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Welcome to my personal Procrastination Station!

I've never been good at keeping up a diary or a blog so here's me trying to make a commitment.

Here, have a lil bit of academic info about me.

Introduction:
Hi :chaplin:
The name's agentundercover, but I usually go by just 'agent' online.
I'm a Year 13 girl from Devon who's just trying to survive A Levels. I love dogs so if you have any pictures of your dogs to keep me motivated, please send them my way.

I like singing (ya like jazz?), hiking, many sports such as badminton and tennis, and watching Hell's Kitchen. I find it reflects my constant state of frustration and anxiety. :headbang:

I have a part time job as a Christmas Elf :holly: (that's right, I know who's on the naughty list) and I used to have a waitressing job that involved scooping ice cream and graphic design for some reason. The qualifications you need these days...

I only recently became active on TSR and found that I liked helping out and answering people's questions where I could. It's good consolidation and I've met some lovely people on here.
Since I keep coming back, I thought, why not try keeping a blog? I'm notoriously awful at diaries but this'll be different... right?

Anyway, here's a lil more background info for this GYG.

Subjects that I take:
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⭐️ Maths (OCR)
⭐️ Physics (OCR B)
⭐️ Chemistry (Edexcel)
⭐️ Further Maths (OCR) - Mechanics and Additional Pure
⭐️ Extended Project Level 3 (WJEC) - Physics and Philosophy



Predicted grades/what I think I'll get:
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⭐️ Maths - A*
⭐️ Physics - A*
⭐️ Chemistry - A*
⭐️ Further Maths - A* (which I'm surprised about because I've been struggling with mechanics and the timings of exams for a long time)
⭐️ EPQ - A*

I have confidence in my ability and love for my subjects that I can do well in the core 3 of Maths, