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    DAY 20
    Today has been very hectic. I really don't think I'm working enough to achieve these A*s... I have to try harder.
    It was sole MAT prep today with a bit of Circular Motion/SMH revision as I have a test next week.
    Computer Science
    Apparently, my work is comprehensive and of A* standard... But I'm awaiting a draft mark for section 1 of my coursework so I can make improvements.
    EPQ
    My EPQ teacher thought my work was amazing and I'd definitely get all the marks for my first section and if I keep it up I'll definitely get an A*
    MAT
    This was a real bummer. I tried the 2013 paper. It was incredibly difficult for me. I don't think I was in the right mind-set.
    For MAT 2013, the average score amongst all applicants 44.8, amongst shortlisted applicants 54.2, amongst successful applicants 60.6
    I scored 58/100...
    So I would've been shortlisted but I probably wouldn't receive an offer.
    What I struggle with the most is trying to understand what the question is asking for. Here's an example:

    AB-words are “words” formed from the letters A and B according to certain rules. The rules are applied starting with the empty word, containing no letters. The basic rules are: (1) If the current word is x, then it can be replaced with the word that starts with A, followed by x and ending with B, written AxB. (2) If the current word ends with B, the final B can be removed.

    Describe precisely all the words that can be produced with these two rules. Justify your answer.

    I was very confuzzled and I thought... isn't there an infinite many ways that these rules could be applied.. how many times do they want me to apply these rules.... it was the word "precisely"... yeah... I was being a bit silly I guess but I think I'm still in like an "A-level Maths" mind set and not a problem-solving one. But I will do better in the 2014 paper.

    So here's my plan for MAT:
    40 minutes on Question 1, 30 minutes thereafter on 2,5,6 and 7. I intend to start with Q6 in the real paper as this is my strongest question. I often score 15/15 on this question. So I'm going to go 6, 1, 2, 5, 7... or something along those lines. The next paper (2014) I will do timed so that I can see how many marks I drop whilst on a strict timer!

    Have a great week guys! Make the most out of your situation, whatever it may be!
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    This was a real bummer. I tried the 2013 paper. It was incredibly difficult for me. I don't think I was in the right mind-set.
    For MAT 2013, the average score amongst all applicants 44.8, amongst shortlisted applicants 54.2, amongst successful applicants 60.6
    I scored 58/100...
    So I would've been shortlisted but I probably wouldn't receive an offer.
    If the average score amongst successful applicants is 60.6 (this is very college dependent too actually), then scorers of approximately 58 would almost certainly have been in the student cohort for that year (in large numbers) unless a substantial proportion scored 59 or 60. So 58 is a very credible score for that year especially because it was tough, well done

    I have assumed that the outlier values for successful applicants lie north of 60.6 rather than below, which is a fair enough assumption given that a higher score is better. This means a large proportion of scores should be just a few marks below the mean to tilt the balance of outliers.
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    [QUOTE=Someboady;67633832]Hi,

    I'm creating this thread as a way to track my progress throughout the year and motivate myself to study. In my AS year I took AS-Maths, A-level Maths, AS Physics and AS Computer Science. I got 4A's. It might sound great but I missed the A* in Maths by 2 marks in my Core 4 paper. I got 100% in Core 1, Core 2 and Core 3 but my Core 4 dropped to just under 80%. This annoyed me a lot because I know I was ready for Core 4 and I know that I should've done miles better. It annoyed me because now I have to retake that module this year despite knowing it last year...it was just a bad day for me I reckon. My predicted grades are currently 3A*s (Maths, Physics, Computer Science) however my Further Maths looks to be an A, however I will try to get this bumped to an A* (I mean, I did really well in terms of UMS discounting Core 4). I am also taking the EPQ this year on Computer Science and I hope to be predicted an A*.

    So my teachers believe me to be capable of achieving A*'s due to high A-grades last year however I must admit I think I won't manage it. I just feel like the margins for error are too high and I'll slip up like I did in my AS-year. I intend to try my hardest though and I hope this thread motivates others too.
    I am applying to study Computer Science at Oxford, Imperial, Bristol, Warwick and Durham/Sheffield. My internal deadline for UCAS is next week. I also have to take the MAT in around a months time. Thus a lot of preparation is required. The work load is huge at the moment but I'm just about managing.

