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What is Left

Maths
Half of P3
S1
S2
M1
M2

Further maths
Main syllabus
Mechanics
Statistics

Physics
A2

Additional exams and dates
STEP 1: Not sure
ENGAA: October 31
SAT: October 6
ACT: TBA
SAT subject tests: October 6, November 3
PRMO: 1 August (first selection test for maths Olympiad)

What is Done

Physics
AS

Mathematics
P1
Half of P3

SAT subject tests which I will be giving are physics and mathematics. They are mostly the subsets of A level syllabus so I will not be putting extra time into them.

Grades (CIE)

IGCSE
Mathematics - A*
Additional Mathematics - A*
Physics - A*
Chemistry - A*
Biology - A*
Computer Science - A*
English as First Language - A
Geography - A

AS Levels (My Predictions)
Mathematics - A
Physics - A

I really hope I get 90%+ UMS

AS Levels (Achieved)
Mathematics - TBA
Physics - TBA

A Levels (My Predictions)
Mathematics - IDK
Further Mathematics - IDK
Physics - IDK

A Levels (Achieved)
Mathematics - TBA
Further Mathematics - TBA
Physics - TBA

Universities
I'm applying for Civil Engineering

UK
Cambridge
Imperial College
Glasgow
Southampton
Bristol
Bath

North America
MIT
UC Berkeley
Stanford University
Georgia Institute of Technology
UIUC
UBC
University of Texas, Austin

Others
NTU
PolyU
UNSW Sydney (6 years program)
Kyoto University (Their year begins on March. Not sure if I'm eligible.)
KAIST
HKUST
Seoul National University

I will add more later. I will also add deadlines and other important details.

My first choice would definitely be Cambridge or Imperial College. I have very little hope from north american universities (I don't have many extra curricular activities) or Asian university (too competitive). Also, I'm homeschooled so I'm not sure how many universities will cooperate and let my parents write the recommendations. I also like UK because of 4 year masters instead of 5 or 6 years :afraid:. I will be old before I even start working.

It's a bit spooky doing this all on my own. I really hope everything will turn out to be fine .

Plan

There's a lot of stuff remaining. Also ENGAA is right around the corner. So here's my priority list (from most important to least)

Physics A2
All mechanics units
P3
Further pure mathematics
All statistics units

I have approximately 10 months. I will try to finish off everything in 4 months and then get a 6 months revision period. I have 9 units in total. Rough time allotment:

Physics A2: 25 days
Mechanics units (all): 12 days
P3: 10 days
Further pure mathematics: 15 days
Statistics units: somewhere between 10 to 15.

I am quite comfortable with most of P3 and further pure mathematics so I can quickly brush through them. I also think that mechanics would be relatively easier. I have never done statistics before so I have no idea how I will find it. Physics A2 also looks tricky.

During the first 5 months, for each unit, I will first solve all the problems in the book. Then I will solve past papers from 2009 to 2013.


June 12 to July end: Finish off all mechanics and do past papers
August: Finish off A2 and do past papers
September: Finish off P3 and past papers.
October 6: SAT Subject test (Physics and maths)
October: Revise M1, M2 and physics (AS + A2). Also do a lot of past papers for ENGAA.
Also during September and October: Do Chemistry.
October 31: ENGAA
November 3: SAT Subject test (Chemistry)
November: Do further maths syllabus completely.
December till April (5 months): Revise. Revise. Revise. Haven't decided the exact schedule.

Additionally, I'll also do a lot of SAT/ACT papers in the free time. I am also applying for maths Olympiad. I am mostly done with the syllabus. Just need to do problems now. Not sure how much time I'll get though.

I will be writing weekly from mid June and hopefully stick to the schedule.
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Good luck! Sounds like a solid plan, I should really look upon to this and try to do something similar myself. Neither of my Math nor Physics paper went great, as I was initially expected to by my teacher, peers and myself, hence very infuriating but really it was just about time until my procrastination took the better of me. I’ll try my best to utilise this summer and get a cracking A-Level result.

Just curious, but are you an AS or an A-Level Student? Reading through your post kind of made me ponder over this Qs. You don’t have to answer though if you don’t want to.
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Good luck! Sounds like a solid plan, I should really look upon to this and try to do something similar myself. Neither of my Math nor Physics paper went great, as I was initially expected to by my teacher, peers and myself, hence very infuriating but really it was just about time until my procrastination took the better of me. I’ll try my best to utilise this summer and get a cracking A-Level result.

Just curious, but are you an AS or an A-Level Student? Reading through your post kind of made me ponder over this Qs. You don’t have to answer though if you don’t want to.
AS level. I am not retaking A2. Next year will be my first A2 attempt.
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AS level. I am not retaking A2. Next year will be my first A2 attempt.
Ah, thanks for letting me know!
Sorry if I went a little overboard.
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Ah, thanks for letting me know!
Sorry if I went a little overboard.
It's all good
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June 11

Alright my AS exam ended today and I'm starting with A levels from tomorrow. Since I have plans for my vacations, my schedule will likely be unorganised for the next few days.

My plan is to finish off A2 Physics, M1 and S1 July 10. I will try to devote at least 4 hours daily to studies right now and I'll try to push it to 10 hours once my vacations end. 10 hours is really a stretch but since I have so much to do, it's necessary.

I'm a bit annoyed because there is not standard textbook for further maths. I will have to put in extra effort and study material from different books to make up for this. 2019 is the last year for the current FM syllabus. From 2020 CIE is scraping the current syllabus and making further mech and stat more like M2 and S2.
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