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Will I ever get a first in Chemistry if I only got an A at A-level?
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Will I ever get a first in Chemistry if I only got an A at A-level?
Yes. Put in the work and you’ll be fine. I just finished the second year of my maths degree where I got a first and I got BBC at A-level.
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I maintained a first throughout my entire 4 year degree (integrated masters) and I only got a B - mainly because I was shocking at practical work
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I maintained a first throughout my entire 4 year degree (integrated masters) and I only got a B - mainly because I was shocking at practical work
how much practical work did you do in the degree, esp integrated masters?
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how much practical work did you do in the degree, esp integrated masters?
I meant at A level, guess I was just sick of titrations!

Uni practical was much better! Mega stressful, but you are all in the same boat so it's fine
I went to Leeds and we did 9 hours of practical a week, with a rotation between inorganic, organic and physical experiments - I know some uni's do less than this (I think York does 6 hours every 2 weeks)
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I got a B in Chemistry A-level and I'm in my second year of my Chemistry degree and I got a 1st class in both years. It's totally possible!
Check out my blog: www.thenextchemist.wordpress.com
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I got a B in Chemistry A-level and I'm in my second year of my Chemistry degree and I got a 1st class in both years. It's totally possible!
Check out my blog: www.thenextchemist.wordpress.com
thanks - also is it less likely if at my uni most people will have gotten pretty high A*'s (I was only 1 mark off but got A*A* in Physics and Chemistry)
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A-levels don't define what you will get at uni. If you work hard and have a genuine interest in the subject, you are more likely to get a first even if you got an A at A-level. Also as far as I am aware, what you receive finally be it a first, 2:1 or 2:2 also takes into account what you got throughout your course whereas A-levels if only one exam.
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You need to be less concerned with grades and classifications and more concerned with your skills and understanding of the subject. Each university has it's own way of working out classifications and moderating exam results do they look good in league tables and advertisements.

Chemistry is a huge subject and a single overall class tells you nothing important - I knew two graduates from the same university both with upper second class degrees (bear in mind that 75% of all graduates now obtain a 2:1 or a 1st). One was excellent, well beyond some others with firsts from other universities. The other I wouldn't trust to synthesise a cup of tea by themselves. The reason the first person didn't get a first was because they were self-admittedly poor at physical chemistry, an area of the subject that had no bearing on their job. They were specialised for that role.

So two people from the same graduating class with the same classification were wildly different in terms of their capability to do chemistry :lolwut: There is little value in the classification by itself, if you can't demonstrate the knowledge and skill set they're supposed to represent.
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Yes. Put in the work and you’ll be fine. I just finished the second year of my maths degree where I got a first and I got BBC at A-level.
Which Uni are you studying your Maths degree at?
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Which Uni are you studying your Maths degree at?
Portsmouth
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I got a B in Chemistry A-level and I'm in my second year of my Chemistry degree and I got a 1st class in both years. It's totally possible!
Check out my blog: www.thenextchemist.wordpress.com
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I meant at A level, guess I was just sick of titrations!

Uni practical was much better! Mega stressful, but you are all in the same boat so it's fine
I went to Leeds and we did 9 hours of practical a week, with a rotation between inorganic, organic and physical experiments - I know some uni's do less than this (I think York does 6 hours every 2 weeks)
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Yes. Put in the work and you’ll be fine. I just finished the second year of my maths degree where I got a first and I got BBC at A-level.
I’m doing Biochemistry, have u guys got any tips for a first?
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I’m doing Biochemistry, have u guys got any tips for a first?
Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. If you don’t understand something go to your lectures.
Try not to let work mount up although, that’s easier said then done
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Yes. Put in the work and you’ll be fine. I just finished the second year of my maths degree where I got a first and I got BBC at A-level.
Hi, I'm starting a maths degree in September and I was wondering if you could give me any good revision tips for when I start, and advice on what I should be doing now to prepare for it. I'm starting to worry about that step up so any help would be appreciated. Thanks 😊
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Hi, I'm starting a maths degree in September and I was wondering if you could give me any good revision tips for when I start, and advice on what I should be doing now to prepare for it. I'm starting to worry about that step up so any help would be appreciated. Thanks 😊
Hey, for revision you’ll have to find what works for you. For me it’s going over loads of examples until I understand the topic.
For preparation there’s not a lot you can do, starting your first year they should ease you into the content and slowly get harder as you get used to how they do things at university. If you really want you can make sure your basics are up to scratch such as trigonometry, integration, differentiation etc but, they should go back over these topics to make sure everyone is on a level playing field.
My best advice would be don’t be ashamed to ask for help if you need it. Go to your lecturers and ask them to go over something again with you, they are there to help you. Also, don’t compare your grades to others, there will people who do better than you and people who do worse than you, just worry about yourself and not how everyone else is doing.
I hope this is of some help 😅 and good luck with university 😊
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Hey, for revision you’ll have to find what works for you. For me it’s going over loads of examples until I understand the topic.
For preparation there’s not a lot you can do, starting your first year they should ease you into the content and slowly get harder as you get used to how they do things at university. If you really want you can make sure your basics are up to scratch such as trigonometry, integration, differentiation etc but, they should go back over these topics to make sure everyone is on a level playing field.
My best advice would be don’t be ashamed to ask for help if you need it. Go to your lecturers and ask them to go over something again with you, they are there to help you. Also, don’t compare your grades to others, there will people who do better than you and people who do worse than you, just worry about yourself and not how everyone else is doing.
I hope this is of some help 😅 and good luck with university 😊
That's great thank you. Would you recommend any particularly good resources and text books to use if you use them? I'm normally very much a textbook learner so any help with which ones are best would be great😊
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That's great thank you. Would you recommend any particularly good resources and text books to use if you use them? I'm normally very much a textbook learner so any help with which ones are best would be great😊
That depends on the units you cover. Your lecturers will suggest books which give more detail about the theory of what you’re learning and that also provide exercises like in a textbook. They will normally provide a list of books but they usually highlight which ones are the most useful to your course and which are just for wider reading.Your lecturers will also provide there own exercises that they feel covers everything you need to know so the books are just bonus exercises really
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