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    Has anyone got an example of an A* compare/contrast poetry analysis?
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    (Original post by oli19919)
    Is 6 hours per day enough (on a weekend) and 3 hours on a school night?

    Also aiming for all A*s, igcse

    Do you think its really important to do all past papers so far (2011-2015) or just some/most of them
    To be honest, it's not about how long you study but how well you take in information. I used to do 6 hours each day on a weekend, but now I find that it is much better if I do less hours with more focus. If you can work for 6 hours and not burn out then by all means go for it. Just make sure there is time for everything else and you are actually taking in the information.

    As for past papers, do as many as you can as long as you can just get an idea of how examiners mark. You don't have to do every single one but the more the better.

    Good luck getting your A*s I really hope you do

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    I hope they are easy for you too
    And you don't have to go in for the whole of may unless you have an exam?! I wish my school did that but we don't get study leave until we have done all but about 4 exams

    Good luck though
    Well it's still pretty bad that we don't even get a study leave before the exams start - that's what all the other international schools I have friends in are doing! The one in Monaco let their students have a study leave 2 weeks ago already! And they don't have to show up for class in may either, just like us. We have little time to revise, and our grades are solely dependent on our exams, which is kind of terrifying.

    But I'm coping pretty well, today I didn't even do that much since I try to chill the last week of school
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    (Original post by Mac117)
    Well it's still pretty bad that we don't even get a study leave before the exams start - that's what all the other international schools I have friends in are doing! The one in Monaco let their students have a study leave 2 weeks ago already! And they don't have to show up for class in may either, just like us. We have little time to revise, and our grades are solely dependent on our exams, which is kind of terrifying.

    But I'm coping pretty well, today I didn't even do that much since I try to chill the last week of school
    Ah right - that is pretty bad - I know how you feel but there are other schools which don't give study leave like mine doesn't until exams are almost over, so I guess it is a case of managing your time to get the most done between now and your first exams

    Glad to hear you are coping - as long as that continues so keep it up and I wish you the best of luck
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    I'm burned out 😭 in the Easter I was doing a lot- sometimes 10 hours a day and now I've just been so tired that I've only done about 3-4 hours all weekend... Exams are sooo close! How do I fix myself!?:O😅


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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    To be honest, it's not about how long you study but how well you take in information. I used to do 6 hours each day on a weekend, but now I find that it is much better if I do less hours with more focus. If you can work for 6 hours and not burn out then by all means go for it. Just make sure there is time for everything else and you are actually taking in the information.

    As for past papers, do as many as you can as long as you can just get an idea of how examiners mark. You don't have to do every single one but the more the better.

    Good luck getting your A*s I really hope you do



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    Thank you! Hope yours go well too! What are you hoping for/what do you wanna do at A-level/uni etc


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    I'm burned out 😭 in the Easter I was doing a lot- sometimes 10 hours a day and now I've just been so tired that I've only done about 3-4 hours all weekend... Exams are sooo close! How do I fix myself!?:O😅


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    Ive kinda done the same, went from 7-8 hours to 4-5 hours a day on weekend and 5 on schoolday to 2-3... Think a way to motivate is to do a past paper and when you do bad it'll motivate you to work cos you're like woah imagine if I do this bad irl and then if you actually do well it'll make you feel better. At least you're actually revising even if it's just a bit. I think you can afford to not do so much rn cos you worked so hard before so you can afford to relax, it's just a surprise that you don't have to work loads in order to learn everything before the exams.


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    (Original post by typicalstudent1)
    I'm burned out 😭 in the Easter I was doing a lot- sometimes 10 hours a day and now I've just been so tired that I've only done about 3-4 hours all weekend... Exams are sooo close! How do I fix myself!?:O😅


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    I'd say take a break for a day if possible and plan out your time with sufficient breask so that you can avoid any similar events and also take a break to recover

    I hope you can get back to your full self again soon
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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm in year 11 so I will be sitting my GCSEs in less than 100 days (eek). I also had mocks on the 22nd Feb so keeping this thread made sure I kept up with my revision. At the moment my targets and grades are:

    (WJEC) English Language: A*
    (WJEC) English Literature: A*
    (Edexcel) Maths: A*
    (OCR Gateway B) Biology: A*
    (OCR Gateway B) Chemistry: A*
    (OCR Gateway B) Physics: A*
    (AQA) German: A*
    (OCR Modern) History: A*
    (AQA) Geography: A*
    (OCR National) ICT: A*

    Some of you may look at this and wonder how I can improve, but I set really high standards and in some of my mocks I have been getting 84/85 and scores like that, so I am working towards getting as high a mark as possible, and not just securing the grade.

    Hopefully, if I can get the grades, I want to go on to college and study Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Geology.

    Personal bits:
    If you want a bit of background I've always been quite good academically (though I genuinely hate to admit it) but I believe it is down to the fact that I have severe Atopic Eczema (that the specialist said was the worst in 30 years) and because of this, I have found studying to be a worthy distraction. I also can't see out of my left eye which makes life interesting but I like it that way. If I can work hard enough, and get into University, I will be the first person in my family to do so, and considering my parents have barely any qualifications, this is definitely something I aspire to.

    A few last words:
    I am open to any advice or constructive criticism and I am happy to help anyone too.

