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    Hello! :wavey:

    So it finally dawned on me last night at 3am that this was my final year of school and I've really got to work hard and smash out my A Levels :eek: Therefore, I've decided to start a study blog like many others I've seen here on TSR to help motivate me to getting the grades I want.

    Firstly, a bit about me! I'm in year 13 and currently studying A Level Maths, Further Maths (self-taught), Physics and Chemistry. I'm hoping to study Physics at university (hopefully specialising in the theoretical side of things) and then perhaps do a PhD and go onto further research.

    My aims:
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    • To achieve A*A*AA in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry respectively (any extra stars would be amazing too)
    • To get into my first choice uni, which is currently Imperial College London
    • To complete my EPQ on physical constants and get a decent grade (I'm not hoping for much )
    • To finish my report for the Nuffield placement scheme on sonoluminescence and attain a gold CREST award
    Academic info:
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    GCSE:
    9 A*s and 2 As
    AS Level:
    5 As in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Also, I did an extra AS in French in year 11 and got a B.
    Maths UMS:
    Maths is the only non-linear AS level that I've done, so I only have this UMS.

    C1 - 100
    C2 - 100
    FP1 - 85 :facepalm:
    D1 - 100
    S1 - 99
    M1 - 91

    A2 modules will be C3, C4, FP2, FP3, M2, S2
    University Applications:
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    1. Imperial College London, Physics MPhys
    2. University College London, Theoretical Physics MSci
    3. Manchester, Physics with Theoretical Physics MPhys
    4. Durham, Theoretical Physics MPhys
    5. Cambridge, Natural Sciences
    My posts probably won't be too frequent but I will definitely be keeping track of modules completed and current grades, mocks, etc. Also I will be keeping track of my applications on UCAS.

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    18/09/16
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    Good Luck!!! I'll certainly be following this blog.
    Will motivate me in terms of self teaching for FM
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    (Original post by Pentaquark)
    Good Luck!!! I'll certainly be following this blog.
    Will motivate me in terms of self teaching for FM
    Thank you! I really enjoyed your year 12 blog

    I kinda slacked with FM last year so I'm hoping that this blog will motivate me to stick to deadlines too
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    Cool, another Physics applicant! Watching this thread Good luck.
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    (Original post by DarkEnergy)
    Cool, another Physics applicant! Watching this thread Good luck.
    Thanks!! Good luck to you too
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    I'll be watching this thread, i really enjoy study blogs. Hope you actually keep this up ahaha.
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    Good Luck
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    (Original post by Hayley Williams)
    I'll be watching this thread, i really enjoy study blogs. Hope you actually keep this up ahaha.
    hahah I hope so too, thanks!
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    (Original post by k.m.b)
    Good Luck
    Thank you
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    (Original post by h8skoooooool)
    Hello! :wavey:

    So it finally dawned on me last night at 3am that this was my final year of school and I've really got to work hard and smash out my A Levels :eek: Therefore, I've decided to start a study blog like many others I've seen here on TSR to help motivate me to getting the grades I want.

    Firstly, a bit about me! I'm in year 13 and currently studying A Level Maths, Further Maths (self-taught), Physics and Chemistry. I'm hoping to study Physics at university (hopefully specialising in the theoretical side of things) and then perhaps do a PhD and go onto further research.

    My aims:
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    • To achieve A*A*AA in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry respectively (any extra stars would be amazing too)
    • To get into my first choice uni, which is currently Imperial College London
    • To complete my EPQ on physical constants and get a decent grade (I'm not hoping for much )
    • To finish my report for the Nuffield placement scheme on sonoluminescence and attain a gold CREST award
    Academic info:
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    GCSE:
    9 A*s and 2 As
    AS Level:
    5 As in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Also, I did an extra AS in French in year 11 and got a B.
    Maths UMS:
    Maths is the only non-linear AS level that I've done, so I only have this UMS.

    C1 - 100
    C2 - 100
    FP1 - 85 :facepalm:
    D1 - 100
    S1 - 99
    M1 - 91

    A2 modules will be C3, C4, FP2, FP3, M2, S2
    University Applications:
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    1. Imperial College London, Physics MPhys
    2. University College London, Theoretical Physics MSci
    3. Manchester, Physics with Theoretical Physics MPhys
    4. Durham, Theoretical Physics MPhys
    5. Cambridge, Natural Sciences
    My posts probably won't be too frequent but I will definitely be keeping track of modules completed and current grades, mocks, etc. Also I will be keeping track of my applications on UCAS.
    Honestly, you're probably going to get these grades easily judging by your previous academic record --this isn't a road, it's a molehill.
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    Update: 11/09/2016

    So I went back to college on Thursday and already I'm absolutely knackered (even when I only had two lessons this week :laugh: ). I really need to sort out my diet and my sleeping pattern to maximise my concentration this year lol


    Thoughts on Oxbridge
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    I've decided that my 5th option will be Natural Sciences at Cambridge, just to see if I could actually get in. I don't have a desire to study at Oxford or Cambridge (and I've only visited Oxford) but I know that I will spend the rest of my life wondering if I was "good enough" to get an offer if I don't apply. Although I don't think the NatSci life is for me, I think the admissions process is more predictable and Oxford's PAT looks wayyy harder than the Cambridge admissions test (which is basically just AS content, from looking at the spec). Also, because this is Cambridge's first year of the NatSci test, they are less likely to put an emphasis on it I think - whereas Oxford have a big thing for the PAT. So yeah, it's more about getting the offer than actually accepting it.

