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    Well hopefully at least!

    I'm currently studying maths, chemistry and computer science and not really doing well with any of them. I'm quite far behind in my project and haven't revised any AS chemistry content whatsoever. I'm hoping to get at least BBB to get into Newcastle for Computer Science this year but I'd love to exceed that and push for AAA.

    In addition to revision, I've also applied to the DTUS scheme with the RAF. This involves going through the whole application process for officer, right up until the end of OASC but then disappearing off to university for three years instead of starting Initial Officer Training. The first thing I need to do for this is to pass my filter interview on the 27th before being able to progress, so currently this has all my attention, taking away from my mock exam revision.

    I'm also an active member in my local Air Cadet squadron and do activities every week which I'm definitely not leaving! So this is my attempt to grow my grades, plan my time and achieve my future goal of getting into the RAF!
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    (Original post by LoveTheDivergent)
    Well hopefully at least!

    I'm currently studying maths, chemistry and computer science and not really doing well with any of them. I'm quite far behind in my project and haven't revised any AS chemistry content whatsoever. I'm hoping to get at least BBB to get into Newcastle for Computer Science this year but I'd love to exceed that and push for AAA.

    In addition to revision, I've also applied to the DTUS scheme with the RAF. This involves going through the whole application process for officer, right up until the end of OASC but then disappearing off to university for three years instead of starting Initial Officer Training. The first thing I need to do for this is to pass my filter interview on the 27th before being able to progress, so currently this has all my attention, taking away from my mock exam revision.

    I'm also an active member in my local Air Cadet squadron and do activities every week which I'm definitely not leaving! So this is my attempt to grow my grades, plan my time and achieve my future goal of getting into the RAF!
    Really love your goal! Sounds like you have a very interesting few years ahead of you to look forward to. Really good luck!
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    (Original post by LoveTheDivergent)
    Well hopefully at least!

    I'm currently studying maths, chemistry and computer science and not really doing well with any of them. I'm quite far behind in my project and haven't revised any AS chemistry content whatsoever. I'm hoping to get at least BBB to get into Newcastle for Computer Science this year but I'd love to exceed that and push for AAA.

    In addition to revision, I've also applied to the DTUS scheme with the RAF. This involves going through the whole application process for officer, right up until the end of OASC but then disappearing off to university for three years instead of starting Initial Officer Training. The first thing I need to do for this is to pass my filter interview on the 27th before being able to progress, so currently this has all my attention, taking away from my mock exam revision.

    I'm also an active member in my local Air Cadet squadron and do activities every week which I'm definitely not leaving! So this is my attempt to grow my grades, plan my time and achieve my future goal of getting into the RAF!
    What did you get in gcse and AS for those subjects?
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    (Original post by chelseadagg3r)
    Really love your goal! Sounds like you have a very interesting few years ahead of you to look forward to. Really good luck!
    Thank you! Hopefully if it all goes well then it's going to be great!

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    What did you get in gcse and AS for those subjects?
    At GCSE: A*s in Maths, Further maths and French, As in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Latin and German, then Bs in Geography, Computing, English lit and English Lang

    At AS I got an A in maths, Cs in Comp Sci, Chemistry and French then a D in General Studies. I know it's going to be a lot of hard work but I think if I plan my time well enough it should be achievable as its not the content that is the problem, it's the exam techniques and lack of revision materials
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    Day 1

    Started the day off with a free. I used this to start preparing for my filter interview next Friday. I've made a nice sheet with everything I need to know. I'm starting to separate this out and go into more detail with what I need to know. I've started looking at my current affairs topics and I'm confident on two, have another four planned and need to find four more. I'm hoping to dedicate a double free to this tomorrow along with my study period.

    I then had double Computer Science (with an assembly period squashed in the middle). We're looking at databases currently, focusing on entity-relationship diagrams. I still haven't chosen a programming language for my project yet which is becoming my main focus. I don't have time to learn the pygame module so I'm leaning towards using VB although I'm not confident in it due to a lack of practical lessons last year. It's also been suggested to do it web-based but I have no idea where to start with that. Unfortunately I have no reference materials, nor can I currently access my coursework at home as my school's virtual learning environment has just been updated, and after letting our Computer Science class loose on the VLE many problems have been noticed, from being able to edit the webpages to not being able to download files. I was hoping to be able to use some of the VB projects from the last couple of years to help me understand some of the VB syntax and code that I will need to use myself. We also met our new student teacher, which has never really ended up well and led to me teaching myself that area of the course. Our teacher will be doing in-class revision, covering AS content such as boolean algebra, which happens to be what I'll be missing next Friday. This means that I'll be able to dedicate some time to revising that.

