My Summer Study Blog Watch

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Today's the day I finally finish year 12 and begin my summer holiday. I thought I'd start a blog to try and document all the preparation I'm doing for both my A-Levels and uni applications over the summer. Although this isn't a proper GYG, I figured this would help me kick my procrastination habit before my A2's start. I'm pretty new to this whole TSR business, so please forgive all the mistakes I've made in the formatting of this post

First, the boring stuff:

GCSEs
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Mathematics- 9
English Language- 8
English Literature- 7
Biology- 9
Chemistry- 9
Physics- 9
RE- 9
History- 9
Music- 8
Spanish- 7
Further Mathematics- A


A-Levels
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Mathematics- Predicted A/A*
Physics- Predicted A/A*
Chemistry- Predicted A*

AS Further Maths- TBC (Probably a B, hopefully an A) Update- I got an A!
EPQ- TBC (Marked as an A internally) Update- A



I want to study Materials Science and University at university. These are pretty much my options as it stands:

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University of Manchester- AAA

University of Sheffield- AAB + A in EPQ

University of Birmingham- AAB + A in EPQ

University of Loughborough- AAA

University of Oxford???- A*AA


My goals for the summer are:
  • Read at least 5 books off of my reading list,starting with The Science of Strong Materials
  • Write three more drafts of my personal statement
  • Write up my notes for Chemistry and Physics
  • Learn the extra topics for the PAT (gravitational fields, friction etc.)
  • Complete 7 C2 practise papers (set by my teacher)
  • Complete as many PAT practise papers as I can

and probably some stuff I'm forgetting right now

This is all on top of my work experience which starts on Monday, and my ECs including acting in a production of Oliver! which opens this Wednesday!

So all in all a pretty busy summer. I promise my other updates won't be as dry as this one. I'll try and update this as often as I can- hopefully daily, life permitting. Let's get this bread!
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Good luck! I just finished year 13 and you seem prepared! Remember to also take some breaks, year 13 is tougher than it seems
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Thanks for the advice! I’ll try my best to not burn out before the end of summer
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Hey there!
My name is Nathan and I have an offer to study materials at Oxford this October. Feel free to ask as many questions as you’d like about the admissions process/materials. Hope yo hear back from you
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This first week of the holidays is probably going to be the busiest. As the opening night of Oliver draws nearer, I'm spending most of my time in rehearsal. With work experience starting next week too, I'm probably going to have to put off beginning my studies in earnest for a little bit. I'll try to fit in some reading around my schedule, and with Prime day coming up tomorrow, I'll be able to get all the books I need. Sorry if this blog is more show biz than revision for the next week!
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looks like a solid plan! good luck🥳
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The opening night of Oliver was brilliant! I'm really enjoying the show, and I'm thrilled that I have three more to go. The only downside is that I just learnt that I have to get two teeth out on A-Level results day

At least I'll have revision to take my mind off of it!
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The first proper week of my summer holidays is drawing to a close, and, all in all, I'm doing okay. I took the first couple of days to recover from Oliver!, and I've spent the second half of this week going over my year 12 maths stuff, and trying to make a dent in my practise papers. Got to get cracking on the physics now, and see how much of my reading list I can knock out!
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I must apologise for the lack of an update in the prior week. I was in Belfast last Sunday, and I simply couldn't find the time to post. As for work updates, I've finished all 12 practise papers I was set (at last) and all of the summary exercises. I think I'm making okay progress with my physics revision, and I finally finished New Science of Strong Materials. I didn't enjoy it as much as Stuff Matters, mostly because of the writing style. Still, the technical detail can't be faulted, and some of the anecdotes are pretty amazing. The most interesting part of the book is the epilogue, and especially the discussion of our attachment to certain materials. That aside, I've still got a lot to do, with a concert to rehearse for and a personal statement to perfect!
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(Original post by Charles767)
I must apologise for the lack of an update in the prior week. I was in Belfast last Sunday, and I simply couldn't find the time to post. As for work updates, I've finished all 12 practise papers I was set (at last) and all of the summary exercises. I think I'm making okay progress with my physics revision, and I finally finished New Science of Strong Materials. I didn't enjoy it as much as Stuff Matters, mostly because of the writing style. Still, the technical detail can't be faulted, and some of the anecdotes are pretty amazing. The most interesting part of the book is the epilogue, and especially the discussion of our attachment to certain materials. That aside, I've still got a lot to do, with a concert to rehearse for and a personal statement to perfect!
For heaven's sake child stop.You will be burnt out if you do not give your brain a rest.Son got into Oxford but did not do a stroke of work over summer on school orders.Year 13 is tough and you need to be fresh starting off.Plus studies have proven academic breaks make you more creative so leave that personal statement until September and enjoy the rest of your holiday just having fun.
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Make sure to meet up with friends and socialise etc. regularly as well, otherwise you will probably just work yourself into a hole. I'm studying Physics at Oxford currently if you want any help, so feel free to PM me if you want some advice for the PAT.
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AS results day for me today, and it was better than I could've hoped for! I didn't need any teeth out today, and I managed to get an A in both my Perspectives on Science and Further Maths. I really thought I'd lost hope of anything above a C when I came out of that decision exam. Definitely a confidence boost for next year!
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After finishing most of my maths papers last week, I decided to take a break at the beginning of last week. Later on, I finished electricity notes for physics, and at long last received my AS results, as can be seen in my previous post. Plus, I also started on my second book on Graphene, titled, well, 'Graphene', by Les Johnson and Joseph E. Meany. This week I've got a concert to rehearse and perform in Wednesday-Saturday, which'll at least get me out of the house for a little bit. Let's hope I can fit my personal statement in somewhere, as it is due in second week back!
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