Facts about me:
1. I'm Vietnamese.
2. I'm 19, but still doing A-levels at the moment because I decided that it is the only way to get into unis like LSE!
3. I live in Bucks but I go to college in London - a long journey everyday
4. Subjects I'm doing:
Maths (Edexcel) - A
Further Maths (Edexcel) - predicted A*
Economics (Edexcel) - predicted A
Government and Politics (AQA) - predicted A
5. Unis I've applied to, in order of preferences:
LSE - Maths and Economics (pending)
Warwick - Economics (A*A)
UCL - Economics and Statistics (pending)
Bristol - Economics and Finance (AA)
Manchester - Economics (AB)
And here is my journey to get A*A*A (the last A is already achieved so, meh) x
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Any particular area of finance (i'm guessing) you have in mind?
Is finance something that particularly motivates you?
21/01/2019: Further Maths
Got A* for the last 3 class tests, quite happy but not really over the moon, because I thought I was gonna get full marks but I did not. I finished it with time to spare, I checked, but apparently not thoroughly enough so mistakes still happened.
Lesson learned: check carefully as I go along when I do my exam because it could be very dreadful having to check every single bit when I have finished the test.
Further Pure 1:
I don’t know what to say really. I have a good teacher (I think), but in my opinion, he is not very organised when it comes to transferring knowledge from his mind to his students.
I struggled a bit with vectors (so far), decided to buy a book on FP1 to self-study at home.
It caught me out, badly.. I did a combined test for FM+FP1 and I couldn’t do any questions related to Elastic Strings and Work, Energy, Power. I admit those are hard questions but I just feel like I don’t get the basic bit of the problem.
Lesson learned: be active in organising my own coursework, go through the textbook, find different types of questions that could be asked, if I don’t do it, I would completely miss out because my tutor wouldn’t do it anyway.
I’m always knackered on Mondays, because I have 4 classes, each is 2 hour long so basically from 9AM to 6PM. And the worse thing is, tomorrow is the same with Exam Practice at 11AM (40 minutes in exam condition), that gives me a really short time to revise at Monday nights, while I’m already tired as hell..
Anyway, life is difficult, one way or another, but I will get through this!
Have a good night everyone! 💤
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A lot had happened ever since I last posted on this thread! And I mean, A LOT!
Exam practices have been rolling in for a couple of weeks and it really exposed my weaknesses when it comes to time pressure. I luckily got A for Further Mechanics, but because it was only a 40 minute session so my tutor could not test us everything, so he decided to cut out oblique impacts (which is the bit that I truly suck at). However, mocks are coming at the beginning of March and it will be a full paper on every topic! I really should get revising properly and start drilling in that dumb part of mechanics...
Got a C for core pure though, because I stupidly slipped and most of the marks were affected. More past papers need to be done during this half term break!
I feel like we have not covered that Theme 4 that thoroughly tbh, but apparently we have finished everything and it's time for revision so I can foresee a tonne of self-studying work to do... My tutor told us the questions for the exam practices and helped us prepare for it so I don't really know what is the point of it anymore, of course, I got high A all the way through, which seriously makes me doubt about the reality when I have to sit in the real exam not knowing what the questions are, how can I develop thoughts and manage the time if I had not been practising to do so? But, I bloody need an A, or even A* to save my life so I will cope and find a way!
Urgh don't even wanna talk about politics, dreadful is the only word I can think of! I don't pay much attention to it like I used to anymore, which is a bad thing to do I know but I can't help it. Absolutely terrified of both US and UK politics. I only chose the subject because I hope it will be my ticket into LSE but I'm not sure if it's worth it anymore... I haven't heard back from them yet, which is not helpful either, I wish they could just either reject me, or accept me in the next few weeks...
Life in general:
It has been the toughest time ever in my life. I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa on Thursday, which is a genetic disorder that will worsen my vision and eventually leave me blind. My vision at the top right corner of my right eye is gone, and I only noticed that after I came back from the hospital.
Many articles on the internet said that patients with this disease will be legally blind by 40. In my case, 20 years from now.
I was devastated. But then all those tears and sorrows do not help the situation anyway, so I moved on from that.
A big lesson that I have learned during these days is, life is precious, and to be living healthily and happily and to be operating at your full body potential is a privilege. I learned to be more responsible with myself, my body, my health. I completely cut KFC (I loved their hot wings a lot and I used to have them like 3-4 times a week), eat more vegetables and try to have a balanced diet. Time is finite and days are numbered. Everything may not feel the same before the diagnosis anymore. I hope I can find some courage to move ahead and work my arse off, to pretend that things did not happen and my happy life could come back to me.
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