    I had assembly today which kicked off the start of our mock exams. They start the week beginning the 13th February, but I'm currently not focusing on them for another week. I will however be attending any relevant revision sessions over the next week if they are on. I'm going to just be reading over the AS content and putting more effort into revising the A2 content so I can get that down by the mocks so I can just keep going over it. Our school has also extended our silent study frees from lesson 2 until lesson 3 in order to get us to do more revision. I don't quite know how useful this is going to be because it means that everywhere is packed and there's no space to spread out my work and I find that working in a cramped space isn't very beneficial to me. I should get my exam timetable on Monday so I can start to plan my revision a bit better.

    I had a study period as well, in which I continued what I started in my free. I'm quite confident on knowing the aspects of training I will go through, both in IOT and in specialist training. This has been a dream for absolutely ages and now it's actually happening and I'm really excited about it. I also have notes on NATO which I need to learn but I'm going to try and make my notes on RAF Stations, aircraft and also on Air Power. I'm lucky to already have a lot of knowledge from being part of cadets but it's also important to me to do research, allowing me to fall back on what I already know if I need to rather than just relying on it. I'd much rather seem over prepared than under prepared and hopefully get onto OASC. This leads onto fitness training, as it's difficult to find time to run, especially finding somewhere to do the bleep test. I'm starting to get much better at my press-ups and I'm most confident in my sit-ups. If I push myself, I should be able to ace the entry requirements although juggling fitness and revision is becoming extremely difficult at the moment and I'm starting to find it more difficult to do my 2.4km run as I've been binge eating while revising.

    Chemistry is where I'm starting to struggle. We covered equilibria and we were introduced to Kp after doing a couple of questions on Kc. The maths section of the course is where I'm currently quite confident as it's logical and understandable. I received my AS mock after being marked where I got a C. This is in line with what I got last year on top of the fact that I've done nearly no revision. But it's difficult to answer an AS paper with AS content when there are much better methods which are met at A2, but because it's AS content, it got marked wrong, I dropped enough marks on the one question to get up to a high B. I'm definitely more confident in the organic half although I need to revise spectroscopy and the like.

    I'm at cadets tonight and I should hopefully get some pointers on my filter interview and also find out what I'm doing this weekend. The likelihood is I'll be on a course on Saturday, and free for most of Sunday, although there is band practice on Sunday night. I also need to prepare a powerpoint on an instrument of my choice for my Music BTEC training day a week on Saturday. I also need to plan and create a lesson (which has been suggested to be teaching how to play a snare drum) for my cadets in order to qualify to be able to teach cadets. I'm looking forward to it although I'm a bit stumped as I need to figure out some handouts but I should be able to get some help. I definitely looking forward to it being music orientated to make it a bit different from your standard History of the RAF/ATC/Rank structure lectures and also because it's something I'm genuinely interested in. However it's likely I won't be doing any work on this until after my mocks are over.
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    Not a surprise in all honesty that I still don't know what's happening this weekend although I should find out tomorrow whether my Saturday is going to be free or not. I've been given a bit of guidance about the filter interview, and although I'm still stressed, I'm not as worried as what I originally was.

    I really need to take some time for myself right now due to personal reasons but that's not really gonna happen. So I'm hopefully gonna spend my Sunday having some down-time and seeing a friend

    I've just been looking at my maths work and I've really been neglecting C3 and C4, although D1 is okay (considering I've been doing some of the work since year 10). I really need to work on practicing a lot of integration and differentiation questions which I'll be doing using resources from physicsandmathstutor.com I'll be avoiding the questions from my exam board and doing ones from AQA and Edexcel instead so that I can complete the OCR questions in past papers in a couple of weeks.
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    Day 2

    The stress is definitely getting to me in terms of my filter, I feel like I'm constantly looking at the same things over and over without doing anything about them. I've managed to make notes on the RAF today, although I haven't quite finished off explaining air power. My next thing is to go through RAF Stations and their aircraft although I already have a basic knowledge of this already.

    I'm someone that doesn't actually drink coffee all that often, yet after helping out at the 6th Form Open Morning I got a free coffee and who was I to say no? So I went to a free straight after that finished which was silent study and I was actually able to focus for once so I think coffee might need to become more of a regularity. But I'm currently hitting a bit of a low in terms of work rate after that's worn off but I'm happy with the work I got through earlier.

