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Okay so my other account got banned but I really want to enter this and hope I can continue my blog/progress on this account...

EDIT; other account is unbanned so his blog is continued back over there
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...1#post63692381
Trying to be original with the title... Image
Image This thing is more for myself than anything but you are all welcome to join me on this boat ride Image

Background:
Last year I got...

Edexcel Biology: D
Edexcel Maths: D
Edexcel Chemistry: E
OCR Psychology: U (Did not turn up to one of the exams although I did get a B in one!)

This was due to many reasons such as my depression, my lack of motivation that came with the depression and other personal issues, my leaving revision to the literal last minute and my "If its too hard I wont do it" method. This was all inevitably going to make me fail and I knew my results before I had even sat the exam. This year however I plan to change everything, the school year so far has been pretty **** with January exams being a complete fail but its never too late to change!

I dropped Psychology and I am planning to resit one of the papers, I decided to repeat year 12 and I am doing AQA Chemistry (different exam board than last year and its linear now) and Edexcel Maths. However decided to continue with A2 Biology, although atm its looking like a really bad idea.

Goals:

I want to apply for neuroscience next year and hopefully get into Nottingham Image For that I need AAB-AAA which is quite a jump from last year and hopefully I can make it!

Hopefully get an A in Biology, I definitely want to get a high A in Maths but statistics always lets me down and I want to get a B or an A in Chemistry. Hopefully an A because the new exam board seems to be a bit easier than Edexcel. And then hopefully a B or C in psychology (don't want to worry about this one too much)!

I want my attendance to be on point. I am probably in the 60-70% atm because I've missed 2 weeks and I take at least one day off per week. Its a bad habit and I need to break it!! I want to go in everyday and miss one day/lesson once a month at the least!

At the moment plan:

The first thing I need to do is assess my current situation and try and tidy up a bit because its currently just one huge mess. I've missed the past 2 weeks of school (due to being VERY ill) so I have a tonne of stuff to catch up, Ask my biology teacher for an extension on coursework, I need to submit my entry/sign up for a psychology resit (which I think I have to pay a late fee for now), I'm trying to look for a job, I want to sign up for a couple Summer schools, I want to make a routine and I want to create a revision timetable Image I'm going to spend the rest of this week trying to sort that all out so hopefully next week I can have a fresh start!

My more long term plan is to stick to my revision timetable, get homework done during free periods, use all the available resources around me (especially when I don't understand something), do lots of past papers and hopefully improve my mock results which were terrible for the most part Image within a month or 2.

I'll hopefully have a revision timetable/plan up for next week!

I am also getting help regarding my mental health with therapy and medication now so hopefully things will get a tad easier!

I also have a few things I want to implement into my life that will hopefully make me feel happier and thus helping me concentrate more on getting the grades I want to achieve. Things like running at least once a week, reading more instead of using the internet (especially neuroscience books), meditation, diet etc

HOPEFULLY THIS YEAR WILL BE MY YEAR Image

I know its going to take a lot of dedication and commitment (2 things that I've been seriously lacking for a long time) but I am super ready to take on this challenge!! I'll start off my posting what exams I'm sitting this year (in a few minutes) and hopefully next week I'll post the revision timetable/plan that I intend to follow Image
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Exams I will be sitting this year!

Maths:
Core Mathematics 1 - Wednesday 18th May
Core Mathematics 2 - Wednesday 25th May
Statistics - Wednesday 15th June

Biology:
Unit 1: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health - Wednesday 25th May
Unit 2: Development, Plants and the Environment - Tuesday 7th June
Unit 4: The Natural Environment and SpeciesSurvival - Thursday 16th June
Unit 5: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination - Thursday 23rd June

Psychology:
G542 Core Studies - 23rd May

I just realized I'm not doing Chemistry this year Image That is actually a really big relief xD Its something that I really need to work on, the only problem is predicted grades. My Chemistry teacher is really bipolar and so are my grades in Chemistry. Sometimes I'll get an E and sometimes an A. So I can go slowly with this one but I also have to start showing consistent progress instead of everything all over the place so that I know that I am actually improving and so my teacher knows and so I can be predicted an A or a B Image
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I will be posting my revision timetable for next week tomorrow
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Revision Timetable/Plan (Half term)

