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    (Original post by Nowen)
    Do you normally stick to doing a certain amount of hours per day?
    I ask because sometimes I feel really motivated to do lots of work and on other days I will feel lethargic and won't get much work done.
    I have never counted my hours of work. It's not about the time you spend, for me, it's what you achieve e.g. a certain number of past papers, some chapters in a book etc.

    Of course it's fine to have lazy days (today is one for me) but it's important to set targets so that every day isn't a lazy day
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    (Original post by h8skoooooool)
    Ah I envy you rn! It's just that I don't know what to do for my conclusion or results section because the experiment didn't actually work in the end lmaooo

    I had completely forgotten about the poster
    :rip:
    lol my experiment failed as well :five:just write about the issues and stuff and why you couldn't get data - what you would do to make it better had you had more time etc.
    You got this :yy:
    :rofl: yeah rip for me too :I
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    (Original post by DarkEnergy)
    Oops sorry didn't see the update! Yeah, the PAT looks horrible lol.
    It's fine yeah I initially wanted to go to Oxford because it was just physics and no other natural sciences, but I don't want to waste any time doing PAT papers or learning new content for it (I read that it helps to know some M3 topics)
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    (Original post by CheeseIsVeg)
    lol my experiment failed as well :five:just write about the issues and stuff and why you couldn't get data - what you would do to make it better had you had more time etc.
    You got this :yy:
    :rofl: yeah rip for me too :I
    Hm yeah that sounds good, I could write a bit about that (so many reasons why it failed lol)

    Thanks, good luck with your poster!!
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    (Original post by h8skoooooool)
    Hm yeah that sounds good, I could write a bit about that (so many reasons why it failed lol)

    Thanks, good luck with your poster!!
    :rofl: i had many as well :rofl:
    thank you! Will need it lol
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    Ahh already motivating me now that you've nearly finished C4 already?!
    Are you also sticking to the FMSP lecture plan and then past papers?
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    (Original post by Pentaquark)
    Ahh already motivating me now that you've nearly finished C4 already?!
    Are you also sticking to the FMSP lecture plan and then past papers?
    Hahah I did a bit over summer

    And I'm not sure yet, because I'd like to finish learning the content before the lectures finish (especially with S2 because that only starts in January). Also, it seems like there's a lot of content in FP2 and 3.

    I think I'll just start going through the book for FP2 when I finish C4 and see how things go. What's your plan ?
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    (Original post by h8skoooooool)
    Hahah I did a bit over summer

    And I'm not sure yet, because I'd like to finish learning the content before the lectures finish (especially with S2 because that only starts in January). Also, it seems like there's a lot of content in FP2 and 3.

    I think I'll just start going through the book for FP2 when I finish C4 and see how things go. What's your plan ?
    Ideally I want C3, C4, FP2 mocks by Christmas or after that.
    M3 will be my hardest since I can't get lectures for them. And I'm not amazing at mechanics lol. Or maths in general tbh.
    Hence why I am trying to get as much done ASAP. So plenty of time to prepare.

    So following the lectures but since i've learnt a bit of FP2 already just get ahead and learn the rest as much as i can really.
    Im not sure tbh. Ill see how it goes.
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    (Original post by Pentaquark)
    Ideally I want C3, C4, FP2 mocks by Christmas or after that.
    M3 will be my hardest since I can't get lectures for them. And I'm not amazing at mechanics lol. Or maths in general tbh.
    Hence why I am trying to get as much done ASAP. So plenty of time to prepare.

    So following the lectures but since i've learnt a bit of FP2 already just get ahead and learn the rest as much as i can really.
    Im not sure tbh. Ill see how it goes.
    Yeah I think I'll do C3, C4, M2 by Christmas and do the rest by mocks in March ish.

    Ah you might be able to speak to FMSP about that! My friend in the year above had one-on-one lectures for M3 from someone who went to Cambridge and they sent him a special tablet thing to help
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    (Original post by h8skoooooool)
    Yeah I think I'll do C3, C4, M2 by Christmas and do the rest by mocks in March ish.

    Ah you might be able to speak to FMSP about that! My friend in the year above had one-on-one lectures for M3 from someone who went to Cambridge and they sent him a special tablet thing to help
    Ooh thanks for telling me that! thats good My head of maths is sorting all this stuff out with the FMSP. Hasn't sorted it out yet but hopefully I will get some sort of support.
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    Update: 18/09/16

    I already feel miles behind and this was my first full week lol

    On the bright side, I visited Imperial the other day and it was brilliant! I loved the accommodation and the guy giving the admissions talk (plus they played a PowerPoint of science jokes whilst we waited). They also gave me a pen, highlighters, water bottle, three bags and two sets of earphones!!! And they had a BBQ with really great burgers!! I'm easy to win over

    I've also sent off my Nuffield report, which I'm really proud of! I'll make another update later in the week about where I'm up to with maths, chemistry and physics work.

