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    I screwed up my first year, real bad.
    I got Chemistry- E
    Biology- U
    Physics- U
    I was in the same situation as you, the school wouldn't let me resit, unless I agreed to take A2 chemistry, BTEC biology, and A-level english (I got an A* at GCSE so they wanted to sort of milk me for good results, despite my hate of the subject)

    So essentially, I was like "NOPE" and went to a college, studied my ass off, didn't make any of the mistakes I made last time.
    This results day, I got
    Biology- A
    Chemistry- A
    Maths- B
    Best decision I've made in my life. I would definitely recommend college, there's no point in carrying on at your current sixth form, where for a 1/2 years you'll be studying subjects that are not relevant to what you want to pursue with your life.
    Good luck!
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    Hey, I know I'm kinda butting into this thread, but I need help on this.

    I do History, Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

    I got a C in History and D's in the other subjects in AS, I plan to take a gap year at the end of year 13, but if I do, would the top ten universities consider me at all?
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    (Original post by akash11)
    Redo the year, but really think about whether these subjects are right for you and whether you really need them to study what you want at university. Re-doing the year is no big deal, I re-did my AS-levels and now I'm going to a Russell Group uni.

    I do enjoy those subjects. Now I'm a bit confused about what I want to do a uni but I know I want to go. At first I wanted to do biomedicine then areospace engineering now I have no idea. What uni do you attend? When you redid your as levels you found them easier? What did you change from the first time and second?
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    (Original post by Miso77)
    I got
    biology - D
    pyschology - D
    chemistry - U
    maths - U

    I worked so hard and these were the biggest shock to me. I'm starting to think they graded my biology and pyschology wrong. I'm just so confused. I need help. I was going to continue with biology and pyschology and don't know whether if I can do maths or chemistry but I would so maths..
    I don't know if my school will even let me back in and they dont allow resists but I cannot move because I worked so hard to get into this sixth form. And if I am allowed to continue HOW will I get accepted into uni even if I bump them up. I want to redo the year but at the school but it needs to be under special circumstances....
    You say you worked hard; wanna try putting that into numbers? How many hours and days did that involve? When did you start revising/making notes? What constituted 'revision' for you? What was your method and process of revising?

    When I didn't do too well in AS, I thought I 'worked so hard' and couldn't work harder. As it turns out, I could have worked a lot harder and a lot better. I'd retake the year and try and figure out where you went wrong.
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    (Original post by Miso77)
    I got
    biology - D
    pyschology - D
    chemistry - U
    maths - U

    I worked so hard and these were the biggest shock to me. I'm starting to think they graded my biology and pyschology wrong. I'm just so confused. I need help. I was going to continue with biology and pyschology and don't know whether if I can do maths or chemistry but I would so maths..
    I don't know if my school will even let me back in and they dont allow resists but I cannot move because I worked so hard to get into this sixth form. And if I am allowed to continue HOW will I get accepted into uni even if I bump them up. I want to redo the year but at the school but it needs to be under special circumstances....
    If I was you I would start afresh at a sixth form college; specialised in teaching A levels only. Why? because I found from my experience that they offer more support resource wise and motivationally because the attention is all on you.
    You seem really disappointed and the last thing you would want is to restart again in the same institution, starting afresh might help you rethink your career choices and set new targets. The fact that they may not let you back in is quite unfair, but each to their own I guess.
    So, apply to some new sixth form colleges, or schools if there aren't many colleges around you. Then, you should try to think about how much work you genuinely put in this year, perhaps you were prepared but your exam skills weren't up to scratch? maybe work on some new revision techniques? did you only use the textbooks?
    I understand that you're probably really upset at the moment and confused, but you can only move on from here and start again. There is no shame in this by the way, my brother redid his first year after getting similar grades to you, where is he now? doing pharmacy in Portsmouth. Don't be disheartened and try again
    |All the best
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    (Original post by Mikenchi)
    I screwed up my first year, real bad.
    I got Chemistry- E
    Biology- U
    Physics- U
    I was in the same situation as you, the school wouldn't let me resit, unless I agreed to take A2 chemistry, BTEC biology, and A-level english (I got an A* at GCSE so they wanted to sort of milk me for good results, despite my hate of the subject)

    So essentially, I was like "NOPE" and went to a college, studied my ass off, didn't make any of the mistakes I made last time.
    This results day, I got
    Biology- A
    Chemistry- A
    Maths- B
    Best decision I've made in my life. I would definitely recommend college, there's no point in carrying on at your current sixth form, where for a 1/2 years you'll be studying subjects that are not relevant to what you want to pursue with your life.
    Good luck!
    wow good point! What did you do differently? Did you not think that sciences weren't for you when you got the first grades because that's what people are saying to me..? What kind of revision techniques did you use the second time? Because I think that was one of my downfalls. And if you don't mind me asking why did you not redo physics?
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      (Original post by Miso77)
      I got
      biology - D
      pyschology - D
      chemistry - U
      maths - U

      I worked so hard and these were the biggest shock to me. I'm starting to think they graded my biology and pyschology wrong. I'm just so confused. I need help. I was going to continue with biology and pyschology and don't know whether if I can do maths or chemistry but I would so maths..
      I don't know if my school will even let me back in and they dont allow resists but I cannot move because I worked so hard to get into this sixth form. And if I am allowed to continue HOW will I get accepted into uni even if I bump them up. I want to redo the year but at the school but it needs to be under special circumstances....
      Holy ****, you weren't joking, they are shocking.