    I will be working my socks off this year and I will begin my first post on Monday which will be my second full week at college. My first week was just appalling.
    For Further Maths I will be studying the Edexcel syllabus (FP1,FP2,FP3,M2,S2,D1) and I hope to have FP1,M2,S2 finished by December.
    For Physics I'm studying the AQA Syllabus and doing AstroPhysics for my option despite having chosen Turning points... my college sucks so bad.
    For Computer Science I am doing the OCR exam board and I will be working on my coursework for the most part, I'm aiming to have that complete by December also. This will give me time to prepare for the exam.
    Core 4, I will prepare for starting from January. There is no way I miss the A* in Maths next year. It scares me to think I might miss it again if I flop this exam.
    My EPQ will be alongside my studies, I will sacrifice whatever time I have to it.
    I am also a disadvantaged student in the sense that I attend a college that is underperforming and I am part of various schemes that allow me to apply to University. People from my area don't usually go to University and I will be the first in my family to attend University hopefully. Also I always thought Oxford/Cambridge were only for rich kids who could afford it lol..Glad they put that misconception away.
    I am more than willing to pull my weight this year to achieve these grades. Oxford and Imperial are just hopes, I at least want to get offers from Bristol and Warwick and Sheffield/Durham.
    If you have any advice about anything whether it be Universities, or how to succeed or A-levels I would be more than happy to receive it!
    With that being said, I think this will be the opener to my thread.

    Thanks for reading,
    Someboady

    EDIT: I am predicted 5A*s now. The support on this thread has been phenomenal and thank you everyone for your encouraging words, hopefully I'll meet everyone's expectations.

    University Applications
    Thank you to DarkEnergy for creating the template used below!:
    UCAS Application Send Off Date:
    Oxford (MCompSci Computer Science) | Date: TBD | Reply: TBD
    Imperial College London (MEng Computing) | Date: TBD | Reply: TBD
    Warwick (MEng Computer Science | Date: TBD | Reply: TBD
    Bristol (MEng Computer Science | Date: TBD | Reply: TBD
    Durham (MEng Computer Science) | Date: TBD | Reply: TBD

    MAT Preparation Record:
    Target: 70/100

    In order as attempted:
    MAT 2010 | Q1: 28/40 | Q2: 5/15 | Q5: 15/15 | Q6: 4/15 | Q7: 3/15 | TOTAL = 55/100 (Average Successful applicant scored: 69.3)
    MAT 2011 | Q1: 24/40 | Q2: 10/15 | Q5: 9/15 | Q6: 14/15 | Q7: 10/15 | TOTAL = 67/100 (Average Successful applicant scored 71.3)
    MAT 2012 | Q1: 36/40 | Q2: 9/15 | Q5: 14/15 | Q6: 15/15 | Q7: 13/15 | TOTAL = 86/100 (Average Successful applicant scored 68.2)
    MAT 2013 | Q1: 24/40 | Q2: 5/15 | Q5: 5/15 | Q6: 15/15 | Q7: 9/15 | TOTAL = 58/100 (Average Successful applicant scored 61.3)

    Exams Incoming this Summer:
    FP1 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    FP2 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    FP3 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    D1 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    S2 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    M2 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    C4 (Resit) | Date: TBD | Time: TBD

    Physics Paper 1 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    Physics Paper 2 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    Physics Paper 3 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD

    Computer Science Paper 1 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    Computer Science Paper 2 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD

    Total = 13 exams (inc. MAT)

    I aim to have learnt the content for FP1, M2, C4, Physics Paper 1 and MAT byj,dm

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    (Original post by Theplace)

    How were GCSES. Did you do a language
    6A*'s 5A's
    I did take french however though not at GCSE level... I received a Merit for it
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    (Original post by Himtiaz)
    I'm thinking dentistry or medicine. Which uni do you want to go to?
    Cambridge, Imperial, LSE and not sure about the other 2 but probably going to choose uni's that are in a different tier since the 3 uni's are very competitive to get into! What about yourself?


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    (Original post by DamnDaniel2)
    Cambridge, Imperial, LSE and not sure about the other 2 but probably going to choose uni's that are in a different tier since the 3 uni's are very competitive to get into! What about yourself?


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    Im kinda the same

    Cambridge
    Durham
    Imperial
    Edinburgh
    Not sure about my last choice either
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    (Original post by Himtiaz)
    Im kinda the same

    Cambridge
    Durham
    Imperial
    Edinburgh
    Not sure about my last choice either
    Impressive ahaha.

    You still have a year left but if you still have doubts then look at the courses of each uni online and see which one best suits you and the one you like the most



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    (Original post by Lay-Z)
    TSR is full of people like this, cant stand when year 13 students are giving advice on stuff like grad schemes etc
    Those close to the flame are exactly the ones who know what to do. The best tutors are a year above.
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    To do computing at Imperial do you need to do any extra tests? Or is the application process the same for other uni's like Warwick for computing?
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    (Original post by Chittesh14)
    99% average lol wow. And you're still going a few marks off the successful boundary! Dam, MAT must also be really hard lol. I think you would stand a good chance, everyone applying should have 4 As or good grades but Oxford has a high GCSE requirement lol. If you want to read maths at uni I don't see why you wouldn't get an offer or interview if they do them with an average of 99% across all Maths modules lol.


