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    So next Monday I'm starting sixthform, and had achieved 11 A*'s and 1 A in my GCSE's on Thursday, from a previous thread I have acknowledged from comments (a few mean ones too lol) that my GCSE grades are 'good enough' for medicine, GCSE wise that is.
    I plan on studying medicine (this has always been one of my predominant life ambitions ever since I was a child) and will be studying Maths (statistics), Biology, Chemistry and History. I'm a tad nervous for AS levels as everyone says its extremely difficult and everyone makes sure to instill the fact that the jump between GCSE to Alevel is quite the jump. If anyone can give a couple of tips regarding AS levels and how to succeed in the subjects individually, I'd really appreciate this! In particular anyone who has done these as levels, please give me tips and share your experience, as I really want to get 4 A's at AS. Please give some good advice, particularly for maths as I really wasnt expecting an A* and maths had always been my weaker subject as in year 10 i was forced to do the foundation course and gained a low C, and in year 11 I didnt revise much for the higher GCSE as I kind of 'gave up' as I though I had no chance to get above a B what with having to do the higher tier course in the space of 5 months, whilst people in set 2 and above were struggling to get an A despite studying th ehigher tier course for 3 years, somehow I managed to gain 192/200!

    thanks in advance xx
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    So next Monday I'm starting sixthform, and had achieved 11 A*'s and 1 A in my GCSE's on Thursday, from a previous thread I have acknowledged from comments (a few mean ones too lol) that my GCSE grades are 'good enough' for medicine, GCSE wise that is.
    I plan on studying medicine (this has always been one of my predominant life ambitions ever since I was a child) and will be studying Maths (statistics), Biology, Chemistry and History. I'm a tad nervous for AS levels as everyone says its extremely difficult and everyone makes sure to instill the fact that the jump between GCSE to Alevel is quite the jump. If anyone can give a couple of tips regarding AS levels and how to succeed in the subjects individually, I'd really appreciate this! In particular anyone who has done these as levels, please give me tips and share your experience, as I really want to get 4 A's at AS. Please give some good advice, particularly for maths as I really wasnt expecting an A* and maths had always been my weaker subject as in year 10 i was forced to do the foundation course and gained a low C, and in year 11 I didnt revise much for the higher GCSE as I kind of 'gave up' as I though I had no chance to get above a B what with having to do the higher tier course in the space of 5 months, whilst people in set 2 and above were struggling to get an A despite studying th ehigher tier course for 3 years, somehow I managed to gain 192/200!

    thanks in advance xx
    Hi,
    I want to do medicine and just got AAAA in the same subjects you're doing. I got 12 A*s at GCSE so similar to you.
    To be honest I didn't find AS Levels to be the huge jump people say they are. I spent a lot of the year worrying about why I wasn't finding them that hard and thinking that I was missing something! It was challenging, I would say, but in the end I didn't do as much work as I should have done and still managed to do well... But I'll go through the subjects and give you any advice I can think of

    Maths - I was fairly similar to you in Maths - at the start of GCSE I hated it, was getting B grade ish, was my worst subject. But then I got a really good teacher and did a lot better, managed to scrape an A* at GCSE. This year my Maths has improved enormously and I actually found Maths ended up being my most relaxed subject - I got a 94 UMS average in my AS, which I would never have expected at the start of the year. Basically all I did for Maths was to do my homework, and for every little mini-test (we would have one on each topic, so about 4-6 for each unit), I would do all these practice questions online - I did OCR MEI and they have this portal with questions. But for any exam board, there's loads of questions you can do. My maths teacher said you should be going home and doing questions every night, but I only did extra questions if there was a topic I really struggled on. But if you do end up struggling, practice is key. Then for mocks and the real exams, I just did loads and loads of past papers. You have a good 10 years of papers since (I think) you're the last year of the spec, so just do them all.

    Chemistry - I was really good at Chemistry at GCSE and really enjoyed the first couple of months of AS, but towards the middle of the year I started to find it quite challenging. Make sure you make notes and revise for all your little interim tests. To be honest I don't really know how I got an A in it, so I'm probably not the best to ask. I will say that there is a lot of challenging concepts that I found quite difficult to understand - make sure you particularly pay attention in Chemistry lessons.

    Biology - Biology was basically the opposite to Chemistry - at first I was like ARGH THIS IS AWFUL THERE'S SO MUCH STUFF because the volume of content is huge compared to GCSE. But after a while you develop your own ways of learning it and realise it isn't all that bad, because there isn't a great deal of understanding. Oh and the mark scheme is a *****. For Biology I did all sorts to make it go in, but I'm sure you'll know what works for you.

    History - I've loved History. It's been a step up from GCSE, I guess, but I just enjoyed that because I found the GCSE quite dull in that sense. It basically makes you think loads, but your essay skills and logical thinking will improve a ton - just make sure you contribute to the discussion and get really involved in all the the historical arguments. Oh and don't do what I did and try to learn all the content in less than a fortnight. I pulled it off, but man was it stressful.

    Hope that helps - feel free to ask anything else!
 
 
 
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