Urgent
Important

Things I need to do/complete;
  • C2 Question Sheets (Hwk)
  • S1 Pg 93 Q 3, 5, 7 and Pg99 Test yourself questions (Hwk)
  • Print it out or write out all missed biology notes
  • Biology coursework
  • Biology unit 4 revision
  • Psychology G542 revision
  • 2 Chemistry Unit 1 papers
  • Biology Unit 1 revision
  • Biology Unit 2 revision
  • S1 revision
Okay so I have missed out on FOUR WHOLE DAYS worth of revision :cry2: but I have FIVE MORE LEFT which I will now dedicate to pure revision I plan to use the pomodoro technique (25 minutes work and 10 minutes break) except with coursework which I will do 1 hour then 15 minutes break because coursework is gonna take ages :getmecoat: Each completed pomodoro will be represented by one of these babies: :nyan: I will try to do at least 10 pomodora's a day (spending about 6 hours per day on revision) although I wont swear on this cause I'm not sure how long each topic will take. And then 2 CW pomodora's per day so I would have spent about 10 hours on coursework >.<

Okay let's start the timetable :hoppy:

Wednesday 17th February:
  • Biology Coursework
  • Bio Unit 4 - Photosynthesis
  • Bio Unit 4 - How ecosystems work
  • S1 - Representing data
  • S1 - Pg 93 (Questions)
Thursday 18th February:
  • Biology Coursework
  • Bio Unit 4 - Global warming
  • S1 - Probability
  • S1 - Pg 99 (Test Yourself)
Friday 19th February:
  • Biology Coursework
  • Bio Unit 4 - Speciation and evolution
  • Bio Unit 4 - Forensic investigation and analysis
  • S1 - Correlation and regression
  • Bio Unit 1 - DNA (2.1)
Saturday 20th February:
  • Biology Coursework
  • Bio Unit 4 - Microorganisms and disease
  • S1 - Discrete Random Variables
  • Bio Unit 2 - Animal cells and asexual reproduction
Sunday 21st February:
  • Biology Coursework
  • Bio Unit 4 - People Vs pathogens
  • S1 - The Normal Distribution
  • C2 Question Sheets

This is my "baseline" timetable, I want definitely complete the things above and if I have time I will then do other things such as Chemistry revision or Psychology revision. I will be back tonight to let you all know how I did with my Wednesday Revision
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Revision Timetable/Plan (Half term)

Urgent
Important

Things I need to do/complete;
  • C2 Question Sheets (Hwk)
  • S1 Pg 93 Q 3, 5, 7 and Pg99 Test yourself questions (Hwk)
  • Print it out or write out all missed biology notes
  • Biology coursework
  • Biology unit 4 revision
  • Psychology G542 revision
  • 2 Chemistry Unit 1 papers
  • Biology Unit 1 revision
  • Biology Unit 2 revision
  • S1 revision
Okay so I have missed out on FOUR WHOLE DAYS worth of revision :cry2: but I have FIVE MORE LEFT which I will now dedicate to pure revision I plan to use the pomodoro technique (25 minutes work and 10 minutes break) except with coursework which I will do 1 hour then 15 minutes break because coursework is gonna take ages :getmecoat: Each completed pomodoro will be represented by one of these babies: :nyan: I will try to do at least 10 pomodora's a day (spending about 6 hours per day on revision) although I wont swear on this cause I'm not sure how long each topic will take. And then 2 CW pomodora's per day so I would have spent about 10 hours on coursework >.<

Okay let's start the timetable :hoppy:

Wednesday 17th February:
  • Biology Coursework
  • Bio Unit 4 - Photosynthesis
  • Bio Unit 4 - How ecosystems work
  • S1 - Representing data
  • S1 - Pg 93 (Questions)
Thursday 18th February:
  • Biology Coursework
  • Bio Unit 4 - Global warming
  • S1 - Probability
  • S1 - Pg 99 (Test Yourself)
Friday 19th February:
  • Biology Coursework
  • Bio Unit 4 - Speciation and evolution
  • Bio Unit 4 - Forensic investigation and analysis
  • S1 - Correlation and regression
  • Bio Unit 1 - DNA (2.1)
Saturday 20th February:
  • Biology Coursework
  • Bio Unit 4 - Microorganisms and disease
  • S1 - Discrete Random Variables
  • Bio Unit 2 - Animal cells and asexual reproduction
Sunday 21st February:
  • Biology Coursework
  • Bio Unit 4 - People Vs pathogens
  • S1 - The Normal Distribution
  • C2 Question Sheets
This is my "baseline" timetable, I want definitely complete the things above and if I have time I will then do other things such as Chemistry revision or Psychology revision. I will be back tonight to let you all know how I did with my Wednesday Revision
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Wednesday 17th February:
:nyan: :nyan: :nyan: :nyan: :nyan: :nyan: (6)

Okay so today did not go to plan at all :cry2: but it wasn't ALL bad...
Let us start with what I was able to do;
  • 70% of Photosynthesis ( 2 :nyan:'s and a bit xD)
  • Discrete Random Variables - Notes, Exam Questions and Completed/Understood (2 :nyan:'s)
  • S1 Pg 93 Q3,5,7 and Pg99 TY Q1-5 - Statistics homework completed (2 :nyan:'s and a bit)
and that is all :sad: and I literally just finished :L I started around 3pm with my Biology coursework but I realized that I had so much to do and it was going to take a while to "get started" so I moved it to the next morning. And then after like an hour or 2, I started the photosynthesis! I am actually pretty proud of my photosynthesis notes and then being able to answer SOME questions on them... or at least read the mark scheme. But then it came to non-cyclic photophosphorylation and I zoned out so hard. I couldn't concentrate and I was just so bored of photosynthesis, I started procrastinating for a good 2/3 hours >.< Then I gave up on Biology and moved to statistics which was the most successful I completed an entire topic, I did a bunch of exam questions and I completed the long ass homework which around that topic anyway :dance:

Things I have learnt from today:
  • Music does not help me study :getmecoat: All it did was help me procrastinate and I couldn't really concentrate (lots of singing along and dancing) as well compared to when I wasn't listening to any. This is a hard one to acknowledge cause I really love listening to music but if it doesn't help then its to go... whilst I'm studying anyway :P
  • 2/3 hour breaks are never a good idea :cry2: I had about 2 of these and it really disrupted my motivation and study mode and not to mention it was a huge waste of time (so much that I only finished at 12am). If I am going to procrastinate then it must only be 1 hour.
  • If you are stuck on something then MOVE ON. When I started not understanding what I was reading/thinking it was difficult, it would have been a good idea to just be like "okay lets stop this and move topics/subjects" and I would have completely statistics MUCH sooner and even been able to go back to biology. But instead I stared at the page whilst procrastinating for 2 hours.
  • Its okay not to do everything you planned to do :sad: So I was probably only half as productive as I planned to be and usually this is something that would probably make me feel a bit sad. BUT I completed some of what I was meant to do and to make up for the things I didn't - I started some new tasks and completed that Yes I didnt reach my 10 + 2 CW :nyan:'s but I did get half way and that's better than nothing I am still a little proud that I managed to start revision!! Hopefully today will be a bit more productive :lol:
Tomorrow I will try to complete photosynthesis (however hard it might be!), I will try to complete global warming (ecosystem isn't as important imo), I will try to complete probabilities AND I will try do coursework. I also learnt that it's probably best to do coursework after I have finished all the main more straight forward **** >.< Cause coursework is such a hassle and I don't want to spend hours procrastinating it :lol:

SLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP TIME :lol:
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Continued over here;
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