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A Year 12's Journey to 4 A-Levels (GYG) watch

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    Thank you! French and Art - I had to pick French, but decided to take up art for ~fun~. What a regret...
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    Thank you! French and Art - I had to pick French, but decided to take up art for ~fun~. What a regret...
    Aha, so I’ll have done witchcraze by the time you begin. Depending on the grade I get, I might be of some use to you. ☺️
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    Guess I'm due for an update!

    History:
    Monday went well! I think I did pretty well on the 20 mark question we wrote, especially considering I managed to fill three whole pages. I feel sorry for my teacher who has to decode my terrible handwriting, though...
    My other teacher has been off for both of our lessons this week, so it's been cover stuff, but that's been alright too.

    Physics:
    Improving! My friend 'tutored' me today, and it's making a lot of sense, and I think I really am catching up!

    Maths:
    Kind of good, but not that great, I guess. I did a C1 mock on Monday (the real exam from this year) and it was really hard. I got 43/75, which, I know, really isn't bad! It's a D, though, but 3 marks off a C, which is only about 5 marks from a B and so on. It's just frustrating that I'm always really close to the boundaries. (One guy in my class only dropped a single mark! Damn!) But I'm not too angry, since I did a C1 mock the night before and got 70/75. That was just a hard paper, and especially since I'm only two months in. I'm going to work on it - hard!

    In other news, it's my birthday this weekend! I'm celebating by going to watch the new Thor film A day off, at least!
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    Saturday update, because I'm taking a small break from revision!

    History:
    Got back one of the 10 mark essays we did, and I went up from 6/10 to 7/10! Progress - I'm slowly but surely getting there! We're almost finished with the first topic, and my teachers have reiterated that's important to get it together now. One of them told us about students last year getting lots of A*s over different topics, but falling down on one particular paper and losing the A*/A grade. I'm not going to let it happen to me!

    Physics:
    Going well - if a little boring. Much like GCSE physics with some added difficulty. My friend has me more or less caught up, and we've been going to some booster sessions though they aren't particularly helpful yet. I'm not going to let that deter me - we have a mock exam next Thursday, and I have to do better!

    Maths:
    Why on earth does the chain rule seem so easy? Am I going mad? But it's going well, so far. Been taking some C2 mocks at home to prepare for the one I have in college on Thursday. I'll cry if I don't get a C on this - I'm more confident than on C1, anyway!
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    This week hasn't been particularly great, and has me a little down.
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    History:
    We had an interesting debate in lesson on Thursday, and it really pulled me in, and our teacher was really impressed by the level of discussion we had, so that was nice. On the downside, I got 13/20 on my first 20 marker. It's nice that it's more than 10, but really, it's put me in between my 6-7/10 averages, which isn't awful, but I'd hoped I would be better by now. I just can't remember enough detailed evidence to write down during the essays to put me into the higher brackets.

    Physics:
    It's going okay. My teacher did a fun demonstration on projectile motion. It's not that complicated, but it's time consuming for me to try to apply what I already know to the question, often with a strong risk of me getting it wrong. We have another mock on Thursday, and I have to do better.

    Maths:
    We took a C2 mock on Thursday, and I got a C. It's better than last time, when I got a D, but I was hoping for a lot better. I've been taking older mocks and getting anywhere from 60-70/75, and going from 70 down to 44 is awful. I don't understand how I can do well in older mocks, but the papers we take in class just aren't so good. The others on my table got a C, with one getting an A, so I'm not far behind the rest of the class, but it just frustrates me because I'm taking the exams in May/June. I don't have time to mess up, not really. I have 5 months to sort myself out, and I really, really need at least an A, but honestly an A*.

    On top of all that, I came home from college to find a little puddle of blood in my lizard's cage. He was really, really sick in April, so I've been paicking about nearly losing him again, so not a particularly great week, in all. Fortunately, he is fine, just cut himself on his heat lamp. He should be okay.
    On the bright side, I go away for Christmas, so I'll have some time away to both collect myself, and revise in a bit more a calm, chill way. Here's hoping next year brings brighter things.
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    This week hasn't been particularly great, and has me a little down.
    Rundown:
    History:
    We had an interesting debate in lesson on Thursday, and it really pulled me in, and our teacher was really impressed by the level of discussion we had, so that was nice. On the downside, I got 13/20 on my first 20 marker. It's nice that it's more than 10, but really, it's put me in between my 6-7/10 averages, which isn't awful, but I'd hoped I would be better by now. I just can't remember enough detailed evidence to write down during the essays to put me into the higher brackets.

