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    This is my GyG Thread for 2017/2018.

    Salutations,

    I’m R2D2IsASith, but you can call me R2, D2, IsA or Sith for short. I’m a 17-year-old male and currently 2 months into Year 13. I’m a socially awkward teen who loves TV-shows and games. It’s been quite a rocky start but I’m hoping this blog will help things to settle and get me into a healthy routine.

    My GCSEs?
    I’m not the smartest guy ever, I’ve always been told I’m smart but I truly think that intelligence is merely a product of hard work, and purely because of this I am 100% not smart. I’m lazy. I slack and often cram everything the day before, which worked (sorta?) at GCSEs but was super bad. My willingness to not do work snowballed and manifested into the hibernating sloth that I am today.

    Anyway, my grades were:

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    English Literature - A*
    Media Studies - A*
    Mathematics - A
    Statistics - A
    Science - A
    Additional Science - A (Really wish I did Triple Science)
    English Language - A
    History - B
    Religious Studies - B
    Drama - B
    Further Maths - B
    Geography - C (uhhhhhhhhhh……...pretend like this one never happened)






    AS Levels?
    After my GCSEs, I was semi-motivated to do good for my AS levels, but my god the jump between the two years was wow. I’d like to say that I took the beginning of AS like a champ, but I didn't. I took four A Levels which were:

    Mathematics - Edexcel
    Physics - AQA
    Chemistry - AQA
    Media Studies - OCR
    (Was also doing an EPQ but more on that later)

    Media looks odd but I considered it my “chillax and do nothing” subject. But boy, Media took up most of my time. One thing I’m weak at is time management (Which I’m hoping this blog will help with) and this was my downfall. Media required intense research and led me to neglect my other subjects because of how inefficient I was with time.
    I found myself taking hours to finish simple tasks and even longer to finish activities such as essays, which resulted in less time for subjects such as Chemistry which was a subject I struggled with as I had been getting Cs, Ds and the occasional Es for progress checks. Chemistry was the hardest subject for me and I felt that would never improve. This stressed me out to the point where I wanted to drop Media to focus more on my other subjects, but my teacher convinced me to rethink and try to manage myself before I give up entirely on improving fully. I kept media but put a tad bit more into my other subjects which sufficed until the lead up to my exams where I left revision until a month and a bit before exams.

    I was stuck in the endless cycle of motivation and demotivation, constantly convincing myself that tomorrow was the day that this would be done, that would be done, and I would do good, but that day came around April where I put everything into perspective. I buckled down and hardcore revised for Chem and Physics but left Maths unattended. Bad Move, R2. I figured that Maths was Maths, “you don’t need to go over content like the sciences I’ll just do the exercises in the books and nothing more “ (I never did them). Exams came and went. For my AS levels I got:

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    Chemistry - A (Really, really, really surprised my teacher and I)

    Physics - B (No one got an A. Could’ve been better)

    Media Studies - B (Eyyyy woooo. Minimal revision before exam)

    Mathematics - C (...*sigh*...)







    A Levels?
    The A in Chemistry really had a good effect on me and motivated me. Right after my exams (the week after, which is when everyone considered us to be Year 13s) I was determined to succeed and began trying to improve. I excelled and worked as hard as I could, speeding ahead of my classes and learning topics before it ever being covered in class. I put myself in a good position where I could finish Core 3 for maths during the beginning of the Summer holidays and finish C4 during the second half, while also working on Physics and Chemistry (I dropped Media. Whoop whoop).

    Summer came and I participated in the Nuffield Research Project where I worked alongside a lecturer and researcher at King’s College London on Dark Matter research and building a website with content. My EPQ would be based on this and would be marked in when in year 13. It was an amazing experience but left me drained after each day, and not much work was done. My hopes of maintaining my lead in subjects began to falter. The 6-week research placement finished and I thought to myself “It’s okay R2 just start working hard again when school starts, I’m pretty sure nobody else could be bothered to work during the holidays”.

    But then in September, two days before school started, my dad had a brain hemorrhage. Now I don’t know how to spell the word because I never know if there's an "a" after the first "e" and autocorrect on some phones have one spelling and some have the other, but I do know that it sucks. He had a brain he(a)morrhage which caused a stroke, and really disoriented me in terms of school. The first month was tough, and it was hospital for me every day after school with little work done. Most school work and little homework were completed during free periods at school which took its toll on my grades at the start. I was severely demotivated in everything, school, running and socialising. I feel like I’ve regressed.

