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Hi I'm like someone who wants to get good grades in AS and I'm making a thread to complain about things that I will be doing (mostly things that piss me off) in my journey to getting these results.

I am studying maths, further maths, physics and chemistry.

I guess I have to start with my GCSE results to give some context or something so:

GCSE Results:

Further Maths: A* with distinction
Maths: A*
Physics: A*
Chemistry: A*
Business Studies: A* ((It goes downhill from here))
Biology: A
Spanish: A
Religious studies(short): A
English language: B
English literature: B
History: B
Music: B
Media Studies: B

Whining about my GCSE results:

Okay so basically I kind of wasn't very happy with my GCSE results. I was predicted to get 7 A*s, 4As and 1 B (I didn't get a prediction for further maths) and I thought that even that was harsh as in my GCSE mocks I achieved 9 A*s, 1 A and 2 Bs. To add to this I got rejected from my two desired grammar schools and thanks to my GCSE grades being much lower than predicted my reapplications would obviously rejected/ignored. I'm going to be resitting English Language so i can at least prove that i have some ability in writing stuff as I managed to screw up all essay based subjects (unless you count business as one). I had expected disappointment to come on results day but I was expecting As instead of A*s, not 5 Bs!

In a way it felt like my results were unreal. I got six remarks but none of them had a single mark changed.

like wtf is this??

:lies::lies:

How I'm going to fix up for AS:

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~Continue whining about GCSEs and hoping that this will save me the next year~

The plan is to spend a lot more time revising. I don't like making mind maps or revision notes as I feel like this just takes up a lot of time and is more of a distraction as you spend so long making the notes that you don't end up having any time to actually take in what you've written down. Instead I read through text books and my class notes and make sure that I actually understand and remember what I'm reading before moving past. Some say that this is ineffective but it works well for me. I chose subjects that I actually have a genuine passion in so spending time revising them isn't a chore and is something that I actually enjoy doing.

One mistake I made at GCSE was relying on my past successes (mocks) to make me think that I didn't need to revise. The fact is that no matter how well you do there is always room to fail so you need to never stop working until the final job is done.

For that reason i make sure to revise often. I'm not someone that spends 5 hours on a school day revising but I do try to do at least one or two a day at home. I honestly can't tell how people manage five hours a day if they plan on doing extra and super curricular activities.

Over the Christmas Holidays I have made sure to do multiple past paper questions and for C1, C2 and M1 do full past papers with the aim of getting full marks in them (not going well for M1 so far). I guess I could write about that in future posts or something. I've also had to commit to teaching myself chemistry work which it seems apparent that the teachers aren't going to teach us...

Aims:

Okay so I am aiming to get full ums in all(further) maths modules as this makes A2 easier but also for like the university applications. This is kind of unrealistic so the aim is *at least* 90 ums for each module and no less.

In chemistry and physics I want to aim to get about 80% raw marks but I guess this doesn't really matter too much as there are no UMS scores for those subjects anymore. 60-65% is good enough for an A but why not aim much higher?

In year 13 I want to apply to Cambridge to study natural science and eventually specialise in physics. This would be the dream but probably not the most likely outcome but trying never hurt anyone(probably has I'm sorry). I would also want to apply to Imperial, Queen Mary and UCL for physics but I have not decided on a fifth choice so far.

Exams:

My maths modules are: Core 1, Core 2, Statistics 1
My further maths modules are: Further Pure 1, Mechanics 1, Mechanics 2
These are both with AQA.
I am doing physics with AQA and chemistry with OCR (B/Salters)

I have mock exams starting on January 9th for C1, C2, M1, physics and chemistry.

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Week 1
9th Jan: Maths C1 Grade: N/A UMS: /100
12th Jan: Chemistry paper 1 Grade: N/A Mark /70
12th Jan: Maths M1 Grade: N/A UMS /100
13th Jan: Physics paper 1 Grade: N/A Mark /70
Week 2
17th Jan: Maths C2 Grade N/A UMS /100
18th Jan: Physics paper 2 Grade N/A Mark /70
20th Jan: Chemistry paper 2 Grade N/A Mark /70

My real exams in May are on:

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Week 1
17th May: Core 1
Week 2
23rd May: Physics paper 1
24th May: Core 2
26th May: Chemistry paper 1
Week 3
6th June: English Language resit
7th June: Statistics 1
8th June: Physics paper 2
9th June: Chemistry paper 2
Week 4
14th June: Further Pure 1
Week 5
20th June: Mechanics 1
Week 6
26th June: Mechanics 2


Honestly I think that English Language GCSE is going to be my hardest exam as I came to hate English towards the end of year 11 so getting myself to work hard for this is going to be a real challenge but one that I will hopefully enjoy committing too.

