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Hey guys! :ciao: My name's Gabi and I started my A-Levels last month. I guess I'm a bit late to all this (GYG) but I couldnt miss the opportunity.
I am studying Philosophy and Ethics, English Literature, Spanish and Portuguese. Since I already have a clear idea about what I'd like to do in uni I think these subjects are the best choice for me. I want to study Interntional Law at uni because it combines the two things that interest me the most: languages and law. Since I am bilingual I am aiming for A*s in Spanish and Portuguese.

People who may be interested:
Anyone who is taking similar or the same subjects as me. Those who are interested in doing Law or anything withing that area in the future.


On this blog I'll be posting almost daily about how I juggle school life with home life, best revision methods for me (and maybe for you too), and how this new experience of A-Levels is going for me. Let me know if you'd like me to talk about any other topics!

Thank you guys!
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Best of luck with A-levels! :rave:
Please tag me if you have a tag list :yes:
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good luck for this year! (tag me if you do have a tag list)
how did you get interested in law?
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Buena suerte! I took French at GCSE and while I enjoy learning languages, the classes were so drawn out and boring!
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Buena suerte! I took French at GCSE and while I enjoy learning languages, the classes were so drawn out and boring!
I know exactly what you mean! i had the same problem when doing my gcses; classes were boring, had no structure and therefore, uninteresting. However, now that I've started my A-Levels, it's so different. There's an catual structure to lessons, more support and more discussions which is great to improve accents and speed of speech.
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good luck for this year! (tag me if you do have a tag list)
how did you get interested in law?
I guess I became interested in Law by just researching different jobs and seeing which ones suits me best and what skills do I have that match each job. I also watched lots of documentaries and just noticed how law is a degree/job that opens so many doors for because there's so many different things you can do with law. Also, I enjoy learning about how laws help us govern and have relationships with other countries!
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01. 4 October 2018

Hey once again!
I'm back and I think I'll talk about some of my favourite revision methods which i used for my GCSEs, but also about how my A-Levels are going at the moment.

Revision Methods - English Literature and Language AQA
I got an 8 in my Literature, and a 7 in my Language exam. The best revision stuff that helped me last year were defenitely revision cards with quotations, the revision guides and youtube. Mr. Bruff was very good with Literature...his videos are slightly long and drag on but he has some really good ideas and advice. Also, with poetry, I just made 3 massive grids on A3 with all the information about the poems, such as: context, tone, key quotes, theme and good comparisons.

Revision Methods - Maths and Sciences
I dont enjoy maths and sciences so much but I still did my best in them. What helped me the most was definetely reading through and making revision cards from the AQA revision guides, and then testing myself on the topics. Also, something I cannot forget is doing specimen and past papers, do them! They are your best friends! And also, consistently practice 6 markers, it will definitely help! With maths I used kerboodle and did past and specimen papers every week and marked them in class, that helped me become used to the types of questions that would come up and alos how to answer them and make sure I had all the knowledge needed. Lastly, if there are revision sessions at your school, go to them! If you're one of those people that doesnt like revising with lots of people, ask for a one-to-one, because revision sessions will help you understand exactly what you need to learn and how to express it correctly in exams.

Revision Methods - History AQA
History was one of my worst subjects when I started it for GCSE, I would always get anything between 2 and 4 when we had mocks and obviously, I wasn't happy with that. So, I looked at what was actually helping me and what wasn't. One thing that absolutely made all the difference for me was revision sessions and resources! My teacher would print out worksheets, booklets with sources, questions and exam tips. Working through these booklets gave me a real idea of what I actually needed to do in the exams and how to display my knowledge well. Revision cards were my best friends! I just wrote down key dates, events and people and either tested myself or got someone else to test me. I also did specimen papers at home as timing was what let me down in exams and all of this helped me finally achieve an 8 in my History GCSE.

Spanish AQA
As I'm bilingual, I didn't struggle much with my Spanish GCSE, but as some of you may do, I'll talk about the best revision methods other people have told me. Duolinguo and Memrise are fantastic for helping with recalling vocab or just learning new words and phrases; 10 minutes a day will do just fine. Always practice at home. Try to have a session in the afternoon where you tell your family about your day in spanish, even though they might not understand a thing your saying, it's still a good way to practice, and come up with different topics to talk about every day/week. Look at past or specimen papers and always review your vocab list!:thumbsup:

General Life and A-Levels
Now that I've started my A-Levels, everything is so different but at the same time I'm loving it! My free periods are spent researching unis, courses, work experience, or completing my homework. So far, I'm really enjoying my A-Levels since I'm finally studying things that genuinely interest me and that I'm passionate about. I am currently using "My Study Life" app to help me organise my classes, homework and any exams that I have to do. If you're like me, and just have terrible memory:teehee: that app is amazing, it reminds you when your callses are 15 minutes before and any homework that you've got left to do.

