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follow kaz to her A*A*AA!


I hope that this blog will encourage me to work hard and not slack off!! Please support me :bl: I'll be updating as much as possible with my grade progressions! Please be encouraging or get out of my blog! :kungfu:

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I'm a classical musician with three diplomas, a recent yacht sailing enthusiast, BTS trash, and the queen of procrastination:crown: Honestly I didn't think my AS's would be that bad because I had a really good prediction throughout. I think the problem was that I was taking too many subjects and had too many extracurriculars. And that I never really bothered to revise for tests, so that all revision material was crammed to the two months before exams. This year I'm really laying off music and focusing on academics.


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Subjects (AS) [Predicted]:

Biology (C) [A]
Chemistry (B) [A]
Maths (A) [A] C1: 98 C2: 80 S1: 91 I WANT TO GET AN A*!
Chinese (A) [A* achieved]
Geography (dropped)
Spanish Higher (dropped)

Honestly, for biology I could've gotten a B if it was marked by another examiner. I got it remarked and one of the papers went up two marks (which meant a B) and then went down two marks in another question. I checked the paper with the teacher, and there were just so many questions where I did not answer according to the mark scheme but the answer was right! So frustrating!

Maths C2 was something I knew I'd get, because I completely zoned out during the exam. I'll be retaking it, because in every single practice paper I got over 90% and I think I should get a higher mark.


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I've just applied to geology to all of these universities. Hopefully I'll get an offer!

University of Bristol
University of Edinburgh
Imperial College
University of Manchester
UCL

I'm also applying to some US liberal arts colleges as well, so I will also update on that!

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I applied to geology too!
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First update:
Up to now I've been working quite hard on all my subjects, and doing quite well in all of my tests.

Biology:
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85% (A) on Populations and Evolution


Chemistry:
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78% (A) on Benzene and Phenols [highest in class woohoo! still didn't know how a 78% can be an A]
70% (B) on Rates


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81% (A) on C3 Chapters 1-5 test
8x% (A) on M1 Chapter 2 test (I forgot what I got)
Just did the UKMT Senior challenge and got 86! :woohoo:


So far it seems like I've been doing quite well in all subjects but I have yet to get a 90% in tests. In chemistry I've been consistently getting high marks and sometimes over 90% in my prep, so I will keep this up. I have to revise rates more, and also work on my upcoming SAT in December.

I just did a M1 Chapter 3 test and a biology Photosynthesis and Nutrient Cycle test today. M1 was fine except that I forgot how to calculate impulse, so the 4 marks are gone. Biology was fine, not too hard, but I think I'll at most get a 70% because I didn't do well. I have a chemistry test on Carbonyls and Carboxylic Acids tomorrow! Will be revising hard for that one!
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I applied to geology too!
Yay! Where did you apply for, if you don't mind??
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Applied to two of the same universities as you - Edinburgh (Physics w/ Year Abroad) and UCL (Medical Physics). There's an FB group for UCL applicants if you wanna join - https://www.facebook.com/groups/UCL2017Applicants/

Good luck!
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Yay! Where did you apply for, if you don't mind??
Well I only applied for one which is durham and have an offer, imperials geology looks amazing tho omg
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Applied to two of the same universities as you - Edinburgh (Physics w/ Year Abroad) and UCL (Medical Physics). There's an FB group for UCL applicants if you wanna join - https://www.facebook.com/groups/UCL2017Applicants/

Good luck!
thank you! Good luck to you too!
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Well I only applied for one which is durham and have an offer, imperials geology looks amazing tho omg
Wow congratulations! Yeah Imperial's geology does look amazing and I love its location as well!!! it's so hard to get in though
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Second update:
I feel like I need an update given everything that's happening even though it's only been two days.

I just got an interview for Geology MSci at Imperial! So excited! Will have to organise flights as soon as possible, a train's quite impossible since it's quite far down south. Does anyone happen to know how a geology interview will be for a person who hasn't taken geology before?

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Got 81% in Carbonyls and Carboxylic Acids. Remembered a whole bunch of stuff about acyl chloride reactions and carbonyl reactions but only one of the four ester reactions came up... Oh well, I guess that's what a test is all about.

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