being genuinely good at listening


#252

“everyone else is as weird as you. no, really!”


#253

that’s a goodun!

also, 98% of the time adults are winging it


#254

I mean people who claim or really try hard to give this impression they’ve never got below 80% in any exam or test they’ve ever sat (bullshit), and then really rubbing it in by basically implying ‘I didn’t do much work, I’m just naturally very clever’ (also bullshit, a lot of the time). I think there’s actually a slight intention of wanting to ridicule anyone who isn’t part of a ‘gifted and talented’ scheme but still wants to put the effort in and do well for themselves. I get this sense from other people sometimes that you have to ‘know your place’ and not over-achieve.

I mean I actually did get mostly As and A*s in my GCSEs but I worked bloody fucking hard for it. That doesn’t mean I’m stupid necessarily, although sometimes I feel like I’m made to feel that way by some people. Or at least I very much did at school.


#255

I found school mostly easy and it really hasn’t helped me at all. left me ill equipped for dealing with failure and arrogant. I guess the grass is always greener.