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    Hey guys so I didn't say this but this Monday I started to self learn AS physics.

    Why have I done this: well I feel it will be really helpful for my degree and I find the topics much more interesting now looking at it.

    Will I be taking an exam in it: no I don't think I should just yet as I don't want any added stress this year I will really want to make sure I hit my target grades and get into university. Also to convince my school to put me in for an exam and classes (when the timetables aren't really that flexible in the first place) I don't see that going well. Plus idk I just want to learn something for the sake of it and not just for passing an exam

    Do I plan to take an exam on it ever: mayb I'm not sure I might want to take it in the future just so you know another qualification but again I'm learning it purely out of interest and that I think it would benefit future learning

    How is it going: well I'm using new spec Aqa and checking off the specification and seems ok so far (I'm not too far though) I might try do some questions on it later on months coming just to see if I actually understand what I'm learning and am learning it the right way


    Lastly though if I feel I'm too busy or if I think it will prevent me from getting my grades I will stop it immediately.

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    So guys I guess a bit of an update:
    So I'll be at my AS goals ahead if tume (by next week) which is to finish rewriting half of the content and do all the questions on that content.

    Update about A2 stuff I guess well based on the homework (mostly exam questions) I'd say I'm doing well I think already way better than I did last year. However I still have a few things to work on and will try to work even harder these coming months.

    As it relates to physics I am now at what u think will be my favourite particle physics(which is only topic 2 though). I think I'm understanding the content for that and u check with other people.

    As it relates to university application I got my personal statement checked by tsr made the suitable improvements/ corrections. Will just let one organisation check it and then I think I'm all set to apply just waiting on my reference to come through.
    That's all folks

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    So today was a chemistry (literally three hours of chemistry class and that's it) which I love.
    We have now done new content (we were reaping over year 13 work we did in the summer ) the content seems ok.

    As usual I've been writing my notes and dping questions .
    I'm probably going to get exam questions on the content tomorrow so we'll see how I handle those .


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    So guys you know how I said my bio teacher was willing to predict me an A.

    Well I found out today that I can only get that A prediction if in the next assessment I get an A. :/ she said at this point in time shell predict me a B but if I get an A in the next assessment she will predict me an A. .....
    Kind of worried because it puts alot if pressure on me (as I wanted to slowly build my grades up) but I'm willing to accept the challenge and will be using time to prepare for that.

    Luckily I've basically met my goals for AS content rewrites and answering questions so I can take my focus off that and focus on getting amazing grades on this assessment .. wish me luck though I don't know when it is.

    Otherwise everything else is good as usual we got exam questions for chemistry and I think I'm coping pretty well only a few I'm not sure on so will go to my teacher tomorrow and ask him about them.

    That's all folks

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    Yo people's how's it going just a kinda update:
    Found out my mocks start October 31st so will have to start gearing up for those (I'll start revision centred on those next week) .
    This week I've continued to rewrite AS stuff because I don't want it cutting into my mocks.
    Classis didn't have much my biology teacher wasn't there so just got some AS exam questions.

    Seems like I'll probably have to wait until atleast my biology "assessment" (probably sometime in the week before half term) to send off my application as the reference is what in waiting on. Will also be preparing for that starting next week and possible do alot of revision the weekend before especially.

    Physics well resources are kinda slim so I've ordered the AQA revision guides hopefully when those come it will fill any gaps I might have.

    All in all I think it's going ok I'm more determined than ever to do amazing this year because I've just been thinking if I don't do well this year what my life would be like and it makes me determined to get the best grades I possibly can and blow these exams out of the water.

    That's all later .

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    So alot a has happened in these past few days.
    Well alot of work but also alot of changes to my life.
    Put it simply I'm going to be taking a Gap Year. The reasons for this is that some circumstances have possible prevented me from going to university this year. Also upon thinking about it I've realised that this would be a good opportunity to get an out of school experience and have a year where I don't really worry about grades.

    What will I be planning to do in this Gap year well:
    Get and apprentiship -this is ideally what I want as I could earn a bit of money whilst still learning things that may be applicable to my course. So I want an apprenticeship in the engineering or science industry.

    Get a job - if I don't get an apprenticeship then I'll go with this and get the best job I can possibly get.

    Do Physics A-level - well this is not plan 3 more like a plan along side the others. However talking with my chemistry teachers today he said it wpuld be better to just stick with my 3 a levels and get amazing grades in that so basically "quality over quantity".
    As a result therefore I won't study a level physics along side thus year I'll wait till I go on my gap year and if I feel I really want to I will study it and do an exam in it.
    I might every now and then try to learn a bit if I have alot of free time and have already covered my other 3 subjects but they are my main priority.

