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    For Single: Fairly easy ish, our school does the Maths FM system by Doing an accelerated AS Maths, i.e we cover the entire AS between September-November, then AS FM for the rest. I've almost done AS Maths and tbh the difficulty increase from GCSE isn't really as high as I thought, I find it quite straight forward, however I anticipate FM to be very challenging!
    I find that it's the challenge of FM that makes it fun. Especially once you do a topic like proof by induction (my favourite FM topic from last year) I don't even know if it's still on the spec but I love it. Even on the old spec I didn't really encounter much of a difficulty increase that i'd been bombarded about. I mean they specifically designed C1 so that your basically recapping GCSE for the first few topics!
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    Good luck either way!
    Thank you! You too
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    Week 1 Recap


    Here's the recap of the week:

    • Revise AS Physics content as prep for class assessment
    • Revise C3 trig chapters as prep for class assessment
    • Go over FP2 complex numbers, focusing on transformations

    Today has been an okay week in terms of productivity I was certainly able to revise C3 and the exam went very very well, hopefully i'll get the results early this week. Whilst I did revise most of the AS physics spec I didn't really do it in any particular depth and therefor wasn't much use for the exam, which means that i'll probably have to set a longer term goal to properly go over topics and in detail and specifically practise my exam technique straight after. However I didn't even start my FP2 practise which is a setback (and means i'll roll it over to next weeks list) out of sheer laziness. I've also started to craft some answers to my MIT essays which is much less painful than I expected it to be.




    Week 2


    In maths we've started differentiation and I know that it's pretty much (except implicit) stuff that I already know from FM. This means that I'm pretty confident in starting Solomon papers now, I'm probably going to leave the actual exam papers until just before Easter so that I don't run out before then! I've decided to revise both my most loved and most topics in Physics so that it isn't too painful.

    A Level Goals:
    • Revise FP2 complex numbers
    • Do 1 or 2 full C3 Solomon Paper
    • Fully revise and do questions on Electricity and Particle Physics

    I've also decided that I need to document my prep for the SAT and the US application process in general so I can procrastinate less on that too! :

    • Complete 2 practice SAT Essays on Khan Academy
    • Learn most of the grammar rules I need for the Reading section (also on Khan Academy)
    • Complete my CSS (Financial Aid) Profile
    • Complete at least a first draft of my MIT essays and my main Common Application essay
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    Week 2 Update

    This week has been a pretty amazing one in terms of exams. I did a C3 Solomon and got 72/75, full marks on the class trig exam and a 780 on the SAT Physics along with a 770 on the SAT Math 2! The SAT scores were a bit of a surprise for me, considering I thought that I'd done better on the Maths than Physics. Though in the end I suppose that I can't really complain

    The book 'The elements of style' has been surprisingly useful in terms of all of those pesky grammar rules, allowing me to say that I'm mostly done with that goal. The CSS profile has been a bit of a mare, it was easy enough to fill out for one parent (even if it took almost an hour) yet when needing to fill it out for my other parent it seems to get a little more complicated. I'm probably going to leave my other parent's profile until after I apply. I've been trying to define my technique for the SAT Essay, as before I'd sit down and try to write one and just get lost and kind of overwhelmed by it all (I haven't written a proper essay in well over a year now, except for my first SAT) but having a proper method let's me work through things much more logically. I'm going to do the Common App Essay and the MIT Essays on Sunday.

    In terms of A-level work I've (finally) started my Complex Numbers revision! I'm about half way through the chapter at the moment but will probably finish it some time tomorrow. I've also revised my beloved Particle Physics, which means that I'm finally quite confident in it again. I'll leave the Electricity to do on Sunday.

    A Level Goals:
    • Revise FP2 complex numbers
    • Do 1 or 2 full C3 Solomon Paper
    • Fully revise and do questions on Electricity and Particle Physics


    US Application:

    • Complete 2 practice SAT Essays on Khan Academy
    • Learn most of the grammar rules I need for the Reading section
    • Complete my CSS (Financial Aid) Profile
    • Complete at least a first draft of my MIT essays and my main Common Application essay
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    (Original post by Jooms)


    US Application:

    • Complete 2 practice SAT Essays on Khan Academy
    • Learn most of the grammar rules I need for the Reading section
    • Complete my CSS (Financial Aid) Profile
    • Complete at least a first draft of my MIT essays and my main Common Application essay
    All the US application work you have to do is crazy! I wish you all the best of luck, I couldn't do it at all! :eek3:
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    All the US application work you have to do is crazy! I wish you all the best of luck, I couldn't do it at all! :eek3:
    Thank you! Once you wrap your head around it and find out everything you have to do it isn't really that bad. Mine only seems that way because of how little time I've had prepare my application. Usually people have at least a year (many have much more than a year too) whereas I've had less than half a year!
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    Week 2 Recap
    Sorry I couldn't update it on Sunday, I had a particularly lazy weekend so I didn't really make much progress on anything.

