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    INTRO(edited)
    I'm studystix a brand of sticks that screwed up her AS mocks and needs to start working If want to go to Uni.
    So that's why I'm a doing a GYG to try and be more productive at the very least.
    It there's something I'm going to post, if anything, it'll be stationery. notebooks, pens, felt tips, the like.
    I'll also be posting revision tips, quotes or motivational posters that I find online or that I heard someone using IRL oh and test results too.
    For personal reason, I may not be updating as much as I'd like to, but that will hopefully be sorted out soon.
    GSCE grades:
    English lit
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    C



    English language
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    B



    Maths
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    B



    Biology
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    B



    Chemistry
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    B



    Physics
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    B(just barely scraped that one)



    Art
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    C



    German
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    C



    Geography

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    A-levels and expected grades:
    OCR- religious studies- philosophy and ethics
    C
    AQA- applied science
    C
    Edexcel- biology
    C

    EDIT: As of now I'm currently below targets for all 3 subjects.
    that's something I want to change
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    13/03/2018

    the first post that isn't my intro post.
    here we go!

    Today, I had my results from a genetics test that I did last week and got 44%.
    being myself, I immediately compared it to the results of my classmates and decided that I wasn't good enough., mind you, they weren't waving their results around the class. I just took a look at their results from across the room when they started flipping them over.

    Since I restarted year 12, I decided that I would do better than before considering how it would kill me to fail twice(and my mother would kill me If that didn't) though I only really started to make more of an effort about 2 months ago.
    One of these ways that I've tried to improve was by actually studying for tests Instead of forgetting about them the day before and putting actual effort into learning.
    Still rather disappointed by my results though, damn you new exam format!

    Heres a motivational quote that I found today off of google:

    I also despise Grammarly at this point, It keeps jumping back when I haven't even finished the word.
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    Good luck with your retakes!

    I'm also retaking an exam this year (A2 classical civilisation) and I know how difficult it can be
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    (Original post by EstelOfTheEyrie)
    Good luck with your retakes!

    I'm also retaking an exam this year (A2 classical civilisation) and I know how difficult it can be
    Thank you! :five:
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    07/04/2018

    I've really slacked on this haven't I?

    Hello whoever is reading this!
    as you can tell by the number of posts here and the title that I haven't been working much.
    I only really started revising a few days ago and it was very lacking in quality and quantity, which is exactly the same mistake that I did last year.

    so, as I said I was going to do to, i'm going to track my revision for the rest of the holiday, every day if possible.

    I'm going to edit this post as i go along the rest of today so stay tuned.
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    16: something- 18:49 (four pomodoros)
    religious studies revision: ethics-natural law
    I went over the introduction for natural law in my OCR book which took much longer than I initially expected, but then again, that's how it's supposed to be. I'm still not done yet, after my 15 minute break, i'm going to work on any schoolwork/ coursework that I need to do over the break as well.

    I'm actually using a study with me video for this, which I will put a link to once my work/study session is finished.

    20:00 (two pomodoros) I worked on some coursework, and after comparison, I've concluded that something has gone horribly wrong with them since some of them don't match with some of the values that have been calculated, sadly the video worked it's magic and I was too focused on my task to realize that something wasn't right till i got to the end of my calculations.

    Oh well, at least it worked!
    here's the video I used ! :
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    08/04/2018

    My knees ache so much

    I should seriously sit down more at work, Standing up for almost five hours is not a good idea, even if you move around If there is anyone who does that as well, please stop.

    I was working today which is why the time I study on weekends are rather short in comparison to what I can do on weekdays, so I'm trying to work as well as I can for now.

    It might have been obvious from the last post, but I'm a big fan of the pomodoro method splitting my work time into bite sized chunks makes It easier for me to work in long periods of time, Its different when I have an exam or test because I know when It ends, meanwhile with revision, unless I put down goals or something, then It doesn't work very well for me since I can get so easily distracted.
    I should probably make another revision timetable...

    will edit In a few hours!:bl:

    18:46- 20:51
    philosophy revision
    i studied 'philosophical influences' i.e. Aristotle and Plato using the pomodoro method once again using two videos from a 'study with me' playlist which I will also link to.
    It's kind of weird how slow studying can be which is probably why It's better off being done right at the beginning of the year, seriously, i had a checklist of about 8 things to study for philosophy and I only got to two in the list.

    It's kind of weird, but i suppose that makes It even more satisfying.

    The first two videos are the one that I used for this session:



    Tomorrow I'm going to spend as much of my day as I can studying/revising at school since It's still open for a revision space.
    Also, what is the difference between 'studying' and 'revising', Is there a difference?
    Is it like 'jam' and 'jelly' or what?
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    09/04/2018
    Oh Dear...

