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    Lelanor aims for (A*)A*A*A + 1,1 in STEP




    Hi! I'm Elanor and I'm in Year 13. In short, I already have an A* in Maths, I'm aiming for A*s in Further Maths and Computer Science, and I'm aiming for an A in Spanish.

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    Cambridge - Computer Science (maths)
    Offer: A* in FM, A in CS, 1,1 in STEP II and III
    Alternative offer for Computer Science (75%): A*A in FM and CS, B in Spanish
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    Warwick
    Offer: AA (I think?)
    Insurance

    Leeds
    Offer: AB

    Bristol
    Offer: AA, or AB including A in FM (I think)

    UCL
    Waiting for a response




    My A Level subjects:
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    Maths
    Grade achieved in Year 12: A* in the full A Level
    UMS average 94.67%
    Individual UMS: C1 95 C2 95 C3 98 C4 97 S1 96 M1 87
    (basically I got the same raw marks in C1-4 which meant I got a higher UMS in the harder exams)

    Further maths
    Grade in Year 12: N/A
    Predicted grade: A*
    My target: A*
    Units: FP1, FP2, FP3, D1, M2, S2 (I'm also self-studying D2 which might end up as part of the A Level if I do better in it)

    Computer science
    Grade in Year 12: A in internal exam, sitting 2016 AS paper.
    Predicted grade: A*
    My target: A*

    Spanish
    Grade in Year 12: B in internal exam, sitting a mix of AS and A Level papers. I got an A in the written papers but a C in the speaking
    Predicted grade: A
    My target: A (it don't think A* is ever going to happen)

    I'm also planning on doing STEP II and III. I have an offer that requires STEP and I think the offer is usually 1,1.





    My GCSEs (and other Year 10/11 qualifications)
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    GCSE Grade A*:
    Edexcel Maths
    Edexcel Level1/Level 2 Biology
    Edexcel Level1/Level 2 Chemistry
    Edexcel Level1/Level 2 Physics
    Edexcel RS
    Edexcel History
    Edexcel Spanish
    OCR Computing
    OCR Health and Social Care
    OCR Engineering

    GCSE Grade A:
    AQA English Literature
    AQA English Language
    AQA Level 1/Level 2 Preparation for Working Life
    Edexcel Short Course PE

    Other Qualifications:
    AS AQA General Studies (A)
    OCR FSMQ Additional Maths (A)





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    About me and my targets
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    Why am I aiming so high?
    I think I would probably be able to achieve the A Level grades I've given myself as a target if I were to consistently work hard throughout the year, but I really struggle to do that - I've got used to being able to not try too hard and still get results I'm (mostly) happy with, so I want to make myself work harder. It's not that I'm just lazy, or that I don't give myself time to study, but rather that I tend to get pretty stressed, and this leads me to either procrastinate or literally do nothing (unsurprisingly, this leads to more stress). I want a goal to focus on. Hopefully, knowing that I'll be telling other people whether or not I'm doing what I should to meet that goal will pressure me (in a good way) to actually work hard.

    In short: I hope that aiming high will make me work harder because I haven't worked hard in the past.


    What kind of things will I be posting?
    I'm not completely sure yet! Hopefully a mixture of things. I suppose I'll post updates on what grades I'm getting in reports and tests, if I'm keeping up with all my homework, maybe talk about my study schedule and things like that? I might post pictures of to-do lists, how I organise things? It will pretty much be whatever I feel like posting.

    What do you do outside of school?
    Like... almost nothing? I was on a Youth Council for 3 years but I left in July 2017. I have friends that I sometimes do things with (usually playing video games or watching something at someone's house). I spend a lot of time checking TSR.

    I do a few extra things within school - I'm a prefect (until October), I did the Student Robotics competition and I attended LGBTQ+ Society. I was involved in charity week in October.






    I'm going on be aiming to post updates a couple of times a week. I tend to write long posts! I also have a "studyblr" on Tumblr and some of my posts on there might end up here so I'm not spending too much time writing posts.
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    Good Luck , I would drop spanish and pick up additional fm, its really going to help in uni
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    (Original post by Samendra)
    Good Luck , I would drop spanish and pick up additional fm, its really going to help in uni
    I do kind of want to drop Spanish, I've been considering it for a couple of months as tbh my workload for Spanish was probably higher than for double maths last year but:
    1. I've already put lots of work in and I want to get something out of it
    2. My teacher thinks I should continue (she jokingly said she wouldn't sign the form to let me drop it). She's also my form tutor, and the Spanish class has decreased from 10 to 4 people. In short I feel pressure continue with it
    3. I'm going on a Spanish trip with school in October and would feel pretty silly if I'd dropped Spanish

    I really don't think these are good reasons to keep doing Spanish but even though I have plenty of reasons to drop (workload, not relevant, more difficult, I kind of hate it) I can't convince myself to.

