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    About Me
    Hi, I'm Stuart. This is my quest to grow my grades to AAAA at AS, and A*A*A*A* at A-level. It's probably unachievable - I don't care. I'm in here to give my damnedest, not necessarily to become a god-tier Oxbridge applicant. At the moment, I have done 11 GCSEs, and am awaiting mediocre results due to a long term illness I suffer. It should be an average of a low A, when I'm capable of better. I am a talented programmer, and have an above average grasp on the English Language. This is the foundation for my A-level choices, which were picked straight from the Cambridge recommended courses for Computer Science, which is ultimately the endgame.

    A-Level Choices
    • Mathematics - The basis for STEM.
    • Further Mathematics - I want to be pushed to my absolute academic limit, to prove to myself I'm worthy of a good University.
    • Computer Science - The basis for all my subject choices, and the subject I want to take at University.
    • Physics - Recommended course by Cambridge to supplement choices aiming for a CompSci Undergrad


    Standing Out to Oxbridge
    Beyond studying, I need to stand out throughout my college career. Extracurriculars are according to the comments, no good way to show my passion for computer science. I read some bad advice online that said I should have three Extracurriculars to mention to a University: the academic one, the community one, and the interesting one. What that means is that I should have a hobby related to the degree I want, volunteering experience working with others in the community, and something to make me interesting. My academic hobby is programming competitions - a no-brainer considering my love of computer science. My community volunteering is as a Table Tennis Coach at my local club. This summer, I am taking a course to become UKCC level 1 certified, which permits me to be a 'proper' coach at last. Lastly, my interesting hobby is chess. I picked it up originally because, ironically, it seemed like a thing that smart people do. And I wasn't wrong. That's what everybody takes me for when I mention that I play chess.

    Why the Fixation on Oxbridge?
    I am a goal oriented individual. That means that I do best when I have a target to aim for. I'm not trying to put Cambridge University on a pedestal here, but it IS one of the most competitive institutions in the country, and probably the world. It gives me an incentive to excel in my studies that I just wouldn't have otherwise.


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    Stuart's Oxbridge Adventure






    About Me
    Hi, I'm Stuart. This is my quest to grow my grades to AAAA at AS, and A*A*A*A* at A-level. It's probably unachievable - I don't care. I'm in here to give my damnedest, not necessarily to become a god-tier Oxbridge applicant. At the moment, I have done 11 GCSEs, and am awaiting mediocre results due to a long term illness I suffer. It should be an average of a low A, when I'm capable of better. I am a talented programmer, and have an above average grasp on the English Language. This is the foundation for my A-level choices, which were picked straight from the Cambridge recommended courses for Computer Science, which is ultimately the endgame.

    A-Level Choices
    • Mathematics - The basis for STEM.
    • Further Mathematics - I want to be pushed to my absolute academic limit, to prove to myself I'm worthy of a good University.
    • Computer Science - The basis for all my subject choices, and the subject I want to take at University.
    • Physics - Recommended course by Cambridge to supplement choices aiming for a CompSci Undergrad



    Standing Out to Oxbridge
    Beyond studying, I need to stand out throughout my college career. Extracurriculars are a good wayto show my passion for computer science. I read some sage advice online that said I should have three Extracurriculars to mention to a University: the academic one, the community one, and the interesting one. What that means is that I should have a hobby related to the degree I want, volunteering experience working with others in the community, and something to make me interesting. My academic hobby is programming competitions - a no-brainer considering my love of computer science. My community volunteering is as a Table Tennis Coach at my local club. This summer, I am taking a course to become UKCC level 1 certified, which permits me to be a 'proper' coach at last. Lastly, my interesting hobby is chess. I picked it up originally because, ironically, it seemed like a thing that smart people do. And I wasn't wrong. That's what everybody takes me for when I mention that I play chess.

    Why the Fixation on Oxbridge?
    I am a goal oriented individual. That means that I do best when I have a target to aim for. I'm not trying to put Cambridge University on a pedestal here, but it IS one of the most competitive institutions in the country, and probably the world. It gives me an incentive to excel in my studies that I just wouldn't have otherwise.
    Looking good so far, re extra curriculars Cambridge really don't care about them (super-curriculars are slightly relevant) at all, just make sure you get the highest grades you can this year.
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    (Original post by HopelessMedic)
    Looking good so far, re extra curriculars Cambridge really don't care about them (super-curriculars are slightly relevant) at all, just make sure you get the highest grades you can this year.
    Finished my last exam today. Mediocre results assured due to my illness for most of my schooling life, including missing some exams. Hopefully that's gonna be under medication control next year though.
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    (Original post by Stuart Johnson)
    Finished my last exam today. Mediocre results assured due to my illness for most of my schooling life, including missing some exams. Hopefully that's gonna be under medication control next year though.
    I'm sure you'll do great, best of luck!!
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    I got expelled from school eight weeks before my GCSE exams (was allowed to go back in for exams), got b/c average results, moved to a new school, predicted D average and finished with A*A*A*A*.

    It's possible to do but very rare.

    The most important thing is to believe you can actually do it, completely disregard/ignore anyone saying you can't. I know if someone told me that I would go on to get A*A*A*A* after being kicked out of school and being told I wasn't smart enough for a levels at all I wouldn't have believed them.

