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    In my life, yes. A levels this summer.
    Ah ok, so not since you've been self teaching. Of course it's not impossible to get good grades with absolutely no help, especially with subjects that aren't essay based, but I would still never recommend sitting exams without having a few past papers marked by professional tutors. And having assignments marked as you go through the course is helpful too.
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    Ah ok, so not since you've been self teaching. Of course it's not impossible to get good grades with absolutely no help, especially with subjects that aren't essay based, but I would still never recommend sitting exams without having a few past papers marked by professional tutors. And having assignments marked as you go through the course is helpful too.
    I did all 18 modules (2014) papers last month (under timed conditions) and had them graded by an A level maths teacher (my wife's brother in Bristol). He said out the 1350 raw marks available I got at least 1345. Which is about what I was grading myself for the 2013 papers which I did a couple of weeks before.

    It isn't exactly difficult to use the mark schemes to grade. Just be honest with yourself.
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    I did all 18 modules (2014) papers last month (under timed conditions) and had them graded by an A level maths teacher (my wife's brother in Bristol). He said out the 1350 raw marks available I got at least 1345. Which is about what I was grading myself for the 2013 papers which I did a couple of weeks before.

    It isn't exactly difficult to use the mark schemes to grade. Just be honest with yourself.
    So you have had help from a tutor then

    And I take your point, but humanities is a different ball game, as it's much less objective. It's hard to mark yourself.
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    So you have had help from a tutor then

    And I take your point, but humanities is a different ball game, as it's much less objective. It's hard to mark yourself.
    I don't call mailing off some papers to a relative to grade them is help from a tutor. The word tutoring has a different meaning from marking . And all it did was just confirm what I already knew - I grade myself fairly.

    I agree about humanities subjects in respect to marking. But someone really talented will just know they are talented and writing essays worthy of A* level.

    Doing maths/sciences on your own presents in principle no difficulty.
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    I don't call mailing off some papers to a relative to grade them is help from a tutor. The word tutoring has a different meaning from marking . And all it did was just confirm what I already knew - I grade myself fairly.

    I agree about humanities subjects in respect to marking. But someone really talented will just know they are talented and writing essays worthy of A* level.

    Doing maths/sciences on your own presents in principle no difficulty.
    Well good luck for your exams. I really wish I had chosen maths, actually, to break up the essays etc.

    Which uni are you hoping to go to? It a strange way I'll miss home studying, it's been the best thing I've ever done.
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    Well good luck for your exams. I really wish I had chosen maths, actually, to break up the essays etc.

    Which uni are you hoping to go to? It a strange way I'll miss home studying, it's been the best thing I've ever done.
    I have an offer from Oxford so I'll be going there.
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    (Original post by etjayne)
    I have an offer from Oxford so I'll be going there.
    Ah cool, which college?
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    (Original post by MouseyBrown)
    Ah cool, which college?
    One of them. It begins with a B, a C or an S.

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