    My dad is still currently recovering but still can’t walk at the moment which leaves me at this point in time. Things are calming down a tiny bit but things with my dad are still stressful. Mocks just finished last week but I wasn’t able to revise for Chem or Physics which covered AS content (I actually missed one paper for Chem as my dad had a fall at the time in the hospital and it was pretty serious). I only revised for Maths and got an A which really motivated me again (despite failing Physics and Chem)

    It’s currently 01:48 on a Sunday and I’m chilling to music (check out my Spotify playlist: https://goo.gl/nKZPY5). I’m planning on getting early tomorrow to revise for a Chemistry progress check tomorrow and also to catch up on physics work I’m behind on. But I’m trying to improve again as I did last year before the holidays. I bought a massive A1 calendar to help manage my days. I’ve decided to do 3 days of A2 content for each subject (Monday - Wednesday) followed by 3 days of AS content for each subject (Thursday - Saturday), Saturday evenings and Sundays is when I’ll visit my dad. I’ve set 23:30 as the time to be in bed by (which I’ve already broken. But hey I’ll start this on Monday) and I hope to wake up at 06:30 every day to slot in an hour of work before every school day. One thing, I’ve also wanted to pick up on is running. I’ve tried to run in the Summer but couldn’t be bothered especially with everything that happened to my dad, but now I hope to make running a hobby of sorts to destress and isolate myself from work and everything. This’ll all start on Monday and I hope to get more fit as the year goes on. This blog would thus serve as a record of my potential progress and help keep me in check.

    University?
    I realised that in this long ass post I made no real mention of what I want to do later in life. Well, I’m hoping to be able to do a Physics degree since working at NASA or SpaceX has always been a dream of mine.

    But imma keep my UCAS related stuff here:

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    Predicted Grades: AAA (Subject to change)

    [UPDATE (16/11/17): My Maths teacher changed my prediction from a B to an A!]

    Application Status: In Progress (Editing Personal Statement)

    Choices:

    University of Birmingham - Physics (MPhys) with an International Placement (A*AA)

    University of Bath - Physics (MPhys) with a Professional Placement and Research Abroad (A*AA)

    University of Southampton - Particle Physics (MPhys)with a Research Year Abroad (AAA)

    Loughborough University - Physics (BSc) (ABB)

    University of East Anglia - Physics (BSc) (ABB)







    So I’m knackered right now and don’t think I’ll be able to wake up at 7:30 now but meh. I’ll try my best to post daily starting from Monday, but if not, then it shall be a weekly blog covering everything done throughout the week. Thanks for reading and goodnight.

    Farewell,
    R2D2IsASith

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    Hi there! Your blog is looking really interesting so far! best of luck with it all. It seems like you really know what you're hoping for and that's great. And you've secured some really good AS level marks so congratulations! I'm sorry to hear you've had a bit of a difficult time with your dad I really hope things get easier for you and your family! I have faith in you and I know it'll make you come out even stronger.

    Also, nice university choices! Do you know which one you want to be your firm once you get some offers?
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    (Original post by Changing Skies)
    Hi there! Your blog is looking really interesting so far! best of luck with it all. It seems like you really know what you're hoping for and that's great. And you've secured some really good AS level marks so congratulations! I'm sorry to hear you've had a bit of a difficult time with your dad I really hope things get easier for you and your family! I have faith in you and I know it'll make you come out even stronger.

    Also, nice university choices! Do you know which one you want to be your firm once you get some offers?
    Thank you so much! It's gonna be hard but I'm gonna have to just push on. You've actually made me feel a bit more confident now.

