jamestg's journey to A*AA

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    Welcome!
    Make yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy the ride...


    About me/journey so far
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    My name's James and I'm in Y13 studying Maths, Politics and History at A2 level! After disappointment at GCSE, I brought it all back up during my AS year and will now be luckily applying to the top unis!

    Year 12 went in the blink of an eye, and excluding academic progression, I changed a lot as a person and accomplished quite a lot. The biggest thing was work experience at PwC, which was a great week during the summer, and I hope to use that at a springboard for the future. I also got a chance to go to Cambridge (specifically Peterhouse) for a residential, which was very inspiring!



    My GCSE results
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    A* in - Maths
    As in - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English lit and History
    Bs in - Geography, RE, Computing, Spanish and English language



    My AS results
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    Maths - A
    Politics - A
    History - A
    Biology - B

    (I've dropped Biology, not because it was a B but I want to keep my workload manageable and it isn't really relevant for university!)



    Why A*AA?
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    I don't want to set my grade targets too high, Y13 will be difficult - particularly with history - but I'm sure I can achieve it with lots of work. If I try to aim for an A* in politics, I feel it would detract from my history work which would then mean I wouldn't get an A and thus not get into uni.

    I will still obviously work really hard in all my subjects, however, so if I could exceed A*AA - then I'd be very happy haha!



    What I want to study at uni and where?
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    Economics! Hopefully at either Surrey, Durham, Bath, Cambridge or Warwick.



    Targets
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    Achieve A*AA
    Get an offer from Durham
    Get an offer from Surrey for my insurance choice ACHIEVED
    Get an interview at Cambridge ACHIEVED
    Get some work experience for next summer





    Uniapplicationtracker!
    (key: uni - requirements - status - conditions if accepted)
    APPLIED: 12TH OCTOBER 2016
    St Mary's College, Durham - A*AA - acknowledgement on 15/10/16
    St Catharine's College, Cambridge - A*A*A - invited to interview 14/11/16
    Bath - A*AA - acknowledgement on 13/10/16
    Warwick - A*AA - acknowledgement on 13/10/16
    Surrey - AAA - conditional offer (AAA) on 14/10/16

    Firm: TBC
    Insurance: TBC

    Current stats -
    Predicted: A*A*A (Maths, Politics, History)
    Target: A*AA (Maths, Politics, History)
    Current: AAA (Maths, Politics, History)

    Achieved: :innocent::innocent::innocent:

    Most recent grades -
    Maths: A* (100%)
    Politics: A (81%)
    History:


    This month's (November) goals:
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    - get up to to speed with my revision powerpoints
    - find some work experience programmes to apply to
    - get super confident with History and Politics
    - begin History coursework writeup
    - begin AS history run-through
    - get at least one offer from uni
    - not get rejected pre-interview by Cambridge (lol)




    My exam timetable (eek)
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    Wed 7th June - Maths - S1 - morning - 90mins
    Fri 9th June - History - Germany - morning - 135mins
    Mon 12th June - Politics - Unit 3 - afternoon - 90mins
    Fri 16th June - History - Italy - morning - 90mins
    Tue 20th June - Politics - Unit 4 - morning - 90mins
    Tue 20th June - Maths - C3 - afternoon - 90mins
    Wed 21st June - History - Tudors - morning - 135mins
    Fri 23rd June - Maths - C4 - morning - 90mins

    Damn you, 20th June...



    My modules -
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    Maths: C3, C4 and S1 (no retakes!!)
    Politics: US politics, US government (no retakes!!)
    History: Tudor rebellions and Witchcraft coursework, along with my AS units (as it's a reformed A-level) of Germany 1918-89 and Fascist Italy 1911-46


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    The Glorious Maths Past Paper Tracker



    C3 Edexcel
    Jun 2005 - 90/100 A*
    Jan 2006 - 84/100 A
    Jun 2006 - 89/100 A
    Jan 2007 - 70/100 B (it was the first C3 paper I did tbf)
    Jun 2007 - 96/100 A*
    Jan 2008 - 96/100 A*
    Jun 2008 - 91/100 A*
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    Obviously this could change, but I doubt it will. At the moment I think doing a placement year would be very beneficial.

    Choosing a list of colleges to look at Durham is proving difficult, they all seem pretty good but I think I'll go for an older one as I liked the more 'historical' feel of Peterhouse.

