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    So, I'm in year 11, and I want to take Biology, chemistry, physics and maths for A level and go into study medicine. I' m doing triple and I got low A for biology (hoping A* for B2 results out 10th Jan fingers crossed) low A* in chemistry and 100% for Physics and a high A in unit 1 for maths. Do you have any advice for a levels, what I should do, how I should revise, anything you regret not doing, including work experience .

    It would really help !
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    (Original post by Meghna96)
    So, I'm in year 11, and I want to take Biology, chemistry, physics and maths for A level and go into study medicine. I' m doing triple and I got low A for biology (hoping A* for B2 results out 10th Jan fingers crossed) low A* in chemistry and 100% for Physics and a high A in unit 1 for maths. Do you have any advice for a levels, what I should do, how I should revise, anything you regret not doing, including work experience .

    It would really help !
    Thanks
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    I do Economics, Biology, Chemistry and Maths at AS and I want to apply for medicine next year!

    Advice for ALevels;
    -Make sure you enjoy the subjects you're doing! No point studying something you don't care about because that may cause you to struggle and get a bad grade.
    -Utilise your frees!!! Seriously just do the home work you got set that day and that way you can spend less time working at home and during the weekend!
    -Do a bit of work each day, just some notes or go through what you learnt that week and making sure you understand the concepts.
    -Most important tip is to regularly go through all your work because at AS there is alot of work and you can't leave it till the holidays to revise because the work will just pile up, up and up.

    Try your best to achieve as many A*s as possible during GCSE because at AS level you will look back at GCSE and see how much easier it was...

    With revision, do what is best for you! For me its to write notes on each topic and make flash cards but you can also try mindmaps, posters etc.

    I personally regret not having a solid understanding of GCSE maths, make sure you fully understand GCSE maths concepts! Then C1 during AS will be a breeze because C1 is GCSE A* topics with basic integration and differentiation. If you are struggling with maths use this website- I wish I knew about this during GCSE! http://www.examsolutions.net/

    Try and get some voluntary work done ASAP!!
    For example, work once a week at a local charity shop or care home because with medicine you NEED to show commitment to the cause.
    Also, try to arrange some work xp at a hospital for the summer and also try to have some GP work xp too. Then make sure you can reflect on these experiences because its not enough saying you done 6 weeks work xp if you can't reflect on what you have learnt and seen.

    If you have any more questions feel free to PM me.
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    Save yourself from Medicine.
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    (Original post by gozatron)
    Save yourself from Medicine.
    Let's play a game of spot the medic revising for January exams.
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    (Original post by The.Joker)
    Hi there
    I do Economics, Biology, Chemistry and Maths at AS and I want to apply for medicine next year!

    Advice for ALevels;
    -Make sure you enjoy the subjects you're doing! No point studying something you don't care about because that may cause you to struggle and get a bad grade.
    -Utilise your frees!!! Seriously just do the home work you got set that day and that way you can spend less time working at home and during the weekend!
    -Do a bit of work each day, just some notes or go through what you learnt that week and making sure you understand the concepts.
    -Most important tip is to regularly go through all your work because at AS there is alot of work and you can't leave it till the holidays to revise because the work will just pile up, up and up.

    Try your best to achieve as many A*s as possible during GCSE because at AS level you will look back at GCSE and see how much easier it was...

    With revision, do what is best for you! For me its to write notes on each topic and make flash cards but you can also try mindmaps, posters etc.

    I personally regret not having a solid understanding of GCSE maths, make sure you fully understand GCSE maths concepts! Then C1 during AS will be a breeze because C1 is GCSE A* topics with basic integration and differentiation. If you are struggling with maths use this website- I wish I knew about this during GCSE! http://www.examsolutions.net/

    Try and get some voluntary work done ASAP!!
    For example, work once a week at a local charity shop or care home because with medicine you NEED to show commitment to the cause.
    Also, try to arrange some work xp at a hospital for the summer and also try to have some GP work xp too. Then make sure you can reflect on these experiences because its not enough saying you done 6 weeks work xp if you can't reflect on what you have learnt and seen.

    If you have any more questions feel free to PM me.

