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

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    (Original post by LillyB14)
    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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    Tbh I'm not really too sure! I guess if I had the option to drop anything it would have to be Computer Science... But I just thought, how would universities look at me dropping Computer Science since I've applied to do CompSci. Also Oxford writes on their website that if you're doing 4 A-levels its a good sign that you'll be able to cope with large work loads. And I just threw the EPQ in there because again, top universities like to see interest outside your syllabus!
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    DAY 9
    Running low on food and water...
    The lack of free periods is really getting to me... I'm finding I'm constantly learning new information and not being able to revise anything. This means I may fail my initial tests. We haven't got tests until half term and I do intend to revise for them but it'll be difficult whilst trying to meet deadlines for EPQ and Computer Science as well as prepare for the MAT.

    Today I focused on preparing for the MAT and tackled a few questions in what time I had (45 minutes) and when I got home (1 hour 45 minutes).
    Further Maths
    Expecting to start FP2 next week hopefully!
    Matrices is an example of my above statement where I'm feeling the lack of free periods, I just can't revise anything I've learnt so I often find myself scrounging through notes in class. Not that that's a problem, I'm just not used to having to go back over my notes in lessons. Normally things stick. However I do enjoy Matrices and I find the whole thing SO cool.
    I have to start revising Core 4 now... there's NO way I miss that A* this year. If I miss that A* I will jump off a cliff lol
    Physics
    I hate practicals. They suck so much and I find we do too many of them. Sure I get why we do them, to help reinfore learning... but I'd much rather learn the theory and then do a practical to prove that theoretical point whether it be about Simple Harmonic Motion or Circular Motion. I've always considered myself a Kinaesthetic learner but not with Physics.
    Computer Science
    The struggle is real. I've got three sections to finish before my personal deadline, the 30th September and the Official deadline is on the 15th October. But I'm in better stead than the rest of my class. They were busy trying to revise what they'd learnt last year but I'm certain I'll be able to catch up on that in my holidays I hope (Christmas)
    EPQ
    The deadline for my project submission is next week! I've got to fill in the relevant paperwork! Hopefully I'll get that done tonight/tomorrow
    MAT
    The official prep has begun and I've started going over core 2 and core 1 formulae that I need to memorise ( I already know 99% of these but just to recall all of the information.) I plan on sitting my next MAT paper next week hoping that I'll score above 75. 75 is the aim. I will update on my next MAT score and I hope to see this increasing!
    However its important to note that Oxford is not the be-all and end-all of my existence. I will be more than happy to attend my other 4 uni choices! So I won't sacrifice too much time towards the MAT but just enough to ensure I cover everything and get what practice I can before the exam I've also signed up for several challenging exams in November but I don't intend to prepare/revise for these (except maybe a couple papers to understand the structure... these will be taken solely for the purpose of a challenge! I think I'm overdoing myself even more now! *nervous laugh*
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    I found the hardest part was having 12 exams on back to back days, makes cramming and going over notes quite hard.
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    (Original post by Louisb19)
    I found the hardest part was having 12 exams on back to back days, makes cramming and going over notes quite hard.
    How many a levels did you take
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    (Original post by Himtiaz)
    How many a levels did you take
    4A 2 and 1 AS in year 13 (and STEP)

    17 exams so not as much as you but comparable
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    (Original post by Himtiaz)
    How many a levels did you take
    I thought the hard part would be learning / self teaching all the content in time however the real problem for me was not having enough time to properly go over my notes to a level I wanted to for my last few exams.

    This had some impact on my grades, for example in physics i got 100%, 100% and 79%. The 79% was my last exam (after 11 others on back to back days) and I didn't even have time to read over all of my notes since I had a 2.5 hour PM exam the day before.
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    (Original post by Louisb19)
    I thought the hard part would be learning / self teaching all the content in time however the real problem for me was not having enough time to properly go over my notes to a level I wanted to for my last few exams.

    This had some impact on my grades, for example in physics i got 100%, 100% and 79%. The 79% was my last exam (after 11 others on back to back days) and I didn't even have time to read over all of my notes since I had a 2.5 hour PM exam the day before.
    Is step like the BMAT or UKCATs?
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    (Original post by Himtiaz)
    Is step like the BMAT or UKCATs?
    No it's much harder, I'd say it took as much self study time as Physics and Computing A2. You take it in june.
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    (Original post by Louisb19)
    No it's much harder, I'd say it took as much self study time as Physics and Computing A2. You take it in june.
    Did you find that taking 5 AS levels helped you in anyway or just gave less time to the rest of your subjects?
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    (Original post by Himtiaz)
    Did you find that taking 5 AS levels helped you in anyway or just gave less time to the rest of your subjects?
    If I could go back I would have done 3 A Levels and 1 AS in year 13. I would have been able to get 100 ums in more of my modules and had more time for STEP.

    I honestly don't think any uni cares about my 4th A Level (A in computing aqa not an A*) and I would be in a much better position If I got better grades in STEP over another having my computing A-Level.

    If you get 4 or 5 A*s it looks good but if you get A*A* A A or A*A*A*AA its better to sacrifice 1 A and get full A*s imo.
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    (Original post by Louisb19)
    If I could go back I would have done 3 A Levels and 1 AS in year 13. I would have been able to get 100 ums in more of my modules and had more time for STEP.

    I honestly don't think any uni cares about my 4th A Level (A in computing aqa not an A*) and I would be in a much better position If I got better grades in STEP over another having my computing A-Level.

