How to Succeed in A-Levels Without Really Trying (Nell's Y13 GYG) Watch

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Alright lads, here we go. If this doesn't help me get into Cambridge History nothing will. This term I just want to drop everything, including some of my most cherished extra-curriculars, and focus on three things:

1. Keeping my grades at the level I need - A*AA to be precise, although I wouldn't complain about getting higher than that

2. Making my Cambridge application as competitive as possible, with as much extra reading as I can cram in, getting that EPQ bread, entrance assessment prep and interview practice.

3. My ARSM performance diploma, which I've been heavily encouraged to take before choral trials in 2020. The insanely high standard of choral singing is the main reason I'm applying for Cambridge in the first place, and I need to make my choral awards application just as good as my academic one!

So, if you want to join me in my journey to Cambridge and stellar A-Levels this year, stick around! It may be an ever-so-slightly bumpy ride. (Please comment below if you'd like to be tagged )

Last year's results
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Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics: 9
Edexcel IGCSE English Language: 9
Edexcel IGCSE English Literature: 9
Edexcel IGCSE History: A*
AQA GCSE Biology: 9
AQA GCSE Chemistry: 9
AQA GCSE Physics: 9
AQA GCSE French: 9
OCR GCSE Latin: 9
OCR GCSE Classical Greek: A*
OCR FSMQ Additional Mathematics: B (fml)
ABRSM Grade 8 Singing: Distinction

Current studies
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Subject: A-Level History
Exam Board: Edexcel
EOY examination grade: A*
Predicted: A*
Hoping for: A*

Subject: A-Level English
Exam Board: OCR
EOY examination grade: A* (by the skin of my teeth)
Predicted: A*
Hoping for: A

Subject: A-Level Mathematics
Exam Board: Edexcel
EOY examination grade: A*
Predicted: A*
Hoping for: A

Subject: Level 3 Extended Project Qualification
Exam Board: AQA
Predicted: A*
Hoping for: A*

Subject: Associate Diploma in Music Performance (Singing)
Exam Board: ABRSM
Hoping for: Distinction


Universities, in order of preference
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University of Cambridge (being a potential choral scholar, the college will choose me rather than the other way around)
University of Durham (St. Chad's College)
University of St Andrews
King's College, University of London
Royal Holloway, University of London


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Last year: Choir, theatre (which took up most of my evenings and weekends on its own), Model U. N, computing.
This year: Choir. Everything else will be dropped. I'm a school prefect as well, so there go my lunchtimes...
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Good luck Nell! :rave:

Those grades look amazing, by the way! :gah:
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Good luck Nell! :rave:

Those grades look amazing, by the way! :gah:
Thank you! I was really pleased with my preds & hopefully I'll be able to keep them up :eek:
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Hey! Do you want me to put you on the tag list?
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Awesome, will do. Are you going into Y13 too?
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Awesome, will do. Are you going into Y13 too?
no, year 11
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Good luck! I hope you get into Cambridge
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no, year 11
Nice, I hope you have a fun & productive year
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Good luck! I hope you get into Cambridge
Thank you! It's been my dream for a long time now! Would you like me to put you in the tag list?
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Thank you! I was really pleased with my preds & hopefully I'll be able to keep them up :eek:
You will! :rave:

(Please put me on the tag list too! :woo: )
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You will! :rave:

(Please put me on the tag list too! :woo: )



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Thank you! It's been my dream for a long time now! Would you like me to put you in the tag list?
Yes please!
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Alright lads, here we go. If this doesn't help me get into Cambridge History nothing will. This term I just want to drop everything, including some of my most cherished extra-curriculars, and focus on three things:

1. Keeping my grades at the level I need - A*AA to be precise, although I wouldn't complain about getting higher than that

2. Making my Cambridge application as competitive as possible, with as much extra reading as I can cram in, getting that EPQ bread, entrance assessment prep and interview practice.

3. My ARSM performance diploma, which I've been heavily encouraged to take before choral trials in 2020. The insanely high standard of choral singing is the main reason I'm applying for Cambridge in the first place, and I need to make my choral awards application just as good as my academic one!

