End of Exams Checklist

My exams finish 24th June. After this date, I might be slightly light-headed from months of revision and seemingly endless purchasing of exam-only stationery (black pens, clear pencil cases, long rulers, sharp pencils etc.) However, I will need some tasks to do over the summer holidays to prevent complete boredom, something which the TV seems to be very good at initiating these days.

So, I created an end of exams checklist to keep me occupied until September. Aside from the obvious (eat, sleep, pray for a good outcome on results day!), I think this should be enough to last me for a good few months

  • Disney marathon

My sisters and I are planning to watch Disney films back to back over Summer. I’m not talking about the recent Disney films, or their live-action offerings, I mean the classic animated Disney movies. Mulan, Cinderella, 101 Dalmatians, Winnie-The-Pooh. I suppose if a rogue Pirates of the Caribbean makes its way into the list, it wouldn’t be the end of the world!

  • Build some more Death Star

Main box

Since January and the end of box 1 of 4, the completion of my Lego Death Star has come to a standstill due to exams, a-levels and genuine lack of motivation due to exams and a-levels. But an exam-free Summer will be the perfect opportunity to get stuck in and get past page 93.

  • Learn to code

I’m hoping to study Computer Science at university. However, my school doesn’t teach a-level programming/computing/computer science, so I don’t know the first thing about coding or programming, and I don’t want to turn up at uni without knowing anything. If anyone knows of a good online tutorial, preferably free, to help me out here, please leave a comment below!

  • Catch up on TV

I’m sacrificing the start of series 3 of New Girl (starts 10th June on E4), Mary Portas’ new show (started Wed 4th June on Channel 4) and an entire series of Watchdog (Wednesdays on BBC1) as well as countless repeats of Police Interceptors, Four in a Bed and Charmed to put as much effort as possible into revision and past papers for these exams. It will be worth it, I’m sure.

  • Read

Over the past year or two, I’ve acquired 14 non-fiction books with science/maths/random information on how to get a sofa round a corner (if only Ross Geller decided to move the couch 16 years later!) and 2 novels, all of which I haven’t even started reading.

Non-fiction: Science/maths

  1. The Astronaut Wives Club (2013) – Lily Koppel)
  2. Packing for Mars (2010) – Mary Roach
  3. How to Live Forever (2011) – Alok Jha
  4. Inflight Science (2011) – Brian Clegg
  5. How to be a Genius (2011) – Robert Allen
  6. Introducing Artificial Intelligence (2003) – Henry Brighton and Howard Selina
  7. Popular Science FYI (2011) – edited by Bjorn Carey
  8. How to Build a Brain (2011) – Richard Elwes
  9. The Science Magpie (2013) – Simon Flynn
  10. How to Get a Sofa Around a Corner (2011) – Mark Frary
  11. Stargazing for Astronomy (2010) – Will Gater and Anton Vamplew
  12. Wonders of the Universe (2011) – Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen


Are we Live?, QI Advanced Banter

Are we Live?, QI Advanced Banter

  1. Are We Live? (2012) – Marion Appleby
  2. QI Book of Quotations Advanced Banter (2008) – John Lloyd and John Mitchinson


Sorceress, The Children of Hurin

Sorceress, The Children of Hurin

  1. Sorceress (2003) – Celia Rees
  2. The children of Húrin (2008) – J.R.R. Tolkien


On second thoughts, I don’t want to be too busy…

Original photos taken using Nokia Lumia 520

Top 5 Film Blogs

I’m not an expert when it comes to films. I love watching them, but I’m not the sort to know the director or screenwriter of every film off the top of my head. But here’s 5 of my favourite film blogs that may help!

  1. Oh My Disney http://blogs.disney.com/oh-my-disney/  You can never have too much Disney!
  2. Today I Watched a Movie http://todayiwatchedamovie.com/   Short, simple film review
  3. The Galactic Pillow http://galacticpillow.com/   Good, in-depth reviews
  4. Cinema or Cine-meh? http://allihavetosayaboutthat.wordpress.com/   So you know what not to waste your money on
  5. Let’s Go to The Movies http://letsgotothemovies7.com/   Reviews of films new and old

10 things film fans don’t want to hear

Before the cinema…

  1. The reviews for that are rubbish, why not see … ? Have you actually seen the film? No, so please let me make my own decision before claiming others’ opinions as your own
  2. That’s a childish film, why not see a horror film like most people your age? Because I don’t like horror films, and I’d much rather watch a Disney film, where 99% of the audience are actually teenagers/young adults, over a scary film any day
  3. Why not just wait for the DVD, cinema tickets are so overpriced! I’d rather spend £7 on a film I’d know not to buy than waste £15 on a DVD I’d never watch again

During the film…

  1. Just start the film already! Shush, the 30 minutes of trailers are all part of the cinema experience!
  2. Ooh, this part’s good! I understand that you’re still excited from the first time you saw the film, but please try to restrain yourself when you’re thinking of revealing the most important plot twist to the whole audience
  3. Have you got any popcorn left? I told you not to eat it all during the trailers!


  1. Ok, credits are rolling, let’s go! What? I’m sorry, I want to stay and watch the credits, to avoid another ‘Avengers’ mistake and leave before the end videos
  2. Which wouldn’t have happened if you’d let me tell you what the reviews said!
  3. So, was it as bad as I said it was going to be? See 1.
  4. Was it good? The answer to this can never be simply “yes” or “no”. It has to involve a dissection of every scene before thinking of the film as a whole just to get an idea of how to describe its awesomeness (or not) in just a few words.