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:borat: Introduction to AstroNandos :borat:
So a little bit about me real quick, I was an army child, went to not-so-great schools (my previous one had a 56% pass rate in English if a C is a pass, I thought it was 55% but meh), but managed to get pretty decent GCSE grades (4A*s, 5As, 2Bs). The problem is, this road I'm on, It's not particularly smooth. My dream is to go to Cambridge for engineering (Trinity college maybe), but it's one hell of a journey. Maybe sharing it with TSR will encourage fellow procrastinators to change their ways...

I currently study maths, further maths, physics, chemistry and critical thinking at AS level, so what I get this year is going to matter, a lot. I'm not really motivated, I hand in homeworks late constantly, don't revise for tests, I don't even organise my notes, but that's why I made this blog. My December report was AABC, and my target is AAAA, so I'm going to try and reach that.

We're in the middle of having mocks, well I don't think I have a physics one or further maths, but I do have a chemistry and maths one.

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  • Maths C1 - B (86%), yeah I didn't really revise, it was before I started this blog
  • Chemistry - 2nd Feb, so long as homework isn't thrown at me tomorrow, revision starts then!
  • Physics - ???
  • Further Maths - ???

Targets:
  • Create a revision/homework timetable
  • Raise c1 to 92%
  • Get an A (90%) in the chemistry mock, I even placed a £2 bet on it with a friend for motivation!:cool:
  • Stick to any timetable I make
  • Get more than my average of 5 hours sleep a night


If anyone even reads this, then thanks, and LET'S DO THISS! :woo::woo:
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Why are you frustrated exactly? You seem on course for Cambridge: 4As at AS
That's my target, but I'm not achieving it. I've also got problems with homework, organisation, revision and I don't really do anything outside of school, so I'm going to try and change that
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Should be easy enough to crack down from now, good luck
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Should be easy enough to crack down from now, good luck
Hopefully it won't be too bad! Thanks

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I have now created a timetable for what I'm going to be doing and when, and I've probably overdone it. If I don't have any homework or don't need to revise, then I guess some of the filled slots can be free, but I'm going to try my hardest to stick to this, but if it's genuinely too much I'll change it

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Update 2:

It's been a few days since I posted. I've applied for a 4-6 week work experience placement in engineering/physics in the summer holidays now, so hopefully I'll get a reply about that soon! I've been mostly keeping my revision timetable, although since i started it half way through the week, I started on a day with no homework scheduled even though I had some to do. Plus I might ignore which subject it says I should revise for, as it might change depending on what's going on that week. I have a busy week coming up, chemistry mock, chemistry coursework and the chemistry olympiad, so I'll keep whoever actually reads this (if anyone ) posted!
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GL man
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GL man
Thanks, I'm going to need it!
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Hopefully it won't be too bad! Thanks

Update 1:

I have now created a timetable for what I'm going to be doing and when, and I've probably overdone it. If I don't have any homework or don't need to revise, then I guess some of the filled slots can be free, but I'm going to try my hardest to stick to this, but if it's genuinely too much I'll change it

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Can I have the file for this timetable? It looks really awesome.
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Can I have the file for this timetable? It looks really awesome.
I just made it on publisher real quick, but I'll have to put it up later when I'm home
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Can I have the file for this timetable? It looks really awesome.
Right, I think I've attached it. I guess anyone can use it if they want to
Also chemistry mock felt like it went well, I should find out what I got soon
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So I ended up not continuing with this because I couldn't get this verified, but I feel like coming back to it.

I ended up giving up on a set timetable and went through a phase of having zero motivation, and I was rejected by the Nuffield work experience. I didn't do any revision for months!

But things improved. I got more sleep, won a pretty big robotics competition, and suddenly found a new motivation, I realised I really want to get good grades and hopefully get in Cambridge, especially since I've not had any direct family go to university!

And I've done 2/12 exams, c1 which went pretty well (except a couple of marks I derped on) and fp1 was pretty difficult, so I'm counting on D1 and D2 to boost my UMS up to 90%+ for further maths. Doing around 6-7 hours a day of revision at the moment too

Now I work until either my death or the end of exams, and fingers crossed for results day!
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So I ended up not continuing with this because I couldn't get this verified, but I feel like coming back to it.

