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Hi everyone, and welcome to my Grow Your Grades thread! :wavey:
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(Also, my TSR thread making debut! :woo:)

I'm Georgia, I'll be 17 this month, and I love history, reading, learning languages (I'm currently learning French and Norwegian) and spending far too much time on the Internet.

Like many others, I'm creating this thread to provide me with some much needed motivation over the course of the next two years, with my A levels beginning on the 6th September 2017.
I will be taking:
-History :medieval: (AQA- Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1917 and Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition 1906-1957)
-Geography:captain:(AQA - Water and Carbon Cycles, Cold Environments, Population and Environment, Changing Places, Hazards/Global Systems and Global Governance)
-Politics :fuhrer: (AQA - UK and US politics and Political Ideas)
-French (possibly):france: (AQA)
The school is also having us choose between an EPQ and Core Maths, so alongside this I will be taking an EPQ.

My GCSE Grades:

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-History A*
-Geography A*
-French A*
-English Language 9
-English Literature 8
-Maths 6
-Religious Studies A*
-Biology A
-Chemistry A
-Physics A
-Food tech A
-ICT A
- Music B
So that's the equivalent of 6A*s, 5As and 2Bs.


Now for the overly personal, rambly bit - read at own risk!
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For the last 2 years, I've been struggling with my mental health, with these problems exacerbated by exam stress, a lack of inactivity due to the holidays, and the lack of care I have shown to myself. In the run up to exams, I did very little revision at home, and those results were gained through the work I had put in at school, and some intense cramming during exam season. Whilst these results are great, and some hard work was put into them, I know that I could have done better, and do feel slightly disappointed. Having had a lot of time to reflect over the holidays, and a LOT of time to re-energise, I'm ready to put in the hard work for my A-levels.
I have a plan in order to improve my mental state, and part of that is to create this thread to monitor my progress and hold myself accountable. I may also record other parts of my day (to aid my terrible memory), to encourage myself to get out more and take more opportunities and experiences.



I hope that anyone who may read this thread enjoys it, and that we can inspire and encourage each other to A-Level success! :excited::hugs:
If anyone wants to be tagged, just let me know!
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Saturday 2nd September 2017
Today was a very busy day, especially by my standards.
My mum and I met up with my auntie, had lunch with her, and then went shopping, where I picked up a blouse for sixth form. It's very cute if I do say so myself
On returning home, I filled out an online application for a part time job at Marks and Spencers, and ordered a dress.
I then spent the evening compiling some key definitions relating to drainage basins for geography, and watching some pretty trashy telly as well as creating this thread.
I also need to complete my streaks in Duolingo, Memrise and 7cups :oops:
All in all, it's been a pretty great day! :grin:
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Sunday 3rd September 2017
Good morning! (Although it's nearly afternoon :flute: )
It doesn't look like I'll be getting out today, but that's okay, because there's a LOT I'd like to get done:
- Compile geography definitions into clearer notes, and create a Memrise and Quizlet set of these terms for revision
-Create profiles on key figures in the Russian course for history
-Begin a PowerPoint on the role of pressure groups for politics
-Revise GCSE tenses for French
-Catch up on University Challenge (I'm weeks behind! :eek3:)
-See if I can get a little bit of exercise done
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Hey I am studying A2 History,Geography,Politics but dif exam boards + an EPQ .

What you are doing for geography i think I am doing as part of the A2 content.
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I did Tsarist Russia but dropped it after AS results because I don't want to do 4 A levels. Good luck though.

I also took geography and am doing it next year as well. Changing places is the worst topic ever but it's easy to get a good grade by remembering the word 'perception'.
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Hey I am studying A2 History,Geography,Politics but dif exam boards + an EPQ .

What you are doing for geography i think I am doing as part of the A2 content.
Hi! :wavey:
Year 12 (2017-18):
-Water and Carbon Cycles
-Cold Environments
-Population and the Environment
-Changing places
Year 13: (2018-19):
-Hazards/Global systems
-Global Governance

I'm afraid I can't give you too many details about the course yet.
Are you studying anything similar? And how are you finding A-levels?
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I did Tsarist Russia but dropped it after AS results because I don't want to do 4 A levels. Good luck though.

