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    I got an offer from Cambridge for 3 A levels while other people from my school who were taking 4 got rejected. Also my UMS marks were generally lower than theirs as well. I haven't got a clue why i got in but hey, life works in weird and wonderful ways

    (Original post by coffeehead)
    Really? I guess it depends rather a lot on the actual subjects in question, but to me the main difference between an A grade and a B grade in some of my subjects (RS, History and Politics) is not whether or not you can apply the knowledge, but how well you've memorised the textbook and can regurgitate stuff out in the exam. And I've come to think that as long as you do get to uni, that's really rather unimportant.

    How do you LEARN TO APPLY knowledge, anyway? Sorry if I sound a bit churlish, but (with arts subjects), isn't that just something you do naturally without having to learn if you're an A grade candidate?
    I think you can be taught how to apply the knowledge, if not directly. For instance listening to teachers and this year lecturers the ways of thinking used become obvious. Certainly my application of knowledge has dramatically increased over the last three years, and I must have learnt it somehow. I think the difference between a B and an A is almost certainly the difference between applying knowledge (learning how to jump through the hoops is a skill that not everyone gets, and despite what people say is actually quite a good skill to have later on life unfortunately)

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