    So finally how does this change my goals: not at all well kinda it motivates me even more to get that A* A* A* and I will work so hard and smart this year to achieve this. I am ready to do this I can do this!!

    That's all

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    So guys little update. Things are going ok. Looking for engineering apprentiships etc. Found a few thst look interesting but going to continue to look .

    School wise I think everything is going well. Continuing to do hw and studying etc
    Have that test on Thursday so to prepare I rewrote photosynthesis and respiration out of my head and then compared to the book correcting any words I said wrong and anything I missed out etc.
    Thankfully biology were ahead of schedule so my teacher has been kind enough to use a class to revise the topics .

    That's all guys more later. At the end of next week I'll talk about my half term plans.

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    So guys did the test yesterday on photosynthesis and respiration ,
    Didn't get the A got a B oh well I'll b predicted a B then

    In other big news I may not be going to university possibly instead thinking about a degree/higher apprentiship in eng

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    My half term plan:
    I have mocks as soon as I get back so to prepare for those I will be doing as much practice questions as possible and this is my routine:

    Monday: Math
    Tuesday :Chemistry
    Wednesday:Biology
    Thursday:Assessment on topics that I struggled on
    Friday:Intervention on these topics by possibly relearning topics and then doing a few more questions

    Targets for mocks:as I haven't done any past papers for this year and its still very early in the year I have set my target at my AS level grades:
    So
    Math:A
    Chemistry :B
    Biology :B (got a C but was 1 mark away from a B and very much need to push my bio grade up)

    As usual I'm not changing my goals determined more than ever to succeed and get A*A*A*

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    Just finished work for today

    Did a few questions on each topic of core 3 :
    Functions
    Trigonometry
    Exponentials and logs
    Differentiation
    Integration
    Numerical methods


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    Tomorow I think I'll do some AS chemistry

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    OK as said did a few questions on each topic of AS chemistry.

    So physical
    Inorganic
    Organic

    I think I need a little time to review stuff like mechanisms so their fresh in my mind

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    Today I did some biology questions however the resources on the website I usually use weren't too good for biology so I did the exam style questions for each sub topic in the text book:

    So biological molecules
    More biological molecules

    Cells
    Cell membrane
    Immunity

    Exchange systems
    More exchange systems

    DNA
    Selection and genetic diversity

    Biodiversity




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    So today guys I did a but of A2 chem just reviewing the information on the topics we've Done already.

    I've also done a bit of intervention on the things I think I need to review and it was mostly things I forgot so did:

    Maths:Iteration (sketching it )
    Biology : Meiosis and Mitosis
    Chemistry : AS mechanisms


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    (Original post by GabbytheGreek_48)
    So today guys I did a but of A2 chem just reviewing the information on the topics we've Done already.

    I've also done a bit of intervention on the things I think I need to review and it was mostly things I forgot so did:

    Maths:Iteration (sketching it )
    Biology : Meiosis and Mitosis
    Chemistry : AS mechanisms


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    Well done do you think AS grades matter when applying to uni ?
    Also good luck x
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    Well yes in a sense because Good AS grades give you good predicted grades and put you in a comfortable position. Although alot of people who have had lowish AS grades get high predictions. And sometimes even if predictions are like 1 or 2 grades lower I think they'll probably give an offer (of course this depends on the competitiveness of the course and university ) . I'd say AS grades matter but if you have low AS grades don't let them hinder you especially with the new spec system where AS doesn't really count into your grades.

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    (Original post by GabbytheGreek_48)
    Well yes in a sense because Good AS grades give you good predicted grades and put you in a comfortable position. Although alot of people who have had lowish AS grades get high predictions. And sometimes even if predictions are like 1 or 2 grades lower I think they'll probably give an offer (of course this depends on the competitiveness of the course and university ) . I'd say AS grades matter but if you have low AS grades don't let them hinder you especially with the new spec system where AS doesn't really count into your grades.

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    No i meant like I'm doing the new spec and i'm dropping one of my subjects But thanks
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    Oh I see well I think as long as you have 3 full a levels to the grades they require you should be alright. No sense doing a fourth if you want to drop and they only require 3 .

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    I've added some extra stuff to my usual study routine:
    In addition to writing over AS notes and A2 not I will start writing a keywords scion for biology and chemistry based on every topic. I think this will help me establish better wording in exams.

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    Alright this we us mock week (sucks first thing back) had biology today and honestly it wasn't bad been asking my teacher for advice and she gave some good advice so hopefully that works out well for me if not I just have to keep trying !! Never giving up !! I have q maths mock tomorow afternoon not too worried I think just need to look over a few formulas etc etc

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