    Hmmmmm. I'm actually not too sure about my firm, but I really want to go Birmingham (It looked soooo nice) or even Bath (I love campus universities), though with my current predicted grades I'm not too sure about it since they require A*AA. If my teachers alter my predicted grades then hopefully it'll all work out.
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    13/11/17 (Week 1 Day 1)

    To kick off the first day, I woke up at 06:30 on the dot, ran downstairs, made some (bad) coffee and cracked on with some maths within a matter of minutes. I’d like to think that this qualifies for the fastest time from asleep to implicit differentiation in some sort of world record book but someone’s probably one-upping me right now . Chapter 4 of Core 4 (Edexcel) started off fairly easy but when implicit differentiation came along, ooooooohhhh boooooooy, **** got real. Okay, I have to say that it’s not hard at all, it’s just super easy to make mistake in the millions of steps you have to do when differentiating your Xs and Ys. But it was a good start to the day. :awesome:

    School for me is a little weird in terms of timings on Monday (not sure about anyone else) but school starts at 08:40 with assembly (But today was cancelled so I went to our study room to chillax but a text was sent home saying I missed form. Was I truanting? Nope. Did my mum think I was truanting? Little bit). Then after a 10-minute assembly, we have our 5 lessons, but they’re all 5 minutes shorter (even lunch) so that school finishes at 14:30 (whoop whoop), but I digress.

    My first period was a free period but I had to attend a school therapy session for an hour 55 minutes. The second period was another free one which I used to continue to do a few more Core 4 differentiation questions. Period three was yet another period which involved me spending an hour 55 minutes on Simple harmonic motion for physics which is part of my (ever increasing) backlog.

    Period four is when I finally had a lesson, a physics lesson. We were finishing up learning about capacitors and the use of dielectric materials, while also solving several simplistic problems about the decay of charge. Now for the fifth period.‘Twas a maths lesson and we started looking at parameters, parametric equations, cartesian equations and the conversion between the two forms. We were also given back our Core 3 mock papers that we did last week and were told that anyone who got below 90% has to retake it and do another paper next week Monday (?!?!?!???!?!?!??!?!?!). I got 61/75 which is 81% . That’s essentially what I did at scho-- Wait I had two chemistry progress checks right after. One was on Aldehydes and Ketones and the other was on equilibrium, it was an alright pairing of tests. I feel like I did okay but definitely can do better.

    After school was a bit of a muddle. I got home ready to do some more maths as I made Mondays serve as Maths day but sadly had to go to the hospital on short notice to drop a care package for my dad. It was nice to see him, which led me to lose track of time and I got home back quite late. I got home quite demotivated, I decided to cut the day short at this point to just chillax and eventually write this.

    I think I’m talking too much now.

    That’s it for me
    -R2

    Plans for tomorrow?
    • Finish Core 4 Chapter 3 Exercise 4B in school
    • Write up notes for the entire chapter for Physics Simple Harmonic Motion at home
    • Complete questions on SHM
    • Learn how to make good coffee.
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    Good luck! I'm also applying to Birmingham, it looks really really lovely. Good luck on getting a place there, it looks like you have a good shot!
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    Good luck! I'm also applying to Birmingham, it looks really really lovely. Good luck on getting a place there, it looks like you have a good shot!
    The lake in the middle of The Vale accommodation village is what made me love the uni, just imagine all the lake parties... :ahee:

    I've been worried my predicted grades for quite a while now, hopefully they get changed a bit. Thanks though! Oh and what will you be applying for at Birmingham?
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    The lake in the middle of The Vale accommodation village is what made me love the uni, just imagine all the lake parties... :ahee:

    I've been worried my predicted grades for quite a while now, hopefully they get changed a bit. Thanks though! Oh and what will you be applying for at Birmingham?
    The lake was a major plus for me, too XD I loved the accommodation, too, and I think they were pretty decently priced too.

    Good luck with changing your predicted grades, too, I don't know how low Physics offers are there but I'm guessing they're maybe a little higher? I'm sure you'll get it though!

    I applied for English and History and got an offer for AAB! They got back to me super quickly too, so that's another good sign.
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    The lake was a major plus for me, too XD I loved the accommodation, too, and I think they were pretty decently priced too.

    Good luck with changing your predicted grades, too, I don't know how low Physics offers are there but I'm guessing they're maybe a little higher? I'm sure you'll get it though!

    I applied for English and History and got an offer for AAB! They got back to me super quickly too, so that's another good sign.
    Do you think the lake freezes over during winter? Yeah, plus it's nice to have everyone together.

    Yeah, the Physics BSc requires A*AA which is just :eek:, but i really want to go there.

    AWWW YEAH CONGRATS, now it's just getting those grades and then you'll be off partying and ice skating (??) on the lake. I have faith in you, you can do it! :banana:
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    (Original post by R2D2IsASith)
    Do you think the lake freezes over during winter? Yeah, plus it's nice to have everyone together.