    I DID go to school, but because I spend about an hour trying to print out some questions and revision notes, I ended up just saying 'screw It' and left.
    I also Got some supplies on sale getting:
    some christmasy washi tape, some highlighter pens, a little alphabet storage box, a pen stylus and a magazine tray.
    I painted a bit with a new watercolour paints for like 2-3 hours...OK I'm going to get ready and start revision soon.
    21:14
    ...about that...I'll wake up early and do It tomorrow!
    hopefully this doesn't bite me later.
    I found an Interesting article today:
    https://mathmaine.com/2012/09/07/stu...g-to-memorize/
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    16/04/2018
    Back to school

    WOW I missed out a lot of days.
    The laptop that my dad lent to me suddenly decided that It didn't want to accept the password, so that didn't help.
    I'm finally back at school again and as of now it is 40 past 3.
    I'm also readin TSR posts as I do this.
    because I hade a free period today. I did some revision of CF, transcription and translation and a little bit of replication at the end.:
    I think I'll update this later at some point so I just leave this motivational picture here for now:
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    What the hell is with this weather?!

    You know, I went to bed at about 11pm yesterday. Want to know what happened?

    I stayed in bed awake, till 3 am.

    I usually wake at 6am, so you probably have a good idea of how I'm feeling today.

    Anyway, yesterday I got a short report from my school, my target grades are all C's again, unfortunately, and I’m working below targets for all of them.

    It’s my fault for not working as hard as I should have, for example deciding to do something that would benefit me, i.e. packing my things for the next day, only to throw that sentiment out of the window half an hour later.

    It was around this time last year that I was told that I was underachieving and I needed to do something about it.

    And dear lord do I hate coursework.
    On a positive note, I think that I’m slowly, but surely becoming more organised so Things are less likely to catch me out. I'm also less antsy over asking teachers for help, something that I don't like doing because I end up feeling stupid for not understanding it.

    I'll put my day's revision on here later in the day and enjoy the rest of my break, so for now, here's a picture of some study tips:

    EDIT: I just realised that yesterday I said the same thing and I didn't touch this for the rest of the day, welp seems I just avoided that!
    EDIT:
    I did some mindmaps for RS philosophy on religious experience for about 55 minutes
    And at my H/W club, I went over an exam and some questions.
    one was on mutation, another was on general applied science, though the queations we did where focused on the heart and excercise.
    At the homework club I go to, we book a tutor(well, they're not always tutors, they may just work in the field that our subject relates to) on an online poll, then we come in and they help us with what we need to do
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    (Original post by Studystix)
    On a positive note, I think that I’m slowly, but surely becoming more organised so Things are less likely to catch me out. I'm also less antsy over asking teachers for help, something that I don't like doing because I end up feeling stupid for not understanding it.
    Organisation is half the battle! Once you get that down things should start falling into place for you pretty quickly! :gthumb:

    Never be afraid to ask for help, the way I see it is the worst that can happen is you come away exactly the same as you were before you asked, it's their job to help you and that's what they want to do!
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    (Original post by Evil Homer)
    Organisation is half the battle! Once you get that down things should start falling into place for you pretty quickly! :gthumb:

    Never be afraid to ask for help, the way I see it is the worst that can happen is you come away exactly the same as you were before you asked, it's their job to help you and that's what they want to do!
    Yeah, I'm still trying to get used to organisation, since I tend to just wing it. :^_^:
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    21/04/2018
    Always be prepared

    I came home from work at two, started work at around 4 or 3 and I’m now watching crashcourse videos on biology doing my homework.
    I made a list of all of my homework for this week and I’m slowly ticking them off.
    One by one.
    Since mock exams are coming soon, I thought that It would be appropriate to talk about this a little.
    According to a gcse studying guide, there were several useful quotes inside.
    For instance:
    ‘If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail’
    And this once by will smith ‘If you stay ready, you’re never going to get ready’
    And, to be honest, I’m almost never ready.
    Heck, when I was in primary school, one thing that always happened was that I was always late and It only got better when I was in year 5 or so.

    For me, writing down everything in my bullet journal has so far been one of the most effective way for me to stay on top of my things, and since I’m finishing my second one, I’ll be able to refine my methods even more than before.
    What I do is make a weekly spread for my classes and write down my homework and what I’m supposed to revise.
    Afterwards, I start a collection page ‘School’ and I write down what the lesson was titled, the topics in the lesson, homework and any coursework that I need to start on that day.
    I highlight these sections in the index of my bullet journal and from now, will start writing a date to go with it so I can find what I need to do.

    For those of your who don’t know what a bullet journal Is, here’s a summary:

    The Bullet Journal is an analog system created by Ryder Carroll, a Designer based in New York. In his words, theBullet Journal is meant “to help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future.” ... It can be your task manager, sketchbook, journal, idea catcher, and much more!

    And here’s a website for you to visit about the bullet journal!:
    http://bulletjournal.com/get-started/
    I worked on homework today for the most part, so no study tracker today.
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    25/04/2018
    It's been a while hasn't it?

