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*MEGATHREAD* - The Ultimate 'Am I Good Enough For Medicine?' Angst Thread Mk II

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    You don't really need to take AS or A level maths although it is still useful, you already studied biology and chemistry for medicine which is enough, so long you retake your gcse maths to try to get a minimum of B, an A even better to show you have good maths skills for medicine. The bottom line is that you do not need A level maths for medicine.
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    (Original post by Luke Williams)
    I think it is pushed against you massively. Maths is a crucial element. Also, only 3 AS levels. However, you still stand a chance, but you will be the underdog in the race.
    ^ He's right.

    But don't let it hold you back too much, ultimately, if it's all you want to do, and you cant imagine yourself doing anything else in the world, then you've got to try. The C is a bit daunting, and without extenuating circumstances to explain your resits it might be a bit difficult.

    It's also worth reconsidering your options when you have done the UKCAT - this can make or break your application, (after you've met the minimum requirements anyway) and see if it could help your application? I'm not sure how many universities you don't meet the minimum requirement for, but if it's a lot, despite it being even more competitive, it might end up being your better shot: Grad Entry, all the while picking up work experience, and volunteering posts (i'm sure University will give you plenty of opportunities to enhance your app) and go for it that way. Just a thought.

    Good luck with however you wish to pursue medicine, as a fellow prospective, we must all stick together
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    i've the same worry
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    You've come this far and you've proved yourself to be hard working and intelligent- Don't give up! You're extra-curricular activities sound great if you do them. Make sure you check out the requirements for medicine at uni. Redo maths, as it is imperative you get at least a B if not an A at GCSE. Also I'd recommend you take a fourth AS in Maths (work very HARD!) and if not that then at least in something like psychology that is related to your future career. Good luck and I hope you get into medicine. They key to success is hard work and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
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    hello there
    i ma a future applicant for medicine.
    my GCSE weren't that great
    i got 2A* 5A 3B AND 2C
    I got an A* FOR MATHS / FRENCH
    I got an A for ENGLISH LITT/ RS / CHEMISTRY /PHYSICS /
    I got a B for ALAN / STATISTICS / BIOLOGY
    I got a C in ENGLISH LANG AND GRAPHICS

    the C in eng lang is giving me a big issue
    i have looked at several unis that don't really look at gcse such as durham BM6 soton, EMDP kings college and so on .....

    but i just need some advice from you guys
    for AS i am aiming for all As
    i just got my AS JAN modules results back and i got AAAB so i am confident that i am going to do well in jun aswell
    but i just need some more advice when it comes for me to apply for medicine courses this coming year ..
    thank you for everyone who take their time to advice me of anything
    thanks again !
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    I've always wanted to be a doctor from a very young age. I worked very hard in school consistently and got high grades. I am in year 11 now and I've doing little bits of revision for the past few weeks but haven't completed revision for all of my subjects. My first exam is in just over 4 weeks and my third exam in just over 5 weeks. I'm predicted to get 8A*s and 2As. I've been having panic attacks, literally pulling my hair out and crying because I feel as if there just isn't enough time to achieve my predicted grades. I originally started revision 2 months and 3 weeks before the first exam then did loads of revision the first week then just stopped when I started getting depressed from bullying at school etc.

    I feel as if I have ruined all of my chances of becoming a doctor now and it is my whole word. My main goal in life. I haven't even started revision for English lit & Spanish and I haven't finished 'learning' some of the material for most of my subjects.

    How can I stop stressing out? I know this is all completely my fault but how can I stop going mental and depressed over the situation?!
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    100% not. Seriously calm down. I completely appreciate why you're stressing out now, when I did mine, I thought similarly too. You've got plenty of time, mountains of time I'd go so far as to say. The important thing is to start revising now. Don't bother with some grand plan but tackle a couple of topics a subject every day. Pay a lot of attention to past papers.

    GCSEs are only the first step, and tbh quite a small step in the road. Eating healthily, exercising and having fun with your friends are also important in feeling good. When you feel good, you're better suited to revising well. Good luck.
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    I honestly think you need to take a breath and read that post back to yourself.

    As someone who finished uni a few years ago I am genuinely worried that gcse students think and worry to this extent, pulling your hair out and crying is way over the top, you've been predicted those grades for a reason, because you're capable of getting them, stop being mental.
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    Just work hard now and worry about medicine when you know what your grades are.
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    Whereas you can't erase the past, you can try and do something about the future.

    I appreciate you're not in a happy state of mind at the moment but how about you take a day or 2 off to calm down and then return to your revision. That's the best you can do. From then on, what happens, happens.

    There's still time!
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    Stop for a minute and breathe. This is only one part of an entire load of things that universities will look at in your medicine application. So, if you don't get the grades you're predicted, it isn't the end of the world.
    However, there is nothing to say that you won't get the grades you are predicted. It's likely that you are closer to achieving them than you realise! The important thing is that you calm down and start revision slowly, now. Don't forget that on top of the 5 weeks until your first exam, you have the time in between exams to continue revision. There is still hope
    Good luck!
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    Calm down. I've felt the same way as you in the past, and was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder a few years ago, and take it from me, you can't go on feeling this way. I'd talk to your school counsellor/mentor about the hair tearing, this is obviously a form of self-harm and you can't let it continue or it'll get worse. Are your parents aware of what has been going on?