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    MAT does require a of work and STEP is harder.
    Oxford wants a whole lot of GCSEs ar A* grade and a well rounded person.
    Cambridge takes the less wel rounded with a great STEP.
    By the time you do all this work, if you don't get into s top school, will be treading water for the first year anywhere else. Do you want to do this for 3-4 years, then hunt for teaching job in a school?
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    (Original post by Theplace)
    MAT does require a of work and STEP is harder.
    Oxford wants a whole lot of GCSEs ar A* grade and a well rounded person.
    Cambridge takes the less wel rounded with a great STEP.
    By the time you do all this work, if you don't get into s top school, will be treading water for the first year anywhere else. Do you want to do this for 3-4 years, then hunt for s job teaching in a school?
    Lol I know . Didn't understand the last bit ^ :O
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    Day 23
    Sorry I skipped a couple days... It's been very hectic lately, since its the last week of college before half term.
    Thought and Tip for today: Unlike last year, I haven't really had to think about what I'm going to do in my frees at college or when I get home. It's literally been "do whatever needs to be done" because this year I've actually gotten a huge amount of homework... which sucks but I guess its more practice? I preferred having the flexibility. In fact, I think I have a homework due tomorrow but I haven't done it xD. Oh well, I know the stuff at least! HOWEVER, it is EXCELLENT practice to sort out what you're going to do in your frees. Sometimes I'd be so unsure of what I'd do in my frees, I would carry all of my folders with me so that I was prepared to practice whatever I needed to. All of my college bags have torn because of this Lol.

    Further Maths
    As mentioned before (I think), by the end of this week I will have completed FP1 and M2 alongside Core 4. I will also be planning my half term holidays to ensure I get the most out of it. We've begun FP2. Once we finish M2 (i.e. after half term) we'll begin D1. Going to start crunching papers soon!
    Physics
    So you'd think Further Mechanics is easy...well the test I did was definitely not easy... in fact I think I messed up pretty badly.
    It was a mixture of silly mistakes and not being able to apply what I know about Simple Harmonic Motion to the question. I knew the answer, I just thought it was a bit far-fetched for the test we were doing... I should have just written it anyways tbh. But heyo... I'll find out what I got tomorrow.
    UCAS
    My UCAS was sent off on Monday evening all the universities received my application today and yesterday. I hope to receive at least one offer next week!
    MAT
    Just did question 1 of June 2014 and unfortunately only got 28/40 in 40-45 minutes but I continued to work and score 36/40 however this was WAYYY over the time limit. I still have two papers to do and only 3 weeks till the actual exam!!!

    Its Wednesday guys! Two days left of hard work and then half term is here! Stick with it guys!
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    (Original post by Kira Yagami)
    To do computing at Imperial do you need to do any extra tests? Or is the application process the same for other uni's like Warwick for computing?
    Hi,
    I don't believe there's any assessments but Imperial do interviews where its supposedly "maths" based. I believe most (if not all) universities don't require interviews for Computer Science/Computing.
    Are you planning to do Computer Science at University?
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Hi,
    I don't believe there's any assessments but Imperial do interviews where its supposedly "maths" based. I believe most (if not all) universities don't require interviews for Computer Science/Computing.
    Are you planning to do Computer Science at University?
    Yes I am. Thank you

    How were the resources for MAT I sent you, were they useful or?
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    (Original post by Kira Yagami)
    Yes I am. Thank you

    How were the resources for MAT I sent you, were they useful or?
    Awesome, I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about Computer Science (I don't study it at University) but I've been to a bunch of summer schools and similar events that helped me get a good idea of what I wanted to do at University.

    The MAT resources were brilliant! Thank you very much!
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Awesome, I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about Computer Science (I don't study it at University) but I've been to a bunch of summer schools and similar events that helped me get a good idea of what I wanted to do at University.

    The MAT resources were brilliant! Thank you very much!
    That would be great! Is there any other way I could contact you? Don't really chatting on here tbh as it's not like instant messaging. But if that is inconvenient for you then that's fine.
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Its Wednesday guys! Two days left of hard work and then half term is here! Stick with it guys!
    You sure bud? Most people I know start their half term on the 20th.
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    (Original post by Naruke)
    You sure bud? Most people I know start their half term on the 20th.
    Yeah battlefield 1 comes out the next day so I know what I will be doing over halt term
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Hi,

    I'm creating this thread as a way to track my progress throughout the year and motivate myself to study. In my AS year I took AS-Maths, A-level Maths, AS Physics and AS Computer Science. I got 4A's. It might sound great but I missed the A* in Maths by 2 marks in my Core 4 paper. I got 100% in Core 1, Core 2 and Core 3 but my Core 4 dropped to just under 80%. This annoyed me a lot because I know I was ready for Core 4 and I know that I should've done miles better. It annoyed me because now I have to retake that module this year despite knowing it last year...it was just a bad day for me I reckon. My predicted grades are currently 3A*s (Maths, Physics, Computer Science) however my Further Maths looks to be an A, however I will try to get this bumped to an A* (I mean, I did really well in terms of UMS discounting Core 4). I am also taking the EPQ this year on Computer Science and I hope to be predicted an A*.

