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So I've finally decided a blog might be a good idea... After following a few blogs last year, I've decided to join in (and attempt to stop procrastination!)

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I've just started year 12 and I'm coping reasonably well with the jump up from GCSE, but I know I've got a lot of work to do if I want to do anywhere near as well at A' Level as I did at GCSE.
Recently, I have been struggling with procrastination and this blog (hopefully!) will be the motivation I need to keep on top of my work and go for the top grades.
Depending on how everything goes this year, I will hopefully be able to do all 4 of my subjects to A2.


GCSEs:

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10A*s - English Language, English Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE, History, German, Music
1A - Psychology

+ 1A in OCR FSMQ Additional Maths


A' Levels:
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English Literature
History
Maths
Further Maths


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English Literature - N/A
History - A
Maths - A
Further Maths - N/A
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Update 30/10/16
So we've made it to half term! And I'm finally (only temporarily) essay-free! This past week has been hectic, with 4 maths tests (C1 part paper 1, C1 part paper 2, FP1 half paper and D1 full paper) and several essays for English and History.

To combat procrastination over the next week, I've made a list of tasks to complete, which I will update as I achieve them:
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C1 Practice Paper
FP1 Matrices Mixed Exercise

Notes on Henry VII's government
Re-read all American history covered so far
Watch Henry VII video
Re-write marked Henry VII essay

Read and annotate Jane Eyre chapters
Re-write marked Jane Eyre essay x2
Collate basic contextual info about Charlotte Bronte
Annotate all of A Streetcar Named Desire

Finish 2011 Senior Maths Challenge paper
Complete 2013 and 2015 SMC papers to prepare for challenge
Revise basic maths for Senior Team Maths Challenge

Do at least 45 minutes practice a day for grade 8 flute exam
Play through orchestra material for concert at least twice
Review content for ballet exam
Refresh choreography for ballet show

Finish reading all core texts for EPQ
Read secondary material for EPQ
Write an initial plan for EPQ
Begin writing first draft of EPQ

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Awesome! I wish you all the best in your studies! How often do you think you'll post?
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Update 05/11/16
School starts again on Monday and I haven't done nearly as much as I intended to do...so much for combating procrastination!

I have revised my previous list of tasks for the next 2 days before school starts and (hopefully) I might get through them this time:

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Annotate Jane Eyre Chapters 12-16
Annotate Scenes 1-3 of A Streetcar Named Desire

Finish re-reading all American History notes so far

Do 2015 SMC paper in timed conditions (and then work through any questions I couldn't do)

Finish annotating The Wasteland (EPQ)
Make all notes on Fitzgerald (EPQ)
Finish reading The Great Gatsby (EPQ)

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Question : How the hell did you get 10A*?
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Awesome! I wish you all the best in your studies! How often do you think you'll post?
Thanks! I'm going to aim to post 2-3 times a week, but I might end up posting a longer post once a week. I'll see how it goes!
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Question : How the hell did you get 10A*?
How many did you get? I got 8A*s
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Thanks! I'm going to aim to post 2-3 times a week, but I might end up posting a longer post once a week. I'll see how it goes!
Awesome! Good luck!
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Question : How the hell did you get 10A*?
I didn't do that much defined revision: I just made sure I understood everything taught in class from September and used my teachers effectively. I had very dedicated teachers who were very willing to mark any practice exam questions I did in my own time, which helped a lot!

I would recommend making sure you understand absolutely everything taught, and that you prioritise the subjects you don't do as well in (and the ones you don't like!). For subjects like History, I made lists of key facts I could memorise and put in my answers, but doing well is mainly about understanding the mark scheme - break down mark schemes and examiner reports from previous years to figure out EXACTLY what they want to see.

Hope that helps!
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I didn't do that much defined revision: I just made sure I understood everything taught in class from September and used my teachers effectively. I had very dedicated teachers who were very willing to mark any practice exam questions I did in my own time, which helped a lot!

I would recommend making sure you understand absolutely everything taught, and that you prioritise the subjects you don't do as well in (and the ones you don't like!). For subjects like History, I made lists of key facts I could memorise and put in my answers, but doing well is mainly about understanding the mark scheme - break down mark schemes and examiner reports from previous years to figure out EXACTLY what they want to see.

