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Hi! Welcome to my grow your grades blog I thought I would participate in this to motivate me with my studies and become more organised (and hopefully become less stressed). Hopefully, I manage to update this as I go through the next remaining weeks
This year, I'm doing my GCSEs, and the grades I would like to achieve are:

Maths: A*
Physics: A*
Biology: A*
English: A*
English Literature: A*
RS: A*
Geography: A*
Latin: A/A*
Drama: A
French: B
Music: B
Already achieved:
Chemistry - A*

I need at least 4 A*s to get into the sixth form I want to, with an A/A* grade for the subjects I want to study. I'm going to study: Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Geography at A Level, however I'm contemplating whether I should do Further Maths too

My revision techniques are:
  • Sum up notes on a notebook (normally after studying the topic learnt that day at school. Skip this step if already previously learnt)
  • After finishing entire topic, rewrite notes on a colourful mind map (however, I make mind maps closer to the actual exam)
  • OR
  • Rewrite notes onto flash cards, then use these flash cards later to read from to make more mind maps later on
  • Read, cover, write, check
  • I also use apps, such as Quizlet and Duolingo, which really help when I'm on the go . I make flashcards on Duolingo for vocabulary, e.g. for languages, the term on one side and the definition on the other. For sciences etc., I come up with questions and answers for the important bits
  • Studyblrs on tumblr are also very motivating
  • A cup of tea and a study playlist on Spotify will also get me motivated
In an exam that requires just speaking, e.g Drama/ French speaking, I would just read the content, say as much as I can, then read over what I missed/forgot, then repeat until I get it right
I like to hang up my mind maps on my wardrobe/wall etc., where I can look at whilst doing something

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Things I need to do: (Priority)
-Music: Appraisal, Solo and Ensemble piece
-English: Reread OMAM and AIC, and annotate for quotations
-French: Final CA
-Geography -Restless Earth revision, Human, Rivers flash cards
-Biology - 1B
-Physics - Core cards
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(Original post by vincentvangogh)
Hi! I thought I would participate in this to motivate me with my studies (and hopefully become less stressed). Hopefully, I manage to update this as I go through the next remaining weeks
This year, I'm doing my GCSEs, and I hope to get:

Maths: A*
Physics: A*
Biology: A*
English: A*
English Literature: A*
RS: A*
Geography: A*
Latin: A/A*
Drama: A
French: B
Music: B
I wish you the best of luck! I'm also in Year 11 and I've started my revision, making resources and flash cards. What A Levels are you thinking of taking?
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I wish you the best of luck! I'm also in Year 11 and I've started my revision, making resources and flash cards. What A Levels are you thinking of taking?
Thank you so much! Good luck to you too . That's really good, flash cards are really helpful - I think I'll try them out . My A-Level choices are Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Geography. How about you?
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Friday 29th January

Today, we found out our results for our Maths biweekly exam (calculator), and I got 84 marks!
English lesson was on answering Q2 on the Language paper, and I got a bit confused, so I'm going to revise the structure for that paper soon.
I revised hydraulics in my free periods (hooray for no more PE!), the motor effect and electromagnetic induction, which I found extremely confusing.

Saturday 30th January

Aims-
-Answer the Physics 3 questions
-Do Physics 3 mind map
-Revise paragraph for French
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French... RIP you. Jking, all the best
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French... RIP you. Jking, all the best
Ahaha, thanks
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Thank you so much! Good luck to you too . That's really good, flash cards are really helpful - I think I'll try them out . My A-Level choices are Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Geography. How about you?
Biology, Geography and Chemistry (I might swap Chem for Eng Lit, it really depends on how I do on the GCSE and how much a really like the subject).
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Biology, Geography and Chemistry (I might swap Chem for Eng Lit, it really depends on how I do on the GCSE and how much a really like the subject).
Ahh, that's a good combo what were you thinking of doing at Uni?
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Ahh, that's a good combo what were you thinking of doing at Uni?
I want to do something medical/health care related, so I've been looking at medicine (obvs need Chemistry so that's another dilemma..), nursing and operating department practitioner. You?
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I want to do something medical/health care related, so I've been looking at medicine (obvs need Chemistry so that's another dilemma..), nursing and operating department practitioner. You?
Ah, that's really interesting , I want to go into Geology , good luck for everything
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Saturday 30th January

So today I went out with my friend, but I managed to do 3 of 6 pages of Physics questions on the bus. When I was going home, I didn't realise I sat on a bin juice smelling, probably human piss pond on the bus home, until I reached my stop, with wet jeans as I left the bus. I was super furious so I didn't have any time to revise for my French and complete Physics. I did two topics in Duolingo of French, however

Sunday 31st January

How is it the last day of January tomorrow. Didn't January just start like, last week?