    So my teachers believe me to be capable of achieving A*'s due to high A-grades last year however I must admit I think I won't manage it. I just feel like the margins for error are too high and I'll slip up like I did in my AS-year. I intend to try my hardest though and I hope this thread motivates others too.
    I am applying to study Computer Science at Oxford, Imperial, Bristol, Warwick and Durham/Sheffield. My internal deadline for UCAS is next week. I also have to take the MAT in around a months time. Thus a lot of preparation is required. The work load is huge at the moment but I'm just about managing.

    I will be working my socks off this year and I will begin my first post on Monday which will be my second full week at college. My first week was just appalling.
    For Further Maths I will be studying the Edexcel syllabus (FP1,FP2,FP3,M2,S2,D1) and I hope to have FP1,M2,S2 finished by December.
    For Physics I'm studying the AQA Syllabus and doing AstroPhysics for my option despite having chosen Turning points... my college sucks so bad.
    For Computer Science I am doing the OCR exam board and I will be working on my coursework for the most part, I'm aiming to have that complete by December also. This will give me time to prepare for the exam.
    Core 4, I will prepare for starting from January. There is no way I miss the A* in Maths next year. It scares me to think I might miss it again if I flop this exam.
    My EPQ will be alongside my studies, I will sacrifice whatever time I have to it.
    I am also a disadvantaged student in the sense that I attend a college that is underperforming and I am part of various schemes that allow me to apply to University. People from my area don't usually go to University and I will be the first in my family to attend University hopefully. Also I always thought Oxford/Cambridge were only for rich kids who could afford it lol..Glad they put that misconception away.
    I am more than willing to pull my weight this year to achieve these grades. Oxford and Imperial are just hopes, I at least want to get offers from Bristol and Warwick and Sheffield/Durham.
    If you have any advice about anything whether it be Universities, or how to succeed or A-levels I would be more than happy to receive it!
    With that being said, I think this will be the opener to my thread.

    Thanks for reading,
    Someboady

    EDIT: I am predicted 5A*s now. The support on this thread has been phenomenal and thank you everyone for your encouraging words, hopefully I'll meet everyone's expectations.

    University Applications
    Thank you to DarkEnergy for creating the template used below!:
    UCAS Application Send Off Date: 10/10/16
    Oxford (MCompSci Computer Science) | Date: TBD | Reply: TBD
    Imperial College London (MEng Computing) | Date: TBD | Reply: TBD
    Warwick (MEng Computer Science | Date: TBD | Reply: TBD
    Bristol (MEng Computer Science | Date: TBD | Reply: TBD
    Durham (MEng Computer Science) | Date: TBD | Reply: TBD

    MAT Preparation Record:
    Target: 70/100

    In order as attempted:
    MAT 2010 | Q1: 28/40 | Q2: 5/15 | Q5: 15/15 | Q6: 4/15 | Q7: 3/15 | TOTAL = 55/100 (Average Successful applicant scored: 69.3)
    MAT 2011 | Q1: 24/40 | Q2: 10/15 | Q5: 9/15 | Q6: 14/15 | Q7: 10/15 | TOTAL = 67/100 (Average Successful applicant scored 71.3)
    MAT 2012 | Q1: 36/40 | Q2: 9/15 | Q5: 14/15 | Q6: 15/15 | Q7: 13/15 | TOTAL = 86/100 (Average Successful applicant scored 68.2)
    MAT 2013 | Q1: 24/40 | Q2: 5/15 | Q5: 5/15 | Q6: 15/15 | Q7: 9/15 | TOTAL = 58/100 (Average Successful applicant scored 61.3)

    Exams Incoming this Summer:
    FP1 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    FP2 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    FP3 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    D1 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    S2 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    M2 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    C4 (Resit) | Date: TBD | Time: TBD

    Physics Paper 1 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    Physics Paper 2 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    Physics Paper 3 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD

    Computer Science Paper 1 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD
    Computer Science Paper 2 | Date: TBD | Time: TBD

    Total = 13 exams (inc. MAT)

    I aim to have learnt the content for FP1, M2, C4, Physics Paper 1 and MAT by 14th October.
    I am also aiming for A*A*A*A*A* in Maths, Further Maths, Additional Further Maths, Physics and Electronics.

    If you need the dates for maths exams (i can give a few):
    FP2: 07/06/2017
    FP3: 26/06/2017
    S2: 26/06/2017
    C4: 23/06/2016

    GOOD LUCK!
 
 
 
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