When i first started the course i found it extremely difficult because it suddenly got harder. Year 10 chinese was a bludge and they didn't transition us properly from yr 10 chinese to yr 11. In yr 10 we were still learning about items of clothing and suddenly in yr 11 we were expected to write essays on the generation gap, gender equality etc!
Also be aware that you are competing against people who have been through half of primary school in china, they have a way better foundation. I don't know how good your chinese is so...maybe you should ask your chinese teacher?