      First of all, you didn't "work so hard". If you truly worked hard, you would not have failed two subjects and done crap in the other two.

      What are the special circumstances to redo the year?

      You would have to redo the year, whether at your current school or somewhere else. No way can you do A2 and AS in a single year.
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      (Original post by Chris-69)
      You say you worked hard; wanna try putting that into numbers? How many hours and days did that involve? When did you start revising/making notes? What constituted 'revision' for you? What was your method and process of revising?

      When I didn't do too well in AS, I thought I 'worked so hard' and couldn't work harder. As it turns out, I could have worked a lot harder and a lot better. I'd retake the year and try and figure out where you went wrong.
      i probably spent two months revising and I think I was revising quite a lot but not doing much work if that makes sense. I started making notes quite late and didn't use anything but text books. I sat for hours straight with no breaks coping from a book then reading and all the past papers I did were in a rush!

      I think I need to work harder but a lot better. I'm going to get my papers back maybe this will help me figure out if nothing went in or if it was exam techniques..
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      Holy ****, you weren't joking, they are shocking.

      First of all, you didn't "work so hard". If you truly worked hard, you would not have failed two subjects and done crap in the other two.

      What are the special circumstances to redo the year?

      You would have to redo the year, whether at your current school or somewhere else. No way can you do A2 and AS in a single year.
      I know, I'm so disappointed. Yes true, I guess I was under the illusion that sitting at a desk for hours would allow me to do well.
      I don't know they never outlined what the special circumstances were I reckon health issues that interfered with exams. I would have to do them somewhere else but it would be somewhere
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      (Original post by Miso77)
      i probably spent two months revising and I think I was revising quite a lot but not doing much work if that makes sense. I started making notes quite late and didn't use anything but text books. I sat for hours straight with no breaks coping from a book then reading and all the past papers I did were in a rush!

      I think I need to work harder but a lot better. I'm going to get my papers back maybe this will help me figure out if nothing went in or if it was exam techniques..
      OK well first of all, if you haven't started working from SEPTEMBER then you can't say you worked 'hard' and be disappointed. I also learnt that the hard way. It's important your working from day one.

      I'd come home from school and spend 2-3 hours making notes or working through my textbook (depending on the subject) and finished my syllabuses for my subjects long before I finished it at school. It meant school wasn't a place I'd learn but more revise and reinforce what I'd already learnt. In addition, for your notes, don't stick to your textbooks, there's loads of resources on the internet. By December, I was working 7 days a week. Not easy, but it gives results.

      Also, a big difference for me was I was motivated by a university I wanted to go to and a course I wanted to do. Spend time thinking of what you want to do a where you want to be to help motivate you. Don't be down for too long, you don't have time. Decide what you want to do and accept what's done is done. You have to move and learn to work harder and smarter. At first you'll have to force yourself to work daily after coming home from school/college and then eventually it'll become routine.

      Good luck!
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        (Original post by Chris-69)
        OK well first of all, if you haven't started working from SEPTEMBER then you can't say you worked 'hard' and be disappointed. I also learnt that the hard way. It's important your working from day one.

        I'd come home from school and spend 2-3 hours making notes or working through my textbook (depending on the subject) and finished my syllabuses for my subjects long before I finished it at school. It meant school wasn't a place I'd learn but more revise and reinforce what I'd already learnt. In addition, for your notes, don't stick to your textbooks, there's loads of resources on the internet. By December, I was working 7 days a week. Not easy, but it gives results.

        Also, a big difference for me was I was motivated by a university I wanted to go to and a course I wanted to do. Spend time thinking of what you want to do a where you want to be to help motivate you. Don't be down for too long, you don't have time. Decide what you want to do and accept what's done is done. You have to move and learn to work harder and smarter. At first you'll have to force yourself to work daily after coming home from school/college and then eventually it'll become routine.

        Good luck!
        What course/university?
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        What course/university?
        Chemical Engineering at University of Manchester. Took on BBC to A-Level and needed AAA which I got.
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        (Original post by Miso77)
        What if I resit all three maths exams and one exam from biology and one from pyschology? Yes I'll definitely review my revision techniques. Starting revision earlier definitely and I have some time from September...
        I guess resits work when you start VERY EARLY and work very hard!
        You could do that but make sure you know exactly what you're doing..
        Also start now,to not waste time..

