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    This personal experience especially applies to those who got a 'bad' grade in a subject they wanted to do at AS Level - it is absolutely not the end of the world, honestly.

    To give you some kinda motivation, when I did my GCSEs in 2012 (fyi I dropped out at college when I was 17 and worked for a while .. explaining this so the dates make sense) I got A-C in every subject except German, which I got a D in.

    Thankfully I had no intentions back then of continuing German so it was no loss.

    However in September last year I returned to college and lo and behold I enrolled onto an AS German class - I had the lowest GCSE grade in that group, I had not done German for 3 years, I don't have any German heritage ... aka I was the most underprepared person ever and all the odds were against me based on past grades.

    BUT the point is not to just feel sad and deflated and give up - if you got a bad grade in a subject that you're passionate about, then you can absolutely try again and use the fact that all odds are against you to be the best you can. If I hadn't had the enormous pressure that I was going to fail AS German w/o actual commitment, I wouldn't have worked my ass off like I did.

    At GCSE I achieved C in Reading, C in Listening, E in Writing and E in speaking.
    At AS I achieved B in Speaking and an A in Reading, Listening, Writing = A overall.

    Because I used my bad grade to drive myself forward, I managed to go up three grades when I did the A-Level.
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    This is just my personal experience, but honestly your GCSE grade is not your destiny and if you feel like you could have done a lot better, use that as a force to push you to work your ass off
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    :bump: great post.

    Good for people as well to see that you can still do really well at A-level, in what is no doubt one of the most difficult subjects as well.
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    (Original post by Inexorably)
    This personal experience especially applies to those who got a 'bad' grade in a subject they wanted to do at AS Level - it is absolutely not the end of the world, honestly.

    To give you some kinda motivation, when I did my GCSEs in 2012 (fyi I dropped out at college when I was 17 and worked for a while .. explaining this so the dates make sense) I got A-C in every subject except German, which I got a D in.

    Thankfully I had no intentions back then of continuing German so it was no loss.

    However in September last year I returned to college and lo and behold I enrolled onto an AS German class - I had the lowest GCSE grade in that group, I had not done German for 3 years, I don't have any German heritage ... aka I was the most underprepared person ever and all the odds were against me based on past grades.

    BUT the point is not to just feel sad and deflated and give up - if you got a bad grade in a subject that you're passionate about, then you can absolutely try again and use the fact that all odds are against you to be the best you can. If I hadn't had the enormous pressure that I was going to fail AS German w/o actual commitment, I wouldn't have worked my ass off like I did.

    At GCSE I achieved C in Reading, C in Listening, E in Writing and E in speaking.
    At AS I achieved B in Speaking and an A in Reading, Listening, Writing = A overall.

    Because I used my bad grade to drive myself forward, I managed to go up three grades when I did the A-Level.
    --
    This is just my personal experience, but honestly your GCSE grade is not your destiny and if you feel like you could have done a lot better, use that as a force to push you to work your ass off
    Very good post
 
 
 
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