Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
Turn on thread page Beta
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by edders)
    Well, to spend two years of your life in education with only two E's to show for it would be disappointing for all involved. Best try something else after the AS results, I would have thought.
    If you spend two years doing nothing with your life except your studies then I agree, if you get EE you're not good enough to be doing those subjects at AS/A2. But if like Sarky on top of your studies you're in paid employment a lot, battling depression etc then it's a different matter.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Of course EEE is better than nothing, but personally, if it was clear fairly early on that I was going to get EEE and it wasn't a case of an exam ****-up, I would feel I wasted 2 years and would have been better suited doing something more vocational or gaining work experience.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by edders)
    Well, to spend two years of your life in education with only two E's to show for it would be disappointing for all involved. Best try something else after the AS results, I would have thought.
    There are some people out there who are extremely proud to have any a levels at all regardless of the grades.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    3 E's is not better than nothing it is a failure and if you have nothing then at least you have hope!
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by edders)
    Well, to spend two years of your life in education with only two E's to show for it would be disappointing for all involved. Best try something else after the AS results, I would have thought.
    Yeah i do agree exams aren't for everyone, but thing about A-levels they're a lot harder style exams than uni i think. They cover such a wide amount of topics. My uni exams contained imensly harder subject matter than a-levels but you could really specialise and know what you were talking about. A-levels seemed to be a bit pot luck as to what would be on the paper.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Sarky)
    I did well in my GCSE's. 5 A's 3 B's 1C. I was always in the top 5% academically, and i have no problem expressing myself.

    Bone idle? I may have 2E's but i have the intelligence not to generalise about things i know very little about.

    While i was at sixth form i struggled with depression and attended less than 50% of my lessons. I also worked 3 days a week to earn enough money to afford to go to sixth form (most people at my school left to work). I was predicted AAB before i'd even started my A levels!

    I worked harder to get those E's than i ever worked to get my GCSE's. And there were people that worked harder than me and got E's. What about the person that battles against everything, against being statemented, labelled as stupid who goes and gets 2E's? Yeah so what its not A's. But its the best the person could do in that situation.

    A levels don't test your intelligence. They test your ability to learn enough information to pass exams and to be able to adapt what you know to answer a question.

    Don't be so god damn arrogant.

    On behalf of anyone reading this who "doesn't" fit the UK-L mould, there's nothing wrong with that. Be proud of your acheivements whatever they are. Not everyone is the world judges other people in such a simple way to inflate their own egos.
    Well obviously I'll let the people with illness off. But I think you're better off doing something else if two E's are the best you can manage, to be honest. And why did you have to work to go to sixth form? It was free, last time I checked.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by BazTheMoney)
    Of course EEE is better than nothing, but personally, if it was clear fairly early on that I was going to get EEE and it wasn't a case of an exam ****-up, I would feel I wasted 2 years and would have been better suited doing something more vocational or gaining work experience.
    I also started an NVQ3 equivalent to 2 A levels this year while i was on my gap year/resitting my a levels and found it interesting, but the degree i want to do asks for academic qualifications.

    Of course there are people out there that do nothing for 2 years and deserve to get grades that show this, but that isn't always the case and i don't think anyone has the right to judge anyone else on something like this.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by edders)
    Well, to spend two years of your life in education with only two E's to show for it would be disappointing for all involved. Best try something else after the AS results, I would have thought.

    You can always take the exams again

    Woooohoooo results soon. :cool:
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by edders)
    Well obviously I'll let the people with illness off. But I think you're better off doing something else if two E's are the best you can manage, to be honest. And why did you have to work to go to sixth form? It was free, last time I checked.

    You'll let people with illnesses off? Oh how gracious of you. Who are you to decide who is worthy and who isn't?

