Striving for the Best Possible Grades!Watch this thread
The general idea for me is that if I have to post what I've done to the merciless internet, I want to make sure I'm actually doing stuff to post about (ahah).
At the time of writing, I have 3 months and 10 days until my first exam. (also until my birthday!)
AS Classical Civilisations OCR (self-taught)
AS Critical Thinking (self-taught)
GCSE Japanese (self-taught)
GCSE Classical Civilisations (self-taught)
EPQ (due in next month)
A Level Economics (reformed)
A Level History (reformed)
I only have exams in the italicised ones this year, as my school hasn't entered me for non-compulsory exams (it's a little low on money right now, apparently).
As you can see, I uh. I do a bunch of those out of school.
(If anyone has GCSE ClassCiv Rome/Sparta/Odyssey notes or AS Rome/Odyssey notes please hit me up I'm quietly desperate!!!!)
I want these grades a) because I am a perfectionist, b) because if I could do it at GCSE I can do it now and c) because if I could get into Oxford that would be very very nice and I would be very very happy.
So. Here we go.
- That's literally the entire plan oh God
(update: done, dusted, and got an A (84%) on my first Latin mock! Waiting for the other one to be marked.)
- Use 3 days of half-term to finish my EPQ, 1 day to relax and de-stress, and the remaining 3 to do Critical Thinking and ClassCiv AS papers
(update: EPQ done, awaiting feedback. 1/3 papers completed.)
- My exam timetable says I have Latin AS, CritThink, and 1 ClassCiv AS (Odyssey) before summer half-term, so the majority of my spring half-term holiday revision will be on that. I'll decide what to do at Easter a little later.
- Do Japanese and Latin vocab practice every day on wanikani and memrise for at least 20 minutes (I've been doing this for the past 3 weeks already)
History: A* (90% exactly) and an A (82%)
Economics: A (84%)
Latin: A (84%)
Japanese: A* (overall 92%)
Wow, that is a lot of subjects! I wish I would have considered self teaching a subject now! And there's nothing wrong with making a grow your grades thread if you are predicted outstanding results because this is still a great way to track your progress
Ahah, I didn't think they were at the time but then I sort of sat down and listed them and swore profusely at myself! And hey, if you're in Year 12 it's really not too late! GCSE/AS subjects aren't too hard to self-study if they're essay based and you can get access to a textbook
I am self teaching myself AS Maths, A2 History and A2 Economics, it really isn't that hard, even more so when you learn via textbooks rather than presentations which was what sixth form was in my case.
Thank you, and good luck to you too!
Since yesterday I have finished noting 1/3 units of ClassCiv GCSE. I only started like 5 days ago so I'm pretty pleased with that. I also finished roughly 1/3 of my history homework - gotta stay on top of it! It was to note 20 pages, read 30 pages, and write a speech. I've read the 30 pages and noted 10 pages so far. I've also done my Japanese revision this morning (did some grammar too!) and am about to do my Latin vocab. I would have been more productive but my mum called (my parents live abroad and I live with my sister) so I spent essentially all morning talking to her oops!
I'm planning to take a 2 hour break after that and then do my set text revision, after which I have some more Japanese to do (writing, this time), and then I'm done for the day!
So I did a full Latin literature mock, which is good! I then did my usual Latin and Japanese revision. I also wrote two Japanese essays between yesterday and today.... does that count?
I'm going to make some history notes then go to bed, I have a debating competition tomorrow argh >-<
I got my 1st Latin lit mock back - 42/50, which was 84%. My teacher said that one of the questions had been worded very strangely, and that the actual exam would probably be a little easier, so I'm glad! I'm only 3 marks off 90%!
Half term begins today - today is dedicated to homework, tomorrow morning to starting my EPQ reading, Sunday to finishing it, and then Monday and possibly Tuesday to writing up the last 1000 words or so that I need. The rest of half term will be ClassCiv revision, Japanese revision, and doing Critical Thinking papers!!
3 months minus 1 day till exams. Also my birthday. I'm turning 17. And then I'll almost be an adult. Good lord.
So: I finished all of my homework but a speech on Napoleon on Friday, and Saturday ended up being a vocab day - might have another of those tomorrow/later today. I had friends around in the evening for the first time in 6 months, and it was really refreshing to have the 'gang' back together again! My EPQ reading/writing was finished between Sunday and Monday - it's now 7600 words so I damn well hope my supervisor is happy with it! Today/yesterday (it's just passed midnight) was spent organising my history notes and updating my EPQ bibliography, as well as having my Japanese lesson. I got 47/50 on a listening exam and 49/50 on a reading exam so I'm feeling pretty good!
Tomorrow/today I want to a) do my Odyssey ClassCiv notes, b) check my Rome ClassCiv notes and c) try to do some extra vocab in Latin. If I can do that I'll be wayyy ahead of the google keep list I have for this half term, and can devote Thurs/Fri/the weekend to past paper practice.
Gotta keep it up!
For the rest of the day, I'm going to finish off my homework! It's just history; writing a speech defending Napoleon. And then... more vocab, I guess?
After the last post I did do my history homework, but... I've just sort of hit a wall after. Memrise is well and good but it's so, so repetitive and I just can't seem to make myself do it? Does anyone have any ways they beat the studying stone wall of doom? Especially for vocab?
I've been feeling kinda down, so I think I'm just gonna play some video games and go to sleep. Tomorrow, I want to do a ClassCiv Odyssey paper - I'm also going to bike into town and then bike straight back, since that'll be 4 miles total and I want to see how quickly/well I manage it. I taught myself how to ride a bike with the help of a friend a few months ago, and soon I'll be using it to commute the 4 miles to school!