    A Level Goals:
    • Revise FP2 complex numbers
    • Do 1 or 2 full C3 Solomon Paper
    • Fully revise and do questions on Electricityand Particle Physics

    US Application:
    • Complete 2 practice SAT Essays on Khan Academy
    • Learn most of the grammar rules I need for the Reading section
    • Complete my CSS (Financial Aid) Profile
    • Complete at least a first draft of my MIT essays and my main Common Application essay




    Week 3
    A Level:
    • Revise Quantum and Waves
    • Revise FP2 Inequalities and Series
    • Check my knowledge of FP1 using exam paper


    US Application:
    • Complete practice SAT Essays on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
    • Get my Common Application Essay done
    • Practice SAT Reading and complete a practice Exam
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    Jums' Study Blog




    Hi everybody! As much as I am very late to GYG the first couple months of A2 have shown me how much I need the positive pressure to revise. I'm currently studying Maths, Further Maths and Physics. I'm a serial procrastinator who (thankfully) is beginning to learn from his mistakes. I'll most likely be updating this with one big Sunday post detailing with my goals for the week with a couple smaller posts throughout the week once I achieve particular goals. I'll also become more active as the year wears on and I start to ramp up my revision . I'll also add things such as my revision timetable (once I've actually created one). For a bit more background:

    GCSE's
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    Maths A*
    Further Maths A
    Physics A
    English A
    History A
    Chemistry B
    Biology B
    RE B
    Computer Science B (a miracle considering the joke of a teacher that we had)
    French C
    English Lit D (was taken in year 10 and not given the chance to resit, not that I would have if given the chance)

    As you can tell these are a pretty mediocre set of results (at least on TSR anyway) and I know that I could have gotten 5-6 A* grades had I properly tried. All the grades I got were ones that I didn't do any prep for as I was too lazy and filled with hubris to revise.




    AS
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    At AS things went a lot better than at GCSE. I originally took Maths, FM, Physics and Psychology. I took psychology because I'd always had a passing interest and my College doesn't do Economics. I enjoyed the content of Psychology but just couldn't stand the constant evaluations of Studies. I then dropped it after a half term for Chemistry instead.

    My AS grades are as follows:

    Maths: A C1 97, C2 98, S1 80 (Edexcel)

    Overall I was very happy with my maths score which even turned out to be the best in the year!

    Further Maths: B M1 87, M2 65, FP1 67 (Edexcel)

    I was okay with this result, it certainly wasn't what I wanted but I still did the best in my year for FM (even if it was out of 3 )

    Physics A (AQA)

    Chemistry B (AQA)

    Overall I thought last year went rather well, with my biggest issue being starting my revision just after Easter. A mistake which I'm not planning on making this year.




    A2
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    So far this year has been going quite well. I'm not finding C3 and FP2 that much of a step up and Physics so far has been really quite nice.

    My predictions are

    Maths: A*
    Physics: A*
    Further Maths: A

    For Maths and further maths I'll be sitting C3, C4, D1, FP2, FP3, M3 and resit's in FP1 and possibly even M2.




    Applying to the US
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    The biggest change that has happened this year is the range of universities that I'm considering. Before the summer whenever I'd think about studying in America I would instantly dismiss the idea as being far too expensive (which for the most part is true). What I hadn't realised is that for the very best US Universities those insane $40,000 per year tuition fees almost always come with very generous financial aid (meaning very few students actually pay the sticker price). This arrangement works out even better for UK applicant's (provided that the school is one of the 5 that have need blind admissions for international applicants) as the average American family is quite a bit more wealthy than the average British family the expected family contribution skews heavily in my favour. This has only been exacerbated by the fall in the pound and the BOE's willingness to tolerate the above average inflation that it has brought. This becomes so generous that I would likely end up in less debt studying in the US than the UK!