    We've just covered normalisation in Comp Sci yet I'm still trying to focus on coursework. We're revising boolean algebra on Tuesday or Wednesday (shout out to my teacher for switching the lessons so I could be in) but I honestly have never covered it apart from one lesson last year. I've emailed my teacher screenshots of the problems with the VLE, turns out its macro enabled excel spreadsheets that won't download... along with SQL files and my python projects... everything that I need for revision and reference... It's honestly going so well...

    I'm absolutely starving right now, yet I don't have the chance to get lunch because I'm at a student union meeting over lunch, and with the extension of silent study, I haven't been able to dive over to ASDA and get my normal Friday sausage sarnie for breakfast... and lunch... I know it's bad not to eat but with the changing of public transport times in the morning, doubled with extended silent study, it's making it difficult to find the time, then normally I'm not hungry by lunch. I hope that I manage to sort out eating habits by the time my exams come around as it's a bit depressing not being able to concentrate.

    I have maths last which is a D1 lesson, so I'm going to be able to relax slightly and get a lot of work done pretty quickly which is pretty good. I'm going to try and start coding my project tonight if my laptop decides to work, otherwise I'm going to have to be staying back after school to get my work done all of next week... or at least try. I'm still juggling everything with my filter which is pretty impressive but some of my teachers know about it which is good.

    I've decided that I'll be firming Newcastle Uni and having Northumbria as my insurance choice just so I can stay close to home, but also because I really love the city so I'll be updating UCAS sometime soon. Also it's the inauguration of Trump today... so I'll be giving up some time to watching that because I'm really intrigued to see what will happen with it
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    Day 6?

    I'm already losing track of my days! I'm going to recap what I've done over the weekend and what I'm currently doing right now.

    On Saturday I spent my whole day in the house, half relaxing half tidying, and then went out at 7pm for a Mcds... that was not the best of ideas, but I got to see a friend who I met up with again on the Sunday afternoon before heading to band practice at cadets. It was alight, not too stressful even if I was sight-reading a couple of new pieces, but we also got to play some pieces that I already knew which was good.

    I was back at school on Monday, and with a late start, I was able to have the lie-in I so desperately needed, but already my day was off to a bad start. Usually if a day starts badly, it continues that way all day, and that's what happened. I managed to forget my lunch, and my textbooks and about 20 other things, on top of being late for some lessons. I can't even remembered what I covered on Monday although I do remember having some extremely nice cake during chemistry! I love my double chemistry lessons as we each bring in cake to eat during the middle so we can relax, and it's always super nice, its great.

    Tuesday I spent in classes in the morning. I got a revision guide for comp sci, which the rest of my class have had for the past year, and it even has an absolute mountain of model answers which is definitely aiding my revision. After lunch, I had a study period which I spent revising for my filter interview. I then spent the lesson after also in the library doing prep, before moving to the common room and starting on some much needed comp sci revision. I managed 3 hours of revision in school, with another hour in Costa, and two more at home. I managed to cover three chapters of comp sci in total, before giving myself a much needed break!

    Today, I've managed to go over my Current Affairs topics for my filter interview, I now just need facts and figures really. I've also covered another chapter of comp sci revision. I'm about to start some C3 revision and I'm kinda leaving chemistry? I get plenty of exam qs in class so I'm happy to leave chemistry for a little bit.

    My mock exams are the week of the 13th Feb:
    • Mon 13: C3
    • Tue 14: Chemistry
    • Wed 15: Comp Sci
    • Fri 17: C4/D1

    Which means I get the Thursday off which will either be dedicated relaxation or dedicated revision but that's yet to be decided. It honestly feels like it should be Thursday though so I don't even know what's happening anymore!
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    Definitely neglected this for a while! So over the past sort of month, I've been super busy. But basically, I ended up crying after my mocks, because who gives a 131 mark paper 90 minutes? So comp sci wasn't the best. Messed up a bit in maths, but really proud of Decision, getting 97%. I got a B in comp sci, which could have been better, had I covered Karnaugh maps before the exam. Got a D in chemistry, but that was also the average grade in the class, so its possible that the grade boundries were out. With a few more months of revision, I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to achieve the BBB grades I need, if not higher. My comp sci project hates me currently, but I'm going to be spending tomorrow working on that.
 
 
 
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