    I'm definitely considering AS Further Additional but I don't know if my school would support me doing it, I don't know of anyone doing it at my school in previous years. I'd probably do D2, S3 and S4 because Mechanics isn't really my thing (87 in M1 compared to 95+ in other units). I'm going to look into how much it would cost (textbooks and exams) and see what my teachers think.

    I might end up continuing with Spanish and doing AS Further Additional?
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    Did you take your GCSE Maths in Year 10, then AS in Year 11? If so, how did you manage the workload with all your other GCSEs?
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    (Original post by Zeuv)
    Did you take your GCSE Maths in Year 10, then AS in Year 11? If so, how did you manage the workload with all your other GCSEs?
    No, I did AS and A2 in Year 12, so I don't know what it's like doing AS Maths alongside GCSEs, especially when you're doing the new GCSEs.

    I did do Additional Maths and AS General Studies in Year 11, and I just prioritised them in the same way I prioritised my GCSE subjects, not revising much for the ones I was sure I could do (GCSE Maths), the ones I hated so much I didn't care about (GCSE Health and Social Care and English Lit), or the ones that just didn't matter to me (AS General Studies). I'm probably not the best model to follow as I definitely could have revised for those if I hadn't wasted so much of my time!
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    is this the creme de la creme of TSR?? feels like it. Such an interesting thread so far, can't wait to see how it turns out. Good luck! (though i'm sure you don't need it :ahee:
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    (Original post by Lelanor)
    I do kind of want to drop Spanish, I've been considering it for a couple of months as tbh my workload for Spanish was probably higher than for double maths last year but:
    1. I've already put lots of work in and I want to get something out of it
    2. My teacher thinks I should continue (she jokingly said she wouldn't sign the form to let me drop it). She's also my form tutor, and the Spanish class has decreased from 10 to 4 people. In short I feel pressure continue with it
    3. I'm going on a Spanish trip with school in October and would feel pretty silly if I'd dropped Spanish

    I really don't think these are good reasons to keep doing Spanish but even though I have plenty of reasons to drop (workload, not relevant, more difficult, I kind of hate it) I can't convince myself to.

    I'm definitely considering AS Further Additional but I don't know if my school would support me doing it, I don't know of anyone doing it at my school in previous years. I'd probably do D2, S3 and S4 because Mechanics isn't really my thing (87 in M1 compared to 95+ in other units). I'm going to look into how much it would cost (textbooks and exams) and see what my teachers think.

    I might end up continuing with Spanish and doing AS Further Additional?
    You can self teach fp3 take further pure units as they are the bulk of uni maths, and since im assuming you are doing comp sci do d2?, and yea do stats if you dont like mech. Honestly you can self teach most units, though I wouldn't try to self teach m3 its stupidly hard, atleast for me, so I switched to s3 :P
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    why not aim for the moon lelanor? 4 A*'s
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    (Original post by sok.cho)
    is this the creme de la creme of TSR?? feels like it. Such an interesting thread so far, can't wait to see how it turns out. Good luck! (though i'm sure you don't need it :ahee:
    No, definitely not! I'm pretty sure I won't achieve all of these grades - they're just maximum targets I've set for myself. It's very unlikely that I'll manage all of this, I just want to aim high. I think if I do work hard consistently through Year 13 then the targets (other than STEP) would be fairly realistic but I've never managed to work anywhere near as hard as I think I should. I hope I can change this but I'm not relying on it.

    But thanks for wishing me luck, I definitely need it! I'll be happy with getting lower than these targets - getting As rather than A*s and not doing STEP will still mean I meet standard entry requirements for most of the university courses I want apply for and that's the more important target for me.
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    (Original post by lelanor)
    hi! I'm elanor and i'm about to start year 13. I'm making this post using my phone so i'll keep it short for now and add things later, because autocorrect works really weirdly on tsr on my phone?

