Journey to A*A*A*A*

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    Welcome to my journey!

    Hi! I hope this thread will serves as motivation for myself and I hope I can inspire at least one of you to do your best and achieve your goals!

    So, a little background info:
    GCSEs:
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    10 A*s and 1 A


    AS-Levels:
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    Achieved;
    A - Biology
    A - Chemistry
    A - Mathematics
    A - D&T


    A-Levels:
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    Predicted;
    A - Biology
    A* - Chemistry
    A* - Mathematics
    A* - D&T


    I think that my goal (shown below) is unrealistic right now. I'm going to have to make sacrifices and put in so much time and effort if I really want this, which I do. I'm prepared for that and ready to give it my all!

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    Goal: A*A*A*A*
    A* - Biology
    A* - Chemistry
    A* - Mathematics
    A* - D&T
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    I will be taking a gap year after I have finished my A-levels and hoping to travel to as many countries as possible and to gain loads of real life experience. I will keep track of my plans for my gap year below inc. traveling, any further study, things I'm applying to do etc. I will hopefully update this shortly.
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    Gap year;
    TBC

    During my gap year I will be applying for university to 2018 entry. One of the reasons for my gap year is that I am very unsure about what course I want to study so I will update my 5 choices if and when they change. At the moment, I am leaning towards biochemistry or maybe biomed because I love biology, chemistry and maths as a whole and don't want to lose any of that. Applying to NatSci for two options to study these subjects very broadly before having to specialise incase I find something else I am much more passionate about.

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    I will list all my work experience here seeing as, as I mentioned previously, I am not set on which course or career I want to pursue...

    Medical:
    3 days - split in palliative care and paediatric endocrine
    1 day - Cardiology
    1 day - Neurosurgery.
    I am also completing a qualification in disability awareness then volunteering at a club.
    Millenium Volunteer award

    Biomed/Biochem/NatSci:
    1 day with a post doc research fellow in Biochem at a university.
    Wider reading on neuroscience and oncology.
    Attended biomedical science workshop

    Computer Science:
    I will be doing 4 days work experience in December - from what I understand I will be looking at apps and then developing my own app. Also will be using a raspberry pi.
    Learning HTML and CSS

    I have a job for over christmas also, working in a shop.

    My trouble is finding an area I am truly passionate about... Im still searching

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    UCAS - 2018 Entry:
    Natural Sciences - University of Cambridge
    Natural Sciences - University College London
    Biochemistry - Imperial College London
    Biochemistry - University of Edinburgh
    Biochemistry - Queen's University Belfast
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    16-October-2016
    Biology:
    Progress is pretty average so far this year. I got an A (87%) in the first class test (Homeostasis and The Kidney) and the other two people in the class failed the test. Very happy with that result. But, I got a B (78%) in my second class test (Immunity). The questions were extremely difficult but no excuses. Our teacher is giving us another immunity test so hopefully I can get 90+% in it on Thursday!
    The pace is okay-slow this year and the content isn't that much harder. Pleased so far.

    Chemistry:
    This is one of my best subjects but it was my lowest UMS at AS-Level (89.7%), despite putting so much time into it. We have no textbook this year which makes things so difficult. It won't be out for about a month... Anyway, we have had two class tests so far and I have gotten a B in both. Not very pleased with that result. Going to try put my head down in the next month and bring my scores up and be on top of the work.

    Mathematics:
    I done work during summer for C3 so I was ahead when we started the year but I have just finished C3 today and will spend the next day revising the content and doing exercises in the textbook before maybe starting some past papers. I think Ill do past papers for other boards (like OCR, WJEC, AQA) since I don't want to start my own exam board's now and run out of resources wayyyy before the exam. So I'm around 8-10 weeks ahead of my class right now. Ill might tone down the work for it since it isn't a priority right now.

    D&T:
    FYI: I HATE THIS SUBJECT. It is pure torture, but I have some natural ability in it. I got 97% UMS in it at AS-Level despite basically leaving it all to the day before the deadline and only revising 2 days for the exam. Well anyway, for A2, we have nearly covered the exam material for this year and the exam itself is worth 50% - the exam isn't overly difficult but there is a lot of reading this year. I am making flashcards as we go along though which will make revision A LOT easier. We should move onto coursework shortly, but I'm not looking forward to that because the project this year is huge.
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    Currently on course for:
    A,A,A*,A - Biology, Chemistry, Maths, D&T
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    20-October-2016
    Biology:
    Ehh, I had a repeat of my immunity test today. It was ok, but some questions were very hard because they're suggest questions and it cam be hard to apply your knowledge. The recall parts were fine. I spoke too soon on the difficulty of the content haha - Neurones are pretty hard to get at first, but I am working on it. I'm trying to make flashcards as I go along which should help in the long run. I think they would become my main revision method.

    Chemistry:
    We're doing equilibria at the moment which isn't hard at all, happy to say. Need to finish that up tomorrow and then move on the acid-base equilibria. I hope we start moving a little faster to leave that little bit more time for revision nearer exam season.

