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    So basically, I had a maths test a few weeks and due to numerous aikky mistakes, I got my first ever C. And I got over that and just worked to improve but I had a horrible Physics teat today and I am pretty sure I got about the same. I recognise that a C is a good grade but its not my aspirational grade.Is it normal to start A Level of like this (with low grades)? Also, how do I minimise silly mistakes?
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    (Original post by Deyb)
    So basically, I had a maths test a few weeks and due to numerous aikky mistakes, I got my first ever C. And I got over that and just worked to improve but I had a horrible Physics teat today and I am pretty sure I got about the same. I recognise that a C is a good grade but its not my aspirational grade.Is it normal to start A Level of like this (with low grades)? Also, how do I minimise silly mistakes?
    Absolutely - the jump between GCSE and A Level is massive. Even if you get straight A* during GCSEs, it is completely normal to get Cs, Ds, Es Fs and even Us (I can speak from experience). Doing A Level Physics in year 13, I had exactly that, and got quite a few Cs during my first couple of tests, even after getting A* at GCSE. Just keep working at it, don't fall behind and learn from your mistakes!
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    Yes, the step up can be quite considerable.
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    Most definitely, first test for a subject I got an E and came out with an A a year later at AS. I'ts perfectly normal, you just learn the content and learn how to answer the question properly.
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    As everyone else had said above, it's fine, you learn from your mistakes very very quickly and teachers always seem to be subconsciously more stricter with the whole marking at the first leg of the year than the examiners do at the end. I did awful at the start of year 12 and end up getting A's all in AS so don't stress about it.
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    (Original post by gcsemusicsucks)
    Absolutely - the jump between GCSE and A Level is massive. Even if you get straight A* during GCSEs, it is completely normal to get Cs, Ds, Es Fs and even Us (I can speak from experience). Doing A Level Physics in year 13, I had exactly that, and got quite a few Cs during my first couple of tests, even after getting A* at GCSE. Just keep working at it, don't fall behind and learn from your mistakes!
    Thank you so much for this! I made so many stupid mistakes because I didnt use the right wording or did not recognise what the question wanted me to do. I guess this comes with practice though, right?
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    (Original post by KingHarold)
    Yes, the step up can be quite considerable.
    Thank you ^.^
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    (Original post by Sid The Kid)
    Most definitely, first test for a subject I got an E and came out with an A a year later at AS. I'ts perfectly normal, you just learn the content and learn how to answer the question properly.
    Thank you so much! Yes thats exactly my problem; I know the theory and understand the content but when it comes to exams, I use the wrong wording or do not recognise what the question wants me to do. This makes it even more fristratinng, if you know what I mean.
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    (Original post by JackBowman112)
    As everyone else had said above, it's fine, you learn from your mistakes very very quickly and teachers always seem to be subconsciously more stricter with the whole marking at the first leg of the year than the examiners do at the end. I did awful at the start of year 12 and end up getting A's all in AS so don't stress about it.
    Thank you, this really reassured me ^.^ I guess that practice makes perfect right?
 
 
 
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