Last words:

So I guess if you've somehow spent your life reading all of this thanks. If you have any suggestion or disses for me please feel free to share them and I will probably annoy you in return but will also be very appreciative of them.
I've written enough now and just in time to enter for the competition so I'll stop here.

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lol am such a fail
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Love the username.

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Love the username.

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Thanks. I set it at the end of year 10 because I was never seen as being that great at academics but I always aimed higher which was able to make me unexpectedly do a lot better than others in some of my tests. I believe that with enough work and effort anybody can do well regardless of if they're an "underdog" like me.
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Update 3/1/17

Okay so today and yesterday I've been trying to revise chemistry as it's probably the hardest subject for me as it requires a lot of effort to remember the terms. In other words it's easy but you have to be bothered to do well in it. Luckily I enjoy chemistry so this isn't a hard thing to convince myself to do.
Also yesterday I was helping a friend go through an M1 past paper but it kind of took way too long so I really need to help her be quicker since we definitely took longer than the 90 minutes available.
I got my results back for a chemistry paper that I did last term on the developing fuels topic and I got 31/50 which is 1 mark into the A grade so I think that I need to make sure to do more work to make sure that I can be more secure with the A grade. In all fairness I wasn't taught what pi and sigma bonds are so I could've gotten a few more marks had I known that so I'll just make sure to fix up for the mocks next week.
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lol I forgot about this thread.







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I feel like doing it again so I'll update.

Starting with my mock grades:

:banana::banana::banana:

MATHS

Core 1: 75/75 A MOTHER :innocent::innocent::innocent::innocent:ERSSSSS!!!
Core 2: (didn't do a full paper) 47/50 A got a damn power question wrong ughhhhh

FURTHER MATHS

Only did mechanics 1 so far

Got 51/75 which is just about an A. I WILL IMPROVE THOUGH I'VE REVISED A LOT MORE NOW!

PHYSICS

Paper 1: 57/70
Paper 2: 47/70

Overall: 104/140 A
I thought that I had screwed up paper 2 so much so I was so hyped that I still merked the test!

CHEMISTRY

Paper 1: 43/70
Paper 2: 52/70

Overall: 95/104 A
This time I found paper 1 terrible and so I increased the revision a lot more afterwards so I managed to do better on the harder paper!!

OVERVIEW

I'm also predicted four As so hopefully I can keep up the grades but M2 and S1 are really difficult for me but I'm definitely getting better. I think I can definitely get a low A but especially for M2 I want to aim for the full ums because that would *really* help for further maths next year in getting an A*!!


SOMEONE COMMENT AND GIVE ME ATTENTION LOL
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k so um update: 18/4/17

I went to school to revise and I did M2 questions. I'm finally getting decent at it! Hooray! I also did a physics paper that I found somewhere on this site. I got most marks on the multiple choice but some of the questions in the middle I'm not as good at.
Low grade boundaries are the only thing that'll allow me to have success in chemistry and physics. :/

I watched a video by numberphile videos but it seems really basic so I didn't feel like I learnt much from it.
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k so update 21/4/17 Enjoying the discussion that's going on here. </3

On Wednesday I was revising physics and a bit of M2. Bah it's so hard! I'm pretty darn sure that new spec is harder than old spec for physics I don't understand why the teachers keep saying that it's about the same.

