rm.25's Year 13 GYG Watch

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RM.25'S YEAR 13 ATTEMPT/JOURNEY


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Welcome if you are new and thank you so much for coming back if you have read my blog before! I'm rm.25 and back again in the weird and wonderful world after failing to keep my 2017-2018 GYG blog going... hopefully it will actually work this time
So now I am in my last year of Sixth Form, I thought I would need this blog more than ever for motivation. I am taking Maths, Chemistry and Biologywhich are getting more difficult through the year
I am hoping to get minimum AAA but A*AA would be an absolute dreammmmm. Also currently completing my UCAS application and hoping to study Dentistry UKCAT is done and I am not taking BMAT




GCSE GRADES
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Maths (Edexcel) - 8
English Language (AQA) - 8
English Literature (AQA) - 7
Chemistry (AQA) - A
Biology (AQA) - A
Physics (AQA) - A
Geography (AQA) - A
Economics (AQA) - A
French (Edexcel) - A
Religious Studies (OCR) - A






UCAS stuff
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I have sent off my application!

Applied 12/10/18

Liverpool Dental Surgery BDS - AAA
Acknowledgement: 16/10/18
Interview Invite: 09/01/19
Interview: 14/02/19
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Dundee Dentistry BDS - AAA
Acknowledgement: 17/10/18
Interview Invite: 23/11/18
Interview: 12/12/18
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PlymouthDental Surgery BDS - AAA
Acknowledgement: 15/10/18
Interview Invite: 26/11/18
Interview: 22/01/18
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SheffieldDentistry BDS - AAA
Acknowledgement: 15/10/18
Interview Invite: 11/01/19
Interview: 01/03/19
Offer/Rejection:

NewcastleMedical Sciences (Deferred Choice) BSc - AAA-AAB (hopefully its AAB)
Acknowledgement: 16/10/18
Offer: 01/11/18 AAB





UKCAT
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VR - 550
QR - 650
DM - 680
AR - 690
SJT - Band 1

Advice from me about UKCAT: Don't bother going to a classroom course, if you really want to do one get an online course. Get medify for the mocks and the ISC UKCAT question book (although it is much harder compared to the real thing) if you want to improve your AR. I found QR in the test the same difficulty as the official practice tests on the UKCAT website and it was harder than medify I've heard a lot of people say differently, maybe its just because my mental maths isn't as good. Calm yourself down before you start the test, even practise staying calm whilst your studying and doing mocks, nerves definitely got the better of me when I was doing VR in the real thing. I found DM, SJT and AR about the same as medify. Start a minimum of 3 weeks before your test, use the UKCAT blog for help and advice (www.theukcatblog.com). Do a minimum of one mock a week so you can see your progress and what you need to work on. It is a case of lots of quality revision and to an extent, luck when it comes to the UKCAT. It is not the end if you get a bad score, there are unis that don't particularly look at your UKCAT when they decide who to offer a place to.

p.s. was hoping for at least 680 average ngl disappointed with VR and QR, in the medify mocks I took just before my test I got 730 in VR and QR :/












PREDICTED GRADES
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October 2018 predicted grades:
Biology - A
This mock was an absolute floppp, biology has been really hard for me mainly because of the mountain of content we have to learn Work is slowly starting to pay off though!

Chemistry - A
Went into the exam feeling confident and then just panicked through the wholleeee thing. I scored better in the organic section than physical...

Maths - A
Definitely put most effort into maths revision because this is what I was scoring lowest in at the time. Will need a lot of work to get this grade




There are times when I am the procrastination qween but I am determined to become a lot more productive this year after not achieving the grades I wanted at the end of year 12. I admit I didn't spend as much time doing work as I should have... I learnt the hard way that I can't do that anymore! I have been trying to work over the summer to make sure I am ready for Y13. I started school a few days ago and I've already started to feel the jump between Y12 and Y13
I am hoping to update at least twice a week this year but that might be a bit difficult as everyone knows Y13 is a rollercoaster D:

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Good luck with dentistry!! :rave:
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Good luck with dentistry!! :rave:
Thank you!! Good luck with NatSci
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Thank you!! Good luck with NatSci
Thank you!! :hugs:
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good luck with this year! and don't worry if you can't post twice a week, once a week's ok and it's your blog so you decide how it goes
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good luck with this year! and don't worry if you can't post twice a week, once a week's ok and it's your blog so you decide how it goes
Thank you!!
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Chemistry Revision
Update 14/09/18

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I have a test next Tuesday in chem which will be used to determine if my predicted grade will be moved up or not :/ so this weekend is literally all chemistry revision and past papers
I have been told that my other subject teachers will also be looking at the grade I get in this test to see if my predicted grade in my other subjects should move up or not (???) I think it is to see if I've actually put any effort into my subjects over the summer... confused ngl

To do:
  • Entropy reminder
  • Periodicity
  • Group 2
  • More Mole Calculations
  • Skim through Alcohols
  • Mass Spec questions
  • Infrared radiation questions
  • Few more Kp questions
  • 3 past papers


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Best of luck with that chem test!! :rave:
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Best of luck with that chem test!! :rave:
Thank you!!! :bigsmile:
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Chem Test Blues
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Okkk so that chem test was even worse than my Y12 chem exam :/ Ngl I left out several questions, partly because the test was really time-pressured and partly because I just didn't know the answer. Note to self, learn how to draw the practical equipment needed to make an aldehyde It was split into two sections: organic chemistry and physical/inorganic chemistry with 1 hour to complete it all. I thought I would find the organic part slightly easier but it actually turned out to be just as hard as the physical chemistry (which I think is my weaker subsection). All I can do now is wait for the results and go from there... and if my predicted grades don't move, taking a gap year is looking like the most likely option at the moment...

