The Big Brain Tidy-Up (it's about time I revised for my A-levels) - GYG 2019 Watch

ToffeeJoy
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23/01/19

There comes a point in sixth form when free periods are worse than lessons. Yesterday I had 3 hours between my 2 lessons of the day, and today I am currently sitting through another hour before I can go home. Of course, it's nice to be able to get homework done at college rather than having to do it at home, but at this point in the year we're getting less homework so that it can be replaced by more revision. I find it difficult to effectively use 3 hours in a row to revise - much more so than if I had 3 lessons in a row.

So far, I haven't been very good at sticking to my intention to revise biology for a couple of hours every week. I've done perhaps.... half an hour? Clearly I've got to fix it but lord knows I'm losing the motivation to actually do so. There's SO much. :cry:

Lessons have felt slow this week too, mainly because a huge amount of time has been taken up going over mock exams and doing more past paper questions. However, Geology is pretty great at the moment! At long last we are learning the topic on dinosaurs, and I think anyone in my class would be lying if they said dinosaurs weren't part of the reason they chose to do the A-level. :turtle:

Don't get me wrong here - I really love my sixth form. I still stand by what I said way back at the start that it was the best decision I made to go here. I've made some amazing friends and I genuinely find my subjects interesting. That being said, I am really excited for university! During the next couple of months I'll be going to the applicant visit days at Bath, Loughborough and Cardiff and I'm hoping they'll be really useful to help me decide which one to go for. I always thought that once I visited the first time, one university would stand out as being the one for me, but in reality it's been really difficult to rule some of them out.

I apologise that this post is a bit all over the place. It's been one of those days... :lol: I'll at least work on some Geology now so that my hour wasn't completely unproductive.
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I get you.. you can only revise for some many hours straight and honestly, 3 hours straight just sounds like a bit much would suggest you just break it up by chatting to people, but then you'd be distracting someone that maybe wants to work :dontknow: it really is a bit of a dilemma..
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25/01/19

I am SO happy it's Friday! Friday is my best day, because I only have 2 lessons and I get to go home at 12.40 :yep: - basically an extended weekend for me! I feel like it's to make up for my busy Wednesdays and Thursdays when I have all my subjects.

Despite it being busy, I had an enjoyable day yesterday. We're learning about how the kidneys function during biology at the moment, which is a bit confusing but I haven't felt completely lost which is a good sign. I think I'll watch a couple of YouTube videos about it, just to make sure I fully understand before we go onto the next topic.

The best thing yesterday was the Psychology talk I went to. I am usually one of the people responsible for organising them (I and two others run the Psychology Society), but since we had mocks recently the head of the Psychology department went ahead and organised one for us. It was by a lecturer who does research into attachment and relationships, and was really interesting! In particular he mentioned a couple of studies that looked into how experiencing a certain level of fear whilst with another person can make you more attracted to them (one involving a rickety bridge and another used a rollercoaster) - it may be because the physiological responses to fear and attraction (e.g. increased heart rate) are quite similar, so the brain may mix them up into mistaking fear as attraction. Simply put, you should take your date to a theme park :rofl3:

My Psychology lesson was also on the relationships topic, but this time we were talking about relationship breakdown. It's interesting but we learn about old models that have several flaws (why does the specification insist we look at Duck's old model rather than the updated model?). Geology was with my other teacher, whom we only have once a week. We just did some basic stuff on geohazards, nothing that exciting.

I'll have to wrap things up there for now, as I am due in a Geology lesson in about 10 minutes. I may or may not post later, just depending on how eventful my day ends up being!
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(Original post by nyxnko_)
I get you.. you can only revise for some many hours straight and honestly, 3 hours straight just sounds like a bit much would suggest you just break it up by chatting to people, but then you'd be distracting someone that maybe wants to work :dontknow: it really is a bit of a dilemma..
Yes, you're right that taking breaks is important. Unfortunately most of the time my friends don't have free periods at the same time as me (we don't actually take the same subjects)... Oh well!
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Yes, you're right that taking breaks is important. Unfortunately most of the time my friends don't have free periods at the same time as me (we don't actually take the same subjects)... Oh well!
welp, you could always just nap for a bit and then go back to work :yes:
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welp, you could always just nap for a bit and then go back to work :yes:
It's definitely tempting!
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It's definitely tempting!
definitely! :lol: just don't do it when you've got a ton of work to get through :nah:
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01/02/19