So, if you want to join me in my journey to Cambridge and stellar A-Levels this year, stick around! It may be an ever-so-slightly bumpy ride. (Please comment below if you'd like to be tagged )

Last year's results
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Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics: 9
Edexcel IGCSE English Language: 9
Edexcel IGCSE English Literature: 9
Edexcel IGCSE History: A*
AQA GCSE Biology: 9
AQA GCSE Chemistry: 9
AQA GCSE Physics: 9
AQA GCSE French: 9
OCR GCSE Latin: 9
OCR GCSE Classical Greek: A*
OCR FSMQ Additional Mathematics: B (fml)
ABRSM Grade 8 Singing: Distinction



Current studies
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Subject: A-Level History
Exam Board: Edexcel
EOY examination grade: A*
Predicted: A*
Hoping for: A*

Subject: A-Level English
Exam Board: OCR
EOY examination grade: A* (by the skin of my teeth)
Predicted: A*
Hoping for: A

Subject: A-Level Mathematics
Exam Board: Edexcel
EOY examination grade: A*
Predicted: A*
Hoping for: A

Subject: Level 3 Extended Project Qualification
Exam Board: AQA
Predicted: A*
Hoping for: A*

Subject: Associate Diploma in Music Performance (Singing)
Exam Board: ABRSM
Hoping for: Distinction




Universities, in order of preference
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University of Cambridge (being a potential choral scholar, the college will choose me rather than the other way around)
University of Durham (St. Chad's College)
University of St Andrews
King's College, University of London
Royal Holloway, University of London




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Last year: Choir, theatre (which took up most of my evenings and weekends on its own), Model U. N, computing.
This year: Choir. Everything else will be dropped. I'm a school prefect as well, so there go my lunchtimes...

Good luck! I'd love to be tagged.

I love the thread title! It's very relatable. I was literally the laziest A-Level student ever once I realised that there was no way I was going to get any A*s without studying all day, every day. I knew I could work to get an A but I wasn't willing to work about 50 times harder to go up one more grade. I remember one time we had to bring in our revision notes to show to the class and everyone had these beautiful flashcards and I had a few crumpled spider diagrams in black ink. I managed to get an A in History (full UMS in 2 papers), an A in Economics, an A* in my EPQ which I actually put effort into because I cared about it, and hilariously, an A* in English Literature. I didn't even read one of the books because I decided that if I smashed 3/4 papers and did poorly on 1, I'd get an A, but somehow did even better. My teachers were both pleased yet incredibly unamused.
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Good luck! I'd love to be tagged.

I love the thread title! It's very relatable. I was literally the laziest A-Level student ever once I realised that there was no way I was going to get any A*s without studying all day, every day. I knew I could work to get an A but I wasn't willing to work about 50 times harder to go up one more grade. I remember one time we had to bring in our revision notes to show to the class and everyone had these beautiful flashcards and I had a few crumpled spider diagrams in black ink. I managed to get an A in History (full UMS in 2 papers), an A in Economics, an A* in my EPQ which I actually put effort into because I cared about it, and hilariously, an A* in English Literature. I didn't even read one of the books because I decided that if I smashed 3/4 papers and did poorly on 1, I'd get an A, but somehow did even better. My teachers were both pleased yet incredibly unamused.
Thank you!

Impressive results there - although perhaps you didn't have the same exam board as I do for Eng Lit, because with grade boundaries regularly at 89% for an A, there's no way I could wing an entire paper and still get the grades I need
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Thank you!

Impressive results there - although perhaps you didn't have the same exam board as I do for Eng Lit, because with grade boundaries regularly at 89% for an A, there's no way I could wing an entire paper and still get the grades I need
Yeah, I got something like 68% in a year where it was 54% for an A . . . That's from looking at 2017's boundaries, they don't go as far back as 2016.

But, practice makes perfect! Someone has to get an A, so why shouldn't it be you?
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