Aims:
-Revise French paragraph
-Revise and complete Physics homework (none of P3 part B is getting to my head )
-Possibly begin Geography project
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Sunday 31st January
-Completed revising French paragraph
-Completed some Physics homework, and added to Physics mind map, but I have the urge to write them onto flash cards now, so I can't finish watching Skins

Monday 1st February:

I have a class trip to a Sixth Form so I get to miss the Physics convention after school

Aims:
-Revise for Physics 3 (I think I have a test coming up soon)
-Begin Geography homework
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Monday 1st February

I managed to complete a few more flashcards on Physics, revised over my French but I can't seem to be able to remember it so I'll do some more tomorrow. Didn't manage to start my Geography homework, though :/

Tuesday 2nd February

Two more days until my birthday

Aims:
-Revise Centripetal force
-Do Geog homework
-Revise French paragraph
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Tuesday 2nd February

I managed to finish all of the things I hoped to do, but I still need to complete my Maths homework that I've just remembered oops

Wednesday 3rd February

One more day until my birthday!!

Aims:
-Make flash-cards for Geography
-Revise for French CA
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Thursday 4th February
Ahh I didn't post yesterday, but today is my birthday and I've finally hit the ol' 16
I had my French retake, and I did quite mediocre. I think I got maybe a B, or a low A, but I'm quite pleased to get it over and done with

Friday 5th February

I have a P3 part B mock tomorrow so I'm going to go over my flash cards and some topics tomorrow in my free period.
I think I find out if I got an interview for Harris Westminster also, so that'll be interesting to see

Aims:
-Revise P3
-Make Geography flashcards
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Friday 5th February

I had Science after school, but I managed to do write some more Physics flashcards during my free . I also had an end of unit exam, and I think I did alright.. my teacher made the questions up himself and they're not like AQA's format but it really helps with the different styles. I also found out I have a Harris Westminster interview next Saturday, so I'm quite nervous but excited because it's on Geography which is my favourite subject . I also read some more of my book, 'The Planet in a Pebble' by Jan Zalasiewicz, and it's really interesting so far

Sunday 7th February

I'm going out with my friends on Saturday so I doubt I'll be able to revise , regardless, I hope to read more of my book. So, on Sunday, I have to:

-Make Geography flashcards
-Revise Physics 3 part 1
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Sunday 7th February

Need. To. Stop. Procrastinating. Literally my life. I managed to revise 1/3 of Geography and complete my flashcards, and do an almost complete Physics past paper, but I'm so unmotivated rn . Literally, this February half term I need to make so many flashcards!!

Monday 8th February

Woo! Last week of term.

To do
-Geography flashcards
-Music appraisal
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Monday 8th February

Welcome to my daily update where I bring you! More boring stuff : )
We did a Physics exam and I already did the paper we did in class at home as a practice paper, so um that wasn't too fun. I managed to revise some more Geog and I did half of Osmosis and I got distracted and ended up on youtube then TSR oops. I'm already planning for my half term break, and tbh I'm quite excited for revising over half term :s

Tuesday 9th Feburary

It's honestly flying by and I feel like I have done crap all despite it only being Feb

To do:
-Final Geog flashcards and revise!!!
-If I have time, revise s'more Bio!!
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Tuesday 9th February

Pancake day! How fun. Today I managed to complete my geography revision, just need to read over my flashcards again. I did half a page of biology before getting distracted again woo. I am also contemplating whether or not to do further maths at A level, but I have't done add. maths gcse so I don't want to feel super behind if I choose it

Wednesday 10th February

I have my geog end of unit exam tomorrow as well as Latin class, so that'll be fun. I don't really have any high priorities, but I'm just going to catch up with biology notes because I really do not get anything in class . And, I'll have to read some of my book too!
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Monday 15th February

Wow I totally forgot to update, but I'll just quickly update the past week

I haven't revised much, as half term has began so I'll hopefully revise a lot of things. So far, I'm revising Biology core (which probably has the most boring topics sorry) so I can get that over and done with. My geog test went okay, though I realised I wrote the viscosity of lava of shield and composite volcanoes the wrong way round so that sucks.

On Saturday, I had an interview for Harris Westminster and I cannot reiterate how many times I stumbled and stuttered, I had to gather myself so many times it was awful. The interviewer asked me how geog affected my day and my reply began with how much I love physical geog, then she made me realise and I replied 'I went on the tube today which is underground' oh dear. Overall, despite the awful stuttering and mistakes I made, it probably went well, but that's probably just my optimistic view upon everything.

I'm going to try out the Cornell Method of note-taking so hopefully it will prove effective

For the following week, I'm going to try and make it as productive as I can, hopefully popping to the library every other day as my concentration is lacking. I will hopefully finish Biology core notes, doing some more flashcards for Latin vocab, rewrite French CA and practice for my Drama performance .
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