    I'll very likely apply to these Universities and may add to this list in the future:

    MIT (Which I know isn't strictly 'Ivy Legue' but has better levels of Financial aid than many Ivy Legues and just has just as good a reputation for the sciences)
    Harvard
    Stanford
    Princeton

    I've also been sitting obtaining all of the necessary qualifications like the SAT and SAT subject exams. My first SAT went okay, I expected to at least get a 1500 but was ill on test day. This meant that I instead got 1450. Which whilst being a very respectable score that put me into the 98th percentile for that exam simply isn't where it needs to be for the calibre of institution that I'm applying to. Which means that I'm going to resit it this December. Wish me luck .

    I also sat the SAT Physics and Maths 2 which I thought both went very well. I'll post my results once I get them!

    Maths 2:
    Physics:

    I've also started the Common Application and the MIT application which I'm going to have to start really focusing on really quite soon.




    UCAS
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    Cambridge (St Johns) Nat Sci:
    Acknowledgement (Looking unlikely due to my probable piss poor NSAA score)

    Durham (University College) Physics with Astrophysics:
    Offer of A*AA

    St Andrews Astrophysics:
    Acknowledgement

    Manchester Physics with Astrophysics:
    Offer of A*A*A

    Newcastle Physics:
    Offer of AAB




    About me! :cute:
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    I love most things to do with computers and like to build them myself. I love to read and consume copious amounts of TV on Netflix. I've also been on/off trying to relearn Python for the past year ( to little success might I add) as well as toying with the idea of learning an actual spoken language (I always seem to gravitate towards Italian). Thankfully I don't have a job which would distract me form these things and of course my studies.







    Week 1



    On top of keeping on top of my Homework this week my goals are:
    • Revise AS Physics content as prep for class assessment
    • Revise C3 trig chapters as prep for class assessment
    • Go over FP2 complex numbers, focusing on transformations
    I've been working and studying at a regionally fairly reputable public university in the US for the last three years, and I think an important consideration you need to give serious thought to is whether you would want to live and work over there or in the UK after graduation. In the US the university you graduated from is of very little significance in all but a few fields. The university I work at is mostly unknown outside of the region (even outside the state to some extent), yet I know of no graduates in anything other than a graduate job. You're talking about applying to some of the most competitive universities IN THE WORLD. Given that you have to wait for the next SAT cycle to apply I would do some serious shopping around among US universities. If you want to come back to the UK then attending a college with some name recognition is important. In the US, not so much.
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    I've been working and studying at a regionally fairly reputable public university in the US for the last three years, and I think an important consideration you need to give serious thought to is whether you would want to live and work over there or in the UK after graduation. In the US the university you graduated from is of very little significance in all but a few fields. The university I work at is mostly unknown outside of the region (even outside the state to some extent), yet I know of no graduates in anything other than a graduate job. You're talking about applying to some of the most competitive universities IN THE WORLD. Given that you have to wait for the next SAT cycle to apply I would do some serious shopping around among US universities. If you want to come back to the UK then attending a college with some name recognition is important. In the US, not so much.
    For me it's less out of needing/wanting name recognition and more out of economic necessity. As much as I wish I could I just cannot afford to go to a US university that doesn't give very generous financial aid to international students. I'm sure that there are more than the ones that I currently have listed and would be happy for suggestions.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong but I thought the last acceptable testing date is this December? This seems to be backed up by university websites too.
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    Week 3 Recap
    A Level:
    • Revise Quantum and Waves
    • Revise FP2 Inequalities and Series
    • Check my knowledge of FP1 using exam paper


    US Application:
    • Complete practice SAT Essays on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
    • Get my Common Application Essay done
    • Practice SAT Reading and complete a practice Exam

    Last week was okay in terms of productivity even with my main task (essays) being a failure. It turns out that I can still remember most of FP1 and got 65 on a past paper, which is nice to see. FP2 revision was quite nice as the topics are relatively easy.

    My SAT grammar skills are pretty on point now that I actually bothered to learn the rules for punctuation, which means I'm much more confident in my ability to get a 1500+ score in December, especially considering that I tend to do better in the actual exam (except when I'm ill of course). I've started my common app essay which is proving to be less painful than I thought it was going to be and should be finished by the end of the week. I've also made contact with my MIT interviewer (even if totally forgot to use a subject line in my first email :facepalm:) which should be sorted soon.

    However, the week wasn't all great. I got my rejection from Cambridge, which whilst expected, was still really disappointing. On the bright side, it is a good motivator for my US work and I got over it a day later so I'm not exactly mortified. I also didn't get any SAT essays completed, I did mostly nail down my technique but then didn't actually practise it...


