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    (Original post by Maria1812)
    Can you give any tips on how to have a sucess like yours?Hw often do you study and do you devote all your time to studying and how can you focus and concentrate on your studies? I find it very hard to concentrate and I often say to myself I will study when I go home but I usually don't do it as often as I should, As well as what will you study in university? And do you enjoy Physics and chemistry and should you pick what you enjoy for A levels or pick a subject that you dislike and are not so good at but the subject would give you lots of potential in the future for example maths is very useful but if you don't enjoy it should you choose it for gcse.My final question is can you focus and suceed on your own or do you think your parents need to push you?
    I think its down to finding the right motivations; if you want something hard enough, you'll do everything you can to get it right? After GCSEs I learned that effort and performance doesnt always correlate, you have to find a way that suits you. I didn't spend all my time studying, i make sure I relax once in a while, you should too Everyone will lose concentration every now and then thats why you have to take brief breaks between study sessions. Maybe like couple minutes between 30 minute sessions

    I kinda enjoy chemistry and i guess physics was okay for me, but ultimately these were my choices, I enjoy the three sciences and double maths way more than anything else, so i guess interests in the subjects you do matter. I'm going to do medicine at uni, so the subjects that I like were useful.

    I guess you should choose atleast one subject like maths as unis really look for them for a lot of courses but don't force yourself if it really doesnt work out.

    I think it's definitely possible for people to succeed on their own, without any pressure from parents. I did all this for myself, even though my parents have been very positive, after all its our future, not theirs
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    What did you get for your GCSEs and what was the percentage UMS you got in AS, if you don't mind me asking?
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    I am going to self study Maths AS (Edexcel)... I will be doing C1 , C2 & s1!

    Any tips & advice ?
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    study tips?
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    (Original post by BlueIsTheNewRed)
    I think its down to finding the right motivations; if you want something hard enough, you'll do everything you can to get it right? After GCSEs I learned that effort and performance doesnt always correlate, you have to find a way that suits you. I didn't spend all my time studying, i make sure I relax once in a while, you should too Everyone will lose concentration every now and then thats why you have to take brief breaks between study sessions. Maybe like couple minutes between 30 minute sessions

    I kinda enjoy chemistry and i guess physics was okay for me, but ultimately these were my choices, I enjoy the three sciences and double maths way more than anything else, so i guess interests in the subjects you do matter. I'm going to do medicine at uni, so the subjects that I like were useful.

    I guess you should choose atleast one subject like maths as unis really look for them for a lot of courses but don't force yourself if it really doesnt work out.

    I think it's definitely possible for people to succeed on their own, without any pressure from parents. I did all this for myself, even though my parents have been very positive, after all its our future, not theirs
    My parents want me to do well but they don't push me I previously wanted to study medicine for a long time but I am not sure whether helping people is a big enough motivation anymore I enjoy history and debate and making speeches I would enjoy being a politic but it is not a realstic career path. I wouldn't want to study law. I am interested in finance however I am not good at algebra I enjoy adding and finding percentage but I don't think I want to be an accountant.

    This has been troubleing me for a while. When I need to study for exam I get so stressed I cannot think or do anything it makes me extremely stressed
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    (Original post by lemushrooms)
    What did you get for your GCSEs and what was the percentage UMS you got in AS, if you don't mind me asking?
    I got 7A* (Sciences, maths, further pure maths, eng lan, eng lit), 2A (PE history) B in art
    AS:
    maths/further 684/700 we did 7 modules instead of 6 so that we do 5 in A2
    physics 266/300
    chem 278/300
    bio 280/300
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    (Original post by jasmine_6780)
    I am going to self study Maths AS (Edexcel)... I will be doing C1 , C2 & s1!

    Any tips & advice ?
    When I self studied further pure maths in gcse i found doing the book's example questions (with answers) very useful. i'd recommend using the solution bank whenever you get stuck or even just to learn.
    this'll be useful
    http://www.solutionbanks.com

    and you might find khan academy videos useful too for understanding concepts involved, but its not really catered for UK syllabus

    hope this helps
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    (Original post by BlueIsTheNewRed)
    Not here to brag but I some how managed to get 4A*s 1A in triple sciences and double maths and was hoping I could answer questions anyone may have on A levels or sciences or maths or just general chat Feel free to ask about anything!
    What were your UMS marks?I did 4 A Levels(triple Maths and Physics)+an AS(Geography)+STEP over my two years at College I got 3A*s and an A(remarking Physics as I was one mark off an A*) and an A in the AS and I got 133 in STEP Mathematics I-III.I achieved 598/600 in Maths and 587/600 in Further Maths.Well done for being a STEM master and doing 5 STEM subjects and doing lots of Maths too but its a shame you couldn't have squeezed in a third Maths A Level.