    Yeah, the Physics BSc requires A*AA which is just :eek:, but i really want to go there.

    AWWW YEAH CONGRATS, now it's just getting those grades and then you'll be off partying and ice skating (??) on the lake. I have faith in you, you can do it! :banana:
    Geez I hope so, but it seems unlikely with the lack of snow we get. I don't think it's cold enough in our country anymore, unfortunately.

    The first step is getting the grades predicted, just remember to not stretch yourself too thin, and don't stress yourself out too much. It's a lovely university, but the other ones you've applied for are just as good! I applied to East Anglia as well and got a very low offer from them (BBB), so they're definitely likely to offer you a place! And from what I've seen of them, they're brilliant, even if they aren't Russell Group.

    Thank you so much! Good luck to you with your predicteds, I hope you get the ones you need. Maybe do some extra work for your teachers to show them how dedicated you are and how you can most definitely get what you want them to predict you. Let me know how it goes! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you
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    14/11/17 (Week 1 Day 2)

    You know that amazing feeling when you just naturally wake up just before your alarm and head back to sleep. Best feeling ever. So I woke up at 06:00 today but slept again until 06:30 which made me feel awake and kinda made my coffee useless (not that it’s good coffee or anything). I completed several equilibrium questions on the Kc constant which was basically AS content and thus easy.

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    I lost track of time and left for school at 08:55 on the dot, but I’m quite lucky that school is only 10 minutes away, so I wasn’t too late. My first two lessons of the day were double Chemistry, period 1 and 2. We haven’t had a lesson with our Chem teacher in weeks because of mocks but we learnt about the other equilibrium constant, Kp, which involved Partial pressures, mole fractions and a hell of a lot of multi-step questions.

    Next, I had two free periods which I used to work on some Core 4. I mentioned this yesterday, but holy moles, so many mistakes can be made with implicit differentiation. I’m not too sure if there’s too much going on in the question or if I'm just stupid, but the very last question of the exercise frustrated me so bad. I gave up with 20 minutes left until lunch so I just left to go home for lunch early. I had another free period after lunch but my willingness to do math (or anything for that matter) diminished. I chilled in my bed browsing reddit TSR and napped for a bit. I woke up just in time to get ready for an unscheduled physics lessons where we started Gases. It consisted of fairly simple stuff which is covered in chemistry as well, such as Q=mc∆t, the ideal gas law and other energy-related stuff.

    But I guess the highlight of the day was when our Physics teacher told us about a trip to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory that we’ll be going on in March. I know it’s not CERN or anything but damn this is pretty cool, they use beams of neutrons and muons to study materials on an atomic scale. I guess particle physics is what I should branch into after uni, but space is just as perplexing. After this enlightening lesson, it was home for me where I browsed TSR for an hour then got cracking with Simple harmonic motion. It was quite intense and I never got around to finishing writing notes for it . I’ll most likely do this tomorrow.

    Today felt like such a long day, my head is killing me and it’s quite late, but I want to watch something on Netflix. Maybe I’ll accidentally binge watch an entire show or something.

    Anyway, that’s it for me!

    Toodaloo
    - R2

    Plans for tomorrow?

    Morning:
    • Finish Simple harmonic notes


    School:
    • Either Some Capacitors or Simple harmonic motion questions
    • Some Kp equilibrium questions


    Home:
    • Write up notes for Kp equilibrium
    • Start looking into Acids and Bases or Carboxylic acids.
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    Ah I love this! Definitely will be following this along :yep:

    Also an A in chemistry AS is amazing! I decided I couldn’t hack chem after 2 months! :laugh:

    If you ever make a tag list be sure to put me on it!
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    Ah I love this! Definitely will be following this along :yep:

    Also an A in chemistry AS is amazing! I decided I couldn’t hack chem after 2 months! :laugh:

    If you ever make a tag list be sure to put me on it!
    Yay, thanks! Yeah, when I saw my results I was just so shocked, I had troubles with it earlier on in AS and didn't think I could improve, but I somehow did!

    I'll set one up next post!
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    15/11/17 (Week 1 Day 3)

    Today was an uneventful day. I got up at 06:30, as per usual, and was ready to go. I finished my Simple harmonic motion notes that I promised I would do, and left for school. Form time occupied my morning 08:40 slot before my actual lessons started and involved my form tutor criticising my use of flowery language in my personal statement. Great! Gotta do a lot more work for it and eventually send it off.

