Trying to get A*A*A*A*A* at A-level

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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Day 6

    Short update:
    The weekend is here, I have to study. The last few days have been incredibly hectic with UCAS and other deadlines but I managed to meet them. The relief after submitting that UCAS form is incredible. However, I think I've made a mistake by choosing Sheffield over Durham/UCL so I'm thinking about this and looking to change it within the next few days. Yes I know very last minute. But the UCAS form isn't over yet... I need to chase up my teachers for references etc.
    Also we're redecorating so I haven't had access to my room/study materials for the past 48 hours.... Which SUCKS because I haven't done ANY work.
    I visited Warwick and I'm happy with that decision on UCAS though which is always plus.
    The plan for the weekend is outlined above so this evening + sunday is dedicated to that studying!
    I'm sure you'll do amazing πŸ˜„ What did you receive for GCSE? How much do you revise during the weekends 😳
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    (Original post by nisha.sri)
    I'm sure you'll do amazing πŸ˜„ What did you receive for GCSE? How much do you revise during the weekends 😳
    I hope so!
    At the moment I must admit I'm not doing a lot of revision/studying... in fact I plan on just doing the minimum for each of my subjects whilst I prepare for an exam I have in November... A risky plan but one that I have to take.
    For my GCSE's I received 6A*s and 5A's, so not exactly the best grades but I did attend a school with a below 50% pass rate at GCSE so I think I outperformed slightly. I wasn't aware of the importance of GCSE's, I just wanted to get out of school and get a job at that point and I had no intention of higher education because I didn't think I would be capable of it. Also, money is somewhat difficult to come by so I needed a job... but then laws changed and I had to go to college which initially I was very frustrated about but it worked out I guess
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    I hope so!
    At the moment I must admit I'm not doing a lot of revision/studying... in fact I plan on just doing the minimum for each of my subjects whilst I prepare for an exam I have in November... A risky plan but one that I have to take.
    For my GCSE's I received 6A*s and 5A's, so not exactly the best grades but I did attend a school with a below 50% pass rate at GCSE so I think I outperformed slightly. I wasn't aware of the importance of GCSE's, I just wanted to get out of school and get a job at that point and I had no intention of higher education because I didn't think I would be capable of it. Also, money is somewhat difficult to come by so I needed a job... but then laws changed and I had to go to college which initially I was very frustrated about but it worked out I guess
    Ah ok πŸ˜„ I'm sure you'll get into Oxford with those amazing grades just work hard. I've only just started AS ☺️ Already I can see that it's going to get harder and the work load is going to increase. πŸ˜„
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    Sweet jesus motherloving christ **** me up what the

    You're exactly the type of kid my parents wanted. Then they got stuck with me. But seriously, you seem insanely talented and I wish you all the best in the coming year.
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    Good luck and well done
    But why are you taking 5? Just 3 A*'s or 1 A* and 2 As can get you into any top university?
    Maybe spend the extra time on extra curriculars or get a job to save for uni
    (I didn't read the whole post)
    Because after you're in uni, a level grades are largely unnecessary


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    (Original post by sweeneyrod)
    I only did three A-levels, but I think if you did four you would often get offers involving all of them. Out of the ones you're applying to, I think Imperial might be a bit funny (they have a habit of giving higher offers than the ones advertised, my friend got A*A*A for Computing, and me A*A*A with A in the EPQ for JMC), and Oxford might care about all of them since you did most of maths last year, and they might want to see 3 A2s this year. For the rest of them, even if you did get an A*AAA offer I expect they would let you in if you didn't get an A in the fourth subject.
    So I submitted my UCAS Application (it's gone to my college who are sorting out my reference). I applied for: Oxford, Imperial, Bristol, Warwick and Sheffield. All of them are ones I wanted to apply for EXCEPT Sheffield. They all have A*AA grade offers but Sheffield has AAA. I want to change Sheffield to Durham/UCL/Southampton, but they each have their own issues (distance,finance, course). I kind of figured if I miss the A*AA then I would do a third year at College because all the top unis want A*AA and I don't think I'd be satisfied at Sheffield. What do you think, should I get my college to change Sheffield to Durham or UCL or Southampton?
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    So I submitted my UCAS Application (it's gone to my college who are sorting out my reference). I applied for: Oxford, Imperial, Bristol, Warwick and Sheffield. All of them are ones I wanted to apply for EXCEPT Sheffield. They all have A*AA grade offers but Sheffield has AAA. I want to change Sheffield to Durham/UCL/Southampton, but they each have their own issues (distance,finance, course). I kind of figured if I miss the A*AA then I would do a third year at College because all the top unis want A*AA and I don't think I'd be satisfied at Sheffield. What do you think, should I get my college to change Sheffield to Durham or UCL or Southampton?
    I think it's a pretty personal decision. It depends on how likely you think you are to get A*AA, and what your attitude to a third year of college or a gap year is. Ultimately, it probably doesn't matter that much. If you get offers from two of your top four (which I'm pretty confident you will) you will presumably put those as your firm and insurance (BTW, Bristol's offer is only AAA if you have Maths and Further Maths).