In other news, I now have two more tests to look forward too :boring: yay!!! Mechanics test for maths and Inheritance/Respiration test for bio. We just finished respiration in biology today and I have a massive pack of exam questions to do for homework which is hopefully going to help my revision. These tests are in 2/3 weeks but I think it is just better to get started now than panic about it a few days before. ALSO, I have finished my personal statement yasss but I am yet to upload it onto UCAS which I should probably do right now

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Update 26/09/18

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Cannot wait until this week is OVER!! Update on the Chemistry test: 57%, exactly the same as I got in my end of year 12 exam BUT apparently the whole year did quite badly soooo let's hope my score was around the average! Looking back on the test, there were definitely some question I could have achieved full marks in and there were some stupid mistakes like forgetting to use units, not drawing the line of the graph through the origin etc. Also managed to get some simple orbital questions wrong. AHHH I feel so frustrated but oh well I can't do anything about it now except learn from it... My organic section was worse than the inorganic/physical section and that was a general trend for everyone according to the teachers.

In Maths, it turns out that our test is NOT in about 2/3 weeks but instead its on the 2nd October Testing Chapter 8, 9 and half of 10 on year 1 (AS) mechanics and chapter 1, 2 and some of 3 for year 2 (A2) pure maths. Greattttt, I'm also away on the weekend so my revision time has been cut short already... but I should be taking my stuff with me to revise when I have a lil free time.

For biology, we have finished respiration and will be tested on it in two weeks along with cellular control/inheritance. Ngl I don't really understand what is going on in inheritance. That test will be sometime in the week beginning 8th October.

I have an interview on Friday after school It is a meeting with the headteacher to go through my personal statement and basically grill me on anything and everything I have mentioned to make sure I'm ready to send my UCAS form off and also preparation if I actually get any uni interviews (touchwood). I feel like I should do some prep for it but with the maths test so soon and all the homework I have to do, I don't know if I'll have time. After asking around, most of my friends just went in to see what happens and just quickly read over their statements beforehand. No update on predicted grades yet, no news is good news??

To do:
  • Mechanics revision

modelling
constant acceleration
forces and motion
  • pure 2 revision

algebraic methods
functions and graphs
arithmetic sequences and series
  • nucleic acids revision
  • notes for kidney/liver
  • PAG write up
  • notes for carboxylic acids



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Good Luck Again!
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Good Luck Again!
Thank you! You too!
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Best of luck with your to-do list!
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Thank you! I'm going to need it!!

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Best of luck with your to-do list!
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Thank you! You too!
Thanks so much mind checking my GYG out https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5594382
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Update 06/10/18

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WOW it's October already, time flies when all you can think about is UCAS
Righhttt soooo maths testttt this week yeaaaaa abouttt thattttt I think it was overall 68% which is not too bad considering I had only a little time to revise BUT whether or not it's enough to move up my predicted grade ... we will find out Monday!!! I did have a bit of a breakdown but after speaking to one of my teachers I realised it's just best to accept it and move on. Looking back over the test I did make some v stupid mistakes which I will fix right away!! I also found out that I cannot and have no idea how to prove anything by contradiction after losing another 4 marks in the pure maths section. Grade boundaries have not been finalised apparently but I have emailed my teacher just in case...

Biology test on monday is about inheritance (40%) and respiration (60%). Ngl so glad inheritance counts for less of the paper. How do you guys revise for bio?? I find it so difficult sometimes because there is just SOOOO much to remember

After the maths test I thought I deserved some retail therapy and went on a trip to the PAPERCHASE SALE :banana: I didn't buy that much in the end though, just a new folder and a daily desk planner

That interview I had the other week was actually not too bad! She asked me all the normal questions and then there were things like should cosmetic dentistry be on the NHS? What has been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it? And that was it, not so scary as I thought it would be.
In other news, my predicted grade for chemistry has been moved up to an A. Thank God!! And there's a chem test on the last day of half-term

To do:

  • Inheritance revision
  • Respiration revision
  • All that chem homework


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Hey there rm.25!

Nice to meet you,
I did the exact same A-levels as you are taking and I got a lot of U and D grades in the beginning. I ended up with AAB in the end which I'm super happy with. At the start, you will get some bad marks but mistakes are really important to find your weaker areas. Your blogs are very focused and you have a clear goal which is great. I wish you all the luck in the world on your journey (NOT attempt as you will surprise yourself!) and on dentistry. If you have any biology of maths questions I'd be happy to help but Chemistry was my B grade (sigh) and I've forgotten it all in the last year. Do your absolute best and try to be happy and enjoy learning!

All the best,

Beth
PS. My blog (if you're interested)
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Good luck!
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Good luck!
Thank you!
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