A*AA in a year Watch
I'm resitting my A levels after getting BBB in Bio (OCR A), Chem (OCR A) and Maths (MEI). I'm aiming to achieve A*AA. I know its a stretch, and realistically speaking, AAA is more achievable, but I still want to try. There's a lot I know I did wrong in my A levels, so in my gap year, hoping to change that.
I'll be updating this every day (hopefully) to track my journey. I want to apply for med this year too, as I did last year. I got 2 offers last year and I know its going to be a lot more trickier this year, but I'll be updating my progress here too!
(Don't worry, I've checked which schools allow resits, so I'm pretty set on this route)
GCSE's: 4A*'s, 4A's, 1B.
First set of A levels: BBB
Ukcat last year: 687.5 band 2
Ukcat this year: 690 band 1 (significant improvement much :/ lol )
So in summary, I'm just going to be documenting my UKCAT revision and A levels. I've been searching on TSR for resit applicant success stories for medicine and haven't really found a lot, but my hope is that I can set some sort of example hopefully!
Wish me luck!
Edit- I got into kings for med!
Today I went to the library and spent a good few hours doing some solid practice. I was still struggling with my abstract reasoning, and yesterday I did 19 questions (each out of 5) so I got 65/95 which wasn't great. However, I realised I was jumping to looking for harder patterns first and thats where most of my mistakes came from. Did more Abstract Reasoning today, and did a full mock in which I got 670 average, and 730 in abstract which I was really happy with. Going to focus on my weakest section in the mock from now on, which was decision.
Good luck and thanks! This is my second time doing the UKCAT so seems nostalgic (but not in the best way :/ ). After the UKCAT, focus on your grades and I'm sure you'll be fine. Trust me, having to do everything all again after year 13 is not fun, but don't worry!
Went to the library again, and did some decision and verbal questions. Was quite happy I got 27/34 in decision, which is much better than my mock score of 600 in DR yesterday! I'm just scared that these are once off sort of scores :/ . Annoyingly, I did one of the official UKCAT mocks today, and I slacked a bit and decided not to do the SJT at the end. I pressed end test before the SJT section, and it cancelled the whole test 1 hr 30 mins, and no score - not the happiest at that point. Oh well, might do another mock now to compensate.
Do a UKCAT mock
Focus on QR mostly
Do a good few sets of questions for each section
These plans are quite vague, just because I'm not sure how much exactly I'm going to do. However, this is giving me some incentive to get cracking on!
Starrting to think about my personal statement now, so I've been looking for a few places to volunteer, just because its been so long since I've been in an environment like that. I think I will get a better reflection out of it too, so hopefully I'll find something.
So I managed to do 1 mock yesterday, and my score wasn't great. I struggled with QR and AR still. That's all I did yesterday. I was feeling a bit demotivated and glum too, but I'm going to start afresh today.
In terms of volunteering, I've found a few places and just waiting for replies back. Hopefully something can be sorted, as I would like to do volunteering for the long term, rather than just ending it once my UCAS is sent off.
Anyway, I'm planning to head to the library from 2-9 today, as that environment works best for me. Hopefully something positive out of that. My main concentration today is going to be QR and I've found some good AR videos on youtube, which I'm going to watch too!
For tomorrow, I'm going to try and hack QR and just do those mini section mocks instead rather than a whole one. I think its best I target my weaknesses first. I've got around 3 weeks left till I sit my UKCAT, so my aim is, by the last week I shouldn't be scared of any section anymore, and know that I have a strategy for most if not all types of questions. I was lucky last year getting 687.5 in my UKCAT but this year I cannot count on maybe getting easy questions, as essentially, its my last shot. Probably the longest update I've done, but I think my brain just likes to rant at 1 am in the morning, can't help it :/ .