A-grade stu­dents: r/GCSE’s top meme makers

An inside look at the sub-reddit in which 16-year-olds are trolling exam boards.

All across the UK Year 11s are buck­ling down for their GCSEs. Whether you sat GCSEs or O lev­els, were marked using let­ters, rather than num­bers, or com­plet­ed five instead of 12 – we all have mem­o­ries of this tense peri­od packed full of revi­sion. Stu­dents have been resort­ing to all man­ner of tech­niques to ease the stress, from flash­cards, tutors, and study bud­dies, to YouTube videos – but there’s one par­tic­u­lar place that jit­tery teens have been flock­ing to: r/​GCSE.

The best place on the inter­net for revi­sion, on the worst web­site on the inter­net for revi­sion,” states the bold red ban­ner at the top of the sub-red­dit. Sure, it was cre­at­ed for tips, advice and resources”, but, as is the case with most dig­i­tal plat­forms, it’s real­ly being used to share and up-vote all man­ner of DIY exam-relat­ed memes.

What bet­ter way to poke fun at invig­i­la­tors, despair/​boast about your lack of revi­sion, or to declare exam board AQA can­celled on account of their unnec­es­sar­i­ly dif­fi­cult ques­tions. r/​GCSE, it’s all A*’s from us.

Two r/​GCSE users (with a ton of up-votes under their belt) took time out of their revi­sion sched­ule to give us the inside scoop.

R/​HumdrumAnt

What meme best describes your mood right now?

Prob­a­bly the meme with 4 pan­els of the con­fused woman with all the equations.

Describe AQA in one word. 

Troglodytes.

You’re in the room with the per­son who wrote the physics paper, what do you say?

Why did you make all those com­plex math­sy ques­tions that need­ed 275 equations??

Memes or all As? 

All A’s

Why do you use r/​GCSE?

I use it because it helps with my stress to know oth­ers feel the same and to see memes after exams.

Do all your friends go on it, too? 

YES very much. More than any­thing else.

R/​CrustyShaun

What meme best describes your mood right now?

The Minecraft come­back meme because I’m play­ing too much and not revising.

Describe AQA in one word.

Decent.

You’re in the room with the per­son who wrote the physics paper, what do you say?

I would ask the physics paper guy where all the prac­ti­cal went.

Memes or all As?

All A’s

Why do you use r/​GCSE?

I use r/​GCSE to laugh after a stress­ful exam and com­pete with friends to see who can get the most up votes.

How did you find r/​GCSE?

I use r/​asoue and r/​okbuddyretard I found it by it being rec­om­mend­ed to me on reddit.

Do you make memes before the exam?

I only make memes after and it’s fine because I’ve done all my revision.


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