    If you get 4 or 5 A*s it looks good but if you get A*A* A A or A*A*A*AA its better to sacrifice 1 A and get full A*s imo.
    I'm taking 4 AS levels rn and am thinking of taking further maths as well
    Do you think thats a bad idea then??
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    (Original post by Himtiaz)
    I'm taking 4 AS levels rn and am thinking of taking further maths as well
    Do you think thats a bad idea then??
    what subjects you taking and what do you wana do for uni?
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    (Original post by Louisb19)
    what subjects you taking and what do you wana do for uni?
    I'm taking maths physics chemistry & biology.
    I'm not sure what i want to do but im thinking maths/physics or medicine
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    (Original post by Himtiaz)
    I'm taking maths physics chemistry & biology.
    I'm not sure what i want to do but im thinking maths/physics or medicine
    I think doing 5 AS is fine to be honest, just 4 A2s no more than that.

    If you are going to do 5 AS you need to be real with yourself though, if you **** up early you will get overwhelmed towards the end of the year and do badly.

    You don't even have to be a no life although I was tbh, you need to get **** done and not spend each evening on facebook with your textbook open and call it revision.

    If you spend your time wisely and effectively, study 3 hours a night you will get 5As in AS but don't blame me if you take my advice, don't study and getting overwhelmed later. It's vital you make sure everything is sorted and will get studied in time.

    If you need tips for studying (I did basically the same subjects as you) throughout the year you can pm me.

    Please drop one of your subjects in Year 13 tho, if you wana do medicine drop FM, if you wana do maths/physics drop bio.

    EDIT: I used my frees to study, about 3 hours a night, had 4A2s and 1AS + other crap and I was fine and I'm not smart so you can do it if you do similar (I don't know if you are a genius but you don't need to be as long as you work harder than everyone else).
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    (Original post by Louisb19)
    I think doing 5 AS is fine to be honest, just 4 A2s no more than that.

    If you are going to do 5 AS you need to be real with yourself though, if you **** up early you will get overwhelmed towards the end of the year and do badly.

    You don't even have to be a no life although I was tbh, you need to get **** done and not spend each evening on facebook with your textbook open and call it revision.

    If you spend your time wisely and effectively, study 3 hours a night you will get 5As in AS but don't blame me if you take my advice, don't study and getting overwhelmed later. It's vital you make sure everything is sorted and will get studied in time.

    If you need tips for studying (I did basically the same subjects as you) throughout the year you can pm me.

    Please drop one of your subjects in Year 13 tho, if you wana do medicine drop FM, if you wana do maths/physics drop bio.

    EDIT: I used my frees to study, about 3 hours a night, had 4A2s and 1AS + other crap and I was fine and I'm not smart so you can do it if you do similar (I don't know if you are a genius but you don't need to be as long as you work harder than everyone else).

    Well said. I like you.
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    (Original post by Louisb19)
    I think doing 5 AS is fine to be honest, just 4 A2s no more than that.

    If you are going to do 5 AS you need to be real with yourself though, if you **** up early you will get overwhelmed towards the end of the year and do badly.

    You don't even have to be a no life although I was tbh, you need to get **** done and not spend each evening on facebook with your textbook open and call it revision.

    If you spend your time wisely and effectively, study 3 hours a night you will get 5As in AS but don't blame me if you take my advice, don't study and getting overwhelmed later. It's vital you make sure everything is sorted and will get studied in time.

    If you need tips for studying (I did basically the same subjects as you) throughout the year you can pm me.

    Please drop one of your subjects in Year 13 tho, if you wana do medicine drop FM, if you wana do maths/physics drop bio.

    EDIT: I used my frees to study, about 3 hours a night, had 4A2s and 1AS + other crap and I was fine and I'm not smart so you can do it if you do similar (I don't know if you are a genius but you don't need to be as long as you work harder than everyone else).
    I do 4A2's and an EPQ...
    Right now I'm struggling with trying to balance what I'm doing and when. Not sure what to revise because there's so much I want to revise so I can't really prioritise well. Any tips? I'm keeping organised and working whenever I can however the MAT is incoming fast and that's what I'm prioritising above my A-levels at the minute
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    (Original post by Louisb19)
    I think doing 5 AS is fine to be honest, just 4 A2s no more than that.

    If you are going to do 5 AS you need to be real with yourself though, if you **** up early you will get overwhelmed towards the end of the year and do badly.

    You don't even have to be a no life although I was tbh, you need to get **** done and not spend each evening on facebook with your textbook open and call it revision.

    If you spend your time wisely and effectively, study 3 hours a night you will get 5As in AS but don't blame me if you take my advice, don't study and getting overwhelmed later. It's vital you make sure everything is sorted and will get studied in time.

    If you need tips for studying (I did basically the same subjects as you) throughout the year you can pm me.

    Please drop one of your subjects in Year 13 tho, if you wana do medicine drop FM, if you wana do maths/physics drop bio.

    EDIT: I used my frees to study, about 3 hours a night, had 4A2s and 1AS + other crap and I was fine and I'm not smart so you can do it if you do similar (I don't know if you are a genius but you don't need to be as long as you work harder than everyone else).
    How did you do in STEP?
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    How did you find doing 2 ASs and one full A level in your first year?
    I'm taking 4 AS subjects, an EPQ and EES and so far it doesn't seem too demanding but it's only September
    Just wondering if I'll be able to have a social life in 2017...
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    (Original post by Enigmatically)
    How did you do in STEP?
    1 (in 1), 3 (in 2), 2 (in 3).

    I ****ed up pretty bad, im retaking.
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    (Original post by Louisb19)
    1 (in 1), 3 (in 2), 2 (in 3).

    I ****ed up pretty bad, im retaking.
    Ah so you took a gap. Good luck. Atleast you wouldn't have to take I again xP
 
 
 
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