    Do as the others before me suggested - study a couple of topics per day for different subjects. Make sure you take regular breaks in between studying so you don't feel 'burned out' - I was once told that studying in small chunks, and then having a 15-minute break in-between does wonders.

    Give yourself some time off. Like I say, I totally understand that you want to do well, and you're obviously very driven. But you need a bit of relaxation time every night. Read a book for pleasure, listen to some music, watch a movie, exercise - whatever!

    Ultimately, you haven't ruined your chances at all - you sound like a very dedicated person who has worked themselves up a little too much.
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    (Original post by aspiringmed)
    I've always wanted to be a doctor from a very young age. I worked very hard in school consistently and got high grades. I am in year 11 now and I've doing little bits of revision for the past few weeks but haven't completed revision for all of my subjects. My first exam is in just over 4 weeks and my third exam in just over 5 weeks. I'm predicted to get 8A*s and 2As. I've been having panic attacks, literally pulling my hair out and crying because I feel as if there just isn't enough time to achieve my predicted grades. I originally started revision 2 months and 3 weeks before the first exam then did loads of revision the first week then just stopped when I started getting depressed from bullying at school etc.

    I feel as if I have ruined all of my chances of becoming a doctor now and it is my whole word. My main goal in life. I haven't even started revision for English lit & Spanish and I haven't finished 'learning' some of the material for most of my subjects.

    How can I stop stressing out? I know this is all completely my fault but how can I stop going mental and depressed over the situation?!
    The most important thing to learn in order to get into medicine and eventually becoming a doctor is to learn how to deal with stress. You have plenty of time, just start your revision and you'll be fine. Remembe that breaks are just as important as studying.
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    As somebody who came out of my GCSEs knowing I hadn't done anywhere near enough revision my advice would be to stop worrying. I still did better than I aimed to do with practically no revision at all. Keep calm you have lots of time to revise just try and do a past paper a day.
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    No! Don't get me wrong, GCSEs are important but theyre not that important. As long as you get a B in sciences/maths (or maybe a C, im not sure) then you will be accepted onto the A-Level courses- this is where you need to achieve high grades so you can then go to study medicine at uni. Don't worry! If you are predicted A* then im in no doubt that you will easily be able to get a B. From my GCSE experience, i only started revising like a month before-ish and that was plenty of time. But you need to remember, the more time you spend panicking and being stressed over it, the less time you are spending revising.
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    calm young one, your chances are still fine! GCSEs are a lot easier than you think, its not hard to get through them with excellent grades with out revising day and night for years before hand ... just sit down and take a breather! with regards to medicine though your chances are still good dont worry, from what i know of medicine they still place the vast bulk of the decision on Alevels.
    just try calm down on these and dont over work your self you'll do fine dont worry, its bloody hard to screw up your GCSEs anyway :P
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    (Original post by aspiringmed)
    I've always wanted to be a doctor from a very young age. I worked very hard in school consistently and got high grades. I am in year 11 now and I've doing little bits of revision for the past few weeks but haven't completed revision for all of my subjects. My first exam is in just over 4 weeks and my third exam in just over 5 weeks. I'm predicted to get 8A*s and 2As. I've been having panic attacks, literally pulling my hair out and crying because I feel as if there just isn't enough time to achieve my predicted grades. I originally started revision 2 months and 3 weeks before the first exam then did loads of revision the first week then just stopped when I started getting depressed from bullying at school etc.

    I feel as if I have ruined all of my chances of becoming a doctor now and it is my whole word. My main goal in life. I haven't even started revision for English lit & Spanish and I haven't finished 'learning' some of the material for most of my subjects.

    How can I stop stressing out? I know this is all completely my fault but how can I stop going mental and depressed over the situation?!
    Calm down! Have some confidence in yourself.
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    GCSEs really aren't important.

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    (Original post by Miracle Day)
    GCSEs really aren't important.

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    GCSEs are the most important academic selection criteria for most medical schools. Pretty much all applicants will have AAA A2 predictions, GCSEs are the only way they can distinguish between candidates.
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    Stop stress?

    My advice:
    1) Go to mass on Sunday. I am an atheist but forcing myself to go to mass and sit down, where I ignore what the guy is saying and instead only going through the motions of standing/sitting/kneeling makes me think about stuff and calm down
    2) Go to the park, either a walk or a bike ride
    3) Dress up warm and sit in your backyard either revising or just thinking. Just remember to take a sweater, hat and maybe gloves.

    Try to get up in the morning but don't keep to a night schedule, just go to sleep when you are tired. If you overextend your night, the next day your body will force you to go to sleep early so it balances out.

    Otherwise try to maintain a constant diet with rigours throughout the day e.g. Eating at 12:00-1:00 even though you have no restrictions as complications with that part of your body can just further frustrate situations.
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