    Period 1 and 2 is where I had double Physics, which I used to do some questions on Capacitors as well as Simple harmonic motion. They were average questions and I used this mechanics book which i stole from the library last year (Graded Exercises in Mechanics by Ann Kitchen and Geoff Wake). I like the book but at some points it can be quite complicated and just hurts my brain.

    The double lesson felt like it went so quick, and with it: my will to do work. For the rest of the day I had free periods, and felt that I should work on my personal statement. This feeling dissipated soon after and resulted in looking at cute dogs and various breed with a large group of friends. Dogs are cute. This lasted until lunch, which i when i went home and watched Mindhunter (Excellent show) while browsing TSR for a bit too long and failed to do anymore work. I’m quite sad now, mainly because I didn’t do as much work as I had hope but also because I’m on the last episode for Mindhunter and I really don’t want it to end. But hey, my sadness is only motivating me to do more work tomorrow. Hopefully, this feeling will stay throughout the entire day.

    I feel like these blogs are boring. Why are interesting things not happening?

    Anyways, i gotta bounce!
    -R2

    Plans for tomorrow?

    Morning:
    • Core 3 questions for the test on Monday


    School:
    • Edit personal statement based on feedback from Form time.


    Home:
    • Core 2 revision (for retaking)


    Thanks for believing in me!
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    Howdy hi R2D2IsASith! :wavey:

    Best of luck with this year, you seem dedicated and willing to succeed - it's admirable! I'm also in Y13 like yourself and I do Maths and Physics too (although I do Maths with AQA not Edexcel) so we can both give each other a motivational nudge if we ever need :lol:

    Sorry to hear about your dad :console: hope he makes a speedy recovery! Well done for getting through everything best you can despite it all, I'm sure you'll do great things :yep:

    Will be following this, do keep me posted! :thumbsup:
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    Howdy hi R2D2IsASith! :wavey:

    Best of luck with this year, you seem dedicated and willing to succeed - it's admirable! I'm also in Y13 like yourself and I do Maths and Physics too (although I do Maths with AQA not Edexcel) so we can both give each other a motivational nudge if we ever need :lol:

    Sorry to hear about your dad :console: hope he makes a speedy recovery! Well done for getting through everything best you can despite it all, I'm sure you'll do great things :yep:

    Will be following this, do keep me posted! :thumbsup:
    Aww thanks mate. I try my best, but sometimes i can get super distracted. Admirable? ohhh stop it you . I'm pretty sure we can help each other out, though I feel like it would end up being you helping me all the time!

    Yeah it sucks, but my dad's getting slightly better. His memory is messed up so he forgets how motivated he was the day before and often refuses to do physio, kinda like me with revision. But I hope so, the stress has been getting to me a lot quite recently.

    Likewise. I'll tag you in and maybe you can tag me in your GyG. I feel like I can learn a lot from you
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    (Original post by R2D2IsASith)
    Aww thanks mate. I try my best, but sometimes i can get super distracted. Admirable? ohhh stop it you . I'm pretty sure we can help each other out, though I feel like it would end up being you helping me all the time!

    Yeah it sucks, but my dad's getting slightly better. His memory is messed up so he forgets how motivated he was the day before and often refuses to do physio, kinda like me with revision. But I hope so, the stress has been getting to me a lot quite recently.

    Likewise. I'll tag you in and maybe you can tag me in your GyG. I feel like I can learn a lot from you
    Everyone gets distracted now and then, completely normal! And yes!! Nah, I can be very lazy at times (a lot of the time :getmecoat:) so it will definitely be mutual :lol:

    That's good to hear at least. Hope things improve with his memory if possible, and the stress is completely understandable. I suppose the only thing I can suggest is to be sure, despite all the goings-on, to have some "you time" every now and then to just bring everything back in check and restore your mind etc. as that's incredibly important :sadnod:

    Sure! I'll tag you in my next big update (Saturday) aww, thank you! Likewise
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    16/11/17 (Week 1 Day 4)

    Today was quite a fun day! I woke up today at 06:30 today (I’m trying to establish a good routine so that i can just wake up naturally at 6ish, so far it’s working), and got on with some Core 3 revision. It was fun but I kept making stupid mistakes, like not factoring out X to cancel down before making the denominators the same in an algebraic fraction. It got me a little frustrated, but practice make perfect (and I’m gonna blame the bad coffee for the mistakes. I should get a coffee machine,decent coffee or take up a coffee course).