    One thing you could consider is choosing a fifth option with a slightly different course to the others, in case you change your mind about what you want to study. For instance, I applied to Durham for Natural Sciences in case I suddenly decided I wanted to do a mixture of Computer Science and Philosophy. That's only relevant if you aren't totally sure about your course though. Failing that, I'd probably go for whichever uni you like best, disregarding entry requirements.
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    Day 8
    During the weekend I completed all 5 pieces of homework I had. I finished my EPQ Production Log but I also need to fill in another booklet (I hate writing). I also tried some STEP style questions and got 4 answers out of 8 correct! But I've definitely got to work on that because I know I needed hints from a friend of mine who's a maths genius.
    In terms of subjects, what's frustrating me is how few frees I have... I get 3 a week and its just not enough to be studying by myself :/ I also lose time on my way home due to traffic and having to run errands. So I end up at home around 6PM and then I eat/get ready for about 7 and then I start working till about 9:30 before I get to bed. Just a heads up of how much revision I can actually get done in an evening tbh.

    Further Mathematics
    Fun and games for all the family! M2 - we've just completed Centres of Mass. FP1 - We're doing Co-ordinate systems (with the bad teacher). I plan on self-teaching this tonight within the next 2 hours. It doesn't look like a big topic and its fairly easy in class at least. S2 - I did a Binomial Distribution exam question and got that right! I definitely need to be doing more though. Again, lack of frees is killing me inside.
    Physics
    Its frustratingly slow but we've finished the first two topics at last... plenty left to do and the pace is just not good at all! I want things done. It might be me being impatient but I remember how short the time between finishing the content and the exam was... we had about a week before the exam when we finally finished the content.
    Computer Science
    Working on the write-up. Aiming to have this first section complete before the 30th of September. The deadline is actually midway through October so it'll give me plenty of time to do Maths in my CompSci lessons.
    UCAS/Universities
    I still haven't decided between changing Sheffield to Durham but I think I'm going to go ahead with it tomorrow.
    MAT
    So far I've completed the first two MAT papers and gained average scores on these though I KNOW I could've done better. I'm writing out the solutions so that I can solve problems from experience in the future.
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    I've already finished my bachelors degree and got a first, but you are goals. Your determination is just inspiring. I wish i was this hardworking at your age I wish you every success in this and later life
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    . So I end up at home around 6PM and then I eat/get ready for about 7 and then I start working till about 9:30 before I get to bed. Just a heads up of how much revision I can actually get done in an evening tbh.
    I unfortunately suffer from this to. To prevent losing valuable time, I just work till 1-2am. Downside is I'm only getting 4-5 hours sleep. However, I'm getting so much work done. 6pm - 2am is 8 hours, of those 8 hours I'm probably working for 6 hours
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    A guy from my school a couple of years back did this. He is now at Cambridge doing maths through a scholarship after getting 99%+ in every single one of his maths exams at a level and achieving almost full marks in step and being part of the maths Olympiad national team. He got like 95% plus A*'s in maths, further maths, physics, chemistry and additional further maths!!!!!
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    (Original post by metaljoe)
    A guy from my school a couple of years back did this. He is now at Cambridge doing maths through a scholarship after getting 99%+ in every single one of his maths exams at a level and achieving almost full marks in step and being part of the maths Olympiad national team. He got like 95% plus A*'s in maths, further maths, physics, chemistry and additional further maths!!!!!
    :0 did what?