    What University are you going to and what course will you study?I passed the interview for Cambridge but failed the offer due to STEP so I will do Maths at Durham University.
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    (Original post by Maria1812)
    My parents want me to do well but they don't push me I previously wanted to study medicine for a long time but I am not sure whether helping people is a big enough motivation anymore I enjoy history and debate and making speeches I would enjoy being a politic but it is not a realstic career path. I wouldn't want to study law. I am interested in finance however I am not good at algebra I enjoy adding and finding percentage but I don't think I want to be an accountant.

    This has been troubleing me for a while. When I need to study for exam I get so stressed I cannot think or do anything it makes me extremely stressed
    Your situation already sound pretty stressful to be honest. i cant really say i could relate as i found what i wanted to do (without my parents pushing much). I guess if you're still young and doing gcses, you still have time go go explore. Maybe read around topics that you like and see if any particular ones stand out and then go from there? That was kind of what I did, I've always liked biology then i slowly moved onto human biology and then suddenly medicine just popped into existence and became something i might be interested in. Then the more I read about it the more fascinating it got and it kind of just pulled me in. Again, if you still have time, maybe pull some strings or just apply and try to get placements in interesting fields? If you like it then great, if not atleast you've narrowed down your choices by one

    I guess what you study doesnt always matter as most people go into unrelated fields unless they do really specialised courses (medicine/law/engineering/finance)
    I would say go with your heart. It will give you the best results and you won't be unhappy.
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    (Original post by Dalek1099)
    What were your UMS marks?I did 4 A Levels(triple Maths and Physics)+an AS(Geography)+STEP over my two years at College I got 3A*s and an A(remarking Physics as I was one mark off an A*) and an A in the AS and I got 133 in STEP Mathematics I-III.I achieved 598/600 in Maths and 587/600 in Further Maths.Well done for being a STEM master and doing 5 STEM subjects and doing lots of Maths too but its a shame you couldn't have squeezed in a third Maths A Level.

    What University are you going to and what course will you study?I passed the interview for Cambridge but failed the offer due to STEP so I will do Maths at Durham University.
    Congrats to you too bro you're definitely better than me My stats aint as good tho i was kinda lazy after submitting ucas, knowing that i'll be able to meet medic offers, plus im literally the worst at ISAs which dragged me down a lot.

    bio 556/600
    phy 538/600
    chem 530/600
    maths 590/600
    fm 519/600
    i was kinda doing the bare minimum for A* for further maths and physics...after 5 stem subjects takes alot of time and i like my free time

    its a shame about cambridge really, it looks like you're a real mathematician unlike me lol. i have a friend who also missed the step part of the offer.
    Im gonna study medicine at st georges!
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    I'm doing all the same subjects as you for AS in september... any advice on how to prepare before I start? Congrats by the way!!! I'd love to be half as successful as you haha
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    (Original post by h8skoooooool)
    I'm doing all the same subjects as you for AS in september... any advice on how to prepare before I start? Congrats by the way!!! I'd love to be half as successful as you haha
    haha i love your name, how ironic that you're doing hardcore subjects

    what you need to do really depends on what and how well you did for gcses, ie if you did further pure maths you'll find maths side of things okay. there is a quite a gap between gcse and a levels so i'd say read up on your text books to kinda familarise yourself with the stuff (if you still have time) otherwise just keep up on preps and you'll be fine.

    AND DONT BE LAZY which was very tempting unfortunately. just remember to relax and have breaks inbetween revision for tests and stuff
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    (Original post by Blyts-_)
    study tips?
    its really different for everyone to be honest. some people like flash cards or spider diagrams and all sorts of stuff. and its different for every subject, if i were to do something like history i might as well end up with a D or worse
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    Not a question but congrats!
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    (Original post by BlueIsTheNewRed)
    haha i love your name, how ironic that you're doing hardcore subjects

    what you need to do really depends on what and how well you did for gcses, ie if you did further pure maths you'll find maths side of things okay. there is a quite a gap between gcse and a levels so i'd say read up on your text books to kinda familarise yourself with the stuff (if you still have time) otherwise just keep up on preps and you'll be fine.

    AND DONT BE LAZY which was very tempting unfortunately. just remember to relax and have breaks inbetween revision for tests and stuff
    haha thanks, when I first made my account here I only wanted to ask for advice on one thing so I didn't put too much though into my name - I regret it slightly now because I can never remember how many 'o's I used haha

    I only did maths for GCSE (no further sadly) and overall my grades were 9 A*s (maths, eng lit, eng lang, RS, physics, bio, chem, french, history) and 2 As (IT and psychology) with a B in AS French (though I never want to carry that on to A2 haha). I have bought all my text books but looking through some of the maths stuff left me pretty worried as I didn't have a clue what it was about

    Also, I have to self teach further maths for AS and A2, so I've been planning my deadlines for each module at the moment.