    School started off with form, but had nothing important so let's skip to period 1 and 2. Double Chemistry, Yay! We were doing a required practical which involved making a sample of aspirin from salicylic acid, ethanoic anhydride and sulphuric acid. The prep phase was completed last week and involved an intense 2 hours of mixing, heating, waiting, filtering and making breaking bad jokes. We ended up with a wet and crude aspirin that needed dying then purifying

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    The purifying was done during period 1 and 2. With our now dry aspirin we did some more mixing and even more heating, but this time we heated our aspiring with Ethanol. Wooooooow. Cool right? This resulted in our purified aspirin in the form of crystals (see pictures at the bottom) mine was just sludge . But we were running short on time and couldn't complete the last part which involved assessing the overall effectiveness by using theoretical yields and what not.

    After Chemistry, I had two free periods until lunch which I actually properly used to do my personal statement. I was initially going to complete my PS next week or so, but i was told during break that our head of year wanted all personal statements done by Monday :eek:. So I had to do something. Two hours later, I came out of the library with a redesigned personal statement that was built on the feedback of several teachers, but still needed more. I’m gonna have to email some people tomorrow to read over it. I hate how cliche I can be without knowing. Ugh. Oh and the greatest thing happened while I was in the library, my Maths teacher walks in tells me he’s predicting me an A for physics and not a B. Holy moles. I was so worried about my predictions when I got a C in AS, but now I can relax a bit. I’m going to retake Core 2 and Statistics 1 but this is a big relief. My predicted grades are now AAA, just one grade shy off of the required grades for Birmingham. *sigh*. It’s progress.

    The last two periods were double Physics, where did some Projectile motion revision for the first half. I have to admit that I sorta forgot SUVAT stuff but quickly remembered :ahee:. The second half had us continuing learning more about Thermal physics which went deeper into some equations I’d previously learnt in Chemistry (Q=mcT and stuff). Lessons finished at 16:20 and it was quite dark out so I headed straight home for a cup of tea. I browsed TSR and added more to my personal statement in place of the Core 2 revision I had previously planned to do. And that was essentially the day.

    Not much work was done, but I’m thinking that once my UCAS application is sent off I’ll be more into work and motivated to revise.

    That’s it for me folks,

    Goodnight!
    - R2

    Plans for tomorrow?

    Morning:
    • Core 3 or Personal Statement

    School:
    • Core 3 or Personal Statement

    Home:
    • Core 3 or Personal Statement


    I think tomorrow is a Core 3 or Personal Statement day.


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    17/11/17 (Week 1 Day 5)

    Today was a semi-good day. I adhered to my routine and got up on time to edit my personal statement and reword everything. This took an hour or two, then I’d sent it off to my form tutor to read so that he could give me feedback during form time. After this was done, I got ready and walked to school. It was bloody cold, and I mean like frostbite cold.

    My tutor gave the necessary feedback for my PS and the criticisms included simple grammar and spelling mistakes and quite a lot of repetition. I was quite unsure about whether or not I should mention that I'm applying for a CREST Gold award since I may receive news about it after sending my application. If I were to mention it and I didn't get the award…..well awks.

    I had Period 1 and 2 free which was nice but was wasted as my friend and I spent it searching the deep dark web for the questions that appeared in the Maths mock that we did a few weeks back. Our maths teacher wanted us to not only find them and correct our answers, but also find the statistics for how many people got it wrong…..bruh. After around an hour and a half of searching and banter, our second maths teacher informed us that it was a PIXL maths paper with modified values…







    *Sigh*
    This meant that there were no proper statistics or even a mark scheme online. And to top that off, during our maths lesson the first maths teacher didn't even check if we'd done it. :sigh:

    But today was a long day after break time, maths with one teacher during period 3 and 4 then maths with the other teacher after lunch. We worked on more parametric equations and integration to find the area under a parametric curve. Throwback to Core 2!

    Speaking of Core 2, we took this time during our lessons to confirm which modules of AS maths we would be retaking. I did quite bad in Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1. I'm not proud of it but I got a B, D and C respectively. My overall UMS was too low so my teacher put me down for all three to retake and confirmed that it would be doing Decision 1 alongside Core 3 and 4. Year 13 is gonna be a tough year. But I don't 100% have to do Statistics 1 again since I won't be doing Statistics 2 and because of everything with my dad, the workload might be too much. But I might do it to increase my UMS and ease some tension when it comes to Core 3 and 4.