    A rant about A Level predictions:
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    I've spoken to my maths teacher about my predicted grades and he said he would give me an A* for maths and A for further maths - which really puts me in a bad position because I need A*A*A for three/four of my choices. His reasoning was that I only got 85 in FP1 (which is a fair point) but I know that I messed up that exam. I read a question wrong (omg don't ask) which lost about 4 marks and another 2 marks were because I did a stupid thing and didn't check my answer. I was on track for 100 UMS in all my past papers, so I am really kicking myself now! Plus, the boundaries are so high that I only needed 3 more marks to get into the 90s. Then he said that I could get an A* next year if I "get lucky with the papers". I feel so underestimated!! Last year I was so anxious about FM that I almost asked to be taken out of the exams and now when I'm finally confident with it I get knocked down again

    Additionally, I don't think my chemistry and physics teachers would predict me an A*. I asked my chemistry teacher in class and she basically said no but didn't want to put me down in front of everyone else. My physics teacher just seriously underestimates me, he thought I would get a B this year. I'm hoping to persuade them now I have my raw marks for each science. I was 25 marks over the A boundary in physics (when only 10 marks separate an A, B, C etc...) which will show that I didn't just "scrape" an A. I was also 13 marks over the A boundary for chemistry, but I honestly don't think I'll get an A* next year in chemistry anyway (I don't just "get it" the same way that I get physics). That doesn't matter though, I need the A*A*AA prediction in anything. On an unrelated note, I was also 15 marks over the A boundary in biology.
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    (Original post by h8skoooooool)
    Update: 18/09/16

    I already feel miles behind and this was my first full week lol

    On the bright side, I visited Imperial the other day and it was brilliant! I loved the accommodation and the guy giving the admissions talk (plus they played a PowerPoint of science jokes whilst we waited). They also gave me a pen, highlighters, water bottle, three bags and two sets of earphones!!! And they had a BBQ with really great burgers!! I'm easy to win over

    I've also sent off my Nuffield report, which I'm really proud of! I'll make another update later in the week about where I'm up to with maths, chemistry and physics work.

    A rant about A Level predictions:
    Spoiler:
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    I've spoken to my maths teacher about my predicted grades and he said he would give me an A* for maths and A for further maths - which really puts me in a bad position because I need A*A*A for three/four of my choices. His reasoning was that I only got 85 in FP1 (which is a fair point) but I know that I messed up that exam. I read a question wrong (omg don't ask) which lost about 4 marks and another 2 marks were because I did a stupid thing and didn't check my answer. I was on track for 100 UMS in all my past papers, so I am really kicking myself now! Plus, the boundaries are so high that I only needed 3 more marks to get into the 90s. Then he said that I could get an A* next year if I "get lucky with the papers". I feel so underestimated!! Last year I was so anxious about FM that I almost asked to be taken out of the exams and now when I'm finally confident with it I get knocked down again

    Additionally, I don't think my chemistry and physics teachers would predict me an A*. I asked my chemistry teacher in class and she basically said no but didn't want to put me down in front of everyone else. My physics teacher just seriously underestimates me, he thought I would get a B this year. I'm hoping to persuade them now I have my raw marks for each science. I was 25 marks over the A boundary in physics (when only 10 marks separate an A, B, C etc...) which will show that I didn't just "scrape" an A. I was also 13 marks over the A boundary for chemistry, but I honestly don't think I'll get an A* next year in chemistry anyway (I don't just "get it" the same way that I get physics). That doesn't matter though, I need the A*A*AA prediction in anything. On an unrelated note, I was also 15 marks over the A boundary in biology.
    Same here with A level predictions. My school are fussy with the A*.
    I can fully understand why but still its annoying.
    I'm applying for chemistry and I really have to push for that star
    I'd be very angry with your physics teacher lol
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    I thought I was reading about myself, we take the same subjects and stuff. How is your progresss so far??
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    (Original post by davozgenius)
    I thought I was reading about myself, we take the same subjects and stuff. How is your progresss so far??
    Sweet, are you also a physics applicant?

    Going well so far, I need to post another update this week but I (think I'm) on top of everything. Physics and chemistry notes are coming along nicely and I'm starting to enjoy M2 and FP2 how about yourself?
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    (Original post by h8skoooooool)
    Sweet, are you also a physics applicant?

    Going well so far, I need to post another update this week but I (think I'm) on top of everything. Physics and chemistry notes are coming along nicely and I'm starting to enjoy M2 and FP2 how about yourself?
    Engineering applicant at cambridge,I am behind on all my subject because i am preparing for the Engaa
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    (Original post by davozgenius)
    Engineering applicant at cambridge,I am behind on all my subject because i am preparing for the Engaa
    Hoe are prepering and what UMS % did you get in Maths if you dont mind me asking
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    (Original post by davozgenius)
    Engineering applicant at cambridge,I am behind on all my subject because i am preparing for the Engaa
    Ah I've actually decided to apply to Oxford instead (long story, I know it says that I've applied to Cambridge atm). I've got the PAT to prepare for as well but I haven't done very much so far
 
 
 
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