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    so basically I get up at 7
    school - depressed
    tuesday night - orchestra for 2 hours
    wednesday night - violin lesson 1 hour
    thursday night - driving lesson 2 hours
    friday night St John's Ambulance Cadets

    Got 9 A*s AND 2 As at GCSE
    but struggling to get Cs at a level

    I struggle to remember what people said 5 minutes ago let alone whole syllabus - longterm memory bad too

    Also doing Extended Project Qualification
    Volunteering Saturday morning at old people's home
    and tueday lunch times doing Grade 7 Music Theory

    I want to do medicine and was doing well
    but when GCSE exams finished I felt sad not happy

    And lots of little things bother me (also can't sleep very well)

    Is it too late to change my a-levels into A/A* grades?
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    Hi
    so basically I get up at 7
    school - depressed
    tuesday night - orchestra for 2 hours
    wednesday night - violin lesson 1 hour
    thursday night - driving lesson 2 hours
    friday night St John's Ambulance Cadets

    Got 9 A*s AND 2 As at GCSE
    but struggling to get Cs at a level

    I struggle to remember what people said 5 minutes ago let alone whole syllabus - longterm memory bad too

    Also doing Extended Project Qualification
    Volunteering Saturday morning at old people's home
    and tueday lunch times doing Grade 7 Music Theory

    I want to do medicine and was doing well
    but when GCSE exams finished I felt sad not happy

    And lots of little things bother me (also can't sleep very well)

    Is it too late to change my a-levels into A/A* grades?
    Your health comes before your grades. If you really feel like you can't cope, drop something (maybe an instrument) and try and prioritise so that the most relevant stuff comes first (A Levels) and musical stuff comes later. If you cram too much in at the same time you won't remember any of it!
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    (Original post by wannabe medic)
    Hi
    so basically I get up at 7
    school - depressed
    tuesday night - orchestra for 2 hours
    wednesday night - violin lesson 1 hour
    thursday night - driving lesson 2 hours
    friday night St John's Ambulance Cadets

    Got 9 A*s AND 2 As at GCSE
    but struggling to get Cs at a level

    I struggle to remember what people said 5 minutes ago let alone whole syllabus - longterm memory bad too

    Also doing Extended Project Qualification
    Volunteering Saturday morning at old people's home
    and tueday lunch times doing Grade 7 Music Theory

    I want to do medicine and was doing well
    but when GCSE exams finished I felt sad not happy

    And lots of little things bother me (also can't sleep very well)

    Is it too late to change my a-levels into A/A* grades?
    You might be stressed, or have a mental illness (like depression). You should put your health first and go to see your GP if you worried, especially since you say your memory is bad. Your GP will be able to help you out, and possibly give you medication to improve on your problems. It's not too late to get to A/A* grades, but if you are having health problems such as bad memory you will need to sort that out first.
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    (Original post by wannabe medic)
    Hi
    so basically I get up at 7
    school - depressed
    tuesday night - orchestra for 2 hours
    wednesday night - violin lesson 1 hour
    thursday night - driving lesson 2 hours
    friday night St John's Ambulance Cadets

    Got 9 A*s AND 2 As at GCSE
    but struggling to get Cs at a level

    I struggle to remember what people said 5 minutes ago let alone whole syllabus - longterm memory bad too

    Also doing Extended Project Qualification
    Volunteering Saturday morning at old people's home
    and tueday lunch times doing Grade 7 Music Theory

    I want to do medicine and was doing well
    but when GCSE exams finished I felt sad not happy

    And lots of little things bother me (also can't sleep very well)

    Is it too late to change my a-levels into A/A* grades?
    Sounds like you've reached burn out point, it's what happens when you are under stress for a prolonged period of time and you enter a state of chronic stress. It can adversely affect your mood, your sleep and your memory, and then this adds further to your stress, it's a vicious cycle.

    Your week sounds excessively full, you need to have time to decompress. If your extracurriculars are affecting your work and your mental and therefore physical health to this degree, then something has to give.

    A visit to your GP to have a talk may be a good idea, and they may be able to give you something to help you sleep and/or to help with the anxiety and depression. In the short term this can be very helpful to get you back on track.

    Set aside some time to relax each week, to exercise, and try to eat well as these will all help you cope better in the long term.

    Try not to worry too much about the memory issue, it sounds like a symptom of the underlying issue (I've experienced it myself around end of semester exams).
    If you start to make changes now you still have plenty of time to do well
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    (Original post by wannabe medic)
    Hi
    so basically I get up at 7
    school - depressed
    tuesday night - orchestra for 2 hours
    wednesday night - violin lesson 1 hour
    thursday night - driving lesson 2 hours
    friday night St John's Ambulance Cadets

    Got 9 A*s AND 2 As at GCSE
    but struggling to get Cs at a level

    I struggle to remember what people said 5 minutes ago let alone whole syllabus - longterm memory bad too

    Also doing Extended Project Qualification
    Volunteering Saturday morning at old people's home
    and tueday lunch times doing Grade 7 Music Theory

    I want to do medicine and was doing well
    but when GCSE exams finished I felt sad not happy

    And lots of little things bother me (also can't sleep very well)

    Is it too late to change my a-levels into A/A* grades?
    The same happened to me after my GCSEs. You are doing a lot and stress does this to you. You need a break. You could also try to cut down on your extra curricular activities. Personally I would eliminate orchestra to give you that extra evening off. If you did that and could move your violin lesson to Tuesday, that would give you Wednesday evening off which would probably be more beneficial.

    I have a rule that Wednesday evenings are for me. If I can help it I will not arrange anything for a Wednesday and just relax. I wouldn't say I am stress free but it is certainly nice knowing I have that time when no one expects me to do anything!
 
 
 
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