Join TSR now and get all your revision questions answeredSign up now

Awful GCSE's, Amazing A-levels Watch

    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by te159311)
    That was my situation exactly, i got poor GCSE's, then 3A*s at a Level, with AAAAA at AS, I got offers from LSE, Bristol, Manchester - but rejected from Warwick and Durham
    Yh but you're not exactly the average candidate. I don't know many people who do 5 AS' without being damn clever (and getting A's in all of them). Usual people just do 3/4 as' D:
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by pereira325)
    Yh but you're not exactly the average candidate. I don't know many people who do 5 AS' without being damn clever (and getting A's in all of them). Usual people just do 3/4 as' D:
    I wouldn't say i was clever, I think it's more about being hardworking. I mean my GCSE's were 3A's 4B's 3C's and a D, which, in my school classed me as not being so clever.
    One of my cousins has 4 degrees (2 undergrad and two postgrad, unusual I know), he said something that stuck with me when I started my AS, which was, "The hardest working person beats the most intelligent person 9 times out of 10 at University".
    I've found that to be unbelievably true, alot of my friends on my course were far superior to me in intellect, in the sense that they could understand course content much quicker. But I worked harder, more consistently throughout the year and eventually got much higher grades than them. Even at A levels, I probably worked harder than most people at my school, throughout free periods, lunchtimes, most of the time after school as well.

    I think the main thing to take away is that if you are determined enough, you will eventually succeed. But you have to have that drive, I had tuition throughout GCSE and look at my grades. I had no form of tuition throughout AS or A Level, just the drive to do better (I was predicted BCCDD for AS).
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by te159311)
    I wouldn't say i was clever, I think it's more about being hardworking. I mean my GCSE's were 3A's 4B's 3C's and a D, which, in my school classed me as not being so clever.
    One of my cousins has 4 degrees (2 undergrad and two postgrad, unusual I know), he said something that stuck with me when I started my AS, which was, "The hardest working person beats the most intelligent person 9 times out of 10 at University".
    I've found that to be unbelievably true, alot of my friends on my course were far superior to me in intellect, in the sense that they could understand course content much quicker. But I worked harder, more consistently throughout the year and eventually got much higher grades than them. Even at A levels, I probably worked harder than most people at my school, throughout free periods, lunchtimes, most of the time after school as well.

    I think the main thing to take away is that if you are determined enough, you will eventually succeed. But you have to have that drive, I had tuition throughout GCSE and look at my grades. I had no form of tuition throughout AS or A Level, just the drive to do better (I was predicted BCCDD for AS).
    Respect for working hard. I'm kinda surprised your school let you do 5 AS exams actually since you didn't do like all a's/a*s at gcses. The most our school let us was 4 AS' or 5 if you had a language one. Then again I don't mind as it does get to be a lot of work.
    There are a lot of resources out there to do well, people just aren't using them
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by pereira325)
    Respect for working hard. I'm kinda surprised your school let you do 5 AS exams actually since you didn't do like all a's/a*s at gcses. The most our school let us was 4 AS' or 5 if you had a language one. Then again I don't mind as it does get to be a lot of work.
    There are a lot of resources out there to do well, people just aren't using them
    I did Further Maths by myself. I also did EPQ.
 
 
 
Poll
How are you feeling about Results Day?
Help with your A-levels

All the essentials

The adventure begins mug

Student life: what to expect

What it's really like going to uni

Rosette

Essay expert

Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

Uni match

Uni match

Our tool will help you find the perfect course for you

Study planner

Create a study plan

Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

Study planner

Resources by subject

Everything from mind maps to class notes.

Hands typing

Degrees without fees

Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

A student doing homework

Study tips from A* students

Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

Study help links and info

Can you help? Study help unanswered threadsRules and posting guidelines

Sponsored content:

HEAR

HEAR

Find out how a Higher Education Achievement Report can help you prove your achievements.

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

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

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