So it's February and it's freezing and college is not really the place I want to be right now. I suppose I should be glad I'm not in the part of the country where there's so much snow people are having to abandon cars, and I'm certainly glad I'm not in the -30C temperatures in America! Honestly, we have it pretty mild here. There wasn't even snow in my village until this morning (although there is a fair bit at my college), and buses haven't particularly been affected for me (which is surprising, because in this area we are seriously unprepared for snow - or any particular weather for that matter, except rain).

Still, normal life goes on and college remains open. Lesson-wise it's been a very interesting week! I've learnt about the major mass extinctions in Geology (it's very interesting stuff, although disappointing to learn that the dinosaurs were probably not killed by dramatic global fire storms after an asteroid impact), and in Biology I've been trying to get my head round gene operons and how the kidneys function.

I had to have a sort of mini private lesson for biology, as I still needed to catch up on last week's lesson (which I missed to do my dance exams). Whilst I had notes from my classmate, they made little sense to me. Ironically, now that I've had a session with my teacher to learn about the lac operon, I understand it better than I would have done if I were in the lesson!

Of course, I've been enjoying Psychology too as I always do. We've very nearly finished the Forensic Psychology topic, and we're well into the Relationships topic now. One thing I've noticed about the latter is that there are far more contradicting theories than in the other topics. So far there haven't really been any explainations for relationship maintenance that really stand out as being the most convincing.
Oh, I did have to write an essay answer in class about relationship theories also. I admit, that was boring...

I'm still struggling to motivate myself to do revision as well as my homework and research tasks. All I can really say on that front is that I have a very organised system for my didgital notes now.
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A notebook for each subject, a section for each topic and a page for each part of the topic. It's a system I think I will stick to!

I only have one more lesson of this week, which is Psychology in about half an hour. I'll be happy to be home and in the warm! Fridays are my best day, for sure.
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that system looks good :yep:
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06/02/19 (This was meant to be posted yesterday but I ran out of time)

Yesterday I received an email from the head of the Biology department at my college, to which there was a revision plan attached for anyone taking biology to use. Great, I thought, This will be useful! And then I looked at the document, and found that I need to revise two topics every week alongside a couple of weeks doing past papers in order to cover the entire course by May. That is a heck of a lot! I've been putting it off for so long, but with having a week off next week (we have 'progress review' meetings, which means no lessons) and a week after that for half term, I really need to knuckle down with my biology. On Saturday I will revise a topic, likely Biological Molecules (unless I feel like doing a different one on that day). I'm just going to have to force myself, because there's no other way I'm going to get that information into my head.



In other news, we're onto another interesting topic in Geology, relating to the formation of the solar system! I'm really glad that we are doing such interesting stuff towards to end of the year, as it makes it much easier to stay motivated.

07/02/19

Today I have my last lesson cancelled, which is nice because I can go home early and I don't have to have my homework done until the next lesson in a couple of weeks. Of course, we have catch-up work, but at least I have the option of when to do that and when to do revision.

Speaking of revision, I didn't do any yesterday in my time after college. However, I was very productive with my piano composition - I've been working on writing a piano cover (by ear) of 'Toxicity' by System Of A Down, which is a metal/rock song (sounds like an odd choice, I know, but the guitar riff is great and the tune is pretty once you take away the shouting). I've finished digitally writing a draft of the sheet music for the first verse and chorus, and I'm quite proud of it! My only issue is that I can't actually play it hands together yet... I'll work on that another time.

I do recognise that I could be using more of my free time to do college work, but I really feel that I need the time working on my piano to keep my stress down. It's my favourite hobby by far, and I don't intend on ever giving it up so I'm not going to stop now. I guess the balance between work and hobbies is a difficult one...

To make up for it, I think that during one of my (3) free periods today, I will make revision notes on the topics we just did in biology. I figure that it will be easier whilst it's fresh in my mind.
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