    Why don't I want to go to Oxbridge? Honestly, I don't think I'm good enough.

    I wouldn't ever tell that to someone irl because they'd think that I was asking for an ego boost, but I feel like my grades are the product of hard work rather than natural ability. I don't know whether I'd thrive under so much academic pressure and where everyone is a genius, as I'm used to being top of the class in my small sixth form. Also, I feel like the city would have nothing much to offer me. I love London and it's big shops, clubs, restaurants etc. I also want to really enjoy my university experience and not spend my weekends couped up in my room with piles of problem sheets (I know Imperial isn't exactly known for it's easygoing work load but it's got to be easier than Cambridge ). Plus, I'm bound to meet a wider variety of people in London.

    Getting into Cambridge would be cool though.
    Progress:
    Chemistry
    • I have made some flashcards for the topics covered so far in Chemistry - NMR Spectroscopy and Chromatography. Pretty straightforward stuff, though I struggled to remember things from the end of term.
    • We've tarted on Thermodynamics in class and I've just completed some homework on AS revision topics. I will need to make some flashcards on this ASAP because I had a lot of questions about Haber Born cycles.
    Physics
    • I found some excellent notes on getrevising to use alongside my classes on further mechanics - my teacher often goes off the spec or misses things so these will be useful.
    • I have done my homework on SHM - 3 pages of questions and a graph
    Maths
    • So far, I have completed C3 and I have three more topics left in the book for C4. I aim to finish these by next week so I can get started on FP2 and FP3. My online lectures start at the end of the month for FP2 and FP3 via the FMSP.
    • I will need to revise Centres of Mass for my M2 lesson on Wednesday as I cannot remember much about it.
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    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    Honestly, you're probably going to get these grades easily judging by your previous academic record --this isn't a road, it's a molehill.
    Hahah thank you, I really hope you're right about that
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    (Original post by h8skoooooool)
    Hello! :wavey:.

    woah you're back! With a fab blog!1194.43256% subbed to this :cool:I wish you all the best of luck, though I doubt you shall be needing it!
    I look forward to your updates! :excited: Hope your project went well btw
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    (Original post by CheeseIsVeg)
    woah you're back! With a fab blog!1194.43256% subbed to this :cool:I wish you all the best of luck, though I doubt you shall be needing it!
    I look forward to your updates! :excited: Hope your project went well btw
    Woop woop! Thanks buddy

    Still haven't finished my project report omg, my supervisor hasn't given me any help since I emailed him the first draft 2 weeks ago :afraid: - and I've emailed him many times since then lol
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    (Original post by h8skoooooool)
    Thanks!! Good luck to you too
    Why did you choose Cambridge over Oxford?
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    (Original post by DarkEnergy)
    Why did you choose Cambridge over Oxford?
    I've sort of outlined why in my first update under the spoiler, but it's honestly just because I think I'd do better in their admissions process. Cambridge will consider my UMS more, and place less emphasis on their new entrance exam (at least that's my theory), and someone got into NatSci in my sixth form last year so I can always message him for help.

    And I really cba with the PAT for Oxford
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    (Original post by h8skoooooool)
    Woop woop! Thanks buddy

    Still haven't finished my project report omg, my supervisor hasn't given me any help since I emailed him the first draft 2 weeks ago :afraid: - and I've emailed him many times since then lol
    np :five:
    omg! WTF?! I will offer you my assistance but idk if that's any good, I have finished mine, submitted it as finished and got my CREST award :proud:Just have to make a poster for celebration evening and urgh its not going well
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    Do you normally stick to doing a certain amount of hours per day?
    I ask because sometimes I feel really motivated to do lots of work and on other days I will feel lethargic and won't get much work done.
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    (Original post by h8skoooooool)
    I've sort of outlined why in my first update under the spoiler, but it's honestly just because I think I'd do better in their admissions process. Cambridge will consider my UMS more, and place less emphasis on their new entrance exam (at least that's my theory), and someone got into NatSci in my sixth form last year so I can always message him for help.

    And I really cba with the PAT for Oxford
    Oops sorry didn't see the update! Yeah, the PAT looks horrible lol.
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    (Original post by CheeseIsVeg)
    np :five:
    omg! WTF?! I will offer you my assistance but idk if that's any good, I have finished mine, submitted it as finished and got my CREST award :proud:Just have to make a poster for celebration evening and urgh its not going well
    Ah I envy you rn! It's just that I don't know what to do for my conclusion or results section because the experiment didn't actually work in the end lmaooo

    I had completely forgotten about the poster
    :rip:
 
 
 
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