Amy's adventures to her aspirational A* gradesWatch
This year, I'm doing my GCSEs, and the grades I would like to achieve are:
English Literature: A*
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)
- 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
I like to hang up my mind maps on my wardrobe/wall etc., where I can look at whilst doing something
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
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:
English Literature: A*
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
-Answer the Physics 3 questions
-Do Physics 3 mind map
-Revise paragraph for French
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?
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?
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?
-Revise French paragraph
-Revise and complete Physics homework (none of P3 part B is getting to my head )
-Possibly begin Geography project
-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
-Revise for Physics 3 (I think I have a test coming up soon)
-Begin Geography homework
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
-Revise Centripetal force
-Do Geog homework
-Revise French paragraph
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!!
-Make flash-cards for Geography
-Revise for French CA
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
-Make Geography flashcards
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
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.
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
-Final Geog flashcards and revise!!!
-If I have time, revise s'more Bio!!
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!
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 .