    Week 4

    A Level:
    • Revise Quantum and Waves
    • Practice integration by parts as prep for C4 and Further Maths
    • Check my knowledge of M2 using exam paper


    US Application:
    • Complete a practice SAT Essay every day
    • Continually practice my reading and do practice exams throughout week
    • Fully complete my common app essay and do the first three small MIT prompts
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    Week 4 Recap

    A Level:
    • Revise Quantum and Waves
    • Practice integration by parts as prep for C4 and Further Maths
    • Check my knowledge of M2 using exam paper



    US Application:
    • Complete a practice SAT Essay every day
    • Continually practice my reading and do practice exams throughout week
    • Fully complete my common app essay and do the first three small MIT prompts

    I kind of had an all America week, getting loads done for the US process but very little for my A-Levels. My retake of the SAT went better, not hugely better but I think enough to just get me over 1500. The essay, however, went far better than last time (I shouldn't get a 2 in my analysis!) which I'm quite happy with. I've made more progress with my US essays but still have a ways to go.

    On the flip side, my MIT EC couldn't make the interview and is hopefully in the process of reassigning me so I can re-organise it soon.

    A Level:
    • Revise Quantum and Waves
    • Go over differential equations
    • Check my knowledge of M2 using exam paper



    US Application:
    • Fully complete my common app essay and all MIT prompts
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    Week 5

    I know it's been a very long time since I've updated this. December wasn't a great month tbh as I was pretty much perpetually stressed about getting my US applications done and sent off (and then the aid applications too) to the point that I totally forgot about this blog! However, in its absence I've once again realised how desperately I need it to stay organised and on task.

    Once I finished my US applications I finally had all of my interviews, which thankfully all went okay. This means it's all a waiting game until later this month when they release their decisions, where the chance I get rejected from all of them is at least 80%, but I may as well be hopeful.

    In terms of A-Levels, Maths is continuing to go rather well as I'm not finding C4 much more difficult than C3, however, D1 is a bit of pain but I'll just have to practise it a bunch I suppose. Physics is going on rather nicely, we only have the optional astrophysics module to complete and I'm well on my way to getting a nice set of condensed notes that I've written up from the textbook. Once I've finished them I'll then make flashcards from those notes just to condense the info even more. Further maths certainly isn't going badly, I'm just well aware of how much more conceptually difficult it is for me than my other subjects, if you know what I mean. I decided that I was going to resit M2 and FP1 too. I haven't had any issues with FP1 as almost all of its content is covered in more detail in FP2 or FP3, I'm quite confident that I'll be able to get 90+ UMS which will help. In terms of the A2 modules, I quite like FP2 and FP3 except for further complex numbers and vectors, which are the bane of my existence at the moment (especially the transformations). M3 is okay, though the number of little, easy equations and standard results that you need to remember is quite infuriating at times, though the questions themselves aren't too bad.

    In terms of my revision, I'm trying to do 3 hours a day though without the blog I've often been spending half that amount, which needs to change. I'm going to increase it to 4 hours a day after Easter because I don't want to end up in the position I was in last year where I was scrambling to make materials that I could properly revise from until far too close to the exam

    For this week:

    Maths:
    • Make some flashcards on the start of D1
    • Attempt a C4 paper

    Further Maths:
    • Finally wrap my head around the complex number transformations
    • Do many, many practise questions on vectors
    • Make some equation flashcards for M3

    Physics:
    • Write up notes for at least 30 pages of the textbook
    • Identify weak areas of my AS knowledge
    • Start to revise in those areas
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    Week 6

    Maths:
    • Make some flashcards on the start of D1
    • Attempt a C4 paper


    Further Maths:
    • Finally wrap my head around the complex number transformations
    • Do many, many practise questions on vectors
    • Make some equation flashcards for M3


    Physics:
    • Write up notes for at least 30 pages of the textbook
    • Identify weak areas of my AS knowledge
    • Start to revise in those areas

    As you can tell this week wasn't great for revision... I got basically nothing done as I kept on procrastinating doing a D1 assignment that was actually really easy. So not a success I've got to be honest.