Hope that helps!
yeah its mostly dependent on the teacher for coursework
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How many did you get? I got 8A*s
Stop rubbing it in my face! Let's just say I didn't get as much as I could have. I'm chill bout it it though.
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I didn't do that much defined revision: I just made sure I understood everything taught in class from September and used my teachers effectively. I had very dedicated teachers who were very willing to mark any practice exam questions I did in my own time, which helped a lot!

I would recommend making sure you understand absolutely everything taught, and that you prioritise the subjects you don't do as well in (and the ones you don't like!). For subjects like History, I made lists of key facts I could memorise and put in my answers, but doing well is mainly about understanding the mark scheme - break down mark schemes and examiner reports from previous years to figure out EXACTLY what they want to see.

Hope that helps!
Thanks! I was really unwell this year so I missed out on a lot of stuff. I'm learning from home now.
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Thanks! I was really unwell this year so I missed out on a lot of stuff. I'm learning from home now.
I'm sorry about that. I hope you're better now. If you need any help just ask and I'll do my best to help you.

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I'm sorry about that. I hope you're better now. If you need any help just ask and I'll do my best to help you.

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Thanks darlin.
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(Original post by Gymnast7)
So I've finally decided a blog might be a good idea... After following a few blogs last year, I've decided to join in (and attempt to stop procrastination!)

A bit about me:

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I've just started year 12 and I'm coping reasonably well with the jump up from GCSE, but I know I've got a lot of work to do if I want to do anywhere near as well at A' Level as I did at GCSE.
Recently, I have been struggling with procrastination and this blog (hopefully!) will be the motivation I need to keep on top of my work and go for the top grades.
Depending on how everything goes this year, I will hopefully be able to do all 4 of my subjects to A2.



GCSEs:

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10A*s - English Language, English Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE, History, German, Music
1A - Psychology

+ 1A in OCR FSMQ Additional Maths



A' Levels:
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English Literature
History
Maths
Further Maths



Most Recent Grades:
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English Literature - N/A
History - A
Maths - A
Further Maths - N/A

Everyone, do you think it is still considered to be early in the school year even though it is novemver, like do you think there is time to revise?
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Everyone, do you think it is still considered to be early in the school year even though it is novemver, like do you think there is time to revise?
I think there is still plenty of time to revise. In fact, for most people, it is probably best not to start hard core revision yet to avoid burn out. It is fine to do little bits, and revise for mocks, but there is still plenty of time left.

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Definitely going to be following this blog this year! I see you are studying "A Streetcar Named Desire" and are doing your EPQ on Gatsby? I'm just about to finish 'Streetcar' and will be starting Gatsby at some point and wondered if you wanted to compare notes at all?
Also, WELL DONE! for your amazing GCSE results
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How do you revise for English Literature? And what exam boards do you do for History and English Lit?
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Definitely going to be following this blog this year! I see you are studying "A Streetcar Named Desire" and are doing your EPQ on Gatsby? I'm just about to finish 'Streetcar' and will be starting Gatsby at some point and wondered if you wanted to compare notes at all?
Also, WELL DONE! for your amazing GCSE results
Thank you! It would be great to compare notes near exam time - especially key quotes! (though my Gatsby notes will be heavily biased as my question is specifically about the aftermath of world war 1 in literature!).

Which other texts are you studying? And which other subjects are you doing?
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How do you revise for English Literature? And what exam boards do you do for History and English Lit?
I tend to revise for English by re-reading the texts, picking out a few key quotes, and learning some contextual information and literary criticism. My revision tends to be just memorising as I find the analysis fairly easy to do on the spot. I make sure my knowledge of plot events (useful for structural analysis) and understanding of character are as strong as they possibly can be. Recently, I have started learning new vocabulary (such as 'zoomorphism') to strengthen my analysis of literary techniques, be it prose, drama or poetry. How do you revise for English - is your revision similar?

I do WJEC for English Literature and OCR for History - which exam boards do you do?
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