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    Hi all,
    This thread has been running since the end of summer and It's just my way of helping people out who may find GCSE tips useful.
    I'll try and reply to all questions when I have time!

    My grades at GCSE were 998A*A*A*A*A*A*A* as the title suggests. (the 8 was Eng Lang, by the way.)

    Honestly, people find this amazing but let me tell you that I really wasn't expecting to be that kid who got all A*'s! I worked hard though, so here I am I suppose, and I'm pleased with them.
    I don't mean to brag or anything like that, but I feel that many people appreciate advice on how to achieve these grades because they're a lot more accessible than people seem to think.

    But anyway, ask me whatever you want and I'm cool with sharing revision tips or anything else you'd like. I would make a guide, but I suppose it's easier to just answer questions individually.
    Please have a scroll through other people's posts for answers to generic/common questions such as "How long did you revise" or "How did you revise" before posting though, as I have answered some of these already.

    Hope I help, somehow!

    Update: If you're looking for tips on RS revision, I'm really sorry but I can't really help, as I didn't do as much for it. Sounds rather cocky but I just happened to be lucky and know a lot about Christianity and the Bible already so didn't really need to learn new things if that makes sense. My spec was also very different to the new one, therefore I don't think i'd be very useful.

    Update: If you are here to troll, I'm literally a doge meme on your screen and am getting 0 credit for this as nobody knows who I am lmao. I'm sorry that me helping people is bothering you so much

    Answers to FAQ:
    What were your GCSE subjects?
    • English literature (AQA)
    • English Language (AQA)
    • Maths (Edexcel)
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Religious studies
    • Spanish
    • Computer science
    • Geography

    Did you go to a private school or grammar school?
    No

    What are your A-Level choices?
    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Psychology ( Extended project).

    What are your aspirations?
    It is my absolute goal in life to study medicine.
    I would love to do this at Oxford as it's such a beautiful, traditional university with amazing history and a culture of its own.
    (These ridiculous goals are why I tried so hard with GCSEs.)

    Did you have a revision timetable?
    I actually did not, I much preferred studying what I felt like studying on a particular day for as long as I wanted, and I chose by prioritising subjects based on how much I knew, any upcoming tests etc. I can't pay attention to save my life so timetables aren't for me.

    Are you really really smart?
    Hell no, but I am rather hardworking and motivated, and have skill at memorising textbooks the night before examinations.

    How are you finding A levels?
    Good! But they're definitely harder than GCSE's. I like my subjects and classes, and stuff hasn't become too overwhelming.... yet
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    What GCSEs did you do?
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    I just started gsces can you give me tips on maths and english
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    (Original post by nylrehs)
    Hello all,
    So I've been spending a lot of time on TSR lately (I'm fairly new) and having received a few PM's about study help etc., I realised that I actually really enjoy helping people out with revision and studies.

    I got 997A*A*A*A*A*A*A* in my GCSE's this year.
    (No intention of bragging, but people often appreciate help from people who achieved the highest grades of course.)

    The 7 was in english language, so you might not want advice on that lol
    (One mark off an 8 thoooooo!)

    But anyway ask me whatever you want and I'm cool with sharing revision tips etc.
    Have a good one
    You should get a remark on your English Lang if you aren't already
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    congratulations !

    As someone who did really well at GCSEs, why do you think a number of students who did well at GCSE struggle at A-Level ?

    Like from my friendship group, 3 people did really well at GCSE(not as good as you but 2A*s 6As and 3 Bs) but then get really average A-Level results like ABC.

    Is the jump from A-Level to GCSE really that big ? I thought it would be easier when you have fewer subjects
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    (Original post by joeyfrazier)
    You should get a remark
    I am, I have a thread on that actually because I'm having a hard time deciding which paper to remark (check it out if you can)
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    (Original post by laurawatt)
    What GCSEs did you do?
    I did English lit and lang, maths, biology, Chemistry, physics, religious studies, geography, computer science and spanish.
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    WELL DONE!
    So how did you do it? what was your revision plan like?
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    gonna go out, will answer everything as soon as I get back!
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    When did u start revising?
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    Firstly WELL DONE!!! Those are absolutely amazing results!
    I've just started year 11 with very high targets and I'm quite stressed. If you could answer my questions I'd be extremely thankful x
    When did you start revising and what revision methods did you use?
    How much revision did you do for your subjects/per day?
    What was your revision plan like if you had one?
    Which subject did you find the hardest?
    Were you stressed/anxious? If so, how did you cope with it?
    And most importantly: any advice?? xx
    Thank you in advance!
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    (Original post by hannah00)
    congratulations !

    As someone who did really well at GCSEs, why do you think a number of students who did well at GCSE struggle at A-Level ?