    For gcse results, see the about section on my profile (i'll add them here at me point)

    okay i realised just after posting that i'd prefer the title to read (a*)a*a*a but idk if you can change titles, oh well

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    my subjects
    maths
    grade achieved in year 12: A* in the full a level
    ums average 94.67%

    further maths
    grade in year 12: N/a
    predicted grade: Pending
    my target: A*
    units: Fp1, fp2, fp3, d1, m2, s2 (i'm also self-studying d2 which might end up as part of the a level if i do better in it)

    computer science
    grade in year 12: A in internal exam, sitting 2016 as paper.
    Predicted grade: Pending
    my target: A*

    spanish
    grade in year 12: B in internal exam, sitting a mix of as and a level papers. I got an a in the written papers but a c in the speaking
    predicted grade: Pending
    my target: A (it don't think a* is ever going to happen)

    i'm also planning on doing step ii and iii. I'm hoping to get an offer from a uni that requires step and i think the offer is usually 1,1. Even if i don't get an offer (or i get an that miraculously doesn't require step) i think i'll still do the papers.

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    i'm going on be aiming to post updates a couple of times a week. I tend to write long posts! I also have a "studyblr" on tumblr and some of my posts here might be the same.
    wooooooh staying up until 2am good grades m+cs squaaaad
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    Good luck!

    (also changed the title for you )
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    (Original post by Samendra)
    You can self teach fp3 take further pure units as they are the bulk of uni maths, and since im assuming you are doing comp sci do d2?, and yea do stats if you dont like mech. Honestly you can self teach most units, though I wouldn't try to self teach m3 its stupidly hard, atleast for me, so I switched to s3 :P
    Thanks for the advice, I've heard that M3 and beyond are particularly tough and I already find mechanics kind of annoying tbh, so I won't be self-teaching any mechanics - it's not that I didn't understand M1, it was just that I made. I've already started D2 so definitely doing it, even if I don't decide to do the whole AS. I'm doing all the FP units for Further Maths so don't need to self-teach any, although I might try to get ahead so I can spend more time later on S3 + S4 (if I do decide to do them, I'm really on-the-fence)
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    (Original post by Lelanor)
    Hi! I'm Elanor and I'm about to start Year 13.
    Good luck

    Make sure you check out the amazing STEP Prep Thread if you haven't already. There are resident experts who will help you when you get stuck.
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    (Original post by 111davey1)
    why not aim for the moon lelanor? 4 A*'s
    naaaahhhhh
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    (Original post by Lelanor)
    Thanks for the advice, I've heard that M3 and beyond are particularly tough and I already find mechanics kind of annoying tbh, so I won't be self-teaching any mechanics - it's not that I didn't understand M1, it was just that I made. I've already started D2 so definitely doing it, even if I don't decide to do the whole AS. I'm doing all the FP units for Further Maths so don't need to self-teach any, although I might try to get ahead so I can spend more time later on S3 + S4 (if I do decide to do them, I'm really on-the-fence)
    S3 isnt hard at all, havent done s4 but i dont imagine it will be too tough, can cover both in 3 months max and no prob! Just remember that add fm is a joke compared to STEP
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    (Original post by plklupu)
    wooooooh staying up until 2am good grades m+cs squaaaad
    Squaaaaadd!! It's been more like staying up until 5 am for me recently, and in a week I need to get up at 6 am :bawling:

    I need to get back into a school sleeping pattern. I guarantee I'll ruin it within a week of going back to school but I'll at least try!
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    (Original post by surina16)
    Good luck!

    (also changed the title for you )
    Thanks and thanks!!
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    (Original post by Lelanor)
    Squaaaaadd!! It's been more like staying up until 5 am for me recently, and in a week I need to get up at 6 am :bawling:

    I need to get back into a school sleeping pattern. I guarantee I'll ruin it within a week of going back to school but I'll at least try!
    Oh, I know how you feel. Here's to perpetual tiredness! :beer:
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    (Original post by Notnek)
    Good luck

    Make sure you check out the amazing STEP Prep Thread if you haven't already. There are resident experts who will help you when you get stuck.
    Thanks! I've been watching the STEP thread for a few weeks, although I can't remember if I've posted in it yet?
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    (Original post by Samendra)
    S3 isnt hard at all, havent done s4 but i dont imagine it will be too tough, can cover both in 3 months max and no prob! Just remember that add fm is a joke compared to STEP
    Nice! I didn't really like stats at first (S1 is kinda tedious tbh, lots of adding numbers in tables) but I've heard that lots of people prefer the other stats units. I did tell my teacher that I can't stand stats though, so I'm sure he'll be surprised if I decide to do them
 
 
 
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