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    (Original post by Zacken)
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    Background:

    I started off secondary education on a pretty bad foot, things weren't going well, I fell in with the wrong group of friends at my new new school, one thing led to another and my report card was mainly U's and G's. This stayed this way till my GCSE years where I finally got to choose my own subjects, change class and make new friends. My grades were mediocre, I averaged C's in most of Year 10 subjects. I improved a little by the time the mocks came around and was fairly confident for exams.

    It was right before exam term that I had an existential crisis and decided that grades didn't really mean anything to me and they had no bearing on my intelligence, so I put in zero effort into my IGCSE's, I slobbed around, didn't do any revision and spent half the exam doodling silly things onto spare paper and annoying invigilators.

    I was fairly surprised at receiving 7 A*'s and an A (in economics, somebody isn't going to be happy about that) and was ecstatic at being the only one to have scored an A* in Additional Maths in my school's history. I moved on to sixth form, where I started the IB. At this point, I'd set my targets on studying maths. Things were looking up for me.

    But, as always, thing's did not go well. I hated it all, I had to do a large number of irrelevant subjects, there was the CAS component, ToK, I had to do French as a First Language which was something I genuinely detested. I had many a falling out with the head of sixth and a variety of other teachers. I'd be called in to the office on regular intervals to be given a scolding, I refused to attend French class, it was bad.

    After a year (this is September 2015), I got fed up of it all and quit. I decided that I would sit my A-Levels by myself and self-teach everything. I enrolled myself for January 2016 exams, applied to university and began working. I had four months to cover three A-Levels, roughly. I got invited to King's College, Cambridge for an interview, and then the unthinkable happened: I got an offer. This is where I am today.

    Update as of 01/10/16: I ended up meeting my offer and being accepted to study maths at King's. I've moved in and have been settling in quite well so far.

    Stats:

    GCSE's: 7 A* 1 A (CIE IGCSE)
    A-Levels: A*A*A
    Modules

    Finished:
    C1 - 100/100
    C2 - 100/100
    C3 - 99/100
    C4 - 99/100
    M1 - 98/100
    M2 - 97/100
    M3 - 70/100
    S1 - 100/100
    S2 - 96/100
    FP1- 91/100
    Physics 1 - 120/120
    Physics 2 - 113/120
    Physics 3 - 56/60

    June:
    FP2 - 90/100
    FP3 - 97/100
    Physics 4 - 101/120
    Physics 5 - 104/120
    Physics 6 - 55/60


    Things are a bit bare at the moment, I'll have to admit. It'll look a lot more homely once March rolls around and I get my January exam results back.

    Why am I making this thread?

    Well, I figure that this isn't only a really good way of cataloguing my experiences with past papers and a way to view my progress without writing things down physically because if I do, I'll lose whatever feeble attempt I tried. I'm hoping that is also acts as a reminder for working, although that's a bit of a fat chance, given my penchant for laziness and dumbness.

    Offer status:

    Cambridge (Firm): Offer - A*A*A + 1, 1 in STEP II, III. (Accepted)
    Warwick (Insurance): Offer - A*A*A* + 1 in any STEP.
    Imperial: Offer - A*A*A + 1, 2 in STEP II, III
    UCL: Offer- A*A*A + 1 in any STEP

    STEP Mocks:

    STEP II, 2000: 95/120
    STEP III, 2000: 80/120

    STEP II, 2002: 101/120
    STEP III, 2002: 78/120

    STEP II, 2003: 109/120
    STEP III, 2003: 100/120

    STEP II, 2004: 113/120
    STEP III, 2004: 99/120

    STEP II, 2005: 109/120
    STEP III, 2005: 98/120

    STEP II, 2006: 103/120
    STEP III, 2006: 107/120

    STEP II, 2007: 112/120
    STEP III, 2007: 96/120

    STEP II, 2008: 105/120
    STEP III, 2008: 106/120

    STEP II, 2009: 109/120
    STEP III, 2009: 118/120

    STEP II, 2010: 115/120
    STEP III, 2010: 95/120

    STEP II, 2011: 116/120
    STEP III, 2011: 110/120

    STEP I, 2012: 98/120
    STEP II, 2012: 112/120
    STEP III, 2012: 101/120

    STEP II 2013: 116/120
    STEP III 2013: 109/120

    STEP II 2014: 112/120
    STEP III 2014: 96/120

    STEP II, 2015: 93/120
    STEP III 2015: 95/120

    STEP I, 2016: 97/120 (predicted 95)
    STEP II, 2016: 82/120 (predicted 70)
    STEP III, 2016: 72/120 (predicted 75)

    A-Level Mocks:

    June 2009, FP2 (UK): 75/75 (100)
    June 2010, FP2 (UK): 75/75 (100)
    June 2011, FP2 (UK): 75/75 (100)
    June 2012, FP2 (UK): 75/75 (100)
    June 2013, FP2 (UK): 75/75 (100)
    June 2013, FP2 (RE): 74/75 (098)
    June 2013, FP2 (WD): 75/75 (100)
    June, 2014, FP2 (UK): 7575 (100)
    June, 2014, FP2 (RE): 74/75 (098)
    June 2014, FP2 (IAL): 75/75 (100)
    June 2015, FP2 (UK): 75/75 (100)
    June 2015, FP2 (IAL): 75/75 (100)
    June 2016, FP2 (IAL): 69/75 (090)

    June 2009, FP3 (UK): 75/75 (100)
    June 2010, FP3 (UK):74/75 (100)
    June 2011, FP3 (UK): 75/75 (100)
    June 2012, FP3 (UK):74/75 (100)
    June 2013, FP3 (UK): 75/75 (100)
    June 2013, FP3 (RE): 75/75 (100)
    June 2014, FP3 (UK): 75/75 (100)
    June 2014, FP3 (RE): 75/75 (100)
    June 2014, FP3 (IAL): 75/75 (100)
    June 2015, FP3 (UK): 74/75 (100)
    June 2015, FP3 (IAL): 75/75 (100)
    June 2016, FP3 (IAL): 75/75 (100)

    June 2009, S3 (UK): 73/75 (96)
    June 2010, S3 (UK): 72/75 (95)
    June 2011, S3 (UK): 71/75 (93)
    June 2012, S3 (UK): 70/75 (93)
    June 2013, S3 (UK): 72/75 (97)
    June 2013, S3 (RE): 73/75 (98)
    June 2014, S3 (UK): 71/75 (94)
    June 2014, S3 (RE): 73/75 (95)
    June 2014, S3 (IAL): 74/75 (100)
    June 2015, S3 (UK): 74/75 (100)
    June 2015, S3 (IAL): 70/75 (95)
    June 2016, S3 (IAL): 68/75 (90)

    Jan 2010, U4: not marked
    June 2010, U4: not marked
    Jan 2011, U4: not marked
    June 2011, U4: 73/80 (120)
    Jan 2012, U4: 63/80 (120)
    June 2012, U4: 71/80 (120)
    Jan 2013, U4: 67/80 (103)
    June 2013, U4: 62/80 (110)
    Jan 2014, U4: 64/80 (106)
    June 2014, U4: 62/80 (108)
    June 2014 (RE), U4: 68/80 (120)
    June 2014 (IAL), U4: 62/80 (106)
    Jan 2015 (IAL), U4: 72/80 (118)
    June 2015 (IAL), U4: 68/80 (108)
    June 2015 (UK), U4: 71/80 (118)
    Jan 2016 (IAL), U4: 68/80 (118)
    June 2016 (IAL), U4: 70/80 (110)

    June 2010, U5: 63/80 (108)
    Jan 2011, U5: 60/80 (108)
    June 2011, U5: not marked
    Jan 2012, U5: not marked
    June 2012, U5: 64/80 (117)
    Jan 2013, U5: 67/80 (115)
    June 2013 (UK), U5: 67/80 (115)
    June 2013 (RE), U5: 66/80 (120)
    Jan 2014 (IAL), U5: 68/80 (110)
    June 2014 (UK), U5: 76/80 (120)
    June 2014 (RE), U5: xx/xx (xxx)
    June 2014 (IAL), U5: xx/xx (xxx)
    Jan 2015 (IAL), U5: xx/xx (xxx)
    June 2015 (UK), U5: xx/xx (xxx)
    June 2015 (IAL), U5: xx/xx (xxx)
    Jan 2016 (IAL), U5: 71/80 (118)
    June 2016 (IAL), U5: xx/xx (xxx)

    June 2010, U6: 37/40 (60/60)
    Jan 2011, U6: not marked
    June 2011, U6: 33/40 (54/60)
    Jan 2012, U6: 32/40 (52/60)
    June 2012, U6: 34/40 (60/60)
    Jan 2013, U6: 35/60 (60/60)
    June 2013, U6: 38/40 (60/60)
    Jan 2014, U6: 36/40 (60/60)
    June 2014, U6: 35/40 (57/60)
    Jan 2015, U6: 36/40 (60/60)
    June 2015, U6: 35/40 (60/60)
    Jan 2016, U6: 36/40 ( 60/60)
    June 2016, U6: 29/40 (50/60)

    Blog Entries
    19th Feb: Death to FP3
    23rd Feb: 'tis a blue moon
    4th March: Dawn of dark: Results day, a day late
    24th August: Title of the blog

    Hi zacken.
    I really like the whole colour coding system you have going on here it is very nice. Just needed some advixe on the step paper exam.
    So im taking step number 1 2 and 3. I have alk content on the lockdown. I am thinking of doing a petition to AtS since some of the questions arent good as i cant know what to do. Also. Why arent there diagrams for mechanics? They shud very much be provided. Can you speak to ur fruend at the Jesus college Mr dr stephen siklos i heard u have a correspondance with him. Also i applied to kings. I seen u there. I think ur very beautiful i hope i can get to know u better at cambridge
 
 
 
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