    Like from my friendship group, 3 people did really well at GCSE(not as good as you but 2A*s 6As and 3 Bs) but then get really average A-Level results like ABC.

    Is the jump from A-Level to GCSE really that big ? I thought it would be easier when you have fewer subjects
    Generally, people who have the same results at GCSEs as the thread starter (which are exceptional!!) still get A*s at A-levels. But, even if you do not work a lot it's quite easy to have 1 or 2 A*s, a lot of As (at GCSEs). The workload, notions to know and their difficulty drops sharply from Y12 to Y13 so a lot of students get surprised in Y13 and get f* cked. Indeed, you can't not work and just understand it in class. Even if you understand the subject in class, in Y13, you need to work a lot at home and those who are not used to it are struggling. In Y13 it is imperative to work everyday like 2/3h at home and not the last month before the A-levels (which you can frankly do without problem with the GCSEs) .
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    Don't you think it's a bit silly to have some of your GCSEs in numbers and the rest in letters? I've always thought that the way the government phased in the new GCSEs was a bit weird. And what's even weirder is that there's no 9-1 scale for the new A Levels which doesn't seem consistent (although I'm glad about that haha!). So those doing all 9-1 GCSEs will have number grades and then letter grades at A Levels which seems odd.

    Lol bit of a weird question but just wanted to know your thoughts on this since you'll be living with those grades forever (congrats btw)
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    Ok so I finished my GCSEs this year and got very similar results to you. A couple of days I started A-levels and ngl, I was struggling real bad. How are you finding A- levels so far (I know it's been a week but still)
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    (Original post by PMC01234)
    Generally, people who have the same results at GCSEs as the thread starter (which are exceptional!!) still get A*s at A-levels. But, even if you do not work a lot it's quite easy to have 1 or 2 A*s, a lot of As (at GCSEs). The workload, notions to know and their difficulty drops sharply from Y12 to Y13 so a lot of students get surprised in Y13 and get f* cked. Indeed, you can't not work and just understand it in class. Even if you understand the subject in class, in Y13, you need to work a lot at home and those who are not used to it are struggling. In Y13 it is imperative to work everyday like 2/3h at home and not the last month before the A-levels (which you can frankly do without problem with the GCSEs) .
    I think that is probably what happened, I mean they all take their education seriously and where super ambitious about going to good universities but they only got serious in the final month.

    In Chemistry, which ive picked, the teacher was like its not enough to know the material, you need to know how to apply existing knowledge in new situations which I feel is like impossible to revise for lol
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    (Original post by hannah00)
    I think that is probably what happened, I mean they all take their education seriously and where super ambitious about going to good universities but they only got serious in the final month.

    In Chemistry, which ive picked, the teacher was like its not enough to know the material, you need to know how to apply existing knowledge in new situations which I feel is like impossible to revise for lol
    Indeed, and frankly (without offence to anyone), the A-levels exercises in STEM subjects are sometimes really repetitive so the key is in doing past papers like your life depends on it. Do similar exercises dozens of times to know perfectly what the examiners are expecting of you.
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    what are you taking at A-level?
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    (Original post by nylrehs)
    Hello all,
    So I've been spending a lot of time on TSR lately (I'm fairly new) and having received a few PM's about study help etc., I realised that I actually really enjoy helping people out with revision and studies.

    I got 997A*A*A*A*A*A*A* in my GCSE's this year.
    (No intention of bragging, but people often appreciate help from people who achieved the highest grades of course.)

    The 7 was in english language, so you might not want advice on that lol
    (One mark off an 8 thoooooo!)

    But anyway ask me whatever you want and I'm cool with sharing revision tips etc.
    Have a good one

    UPDATE: realised I should say what subjects I did.
    English lit and lang, maths, triple science, religious studies, spanish, computer science, geography
    How did u revise for science, rs and computer science
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    (Original post by nylrehs)
    Hello all,
    So I've been spending a lot of time on TSR lately (I'm fairly new) and having received a few PM's about study help etc., I realised that I actually really enjoy helping people out with revision and studies.

    I got 997A*A*A*A*A*A*A* in my GCSE's this year.
    (No intention of bragging, but people often appreciate help from people who achieved the highest grades of course.)

    The 7 was in english language, so you might not want advice on that lol
    (One mark off an 8 thoooooo!)

    But anyway ask me whatever you want and I'm cool with sharing revision tips etc.
    Have a good one

    UPDATE: realised I should say what subjects I did.
    English lit and lang, maths, triple science, religious studies, spanish, computer science, geography
    Hello there, i've just started Year 10 and would like to know some revision tips for Maths, English and Science (Biology and Physics), thank you.
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    (Original post by tshreesher__l)
    Post another pointless thread on here when you discover what AS and A2 papers are actually like. They will be 10 times more difficult.
    Don't believe all the hype.
 
 
 
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