        Are you a visual learner or?
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        Firstly, you can always get your grades up if you are determined enough for it.
        I would go and look about another school to do your AS, and personally I wouldn't resit so many whilst continuing on for A2, that will be a tremendous amount of work.
        Try and find how you remember things best, things like, are you a visual learner? Kinesthetic?
        I would devise a good revision timetable to balance your subjects, use your frees really well, and, what I should have done, cut down on your personal life. Sports, TV, everything should go. Of course, keep doing something different every no and again so you don't go insane looking at your work, but for the next 2 years, these should be a big priority if you want the grades.
        I only found out too late how I learn best, which is shortening down notes, writing them out to make them shorter, as it helped me remember them better! I really do wish I was told the things I know now, but I would definitely start again. they are quite hard subjects you have taken on, and even if you worked hard to get into sixth form, it's a huge step up from GCSEs.
        Get your hands on as many past papers and calculations books as possible, it won't hurt. Good luck!
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        I guess resits work when you start VERY EARLY and work very hard!
        You could do that but make sure you know exactly what you're doing..
        Also start now,to not waste time..

        Are you a visual learner or?
        Yes I think I learn better if its visual but I just don't know how to incorporate that in my revision. I could do resits but it'll be difficult because I don't think I'd get conditional offers from the uni's I want and I'll end up somewhere doing a course I'm not interested in and regret it so bad!
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        Firstly, you can always get your grades up if you are determined enough for it.
        I would go and look about another school to do your AS, and personally I wouldn't resit so many whilst continuing on for A2, that will be a tremendous amount of work.
        Try and find how you remember things best, things like, are you a visual learner? Kinesthetic?
        I would devise a good revision timetable to balance your subjects, use your frees really well, and, what I should have done, cut down on your personal life. Sports, TV, everything should go. Of course, keep doing something different every no and again so you don't go insane looking at your work, but for the next 2 years, these should be a big priority if you want the grades.
        I only found out too late how I learn best, which is shortening down notes, writing them out to make them shorter, as it helped me remember them better! I really do wish I was told the things I know now, but I would definitely start again. they are quite hard subjects you have taken on, and even if you worked hard to get into sixth form, it's a huge step up from GCSEs.
        Get your hands on as many past papers and calculations books as possible, it won't hurt. Good luck!
        Thank you that is really good advice. Yeah I agree with cutting down with the lifestyle part. I went to a whole new place and made a whole new group of friends who threw parties like their life's depended on it and I spent too much time on that. And with being a social lite. My priorities were so wrong even though I convinced my self school was one of my main ones it wasn't! I definitely underestimated how hard I should work and I thought 2 months of doing work would let me get 4 A's in very hard alevels. I'm glad I've found out now and come to my senses. The worst part is going to be leaving my new friends but they are not going to get me where I want in life. How do I find my best revision technique? Do I just try various? I just used my revision technique from gcse because I did quite well but the two stages are so different, gcse not application.
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        Yes I think I learn better if its visual but I just don't know how to incorporate that in my revision. I could do resits but it'll be difficult because I don't think I'd get conditional offers from the uni's I want and I'll end up somewhere doing a course I'm not interested in and regret it so bad!
        Maybe try pictures,with a few writing only?
        First of all,what unis and course are you thinking of doing?
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        Maybe try pictures,with a few writing only?
        First of all,what unis and course are you thinking of doing?
        I need to have a think about what course because I wanted to do areospace engineering or natural science or history (I'm interested in but haven't done since gcse so risky) or pharmacology (not passionate about but an option). But I do know I want to have a choice with uni's like St. Andrews, Durham, newcastle, southhampton, Northumbria, kings college.. Somewhere I will enjoy and as well as suit the course I want to do but enjoy the city!
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        People, could you advise me on what to do.

        I got my AS Results. I do History, Chemistry, Biology and Maths.

        History - C
        Chemistry - D
        Biology - D
        Maths - D

        Plan to resit all of the modules and do A2 in Year 13.

        Do I still stand a chance of getting into the top ten Russell Group Universities if I take a gap year after Year 13 then applying to University?
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        so you think I should continue? I looked at some courses it would probably be a better idea if I go for courses that use UCAS points? But would I be able to get conditional offers with rubbish target grades..?
        My AS grades were C D E I got offers for BBC but I only put foundation degrees as firm and insurance I got in with my in dance choice with 2 Ds at A2 . Offers depend on how good your personal statement is .if you want to go to uni don't give up retake one of the subjects you got a U in at AS and if you are close to a c in any of the subjects you got Ds in resit a modules . If you ends up with 2D's at A2 and and E at AS you will have 160 Ucas points if I'm not mistaken that will be enough for most foundation degrees however some require grades in relevant subject for example a C in a Science
       
       
       
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