    And i had to work to go to sixth form because yes its free, but things like books, and travel expenses cost money. I had always planned to go to uni. And there was no way i was going to be able to afford to go to uni, or to pay for things like excursions without a job.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Sarky)

    You'll let people with illnesses off? Oh how gracious of you. Who are you to decide who is worthy and who isn't?
    hehe, all the mod power has gone to his head
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Sarky)
    And i had to work to go to sixth form because yes its free, but things like books, and travel expenses cost money.
    If you're living at home during 6th form I wouldn't have thought this amounts to too much, perhaps £50/week max. Which is why a lot of students only work Saturdays.
    (Original post by Sarky)
    And there was no way i was going to be able to afford to go to uni, or to pay for things like excursions without a job.
    Typically if you just work during summers, the amount you earn (2-3k) on top of a loan (3-5k) should be enough each year to cover uni.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Whats_The_411?)
    hehe, all the mod power has gone to his head
    I'd say something but i fear for my account status

    Anyhow, a real judge of intelligence isn't really an exam, any fool can revise for an exam.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Sarky)

    And i had to work to go to sixth form because yes its free, but things like books, and travel expenses cost money. I had always planned to go to uni. And there was no way i was going to be able to afford to go to uni, or to pay for things like excursions without a job.
    I spent possibly £30 max on books during my two-year A'Level courses (I did five): my college had this thing called a library. And a bus pass for a year cost me £150. Together my expenses came to maybe a week's work, two tops. You don't need to work to afford to go to uni: there are these things called student loans and grants (for the poorest). You can always start part-time work if and when you get to uni, if you think it's necessary.

    I don't have to pay any tuition fees, and I'm getting a small grant, so I'm hardly some rich fat cat student when I say EE is an unimpressive outcome. In your case, with your depression, I sympathise, but I think that most poor results are due either to a lack of hard work or unsuitability for the course. Most sensible people would give up doing A'Levels after their AS results if they were on course for EE at A2.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Sarky)
    I also started an NVQ3 equivalent to 2 A levels this year while i was on my gap year/resitting my a levels and found it interesting, but the degree i want to do asks for academic qualifications.

    Of course there are people out there that do nothing for 2 years and deserve to get grades that show this, but that isn't always the case and i don't think anyone has the right to judge anyone else on something like this.
    I wasn't judging anyone, I was merely saying that if when I collected my A-Level results 3 years ago, and it read all E's, I would consider it an complete and utter failure. Yes, some people would consider EEE an achievement, and good for them, but for me it wouldn't be.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Whats_The_411?)
    hehe, all the mod power has gone to his head
    Hey i'm a mod on a board and i hope if i was arrogant that people would give me a virtual kick up the a*se to bring me back down to earth.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Vladek)
    I'd say something but i fear for my account status

    Anyhow, a real judge of intelligence isn't really an exam, any fool can revise for an exam.

    Thats true. I was one of those fools.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Vladek)
    I'd say something but i fear for my account status

    Anyhow, a real judge of intelligence isn't really an exam, any fool can revise for an exam.
    But the point of A'Levels is not to judge intelligence (did I ever suggest they were?) but the suitability for an academic university course.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by BazTheMoney)
    Yes, some people would consider EEE an achievement, and good for them, but for me it wouldn't be.
    Ooh, look at you Mr AAAAAA

    I'll shut up now...
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Sarky)
    Hey i'm a mod on a board and i hope if i was arrogant that people would give me a virtual kick up the a*se to bring me back down to earth.
    Thats why i'm here hun.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by BazTheMoney)
    I wasn't judging anyone, I was merely saying that if when I collected my A-Level results 3 years ago, and it read all E's, I would consider it an complete and utter failure. Yes, some people would consider EEE an achievement, and good for them, but for me it wouldn't be.
    No i didn't say you were and i respect that. There was a time when i would be very angry with anything lower than a B. I had very high expectations of myself, and to some extent i still do. I wanted to apply for oxbridge and i wanted to do well in my a levels. So once upon a time E's would have been "utter failure" for me. But i've learnt to re-evaluate things and in light of my circumstances at the time i did bloody well to get any grades.
 
 
 
Poll
“Yanny” or “Laurel”
Useful resources

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.