    Thanks for that advice!!! I've done work experience in year 10 for 2 weeks as a receptionist for a medical centre- does that count as anything? Also, I've got a certificate for life saving- would it be and advantage? Do you need to be of a certain age to work at a charity shop/ care home? - and what can you say if you have worked at a charity shop? Because I guess all you do is stand behind the counter.. I understand if it's like volunteering to raise money or something but there's not much to say for working at a. CHarity shop ....
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    i am doing a/l n my advice is complete most modules in 1st year as much as possible n dont account hfro repeats u will regret it coz the work load will be too high.:unimpressed::unimpressed::unimpressed:
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    (Original post by Meghna96)
    So, I'm in year 11, and I want to take Biology, chemistry, physics and maths for A level and go into study medicine. I' m doing triple and I got low A for biology (hoping A* for B2 results out 10th Jan fingers crossed) low A* in chemistry and 100% for Physics and a high A in unit 1 for maths. Do you have any advice for a levels, what I should do, how I should revise, anything you regret not doing, including work experience .

    It would really help !
    Thanks
    I'm doing Maths Chem Biology Psychology.
    I got 400/400 in Physics GCSE but I decided not do to it. I wasn't even expecting it b/c I was genuinely not pleased with the paper. Physics is just one of those subjects where I'm not that confident and I doubt myself.

    Anyway, you don't need to be worrying about AS/A2 yet. You'll find that AS is not a massive step from GCSE and you'll be able to cope fine. In the first 2 months I was not meeting my target, but you'll get with it and after a few past papers you'll be popping out those As. By the time the exam comes, you will be fine. I also found that working from the beginning helps quite a bit. I'm not talking intense hardcore studying but just reading over notes, reading ahead for the next lesson. One thing that helped me so so much is youtube - maths247 and examsolutions.net

    In terms of work experience, start looking in august, its quite hard to get work experience in a Hospital or GP unless you have contacts. Sign up with St Johns hospice if you live near there, and volunteer at your local hospital that way you can get contacts and you can ask a doctor directly to shadow them.

    I think what you need to do right now is calculate what grades you are on for everything not just the maths and sciences, and then try and pull those As up into A*s.

    Right now all you need to be worrying about is your GCSEs.
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    (Original post by letsbehonest)
    I'm doing Maths Chem Biology Psychology.
    I got 400/400 in Physics GCSE but I decided not do to it. I wasn't even expecting it b/c I was genuinely not pleased with the paper. Physics is just one of those subjects where I'm not that confident and I doubt myself.

    Anyway, you don't need to be worrying about AS/A2 yet. You'll find that AS is not a massive step from GCSE and you'll be able to cope fine. In the first 2 months I was not meeting my target, but you'll get with it and after a few past papers you'll be popping out those As. By the time the exam comes, you will be fine. I also found that working from the beginning helps quite a bit. I'm not talking intense hardcore studying but just reading over notes, reading ahead for the next lesson. One thing that helped me so so much is youtube - maths247 and examsolutions.net

    In terms of work experience, start looking in august, its quite hard to get work experience in a Hospital or GP unless you have contacts. Sign up with St Johns hospice if you live near there, and volunteer at your local hospital that way you can get contacts and you can ask a doctor directly to shadow them.

    I think what you need to do right now is calculate what grades you are on for everything not just the maths and sciences, and then try and pull those As up into A*s.

    Right now all you need to be worrying about is your GCSEs.
    Thanks! - I feel the same about physics- but I chose it at the chnace of me flopping in biology or chemistry and surprisingly ace physcs, soc i could be some sorta engineer (well payed jobs basically).. i was thinking of Geo instead, but... :confused:
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    (Original post by Meghna96)
    Thanks for that advice!!! I've done work experience in year 10 for 2 weeks as a receptionist for a medical centre- does that count as anything? Also, I've got a certificate for life saving- would it be and advantage? Do you need to be of a certain age to work at a charity shop/ care home? - and what can you say if you have worked at a charity shop? Because I guess all you do is stand behind the counter.. I understand if it's like volunteering to raise money or something but there's not much to say for working at a. CHarity shop ....
    Hmmm I think it would be better for you to get some clinical work xp as you are shadowing the doctor and you can see what they actually do.

    Depends on how you got the life saving certificate, what did you do to get it?

    I think for charity shops you need to be at least 15, where I work they just asked me for my age and as I was 16 they were fine.
    For a care home you will probably have to be 16 at least but im not too sure about that, just ask care homes/charity shops and see what they say.

    Well at a charity shop you are volunteering to help, so its not paid work, this shows you are willing to give up your time to help others which is a good thing especially if you do it for the long term e.g. 1 yr+.
    Also, you can talk about communication skills, working within a team, responsibility (working on the till) etc and you can relate these skills back to being a doctor and how you developed them.
 
 
 
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