    Hello again, now, firstly, the main reason why I wasn't updating this a little more was because I was doing an 'avoid entertaining media' challenge a bit late to make myself more productive, I used get revising over TSR, because I didn't want to get distracted by the stuff in my feed, to let you guys know, I found this challenge on a site/ app called habitica, Which I will talk about more at the end of this post.
    in this challenge I had to avoid the following:

    • TV
    • series, movies and documentaries
    • YouTube, Netflix and similar video platforms
    • music, audio books, podcasts and the like
    • books, comics, fanfiction, etc.
    • video games of all kinds
    • funny and entertaining websites
    • social networks

    I did well for a few days but then I couldn't resist checking out some webcomics that I really liked since I had a bit of a bad day.
    I also printed out a study timetable that I only just barely followed, yesterday was alright, but today, due to certain events at my school, my plans where messed up, yet again.
    I'll be posting what I did for this study session later after I get some stuff done...and finish reading some entertaining articles.
    ...
    Ok, I'm back after doing four pomodoros to work on my science coursework and i'm going to use some of my break to tell you about an app by the name of habitica.
    disclaimer- I'm not being paid to say these things XD, I just think that they'll be super useful since it has done me some good.
    Habitica (this link has its wikia page) is a management app/site that turns your tasks, to-do lists and life in general into an RPG game, giving you experience when you stick to your goals and tasks, and depleting health when you don't.
    Though I've kind of been on and of habitica, One thing that definitely helps me stay motivated are the challenges, such as the 'avoid entertaining media' challenge(which btw, was made by a guild on habitica known as extraboost, which also has a website).
    So yeah! that's what I use along with my bullet journal.
    I think I'll do some more light revision before calling it a night, so see you in the next post, where I will start blabbing about how I take notes! :ciao:
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    I wonder how difficult coursework in Uni is...
    I probably should have done some more posts, since writing this does actually help me a bit.
    I got myself a tablet this week, finally I no longer have to lug around a bulky laptop with me when I want to work online without needing to log into something.
    I've recently restarted that avoid media challenge that I tried for a few days on the end of April and I failed hard yesterday, so the penalty for what I've done was that I would have to eat nothing but bread and water. however there wasn't actually bread I could eat, so I had weetabix instead, no milk, just water.
    I've been working more on coursework than I have been working on revision. which was another reason for the tablet, I'd be a bit more likely to study on the go so I can get some extra stuff in when I'm on the bus or something.
    There's a method of revising that would probably be super useful to...use... so I'll talk about that when I'm done revising/working for the day
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    Sorry about this
    yeah, I didn't feel motivated to post anything at all due to some issues,
    I haven't really been feeling too well, so when I thought about updating, I ended up not even logging in
    but hey, there's a post today, so now I feel better!
    my lessons were so canceled so I'm going to make up as much work as I can.
    In my last post, I was going to show you some note-taking methods, but I didn't so I'm showing you in this one.
    There are two that I like:
    the cornel method
    and flow notes.
    the cornel note-taking method involves splitting your page into three sections notes, cues and summary:

    In the note section, you take your notes in any way you want, in the cue section your write any challenging questions that the note make you think about and the summary is just that, a summary of the information on the note section.
    I like using this method because with it, I actually look back an my notes, the cues and summary are supposed to be done after the class is over, so it can be a usful incentive to use excercise books for revision purposes.
    The other method, called flow notes, was developed by a Scott H young who went to MIT and completed a 4 year degree in ONE year.
    as a challenge.
    this guy is a hero.
    ANYWHO, he developed a note taking method that is basically a massive brain dump of whatever your learning class or the ultimate mind map.
    this explaination doesn't really do the method justice so the pdf is attached to this post.
    I like to use this method in cornel notes to make it more organised and easier to follow.
    I promise that I'll update on my studying in this post today- though It's length will depend on whether there's internet at home or not.
    Told you I would edit
    avoiding distractions went pretty well for me yesterday (i'm editing on the 16th), but i didn't do as much as I wanted to.
    Biology: Biodiversity and Taxonomy - 35 min in total
    Applied science- 25 min in total
    ...Like i say, i should've done more.
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    Anyone else feeling nervous?
    It's almost time for exams and I was actually able to revise in some amounts, already doing better than last year!
    Last week we had a theme day focusing on finance, personal statements and our UCAS applications, thanks to unifrog, that process has been made a little easier.

    Over the past few months. I've been able to do more work, though I have had some problems with my emotional health that I'm starting to get better with thanks to
    counseling.The people helping me are also going to start with a plan for what I'm going to do If I, for example, pass 2 mocks but fail one.
    Another problem that I've had for the past few months is with my sleep, I've been staying up late, not even being productive till times like 1 am or worse, and even then I can just wake up at 4 or 3 am to use the bathroom.

    My first exam Is tomorrow. and I think that I'm going to do OK in this one, which reminds me, If you, for whatever reason, have an oppertunity to do a test early?
    TAKE IT.
    please, for pete's sake, It puts less pressure on you If you have one less thing to worry about during A/AS levels.
    I had a progress test today and I'll be going over the answers last lesson, so that should be fun.
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    the internet at home Is kind of funky, so I may or may not be able to add what I did for revision tonight, If I can't then i'll update this tommorow.

    Revision log update:

    Biology revision
    Protein structure 25 min
    genetics and health 25 min
    topic 1- water and transport 43 min
    topic 1- paper 1h 30 min
 
 
 
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