    Physics:
    It's going okay. My teacher did a fun demonstration on projectile motion. It's not that complicated, but it's time consuming for me to try to apply what I already know to the question, often with a strong risk of me getting it wrong. We have another mock on Thursday, and I have to do better.

    Maths:
    We took a C2 mock on Thursday, and I got a C. It's better than last time, when I got a D, but I was hoping for a lot better. I've been taking older mocks and getting anywhere from 60-70/75, and going from 70 down to 44 is awful. I don't understand how I can do well in older mocks, but the papers we take in class just aren't so good. The others on my table got a C, with one getting an A, so I'm not far behind the rest of the class, but it just frustrates me because I'm taking the exams in May/June. I don't have time to mess up, not really. I have 5 months to sort myself out, and I really, really need at least an A, but honestly an A*.

    On top of all that, I came home from college to find a little puddle of blood in my lizard's cage. He was really, really sick in April, so I've been paicking about nearly losing him again, so not a particularly great week, in all. Fortunately, he is fine, just cut himself on his heat lamp. He should be okay.
    On the bright side, I go away for Christmas, so I'll have some time away to both collect myself, and revise in a bit more a calm, chill way. Here's hoping next year brings brighter things.
    Oh dear... I hope you feel better about your grades...
    thank god your lizard is fine tho.
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    I know I've been absent for a good two months, and now I really won't qualify anymore, but to me it was never about the prize. I should get back to motivating myself, which is what I started this to do. So, for half term, I will be knuckling down!

    Maths
    Good! We've almost finished Mech 1 and Stats 1, both of which are punishingly simple with a few exceptions. Mechanics, oddly enough, has been helping me with my physics - rather than the other way around! How strange? But On my last test I scored 38/42, a solid A! Mechanics we haven't done a test for yet. We've been set C1 and C2 papers as homework, which I'll print out this week. I found out some of my dad's old maths University books - all of which (Hallelujah!) contain A-LEVEL CONTENT? Who'd've thunk it? It's all going to be of enormous help, especially as it gives me a bit more diversity of what kind of questions I'll be tackling. Papers versus made up questions ALWAYS differ, so I'd like to broaden my perspective!

    History
    Also good! We've finished Spain and have moved onto Britain (1603-1660) and so far, it's a blast. My teachers are brilliant and they teach it in a humorous way that makes it sooooo easy to remember! We call them 'gossip sessions' when we talk about how terrible Charles I was, or how (possibly) gay James I was! It really is fun!

    Physics
    Improving, actually! I posted another thing a while ago asking for advice and got some decent help. I took a retest on a bad motion paper, and am scheduled for a retest in Electricity after half term. This half term I'll be working through my lack of enthusiasm for Physics, which I think is actually part of my problem. A pretty big part. But the retest went well, I'll be working through some homework this week to hopefully solidify my understanding, and here's hoping I can work myself up from a D to a B or an A!

    In other news, my holiday was PERFECT! A few weeks away was just what I needed. However, we came home and had to move house! Not brilliant. We had to move my lizard (Who is 100% fine! He's just lost a few millimetres off his tail from that accident with the puddle of blood), who does not like to be moved. My snakes were fine, we moved them in pillowcases! My chameleon... we won't talk about the ordeal we had from her...
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    Mostly just a rundown of my day to keep me motivated. I didn't do a whole lot of revision, mostly just admin stuff; I printed out a C1&2 mock, and printed out the Physics spec so I could colour code what we've done versus what I understand. I'm glad I did that today, as it took a long while. I also started plotting out a timetable for the week, to really give myself some structure, so I'm hoping that works out. I never do well with timetables, but I've got a good feeling about this one.
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    Another rundown of the day. Not great. I tried to work on some Physics feeling especially motivated, which just meant the fall was even more disheartening when I could barely start some questions. Went into college today to do some work for an EPQ. Going to do it on maths, possibly about whether numbers are real or not. Travel time meant I could only read some of my further-reading books, as opposed to some revision. Not all was lost though. Still have a solid timetable for the rest of the week.
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    Daily update: Went through a C1 mock and got 54/75. Just a C. However, going through it, I lost 7 (Seven!) marks because I missed or changed signs (+/-). It really makes a difference - I could have had a strong B, almost an A had I been more careful with signs!
    History homework is half finished, I just have a timeline to do once I have some A3 paper, and Physics will be started tomorrow. All in all, a good day, aside from slightly lower than expected Maths result.
 
 
 
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