I also took geography and am doing it next year as well. Changing places is the worst topic ever but it's easy to get a good grade by remembering the word 'perception'.
Thanks for the advice :laugh: I'll probably end up dropping something though
What other subjects are you doing?
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Thanks for the advice :laugh: I'll probably end up dropping something though
What other subjects are you doing?
Economics, religious studies, an EPQ (accelerated) and I've also decided to take up AS maths for the second year only because I'm doing a joint economics degree at uni and although maths isn't a formal requirement I know it will help me.
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History and Politics squad :cool:

Good luck!!!
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(Original post by Historical Muse)
Hi! :wavey:
Year 12 (2017-18):
-Water and Carbon Cycles
-Cold Environments
-Population and the Environment
-Changing places
Year 13: (2018-19):
-Hazards/Global systems
-Global Governance

I'm afraid I can't give you too many details about the course yet.
Are you studying anything similar? And how are you finding A-levels?
I did tectonic hazards in year 12 , not sure what else I will be doing in year 13. Politics I did UK polnfor yea12 year 13 is USA

You just have to be consistent with the work tbh and enjoy it (I got AAAB :cool:)
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Good luck! I'll be following your journey
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I did tectonic hazards in year 12 , not sure what else I will be doing in year 13. Politics I did UK polnfor yea12 year 13 is USA

You just have to be consistent with the work tbh and enjoy it (I got AAAB :cool:)
Thanks for the advice, I'll definitely keep that in mind! Good luck with this year, I'm sure you'll do brilliantly looking at your AS . Do you have a GYG thread?
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History and Politics squad :cool:

Good luck!!!
Humanities for the win!
I look forward to following you as well! :hugs:
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Good luck! I'll be following your journey
PRSOM
Thank you! I love your thread, I look forward to following it! :hugs:
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Thanks for the advice, I'll definitely keep that in mind! Good luck with this year, I'm sure you'll do brilliantly looking at your AS . Do you have a GYG thread?
Nope idk if i am organised enough to make one
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I'm watching this with anticipation!
We appear to share the same sort of hobbies! (I like learning languages, I'm fluent in Russian, Persian [native languages] and am decent at English/learning French and Japanese!)

I love seeing loads of prospective Y12s making these threads, we've gotta support each other for the year ahead!
I myself have also made a thread
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4903420

Good luck
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Nope idk if i am organised enough to make one
Ok, that's cool. If you do decide to make one, let me know so I can follow you!
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I'm watching this with anticipation!
We appear to share the same sort of hobbies! (I like learning languages, I'm fluent in Russian, Persian [native languages] and am decent at English/learning French and Japanese!)

I love seeing loads of prospective Y12s making these threads, we've gotta support each other for the year ahead!
I myself have also made a thread
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4903420

Good luck
Hi, we do seem to have a lot in common!
I have a very tenuous link to Iran, as my aunt married an Iranian man, I'm afraid I don't speak any Farsi though :sigh:
Good luck this year, and I look forward to following your thread! :grin:
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Monday 4th September 2017
Hi again everyone :grouphugs:
I meant to update yesterday, but it was a bit late, and I couldn't really be bothered I suppose, which is a great start to this thread, but anyway...
Yesterday I didn't get all the work I wanted to finished, as there was a spontaneous trip out to town to pick up a pinafore dress I had ordered, which I really love, and spent a lot of time chatting to and getting to know the people on this thread, which is always wonderful!

Yesterday I managed to:
-Compile my geography definitions into neater notes and create a memrise course from the definitions :banana:
-Practice the conditional and past conditional tense in French on Duolingo :banana:
-Complete streaks on Duolingo, Memrise and 7cups:banana:

I didn't manage:
- To complete any factfiles on the key figures of the Russian course for History :banghead:

-To begin and complete the powerpoint on Pressure Groups for Politics :banghead:

-Do any exercise (unless you count walking through the shopping centre, which you absolutely should considering how busy it was) :banghead:

- Didn't catch up on University Challenge :bawling:

So today I must:
-Finish all the tasks I set myself yesterday
-Listen to some French Music
-Write some History definitions

Wish me luck! :puppyeyes:
(Can you tell I like emojis?)
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Good morning - the last of the summer holidays for me! :headfire::woo:

Again, I have a LOT I need to get done today:
- Finish the powerpoint on historical Russian and Wartime British figures and key definitions
-Finish the powerpoint on Pressure groups
-Translate a newspaper article from Le monde
-Watch a geography documentary
-Watch a French film and write a summary.
-Revise French tenses
-Duolingo streaks
If I have time, I will also see if I can apply for some part time work - I got rejected from Marks and Spencer yesterday :cry2: Oh well...
Time to get to work then! :smartass:
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