I ended up giving up on a set timetable and went through a phase of having zero motivation, and I was rejected by the Nuffield work experience. I didn't do any revision for months!

But things improved. I got more sleep, won a pretty big robotics competition, and suddenly found a new motivation, I realised I really want to get good grades and hopefully get in Cambridge, especially since I've not had any direct family go to university!

And I've done 2/12 exams, c1 which went pretty well (except a couple of marks I derped on) and fp1 was pretty difficult, so I'm counting on D1 and D2 to boost my UMS up to 90%+ for further maths. Doing around 6-7 hours a day of revision at the moment too

Now I work until either my death or the end of exams, and fingers crossed for results day!
How did you find FP1 in the end? I reckoned that it wasn't much worse than the last 2 papers apart from the last question being totally alien
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How did you find FP1 in the end? I reckoned that it wasn't much worse than the last 2 papers apart from the last question being totally alien
FP1 didn't seem to bad. I dropped 1 mark on the last question as I did 32+3=35 instead of 32-3=29, but quadratic question which had a complex number in I couldn't do, but I think I can do it now after the exam -.- I wasn't overly keen on the paper, made some mistakes I shouldn't have, but the revision I did really did save me

Any ideas on the grade boundaries? I reckon around 60-62 and I think I got around that so it's going to be a close call!
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FP1 didn't seem to bad. I dropped 1 mark on the last question as I did 32+3=35 instead of 32-3=29, but quadratic question which had a complex number in I couldn't do, but I think I can do it now after the exam -.- I wasn't overly keen on the paper, made some mistakes I shouldn't have, but the revision I did really did save me

Any ideas on the grade boundaries? I reckon around 60-62 and I think I got around that so it's going to be a close call!
I was thinking a third consecutive 62 would be decent. Personally I managed to forget to simplify a matrix and lost about 4 marks there, as well as drawing an argand diagram incorrectly (L O L) and not even making it to the last 3 marker,
what score you do think you got? Also you feeling pumped for mechanics??
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I was thinking a third consecutive 62 would be decent. Personally I managed to forget to simplify a matrix and lost about 4 marks there, as well as drawing an argand diagram incorrectly (L O L) and not even making it to the last 3 marker,
what score you do think you got? Also you feeling pumped for mechanics??
Yeah it's irritating realising what you do wrong not to long after the exam >.< But I think I got around 60/61, probably my worst maths exam tbh. Wbu?

And physics mechanics tomorrow? Hell yeahh, Done 3 past papers today, I'll do another one and then revise for D2 on Wednesday. I much prefer mechanics to EWP you?
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Yeah it's irritating realising what you do wrong not to long after the exam >.< But I think I got around 60/61, probably my worst maths exam tbh. Wbu?

And physics mechanics tomorrow? Hell yeahh, Done 3 past papers today, I'll do another one and then revise for D2 on Wednesday. I much prefer mechanics to EWP you?
I reckon tops I got 67/68 and bottom I got about 60, I'm thinking 65/66?? I counted that I lost 8 marks, 3 for an unattempted question, 3 accuracy marks and maybe a method mark for matrices, 2 I probably couldn't find somewhere??? Not going to make any assumptions as I probably missed something, D1 and D2 have to be A/A* now because FP1 gave no wiggle room at all. Well done on your FP1 by the way because that was really a funny paper

I reckon that I prefer EWP to mechanics for no real reason, I just like bigger exams
Personally I'm probably going to print off the spec one more time and look through everything (I say that as if I can get 100% easy but I don't think I've ever gotten more than 50 marks first time once). I'm hoping that I get lucky though
I'm going to try and do the June 2014 paper one last time as the last time I did it was for my mock and I didn't even finish, and I didn't even look at it again so I'm using it as a remock