    If you want to find out more about me as a person I would be happy to post info and along the way, I will be detailing revision I have done, so if you would like to see pictures of it just let me know and I'll be happy to upload

    Mocks (22nd Feb)
    Here's the posts I made about the mocks I have just taken
    Hi, you seem to be really organised and well on your way to achieving your goals - just to give you some context, I did similar GCSEs last year and got 9A*s so it's definitely not impossible! I'm currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at AS so if you have any questions I'd be glad to answer them. Good luck with your revision, I know this was a while ago, but if you need any help with English Language, go on MrBruff's youtube channel, I can safely say I wouldn't have got an A* without it!
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    (Original post by oli19919)
    Thank you! Hope yours go well too! What are you hoping for/what do you wanna do at A-level/uni etc
    If I go to college it would be Physics, Chemistry, Maths, FM and Geology or Biology at A-Level or an apprenticeship in Engineering. To get into college I need 5Bs for one of college and 5As for the other, so hopefully I can secure them I'd love to go to uni to study Physics or at least a science of some sort and if I could get into Oxbridge then that would mean the world to me but we will have to wait and see
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    (Original post by TheHobbit)
    Hi, you seem to be really organised and well on your way to achieving your goals - just to give you some context, I did similar GCSEs last year and got 9A*s so it's definitely not impossible! I'm currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at AS so if you have any questions I'd be glad to answer them. Good luck with your revision, I know this was a while ago, but if you need any help with English Language, go on MrBruff's youtube channel, I can safely say I wouldn't have got an A* without it!
    Hey there, thank you so much and it's fantastic you're doing the same AS levels as I want to do And thanks for the English Language channel - that's my worst subject so I'll definitely take a look at it.

    Would you say the step to AS is really big? What is the workload like?

    And well done on your GCSEs - I really hope I can get at least 9 A*s
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    (Original post by TheHobbit)
    Hi, you seem to be really organised and well on your way to achieving your goals - just to give you some context, I did similar GCSEs last year and got 9A*s so it's definitely not impossible! I'm currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at AS so if you have any questions I'd be glad to answer them. Good luck with your revision, I know this was a while ago, but if you need any help with English Language, go on MrBruff's youtube channel, I can safely say I wouldn't have got an A* without it!
    How many hours did you do per day and how many past papers per subject more or less like there are 5 years worth for my subjects which is like 20 papers per subject which seems excessive so not sure whether to try super hard to do all of them or focus on learning everything well before doing some/most of past papers. Cheers!


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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    Hey there, thank you so much and it's fantastic you're doing the same AS levels as I want to do And thanks for the English Language channel - that's my worst subject so I'll definitely take a look at it.

    Would you say the step to AS is really big? What is the workload like?

    And well done on your GCSEs - I really hope I can get at least 9 A*s
    How many hours have you done this weekend btw more or less? Have you started past papers yet because im still learning content which is a worry...


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    (Original post by oli19919)
    How many hours have you done this weekend btw more or less? Have you started past papers yet because im still learning content which is a worry...
    I've done about 12 overall - so 6 each day (ish) and I have started past papers yeah
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    Today I've completed a Psychology Unit 1 paper and have begun to revise poems for English literature. brainzistheword I'm so grateful for your revision cards at the moment, they've helped so much with revision, I've been using them everyday and the app is especially useful on the bus and in the school canteen when I don't want to be pulling revision guides out. Thank you so much!

    On another note I was feeling very stressed going back to school last week with the looming exams, but I feel much more on track. I'm just trying to maintain perspective and not get too caught up in it all, because the only thing that's really going to jeopardise my grades in the real things is me getting stressed! I just keep telling myself that if I got this grade in the mock, it can only improve.
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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    Hey there, thank you so much and it's fantastic you're doing the same AS levels as I want to do And thanks for the English Language channel - that's my worst subject so I'll definitely take a look at it.

    Would you say the step to AS is really big? What is the workload like?

    And well done on your GCSEs - I really hope I can get at least 9 A*s
    Yeah, I struggled a lot with English Language too - I got a C in my year 10 mock :/
    I'm not sure what it's like at your school, but at mine they really emphasised how large the jump was. To be honest, I haven't found it that difficult - I did an extra AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths which basically meant our class could skip Core 1 and focus on the tougher modules, but that gave me a good impression of what A Levels Maths is like. Further Maths is a bit harder, it largely depends on which modules you take - at our school we do Mechanics 2 which is an A2 module so that's the hardest my long way, but Further Pure 1 and Decision 1 are not that much harder than the standard A level Maths modules. For physics, I'd say that the concepts aren't that hard to grasp - with the exception of quantum physics, they're just an extension of GCSE. However, the actual questions are far harder - whilst GCSE is basically factual recall, at A Level you have to apply quite basic principles in unusual situations, and that's where the difficulty lies. A level maths and especially further maths helps A LOT - often, the physics is harder in maths than it is in actual physics. Chemistry is basically factual recall but with a lot more facts, but I find it way more interesting than GCSE, especially the organic stuff. In terms of workload, you don't get much more homework than at GCSE - free periods mean than I actually have less homework to do at home than last year. However, the big step up is that you're expected to do lots of extra work outside of lessons and it shows if you don't - in the January mock exams, only three people got more than a D in our physics class of twenty! However, I did a similar amount of work to what you're doing now last year, and that quantity is easily enough to do well.
    Hope this helps
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    Hi! I'm also sitting my GCSE exams this year and am aiming to get As and Bs, with the majority being As!

    Any tips on revision? I can't stick to timetables. And how do you revise for German? I do Spanish and I am brilliant in class and achieve decent coursework grades but I can't do tests! Help!
    Thank you!



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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    I've done about 12 overall - so 6 each day (ish) and I have started past papers yeah
    How do you revise for languages? In everything, my grades are basically Bs or higher and I usually achieve those grades but Spanish drags me down! Love the language but it's hard to revise for it!
    Also, what's your timetable like?
 
 
 
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