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    Hey everyone,

    I've been on student room for a while, I usually just lurk but I could really use some help and advice.

    I was homeschooled and am now going to college - it's my second year at college and I'm a month into my second year of a-levels (Maths, Physics, Chemistry). AS results went alright - nowhere near as great as I wanted, but from my point of view nowhere near what I worked for with the amount of effort i put in, but I'm trying to identify where I went wrong so that I can improve on that.

    I'm not great in class as I find it hard to focus, and my problem-solving skills seem to lack right now - I have a good knowledge of my subjects, however I don't do so well in homework or exams - for instance I will do silly things, mistakes, get things the wrong way round and basically make myself look like a right dullard - it's not that I can't solve problems very well or that I can't identify how to solve problems once I've learned the techniques - it's more that I will literally make errors that I don't see - I don't see anyone else making them and that makes me feel really alone in it, and after looking at my papers I can see that's where I lost a lot of my marks.

    Take for example, I'll be solving a problem in thermal physics like today, and i'll input and write 2.5x10^23 instead of 2.5x10^22 - that will literally make me lose two marks in the question, or in maths I'll get my algebra signs wrong and completely muck up a question, or in chemistry I'll forget which way around the le chatelier's principle is regarding pressure and amount of moles, which side it favours - and I literally cannot figure it out because I get stressed out and I just can't logic it out.

    Can you guys help me? Give me some advice on what I should do and how I can tackle this problem? I'm predicted A*AA if I can tackle my problems because my teachers know what my error is but there's nothing they can really do - it's all down to me and I don't know how to overcome this persistent problem.


    Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you've posted in the right place? Here's a link to our subject forum which should help get you more responses if you post there.

    Just quoting in Danny Dorito so she can move the thread if needed :wizard:
    (Original post by Danny Dorito)
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