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    My name is Katie. I am 22 years old and I'm at college studying National 5s in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths.

    My secondary schooling was majorly interrupted through ill-health and bullying. I made the decision to go back to college to gain qualifications. My ultimate aim is to study medicine at university, however if that isn't
    possible I am also interested in studying either psychology or pharmacy.

    To be allowed to take 5 Highers next year, I need to get good grades this year. I have missed a lot of classes due to my mental health, so I'm really going to have to put the work in. I hope that by starting Grow Your Grades and having to be accountable, this will help motivate me.

    My goal grades are:
    Chemistry - A
    Physics - A
    Biology - A
    Maths - B

    So far I have been getting 80% and above in each NAB I have sat - even managed 100% in two chemistry NABs!

    I am struggling with maths however, hence why I said I am aiming for a B grade.

    Excited to begin my accountable journey....

    Hope college is a fresh start for you Katie! It sounds like you are making good progress.

    If I remember correctly, NABs for science and maths are set at "C-level", which means the questions are designed to be less complex and test the minimum standards of competence. Just want to warn you that the jump from Nat 5 to Higher is pretty big, (and the jump from Higher to Advanced Higher is even bigger), so try to attend classes next year. I've known many peers who've achieved 8 A's at Nat 5 but scraped passes or failed their Highers. I've also known many people who have achieved 5 A's at Higher, and have failed AH. Nat 5 is mostly memory of rudimentary knowledge. It's easy to "coast" through this level- most people do.

    Also for medicine, universities require applicants to have some work experience (in a healthcare setting) and volunteering. I'm sure you already know this, but medicine is one of the most competitive courses. Many excellent candidates get rejected each year. You'll need solid academics and relevant extra-curriculars. Good luck!
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    As above - don't forget the work experience/voluntary work. Its essentially compulsory for medicine.
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