P.S: Let me know if there's any specific things you'd like me to talk about or go through, I'd love to listen to your opinions and experiences too! And let me know if you'd like to be tagged...

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i'm really happy you're enjoying your a-levels, it'll make coping with the work a lot easier
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glad you enjoy your a-levels! :woo:
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7th October 2018

Hey guys!
I've been doing loads of essays and homework which I cant say was that fun. But I wanted to give a few tips for anyone doing English Literature for A-Level (or even at GCSEs). If you're studying any plays, like I did at GCSE and am doing now for A-Level, make sure to make notes on every act&scene. For example, I am currently reading A Streetcar Named Desire and as I finish a Scene, I add to my character notes, and also make notes specifically on the scene. This is very important when it comes to writing essays, because then you wont have to re-read the play, you only need to look at your notes. Also, as you annotate your copy of the play/novel, add post its to the pages, have colour codes. Red could be for structure or a character, blue could be for language analysis or context. I know it seems early, but make revision cards. You could write one for each scene, or only quotations. It's up to you what you make your revision cards on, but make sure they're useful to you. :danceboy:

P.S: Sanish A-level is way harder than I thought!:laugh:

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Best of luck with your A-levels!
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Hey doods! So, I'm taking part in my school's debate club this week and the topic is "This House Regrets the commercialisation of Gay Pride" and I'm a bit nervous about it, but hopefully it'll all go well. I'm also starting my EPQ and I'm not too sure what I wanna do it about. I was thinking either "Can violent men change?" or "Why do we have different perspectives on 'high-class' and 'low-class' sex offenders?"...help:five:

I'll be posting some of my study tips later this week!:rave:

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those epq questions both sound interesting:yep: do neither of them interest you slightly more?
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those epq questions both sound interesting:yep: do neither of them interest you slightly more?
Both of them sound really interesting to me, the first question seems better to me though, but I don't know if the question is too broad?
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Ooh, I like them both :yep:
I think the first one is good, because it's broad. It gives you more things to say :dontknow: (maybe try asking your mentor?)
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Best of luck with your revision hope you do amazing could you add me to your taglist! And maybe check out my blog
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Best of luck with your revision hope you do amazing could you add me to your taglist! And maybe check out my blog
Thank you, and I'll add you, no worries. I'll check out your blog today!
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Hey! So, it's been a month now since I've started Sixth Form and I can definetely say that there is a lot more essay writing than I thought there would be
But, anyways it's been going quite well, I've managed to keep up with all the essay writing and reading ahead, I still feel quite happy with my progress so far. I've been making some revsion notes so far on the characters and scenes for A Streetcar Named Desire, as I think it's going to be really helpful with essay writing and exams. I'll post a picture of them soon (they're not the neatest).
I also took part in my first debate yesterday and it actually went quite well, I was really pleasedwith how it went, I didn't mess up terribly:crown:
We've also started learning about Ethical Egoism in Philosophy and Ethics and its sooooo interesting! It talks about how we all act in our best interest, however don't confuse this with being selfish! Most of the time, when we act in our self interest it doesn't mean we're being selfish because we're not necessarily harming anyone. For example, if you've been saving up for a holiday in the Maldives for 2 years and it's finally all booked and planned, but then suddenly you're asked to go to a country to teach poverty stricken children english for a few week, what do you do? well, if you loook at it from the Ethical Egoism point of view, you'd go on your holiday ( but this is not to say that everyone would do!)
What do you think about this? Do you agree?

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you'd be a fab debater
that philosophy stuff is making my head hurt by reading it:lol:
that sounds like a tough decision! i'd hate to waste that holiday but at the same time you've got those kids:confused:
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i would probably go on the holiday and ask if i could teach the kids later. for me, anyone could teach the kids english, not necessarily me. i would love to but i've waited 2 years for that holiday so i think i deserve that, especially since it's going to be a pain unbooking and cancelling stuff. plus, i'd have to do it all over again later, which is going to mean that i've wasted my time the first time round.
(sorry, just sorta went on about it )
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