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    It just occured to me that there seem to be a very high proportion of Oxbridge and candidates with amazingly high grades. Nothing wrong with this of course. However AAA candidates only make up a tiny proportion of overall A- Level results, but on this board there seems to be millions of them! I wonder why that is? Anyone have any theories?


    Perhaps Sociology or Psychology people can help?
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    I don't think that the board appeals to low achievers because it's supposed to be academics-based.
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    The people who come on the internet to search for student-related stuff (either academic or socialising with fellow students) are more likely to be those who are interested in studying/school/achieving.

    And here we are
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    ah, I see that seems to make sense
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    Maybe some are lying?

    I agree with the others though, people probably first come here because they search for university advice, exam help etc., I know I did. Stuff like that is usually more important to the Oxbridge-bound than it is to the indifferent EEE students.
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    (Original post by Ramryan)
    It just occured to me that there seem to be a very high proportion of Oxbridge and candidates with amazingly high grades. Nothing wrong with this of course. However AAA candidates only make up a tiny proportion of overall A- Level results, but on this board there seems to be millions of them! I wonder why that is? Anyone have any theories?
    Perhaps it only appears as if there are so many? Only people with those kind of grades tend to advertise the fact in their signatures.
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    (Original post by Ramryan)
    It just occured to me that there seem to be a very high proportion of Oxbridge and candidates with amazingly high grades. Nothing wrong with this of course. However AAA candidates only make up a tiny proportion of overall A- Level results, but on this board there seems to be millions of them! I wonder why that is? Anyone have any theories?


    Perhaps Sociology or Psychology people can help?
    A lot of people lie online.
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    (Original post by you are crime)
    I don't think that the board appeals to low achievers because it's supposed to be academics-based.
    But I never see anything academic in the forum.
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    (Original post by Eubacterium)
    But I never see anything academic in the forum.
    :eek:

    If you're talking about this particular section you won't (it's general) but if you look halfway down the main page there's a million academic forums.
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    I found that too and its abit depressing cos i'm nowhere near an AAA student lol. But like other people have said only those who care about their education would look for this site and of course people lie!

    I only found out because someone in my photography class was telling us about a forum where ppl were discussing what they're gonna do for their exam work so i just came on here to get some ideas lol.
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    I was wondering the same thing!
    And feeling quite inadequate compared to all the people who have UCL, Oxbridge, Durham etc on their university choices!
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    Many people who apply to Oxbridge, get AAA etc are geeks.

    The internet generally attracts a high number of geeks.

    Ergo, lots of geeks on TSR.

    Signed, a self-confessed geek.
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    Nice syllogism there. (sp.)
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    Most people first find TSR while looking for information about stuff like that. I did. Then we get hooked, hehe.
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    Plus, most people who display their grades in their signatures/ profile etc. are more likely to be the ones interested in academia/ Oxbridge/ A-grade students.
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    (Original post by you are crime)
    :eek:

    If you're talking about this particular section you won't (it's general) but if you look halfway down the main page there's a million academic forums.
    I've never seen any academic discussion in what I'm interested in (I checked).
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    I think TSR tends to attract a lot of private/public school students who are generally interested in oxbridge/academia and the rest of it...
    however there are also a fair share of high achievers from state/grammer schools on here aswell.
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    There are obviously a load of public school people whose life revolves around Oxbridge - which might explain the prevalence of the right wing around here - but also you have to remember that a good number of them have probably totally made up their grades. You can figure that out by the way they formulate their posts. There are people who claim to have A grades in English and clearly can't even spell. Don't take them too seriously!
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    And plus the fact that theyre all geeks. Geeks usually like to spend more time in front of a machine rather then interacting with other people hence all the smart asses on here.
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    Yep, there's a lot of academically minded people on this forum.
 
 
 
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