    I was pretty lazy throughout most of year 11 but I really worked hard from about march so that's the only reason that I got the grades that I did - I definitely wont be doing that again!!
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    (Original post by h8skoooooool)
    haha thanks, when I first made my account here I only wanted to ask for advice on one thing so I didn't put too much though into my name - I regret it slightly now because I can never remember how many 'o's I used haha

    I only did maths for GCSE (no further sadly) and overall my grades were 9 A*s (maths, eng lit, eng lang, RS, physics, bio, chem, french, history) and 2 As (IT and psychology) with a B in AS French (though I never want to carry that on to A2 haha). I have bought all my text books but looking through some of the maths stuff left me pretty worried as I didn't have a clue what it was about

    Also, I have to self teach further maths for AS and A2, so I've been planning my deadlines for each module at the moment.

    I was pretty lazy throughout most of year 11 but I really worked hard from about march so that's the only reason that I got the grades that I did - I definitely wont be doing that again!!
    ok so you'll be doing single maths at school then? I don't know how it'll work out for you considering you'll do c1 and c2 and an applied module at school. You will want to get through c3 and c4 and fp1 before you move onto m3, fp2, fp3 and basically anything beyond these. I guess you should work on c1 and c2 at home in your spare time and try to finish them by mid school year and then move onto c3 and c4. At my school we did c1~4 fp1 m1 m2 in AS and then fp2 m3 s1 s2 d1 in A2.
    As i've mentioned in other posts just now, you should work through examples in the book and use the solution bank, step by step guides to how to answer stuff
    http://www.solutionbanks.com

    i hope this helps
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    (Original post by BlueIsTheNewRed)
    Congrats to you too bro you're definitely better than me My stats aint as good tho i was kinda lazy after submitting ucas, knowing that i'll be able to meet medic offers, plus im literally the worst at ISAs which dragged me down a lot.

    bio 556/600
    phy 538/600
    chem 530/600
    maths 590/600
    fm 519/600
    i was kinda doing the bare minimum for A* for further maths and physics...after 5 stem subjects takes alot of time and i like my free time

    its a shame about cambridge really, it looks like you're a real mathematician unlike me lol. i have a friend who also missed the step part of the offer.
    Im gonna study medicine at st georges!
    You scored lower than me at Physics but I got an A, as I only got 269/300 in A2 I have got my remark back as well and it didn't change.I got a 90% average over the A2 exams in Physics but my ISA was only a low A so that cost me it was the best in my class as well it was a good mark(45/50) but the grade boundaries rose badly.

    You did well to do 5 A Levels though with 4A*s in the 5 main sciences.
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    (Original post by BlueIsTheNewRed)
    I applied to UCL Imperial Barts St.Georges and Birmingham, and firmed St.Georges
    Why not firm Imperial/UCL and insure Queen Mary/Birmingham?
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    (Original post by BlueIsTheNewRed)
    ok so you'll be doing single maths at school then? I don't know how it'll work out for you considering you'll do c1 and c2 and an applied module at school. You will want to get through c3 and c4 and fp1 before you move onto m3, fp2, fp3 and basically anything beyond these. I guess you should work on c1 and c2 at home in your spare time and try to finish them by mid school year and then move onto c3 and c4. At my school we did c1~4 fp1 m1 m2 in AS and then fp2 m3 s1 s2 d1 in A2.
    As i've mentioned in other posts just now, you should work through examples in the book and use the solution bank, step by step guides to how to answer stuff
    http://www.solutionbanks.com

    i hope this helps

    Ah yes I will be taught single maths, however I've only been told the AS modules (C1, C2 and S1) that I'll be sitting next year. The further maths AS modules that were recommended to me were FP1, D1 and D2, so I'll sit them also next year. It's just the FM ones that I'll have to teach myself, and that's what I'm struggling to organise atm. I can't find many question sheets for the modules either - the exam board is OCR btw.
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    (Original post by Dalek1099)
    You scored lower than me at Physics but I got an A, as I only got 269/300 in A2 I have got my remark back as well and it didn't change.I got a 90% average over the A2 exams in Physics but my ISA was only a low A so that cost me it was the best in my class as well it was a good mark(45/50) but the grade boundaries rose badly.

    You did well to do 5 A Levels though with 4A*s in the 5 main sciences.
    ISAs have been a big problem for me last year, both physics and biology was boarderline A and dragged my ums down massively even after countless retakes. Hope they're gonna get rid of it in the new a levels or atleast get rid of any cheating from schools so that 36/40 doesnt turn into 48/60. But hey you did pretty well for yourself too!
 
 
 
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