    The single Maths lesson during period 5 had us working on Chapter 4 of Core 4 which was the differentiation of a^x It was fairly simple and led to us mucking around after, our teacher joined in too, so it's alright that I didn't a lot of work smile. My last lesson was Chemistry but was based at the other site of our school which is a 10 minute walk away.

    My school consists of two sites: upper and lower site. Lower site is basically hell and is plagued with the annoying little year 7 to 9s, who have yet to realise how hard life is going to get soon. And upper site is where the cool kids hang (year 10+). Sixth formers are only allowed to traverse between the sites as some lessons are based there. Chemistry was not one of them. After roaming the corridors of the Lower site for around 10 minutes I finally found my classroom and got cracking on with what my teacher said is one of the hardest topics in A2 Chemistry: Acids and Bases. Note were taken, jokes were made and then lesson finished at 16:20.

    Swiftly after this my friends and I caught the bus to the Wembley Stadium to watch a 17:10 showing of Justice League at a nearby cinema. I was partially excited but also doubted that it'd be good like Wonder Woman. It was decent (a 6/10) and was enjoyable but was rushed, it great cinematography and scenes, slow motion is used a lot and really pumped you up. After the movie finished at around 20:00 we headed to McDonalds and spoiled myself to a Spicy Veggie Deluxe Meal and a good cup of coffee. I nom nom nommed on the burger and left for home.

    After that I just chillaxed and watched some YouTubers then got into bed and began writing this. I'm using my phone because my friend borrowed my Chromebook charger and never gave it back . Now I have a dead Chromebook and nothing to charge it with.

    And that was today in a nutshell!

    That’s it for me, fellow TSRers

    Goodnight!
    - R2

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    18/11/17 (Week 1 Day 6)

    Salutations,

    It's a Saturday, a dull and rainy Saturday. I was planning on waking up at around 07:30 so that I could make at start on revision for Core 1 and Core 2. I did not wake up at 07:30. Since I went to sleep late yesterday and my watch (which I use for alarms) decided to die on me, I woke up later on at around 09:00. I laid in bed for like an hour which made me feel bad so I finally decided to get up to start the day.

    I made the standard bad coffee, which is intrinsic to me, and watched a few videos. I remembered that the timetables for exams came out recently and so I marked them down on my massive A1 calendar mounted on my wall so that I could see them. After a fairly long shower, I worked on some house chores while my mother went to the hospital and began making lunch.

    Work officially started at 13:00 and only lasted until 16:00. In this time I was only able to work on Core 1 which felt so easy. Doing Core 3 and Core 4 really helped as they're just more advanced versions of Core 1 and Core 2. But when 16:00 came my sister and I headed off to the hospital to see my dad.

    He was quite cheerful today. Cracking jokes and whatnot which was nice to see. He had no therapy sessions today so we just helped him eat his food and got him doing some extra mental and physical exercises to help him recover quicker. We got him into his wheelchair to take him out for a walk but it was raining so we had to stay inside which sucked 🙄. After several hours, it was getting.quite and then the visiting hours finished so we had to leave. It's quite sad to leave him but I'll see him tomorrow.

    I made the decision a few weeks ago to visit him only on weekends to ensure that I get all my work done. This has proven to be quite hard but we video call each other on the days I don't visit. Smile. Anyways, we got home and I fell asleep, which led to me being awake now. I'm thinking of watching stuff on Netflix but I also want to wake up early tomorrow. The dilemma is real.

    But that sums up today. Not much going on but hopefully next week my revision routine would be set so I'll go over how I actually write notes and revise.

    Goodnight!
    - R2

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    Unfortunately, I work all day Saturday (8:30 to 5:30) so my Saturdays are often not that great. Retail is a bore, honestly.

    You sound like you're doing well with this blog thing, though, I have massively fallen behind due to laziness and coursework deadlines. Also, it's good to find someone who also uses a Chromebook. I have been bullied for using one before because it doesn't have a DVD drive. I will be honest, that annoys me too on occasion, but it works just fine in every other way.

    However, I could really do with that aspirin.
 
 
 
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