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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Hi,

    I'm creating this thread as a way to track my progress throughout the year and motivate myself to study. In my AS year I took AS-Maths, A-level Maths, AS Physics and AS Computer Science. I got 4A's. It might sound great but I missed the A* in Maths by 2 marks in my Core 4 paper. I got 100% in Core 1, Core 2 and Core 3 but my Core 4 dropped to just under 80%. This annoyed me a lot because I know I was ready for Core 4 and I know that I should've done miles better. It annoyed me because now I have to retake that module this year despite knowing it last year...it was just a bad day for me I reckon. My predicted grades are currently 3A*s (Maths, Physics, Computer Science) however my Further Maths looks to be an A, however I will try to get this bumped to an A* (I mean, I did really well in terms of UMS discounting Core 4). I am also taking the EPQ this year on Computer Science and I hope to be predicted an A*.

    So my teachers believe me to be capable of achieving A*'s due to high A-grades last year however I must admit I think I won't manage it. I just feel like the margins for error are too high and I'll slip up like I did in my AS-year. I intend to try my hardest though and I hope this thread motivates others too.
    I am applying to study Computer Science at Oxford, Imperial, Bristol, Warwick and Durham/Sheffield. My internal deadline for UCAS is next week. I also have to take the MAT in around a months time. Thus a lot of preparation is required. The work load is huge at the moment but I'm just about managing.

    I will be working my socks off this year and I will begin my first post on Monday which will be my second full week at college. My first week was just appalling.
    For Further Maths I will be studying the Edexcel syllabus (FP1,FP2,FP3,M2,S2,D1) and I hope to have FP1,M2,S2 finished by December.
    For Physics I'm studying the AQA Syllabus and doing AstroPhysics for my option despite having chosen Turning points... my college sucks so bad.
    For Computer Science I am doing the OCR exam board and I will be working on my coursework for the most part, I'm aiming to have that complete by December also. This will give me time to prepare for the exam.
    Core 4, I will prepare for starting from January. There is no way I miss the A* in Maths next year. It scares me to think I might miss it again if I flop this exam.
    My EPQ will be alongside my studies, I will sacrifice whatever time I have to it.
    I am also a disadvantaged student in the sense that I attend a college that is underperforming and I am part of various schemes that allow me to apply to University. People from my area don't usually go to University and I will be the first in my family to attend University hopefully. Also I always thought Oxford/Cambridge were only for rich kids who could afford it lol..Glad they put that misconception away.
    I am more than willing to pull my weight this year to achieve these grades. Oxford and Imperial are just hopes, I at least want to get offers from Bristol and Warwick and Sheffield/Durham.
    If you have any advice about anything whether it be Universities, or how to succeed or A-levels I would be more than happy to receive it!
    With that being said, I think this will be the opener to my thread.

    Thanks for reading,
    Someboady

    EDIT: I am predicted 5A*s now. The support on this thread has been phenomenal and thank you everyone for your encouraging words, hopefully I'll meet everyone's expectations.
    Hi, I'm only taking Maths, Chem and Physics and aiming for A*. Would you be open to having a study network online?

    Thanks,
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    consistency is key, remember to rest and you will be fine! best wishes x
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    (Original post by Naruke)
    I unfortunately suffer from this to. To prevent losing valuable time, I just work till 1-2am. Downside is I'm only getting 4-5 hours sleep. However, I'm getting so much work done. 6pm - 2am is 8 hours, of those 8 hours I'm probably working for 6 hours
    I really have to fight if I'm going to stay up and work past about 9ish! My body gets to about 9pm and decides it's had enough! Getting up at 4am wouldn't be a problem for me, I'm wide awake then but obviously I'd wake everyone else up so I can't do that and hence lose valuable time
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    (Original post by Blake Jones)
    I really have to fight if I'm going to stay up and work past about 9ish! My body gets to about 9pm and decides it's had enough!
    You think my body doesn't get like this?

    It's called grinding through the pain, so you can get what you want
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    (Original post by Naruke)
    You think my body doesn't get like this?

    It's called grinding through the pain, so you can get what you want
    That's true! Gotta start doing more of that!
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    Good luck with the MAT, it's a ****ing pisstake of an exam. No idea how I managed to get my offer, I thought I'd flunked it completely.
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    Hey! Targetting 4A* in Bio, Phy, Chem and Math

    Not happening.
 
 
 
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