    Good luck

    (never applied to oxbridge or the top 10 mainly due to GCSEs but also confidence issues, wish I could have gone to oxford for physics)
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    (Original post by lordofbutthurt)
    I got expelled from school eight weeks before my GCSE exams (was allowed to go back in for exams), got b/c average results, moved to a new school, predicted D average and finished with A*A*A*A*.

    It's possible to do but very rare.

    The most important thing is to believe you can actually do it, completely disregard/ignore anyone saying you can't. I know if someone told me that I would go on to get A*A*A*A* after being kicked out of school and being told I wasn't smart enough for a levels at all I wouldn't have believed them.

    Good luck

    (never applied to oxbridge or the top 10 mainly due to GCSEs but also confidence issues, wish I could have gone to oxford for physics)
    I'm also pretty sure they don't take someone who's been expelled? What was it for if you don't mind me asking and where do you go now?


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    I'm also pretty sure they don't take someone who's been expelled? What was it for if you don't mind me asking and where do you go now?

    Secondary schools do, obviously I didn't say I got expelled when I applied to my sixth form. I think I also lied about my GCSE grades since they weren't good enough, they never asked to see certificates.

    If you mean unis don't take people who've been expelled they probably wouldn't, but they didn't find out in my case and I don't think they can.

    Reason for being expelled was fighting constantly/being aggressive. Although in my defence I had severe depression for years due to stressful home, and after a while went from being sad constantly to being incredibly aggressive/bitter towards people.

    I now study at a mid ranking russel group uni, think AAB entry requirements. I don't want say the exact uni since this is quite a rare situation and don't want to be identified in real life.
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    (Original post by Stuart Johnson)
    Standing Out to Oxbridge
    Beyond studying, I need to stand out throughout my college career. Extracurriculars are a good wayto show my passion for computer science. I read some sage advice online that said I should have three Extracurriculars to mention to a University: the academic one, the community one, and the interesting one. What that means is that I should have a hobby related to the degree I want, volunteering experience working with others in the community, and something to make me interesting. My academic hobby is programming competitions - a no-brainer considering my love of computer science. My community volunteering is as a Table Tennis Coach at my local club. This summer, I am taking a course to become UKCC level 1 certified, which permits me to be a 'proper' coach at last. Lastly, my interesting hobby is chess. I picked it up originally because, ironically, it seemed like a thing that smart people do. And I wasn't wrong. That's what everybody takes me for when I mention that I play chess.
    The sage advice is wrong. Cambridge is entirely disinterested in non-academic, non-relevant ECs. So table tennis, for example, is of no bearing to a CompSci application. At all.

    Do these things because you want to, they interest you, they provide a healthly diversion from academics, but absolutely not to impress Cambridge. And if they take too much time away from academics then consider reducing them.

    Good luck with everything though!
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    Stuart's Oxbridge Adventure





    About Me
    Hi, I'm Stuart. This is my quest to grow my grades to AAAA at AS, and A*A*A*A* at A-level. It's probably unachievable - I don't care. I'm in here to give my damnedest, not necessarily to become a god-tier Oxbridge applicant. At the moment, I have done 11 GCSEs, and am awaiting mediocre results due to a long term illness I suffer. It should be an average of a low A, when I'm capable of better. I am a talented programmer, and have an above average grasp on the English Language. This is the foundation for my A-level choices, which were picked straight from the Cambridge recommended courses for Computer Science, which is ultimately the endgame.

    A-Level Choices
    • Mathematics - The basis for STEM.
    • Further Mathematics - I want to be pushed to my absolute academic limit, to prove to myself I'm worthy of a good University.
    • Computer Science - The basis for all my subject choices, and the subject I want to take at University.
    • Physics - Recommended course by Cambridge to supplement choices aiming for a CompSci Undergrad


    Standing Out to Oxbridge
    Beyond studying, I need to stand out throughout my college career. Extracurriculars are a good wayto show my passion for computer science. I read some sage advice online that said I should have three Extracurriculars to mention to a University: the academic one, the community one, and the interesting one. What that means is that I should have a hobby related to the degree I want, volunteering experience working with others in the community, and something to make me interesting. My academic hobby is programming competitions - a no-brainer considering my love of computer science. My community volunteering is as a Table Tennis Coach at my local club. This summer, I am taking a course to become UKCC level 1 certified, which permits me to be a 'proper' coach at last. Lastly, my interesting hobby is chess. I picked it up originally because, ironically, it seemed like a thing that smart people do. And I wasn't wrong. That's what everybody takes me for when I mention that I play chess.

    Why the Fixation on Oxbridge?
    I am a goal oriented individual. That means that I do best when I have a target to aim for. I'm not trying to put Cambridge University on a pedestal here, but it IS one of the most competitive institutions in the country, and probably the world. It gives me an incentive to excel in my studies that I just wouldn't have otherwise.
    Just to let you know, the type of extra-curriculars you talk about aren't important at all for Cambridge. They're interested in super-curricular (which means stuff related to your subjects but beyond the syllabus, like the programming competitions) but not sports and hobbies. Obviously if you enjoy them that's great, but if you ever find you're doing them just for the Cambridge application then stop, because they won't be helping you.

    Otherwise, sounds like a great plan!
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    Nice to see another aspiring CompSci, will you also be applying to the Suttom Summer School at Cambridge for 2018?
 
 
 
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