    Still not sure what my last two uni choices should be, I think open days will have to decide between a couple I have in mind.
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    Good luck , I hope you do well .
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    (Original post by Chittesh14)
    Good luck , I hope you do well .
    Thanks! You too! I'm rooting for you
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    Awesome, good luck :borat:
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    (Original post by jamestg)
    Thanks! You too! I'm rooting for you
    Haha, let's see how things work out for me. I don't know if I will revise for any subject other than Maths and Further Maths. The other two will be a struggle, I don't think I'll revise. Let's see if I've changed lol idek yet.
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    Good luck!!! I love reading blogs.
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    (Original post by SeanFM)
    Awesome, good luck :borat:
    Thank you! Good luck with uni
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    (Original post by Chittesh14)
    Haha, let's see how things work out for me. I don't know if I will revise for any subject other than Maths and Further Maths. The other two will be a struggle, I don't think I'll revise. Let's see if I've changed lol idek yet.
    That was me pretty much for half of the year. I only revised Maths and Biology. Politics (sort of) came naturally, as did History, but proper revision for those two subjects started in April.

    Make sure you do revise though! I've seen so many people on here, and at my school, ace GCSE and then crash at AS. It's deffo not worth the stress of wondering whether you'll get any uni offers.
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    (Original post by Pentaquark)
    Good luck!!! I love reading blogs.
    Same haha! Good luck to you too!
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    Good luck, hope you get what you want
    Also congrats on your AS results!
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    (Original post by jamestg)
    That was me pretty much for half of the year. I only revised Maths and Biology. Politics (sort of) came naturally, as did History, but proper revision for those two subjects started in April.

    Make sure you do revise though! I've seen so many people on here, and at my school, ace GCSE and then crash at AS. It's deffo not worth the stress of wondering whether you'll get any uni offers.
    It's not even about acing GCSEs. I just fluked it or I'm clever and GCSEs are piss easy for people like that. When it comes to A-levels, it doesn't even matter if your clever - you're the same as everyone else unless you work hard lol. So, I have to revise from Day 1 and yeah obviously - as you said - every SUBJECT or else I'll do good in Maths and Further Maths and flop the rest, which looks stupid .
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    (Original post by solC)
    Good luck, hope you get what you want
    Also congrats on your AS results!
    Thanks! And you

    Congrats on your AAAAmazing results too
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    Obviously this could change, but I doubt it will. At the moment I think doing a placement year would be very beneficial.

    Choosing a list of colleges to look at Durham is proving difficult, they all seem pretty good but I think I'll go for an older one as I liked the more 'historical' feel of Peterhouse.

    Still not sure what my last two uni choices should be, I think open days will have to decide between a couple I have in mind.
    What do you have in mind for the last two. Im aiming for the same grades as you but don't what grades would be sensible for an insurance.
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    (Original post by Chittesh14)
    It's not even about acing GCSEs. I just fluked it or I'm clever and GCSEs are piss easy for people like that. When it comes to A-levels, it doesn't even matter if your clever - you're the same as everyone else unless you work hard lol. So, I have to revise from Day 1 and yeah obviously - as you said - every SUBJECT or else I'll do good in Maths and Further Maths and flop the rest, which looks stupid .
    I'm sure you'll do fine! Just believe in yourself and keeping working. It will all pay off
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    (Original post by citibankrec)
    What do you have in mind for the last two. Im aiming for the same grades as you but don't what grades would be sensible for an insurance.
    AAA or below would be sensible for an insurance choice IMO. I'll probably put Surrey as my insurance as I know they let people in with AAB and ABB so it would be a good back up.

    I'm not too sure about my other two choices.

    Looking at - Exeter, Warwick, Nottingham and Bristol. Maybe some others but none in London. You?
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    (Original post by jamestg)
    Thanks! And you

    Congrats on your AAAAmazing results too
    I see what you did there and thanks
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    Hey James! Congrats on your AS results! They're amazing grades Surrey is great for economics and I've done a summer school back in July and the atmosphere is very welcoming and the people are really friendly.
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    (Original post by jamestg)
    AAA or below would be sensible for an insurance choice IMO. I'll probably put Surrey as my insurance as I know they let people in with AAB and ABB so it would be a good back up.

    I'm not too sure about my other two choices.

    Looking at - Exeter, Warwick, Nottingham and Bristol. Maybe some others but none in London. You?
    ATM i'm thinking:

    Nottingham
    Durham
    UEA
    Surrey
    York
 
 
 
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