Have you decided what sort of engineering your going to apply for at Cambridge if all goes well?
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FP1 didn't seem to bad. I dropped 1 mark on the last question as I did 32+3=35 instead of 32-3=29, but quadratic question which had a complex number in I couldn't do, but I think I can do it now after the exam -.- I wasn't overly keen on the paper, made some mistakes I shouldn't have, but the revision I did really did save me

Any ideas on the grade boundaries? I reckon around 60-62 and I think I got around that so it's going to be a close call!
Don't ask man, im so pissed off about that FP1.
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I reckon tops I got 67/68 and bottom I got about 60, I'm thinking 65/66?? I counted that I lost 8 marks, 3 for an unattempted question, 3 accuracy marks and maybe a method mark for matrices, 2 I probably couldn't find somewhere??? Not going to make any assumptions as I probably missed something, D1 and D2 have to be A/A* now because FP1 gave no wiggle room at all. Well done on your FP1 by the way because that was really a funny paper

I reckon that I prefer EWP to mechanics for no real reason, I just like bigger exams
Personally I'm probably going to print off the spec one more time and look through everything (I say that as if I can get 100% easy but I don't think I've ever gotten more than 50 marks first time once). I'm hoping that I get lucky though
I'm going to try and do the June 2014 paper one last time as the last time I did it was for my mock and I didn't even finish, and I didn't even look at it again so I'm using it as a remock

Have you decided what sort of engineering your going to apply for at Cambridge if all goes well?
Well 65 wouldn't be a bad score at all, that'd be what, 95+% UMS? Assuming there's low-ish grade boundaries. But yeah well done to you too haha. I'm hoping I do muchh better in D1 and D2 seeing as they are relatively simple, but I think the only issue is if you mess up part way through a question you lose soo many marks.

Ah I hate EWP, mainly because of the electrons side. Waves is alright, and I like photons tbh. And that's not a bad idea, I've never actually bothered looking at a specification for anything before Maybe now is the time to start. Was June 2014 the paper that was either 49% or 59% for an A, either way it was hard as hell??

Well I would probably specialise in aerospace and aerothermal engineering (which I think happens in the 3rd year?). Are you an aspiring Cambridge undergraduate too??


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Don't ask man, im so pissed off about that FP1.
I take it that it didn't go too well? I would be expecting low grade boundaries seeing as a lot of people seem think that, so don't be too pissed
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I take it that it didn't go too well? I would be expecting low grade boundaries seeing as a lot of people seem think that, so don't be too pissed
Thank you but yeah idk if you remember but that monstrosity of a last question was soul destroying. Then I threw away like 4 marks due to exam pressure on that Argand diagram question which I could have done easily (if I do say so myself). So yeah. And to top it all off I've been told I need 95 UMS in FP1 to be predicted an A* in A2 Further Maths, which i'll need if I apply to the top unis in Maths eg Cambridge.
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Well 65 wouldn't be a bad score at all, that'd be what, 95+% UMS? Assuming there's low-ish grade boundaries. But yeah well done to you too haha. I'm hoping I do muchh better in D1 and D2 seeing as they are relatively simple, but I think the only issue is if you mess up part way through a question you lose soo many marks.

Ah I hate EWP, mainly because of the electrons side. Waves is alright, and I like photons tbh. And that's not a bad idea, I've never actually bothered looking at a specification for anything before Maybe now is the time to start. Was June 2014 the paper that was either 49% or 59% for an A, either way it was hard as hell??

Well I would probably specialise in aerospace and aerothermal engineering (which I think happens in the 3rd year?). Are you an aspiring Cambridge undergraduate too??
Cambridge was sitting quitely in the back of my mind but that FP1 means it's GG since I want to do maths and/or economics, I wanted to go to a London university primarily so I would be over the moon if I could get into LSE or UCL!
Plus I doubt I'd be getting 95% UMS+ as last year for my exam board that would have gotten me about 83 UMS, but I don't mind too much because it's still an A (if I didn't mess up elsewhere )

And yeah it was for EWP (59/100) but for mechanics it was 43 and I only scraped a 44 just now (which is 16 more than my mock which is okay I guess) so I'll see how tomorrow goes good luck!
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