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    I've already done my A levels but I want to resit and improve them to get into a better uni. I've already done English literature, have all the notes etc and my school is letting me resit as a private candidate because it's too expensive for me to resit and be taught as a normal student. Do u think it would be possible for me to resit by myself next year? Some say no because with English u need help checking your essays etc but I have all the notes and past essays for every possible question so all I need to do is revise and rewrite them (I almost got an A* but one paper let me down because I was ill so I think I could do it and my teachers do too) but I want to ask someone with experience of resitting and self teaching an essay subject they've done before. Thank you
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    (Original post by Mondayblues90)
    I've already done my A levels but I want to resit and improve them to get into a better uni. I've already done English literature, have all the notes etc and my school is letting me resit as a private candidate because it's too expensive for me to resit and be taught as a normal student. Do u think it would be possible for me to resit by myself next year? Some say no because with English u need help checking your essays etc but I have all the notes and past essays for every possible question so all I need to do is revise and rewrite them (I almost got an A* but one paper let me down because I was ill so I think I could do it and my teachers do too) but I want to ask someone with experience of resitting and self teaching an essay subject they've done before. Thank you
    If you're do three years, then that puta the top uni's out of sight usually. So what's so bad about getting an A? The advantage of getting an A* would be outweighed by the negative impact doing three years has on a university application.
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    (Original post by Mondayblues90)
    I've already done my A levels but I want to resit and improve them to get into a better uni. I've already done English literature, have all the notes etc and my school is letting me resit as a private candidate because it's too expensive for me to resit and be taught as a normal student. Do u think it would be possible for me to resit by myself next year? Some say no because with English u need help checking your essays etc but I have all the notes and past essays for every possible question so all I need to do is revise and rewrite them (I almost got an A* but one paper let me down because I was ill so I think I could do it and my teachers do too) but I want to ask someone with experience of resitting and self teaching an essay subject they've done before. Thank you
    Hello! I’m a year 13 who is entirely self studying English Literature, and mostly self-studies History due to illness.

    The key to success in essay based subjects is actually getting the feedback. I have teachers look over my essays and give me improvement markers, do you have access to anyone in Eng Lit who would be willing to help you do so?

    And then of course the usual know you content, know your context, know your quotes and themes etc.

    Also work on timing. Particularly as you get closer to the exams, time yourself as you would for an exam and make sure you’re not sneaking a look at the mark scheme for prompts.

    You got an A so you’re well versed in this, it’s just about taking it a step further for those top marks. Good luck!
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    (Original post by happyy)
    If you're do three years, then that puta the top uni's out of sight usually. So what's so bad about getting an A? The advantage of getting an A* would be outweighed by the negative impact doing three years has on a university application.
    I didn't get an A grade I got a D overall, the paper that let me down was a very very low grade
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    (Original post by FloralHybrid)
    Hello! I’m a year 13 who is entirely self studying English Literature, and mostly self-studies History due to illness.

    The key to success in essay based subjects is actually getting the feedback. I have teachers look over my essays and give me improvement markers, do you have access to anyone in Eng Lit who would be willing to help you do so?

    And then of course the usual know you content, know your context, know your quotes and themes etc.

    Also work on timing. Particularly as you get closer to the exams, time yourself as you would for an exam and make sure you’re not sneaking a look at the mark scheme for prompts.

    You got an A so you’re well versed in this, it’s just about taking it a step further for those top marks. Good luck!
    I didn't get an A grade I got a D overall, the paper that let me down was a very very low grade
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    (Original post by Mondayblues90)
    I didn't get an A grade I got a D overall, the paper that let me down was a very very low grade
    Ohh, when you said you nearly got an A* overall it implies you got an A?

    May I ask how you did in the individual papers, and is it just one you’d need to resist? (AKA Did you get like AAE or something)
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    (Original post by Mondayblues90)
    I didn't get an A grade I got a D overall, the paper that let me down was a very very low grade

    I normally do not comment on random forums. But, I 100 percent believe you should resit. I did my A levels and got BBD. I then self taught myself on a gap year and resat 5 modules and got A*AB in the end. I recently just graduated from a top RG uni. Trust me, A levels are important. Don't go to a uni that you are embarrassed by. Back your ability, work hard and with obsession and you will do well.
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    (Original post by FloralHybrid)
    Ohh, when you said you nearly got an A* overall it implies you got an A?

    May I ask how you did in the individual papers, and is it just one you’d need to resist? (AKA Did you get like AAE or something)
    Sorry I should have been clearer I got A*, A and an E in the papers and an A in my coursework.
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    (Original post by Mondayblues90)
    Sorry I should have been clearer I got A*, A and an E in the papers and an A in my coursework.
    Ahh okay, so it’s just the one paper.

    You should definitely resit in that case! It could take your grade from a D to an A. If it was just illness on the day, you should be okay to sit it again. ☺️
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    (Original post by Gunnerzman88)
    I normally do not comment on random forums. But, I 100 percent believe you should resit. I did my A levels and got BBD. I then self taught myself on a gap year and resat 5 modules and got A*AB in the end. I recently just graduated from a top RG uni. Trust me, A levels are important. Don't go to a uni that you are embarrassed by. Back your ability, work hard and with obsession and you will do well.
    Really motivational story to read thank you 😄🎉
 
 
 
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