    For this week:

    Maths:
    • Make some flashcards on the start of D1
    • Complete the integration chapter of C4 as we haven't gotten to it yet in class


    Further Maths:
    • Finally wrap my head around the complex number transformations
    • Do many, many practise questions on vectors
    • Make some equation flashcards for M3


    Physics:
    • Write up notes 30 more pages of the textbook
    • Identify weak areas of my AS knowledge
    • Start to make flash cards on A2 topics


    My goals for this week are pretty much the same as for last week as I got so little done, at least it shouldn't be difficult to do better .
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    Week 7

    Maths:
    • Make some flashcards on the start of D1
    • Complete the integration chapter of C4 as we haven't gotten to it yet in class

    Further Maths:
    • Finally wrap my head around the complex number transformations
    • Do many, many practise questions on vectors
    • Make some equation flashcards for M3

    Physics:
    • Write up notes 30 more pages of the textbook
    • Identify weak areas of my AS knowledge
    • Start to make flash cards on A2 topics


    This week was a bit better even though I did absolutely nothing over the weekend. I'm going to start using weekly planners like I did at the end of last year. just to give me a bit more organisation and self-accountability.


    Maths:
    • Do a bunch of practice integration
    • Revise binomial expansion
    • If complete then do C3 or C4 past papers

    Further Maths:
    • Do some practice loci and transformation questions
    • Identify weak areas of M2
    • FP1 paper

    Physics:
    • Write up 30 more notes lmao
    • Do flash cards on the first main chapter of the textbook
    • Look over my AS notes
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    Maths:
    • Do a bunch of practice integration
    • Revise binomial expansion
    • If complete then do C3 or C4 past papers


    Further Maths:
    • Do some practice loci and transformation questions
    • Identify weak areas of M2
    • FP1 paper


    Physics:
    • Write up 30 more notes lmao
    • Do flash cards on the first main chapter of the textbook
    • Look over my AS notes


    This week was a pretty decent one revision-wise. I have FP1 on point and should (hopefully) be able to score high in the high 90's UMS range. M2 is okay, there are definitely a few chapters that I really need to revise, I'm looking at you, statics... I've revised C3 to death and can comfortably score in the 70-75 marks on Solomon papers which is nice to know. I'm relatively confident with FP2 but FP3 is going to require a bit more work, especially with Vectors and the seemingly 85 thousand different types of questions that they can ask.The content of M3 isn't really that challenging, it's just remembering all of the equations which is a huge pain.

    Because it's the easter holidays i'm going to do more revision than usual. I'm basically planning on doing notes for physics on an increased per day basis, as opposed to a weekly basis and doing extra papers for maths .


    Maths:
    • Do a bunch of practice integration
    • Attempt all of the topics that I've been taught of a D1 paper
    • If complete then do 2 C3 and 2 C4 papers


    Further Maths:
    • Do some practice loci and transformation questions
    • Revise weak areas of M2 and do practise paper
    • Revise and practice differential equations
    • If complete than do another M2 paper and an FP2 paper and make M3 flash cards


    Physics:
    • Write up 10 pages of notes per day
    • Do flash cards on 5 of my pages of notes per day
    • Revise half of AS and do practice questions
    • Do an assortment of questions on AS topics as I revise them


    In terms of university I got rejections from all of my US choices, which I fully expected and am not bothered about. I still have to decide on my firm choice between Manchester and Durham. They both attract me for very different reasons, Durham for its tight knit, very Oxbridge-Lite kind of experience in a beautiful city close to home that I know well, and Manchester for the pure excitement of living in such a large, vibrant city. Other than that very key difference, which is very clear in both the cities and within the universities themselves, there are very few other ways for me to differentiate the two. The courses are basically the same, with similar workloads, academic reputation (for physics), entry requirements and accommodation costs. I even have family very close to both, as I live in Sunderland and my mum is from Stockport. This means that the usual advice that most people would give to someone in my situation (choose the one you would be most comfortable/see yourself at) doesn't really help as I can easily see myself at both. I'll almost definitely start another thread asking people for things that I maybe haven't considered but I just wanted to put my thoughts down in writing.
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    Maths:
    • Do a bunch of practice integration
    • Revise binomial expansion
    • If complete then do C3 or C4 past papers


    Further Maths:
    • Do some practice loci and transformation questions
    • Identify weak areas of M2
    • FP1 paper


    Physics:
    • Write up 30 more notes lmao
    • Do flash cards on the first main chapter of the textbook
    • Look over my AS notes


    This week was a pretty decent one revision-wise. I have FP1 on point and should (hopefully) be able to score high in the high 90's UMS range. M2 is okay, there are definitely a few chapters that I really need to revise, I'm looking at you, statics... I've revised C3 to death and can comfortably score in the 70-75 marks on Solomon papers which is nice to know. I'm relatively confident with FP2 but FP3 is going to require a bit more work, especially with Vectors and the seemingly 85 thousand different types of questions that they can ask.The content of M3 isn't really that challenging, it's just remembering all of the equations which is a huge pain.