On Thursday I went to the Royal Holloway university for a particle physics masterclass. It was really fun, I learnt about the discovery of the Higg's Boson, learnt about how particle accelerators work by create a charge which the particles repel and try to move away from really quickly. Superconducting electromagnets produce a magnetic field to allow the particles to bend around corners without losing any energy. I also got to analyse data that would be used to identify particles. I really feel like I have a much greater idea of what industry in physics would be like so I am really happy that I got the opprunity to go!
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kl so update 30/4/17 last day of April cool suicidal thoughts because exams in two weeks hooray!
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I got results for two chemistry mocks I did before the Easter holiday and I achieved 42/70 for the elements of the sea which is either a low A or a high B and 42/50 for the ozone story which was an A*.

So that was good but I've had mocks for FP1, M2, C2, S1 and two for the whole physics course. To be honest I think that I could have done better in all of these exams but I guess at least their mocks so if I screw up I can still learn from them before the real thing. I have this annoying student investor competition presentation that I have to do on Wednesday and my team is barely ready and none of us really want to do it anymore!
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(Original post by AspiringUnderdog)
I feel like doing it again so I'll update.

Starting with my mock grades:

:banana::banana::banana:

MATHS

Core 1: 75/75 A MOTHER :innocent::innocent::innocent::innocent:ERSSSSS!!!
Core 2: (didn't do a full paper) 47/50 A got a damn power question wrong ughhhhh

FURTHER MATHS

Only did mechanics 1 so far

Got 51/75 which is just about an A. I WILL IMPROVE THOUGH I'VE REVISED A LOT MORE NOW!

PHYSICS

Paper 1: 57/70
Paper 2: 47/70

Overall: 104/140 A
I thought that I had screwed up paper 2 so much so I was so hyped that I still merked the test!

CHEMISTRY

Paper 1: 43/70
Paper 2: 52/70

Overall: 95/104 A
This time I found paper 1 terrible and so I increased the revision a lot more afterwards so I managed to do better on the harder paper!!

OVERVIEW

I'm also predicted four As so hopefully I can keep up the grades but M2 and S1 are really difficult for me but I'm definitely getting better. I think I can definitely get a low A but especially for M2 I want to aim for the full ums because that would *really* help for further maths next year in getting an A*!!


SOMEONE COMMENT AND GIVE ME ATTENTION LOL

Wow bro, I really respect you. You remind me of me. I need your advice. I am in year 11 These are my A level choices. I love chemistry , it is my fave science and I just got an A* 51/60 (C2) in my mock. Maths I love and am good at it, I am aiming for an A* or higher in this upcoming test which I have been getting recently. Lastly, I wanna do economics for a level, and I get A's in it. Just got 34/40 (A) in my coursework. Do you have any advice for me so that I can get good results? I have heard chemistry, maths and economics - my choices - are all REALLY difficult at AS and A2 (especially chemistry). How can I get A's?
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Wow bro, I really respect you. You remind me of me. I need your advice. I am in year 11 These are my A level choices. I love chemistry , it is my fave science and I just got an A* 51/60 (C2) in my mock. Maths I love and am good at it, I am aiming for an A* or higher in this upcoming test which I have been getting recently. Lastly, I wanna do economics for a level, and I get A's in it. Just got 34/40 (A) in my coursework. Do you have any advice for me so that I can get good results? I have heard chemistry, maths and economics - my choices - are all REALLY difficult at AS and A2 (especially chemistry). How can I get A's?
Hooray a response!

All subjects are difficult it's mainly your attitude and work that decides how hard you find them. I guess with all three subjects you can use online questions from past papers (although careful because of the spec change) and physicsandmathstutor.com. For maths I mostly revise with practice questions. But for chemistry and economics you'd need to do reading just to make sure that you know every single detail to make sure that you can get as many marks as possible. Economics has essays so you'd need to do practise on writing those which could be long so make sure that you get used to it. For all subjects you need to have a good level of maths and (maybe) algebra so make sure that your skills are top notch in that area. You also need to be able to think outside of the box because sometimes questions are asked in a very weird way but if you figure out what is actually wanted from you the question becomes very easy.

A levels are a huge step up from GCSE but that's only because of the amount of new content given to you in a short period of time. If you make sure to be consistently revising and practising throughout the year then you should be fine. Many people have done well at A level in the past so no matter how hard it is, it is definitely possible. Don't give up and make sure to always persevere.

Good Luck.

Also I'm really sorry that I remind you of yourself you must feel like a terrible person.
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