    Mathematics:
    My teacher has entered our class for the senior maths challenge which should be good fun. I might actually do some preparation for it - it would be nice to get a gold... We're getting through the differentiation content pretty quick in class, glad to say. We should start C4 in November, yayyy

    D&T:
    I am yet to do any work for this subject:p:
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    Planning a VERY productive week and I will post an update soon to cover my plans for work.
    And tomorrow, Ill be sending my application off for a month long volunteering program in Spain for summer 2017 - What an amazing way to kick off an gap year, if I got in...
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    20-October-2016
    Biology:
    Ehh, I had a repeat of my immunity test today. It was ok, but some questions were very hard because they're suggest questions and it cam be hard to apply your knowledge. The recall parts were fine. I spoke too soon on the difficulty of the content haha - Neurones are pretty hard to get at first, but I am working on it. I'm trying to make flashcards as I go along which should help in the long run. I think they would become my main revision method.

    Chemistry:
    We're doing equilibria at the moment which isn't hard at all, happy to say. Need to finish that up tomorrow and then move on the acid-base equilibria. I hope we start moving a little faster to leave that little bit more time for revision nearer exam season.

    Mathematics:
    My teacher has entered our class for the senior maths challenge which should be good fun. I might actually do some preparation for it - it would be nice to get a gold... We're getting through the differentiation content pretty quick in class, glad to say. We should start C4 in November, yayyy

    D&T:
    I am yet to do any work for this subject:p:
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    Planning a VERY productive week and I will post an update soon to cover my plans for work.
    And tomorrow, Ill be sending my application off for a month long volunteering program in Spain for summer 2017 - What an amazing way to kick off an gap year, if I got in...
    are you participating in the senior team maths challenge?
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    (Original post by NoahMal)
    are you participating in the senior team maths challenge?
    Our school doesn't normally enter us for the team one, just the individual one.
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    22-October-2016
    To do list for today:
    • C3 papers - June 06 and January 2007
    • Finish notes for Biology A2.1 chapter 3 then do flashcards for that chapter
    • Do all the textbook questions for chapter 3
    • Revise chapter 4 and start flashcards
    To do list for tomorrow:
    • Revise Chemistry notes to date
    • Watch YT videos on Kc and Kp for better understanding
    • Read ahead on Kd and work on with acid-base equilibria
    • D&T - Start first page of coursework
    Let's see how much of this I can get done..
    Also, I've been thinking about medicine again, as a career. I have a feeling it will be what I end up applying for, because it is the one thing i always come back to. Saving lives is like nothing else.
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    28-October-2016
    Finally off for Halloween break!!!
    Biology:
    Our class had a test on control in plants (phytochrome, different plant growth substances, phototropism and experimental evidence). I got an 86% which is an A (yay!) We also had a repeat of our immunity test. Not sure of my exact mark but my teacher said I got near full marks so an A*, so I am definitely pleased with that. We have covered neurones and synapses so I just need to make some notes and flashcards then work on with some past paper questions.

    Chemistry:
    I have been neglecting this subject for a while now and progress has been slow. We have only finished 4/11 sections of unit 1 which scares me. Hopefully my teacher can get through organic much faster (she did specialise in organic so I am really hoping...). No new test results but I can tell I'm no where near an A* right now. I really need to focus quite a bit on chemistry over the halloween break and maybe work on. I am putting more effort into Biology in comparison, which is a shocker to me.

    Mathematics:
    I completed two C3 past papers - in one I got 95% (A*) and in the other I got 83% (A). The second one was so low because I lost 8 marks on the last question for misreading. I am really happy with these results though. In class, we have exponentials and logs and integration to do so we are almost finished and ready to start C4 which I'm so eager to do already.
    I also want to revise of the senior challenge so Ill do that over halloween.

    D&T:
    We have now started coursework and have a deadline for the day we start back after halloween break. I need to prioritise this work for now because it's a lot and it needs to be of a crazy standard if I am serious about an A* in this subject. I probably have around 11,000 words to write for my deadline, which is a lot with my other subjects and making time for myself. No one in that class (in fact in my whole year) is doing 4 A-Levels so I have it harder than everyone in terms of workload... but I should be able to handle it.
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    A*,A,A*,A - Biology, Chemistry, Maths, D&T
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    [QUOTE=NatSci99;68067800]I will be taking a gap year after I have finished my A-levels and hoping to travel to as many countries as possible and to gain loads of real life experience. I will keep track of my plans for my gap year below inc. traveling, any further study, things I'm applying to do etc. I will hopefully update this shortly.

    I'm hoping to take a gap year too What organisation are you hoping to go with?
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    I'm hoping to take a gap year too What organisation are you hoping to go with?
    I haven't got anything set in stone just yet, but there is a company that do camps in Spain and I want to volunteer there in July. I also want to do interrail around Europe and then maybe head to Australia for one or two months. I hadn't picked an organisation to do these other things with because I found they were quite expensive and wasn't sure which ones were reputable enough etc.

    What about you? Any plans for your gap year and where/who with?
 
 
 
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