    Because it's the easter holidays i'm going to do more revision than usual. I'm basically planning on doing notes for physics on an increased per day basis, as opposed to a weekly basis and doing extra papers for maths .


    Maths:
    • Do a bunch of practice integration
    • Attempt all of the topics that I've been taught of a D1 paper
    • If complete then do 2 C3 and 2 C4 papers


    Further Maths:
    • Do some practice loci and transformation questions
    • Revise weak areas of M2 and do practise paper
    • Revise and practice differential equations
    • If complete than do another M2 paper and an FP2 paper and make M3 flash cards


    Physics:
    • Write up 10 pages of notes per day
    • Do flash cards on 5 of my pages of notes per day
    • Revise half of AS and do practice questions
    • Do an assortment of questions on AS topics as I revise them


    In terms of university I got rejections from all of my US choices, which I fully expected and am not bothered about. I still have to decide on my firm choice between Manchester and Durham. They both attract me for very different reasons, Durham for its tight knit, very Oxbridge-Lite kind of experience in a beautiful city close to home that I know well, and Manchester for the pure excitement of living in such a large, vibrant city. Other than that very key difference, which is very clear in both the cities and within the universities themselves, there are very few other ways for me to differentiate the two. The courses are basically the same, with similar workloads, academic reputation (for physics), entry requirements and accommodation costs. I even have family very close to both, as I live in Sunderland and my mum is from Stockport. This means that the usual advice that most people would give to someone in my situation (choose the one you would be most comfortable/see yourself at) doesn't really help as I can easily see myself at both. I'll almost definitely start another thread asking people for things that I maybe haven't considered but I just wanted to put my thoughts down in writing.
    This is a big city big uni vs small city medium uni choice...

    I personally would choose Manchester, but then i study at Nottingham i like my big uni feel
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    In terms of university I got rejections from all of my US choices, which I fully expected and am not bothered about. I still have to decide on my firm choice between Manchester and Durham. They both attract me for very different reasons, Durham for its tight knit, very Oxbridge-Lite kind of experience in a beautiful city close to home that I know well, and Manchester for the pure excitement of living in such a large, vibrant city. Other than that very key difference, which is very clear in both the cities and within the universities themselves, there are very few other ways for me to differentiate the two. The courses are basically the same, with similar workloads, academic reputation (for physics), entry requirements and accommodation costs. I even have family very close to both, as I live in Sunderland and my mum is from Stockport. This means that the usual advice that most people would give to someone in my situation (choose the one you would be most comfortable/see yourself at) doesn't really help as I can easily see myself at both. I'll almost definitely start another thread asking people for things that I maybe haven't considered but I just wanted to put my thoughts down in writing.
    Hey Jooms


    Sorry i'm late to the party, loved catching up on your journey so far though! :grin:

    How is everything going? Would love to know if you have made any progress on your Uni decision?
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    :hi:

    you have been super productive woah
    for what reasons were you rejected from your us choices? was it the application?

    :erm: i think they’re both great universities!
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    Hey Jooms


    Sorry i'm late to the party, loved catching up on your journey so far though! :grin:

    How is everything going? Would love to know if you have made any progress on your Uni decision?
    Things are going okay at the moment. In terms of my uni choice I'm still unsure, though I have been leaning towards Durham for a while after visiting University college on a post offer visit day I'm still not completely decided.
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    Jooms

    :hi:

    you have been super productive woah
    for what reasons were you rejected from your us choices? was it the application?

    :erm: i think they’re both great universities!
    Thank you! The main reason I think that I was rejected (other than the fact that I applied to the most competitive institutions in the world) was my complete lack of substantial extracurriculars. Another negative may have been one possibly less than perfect reference, the teacher that I asked got it done suspiciously quickly and the fact that I didn't have absolutely perfect (though still good enough) test scores. Though those two are far less substantial than my lack of extracurriculars. I thought my interviews were all okay, though I could possibly have hit some of the wrong notes at times. Though fundamentally I was as likely to get rejected from all of my US unis as I was from Cambridge despite applying to 4 US universities.
 
 
 

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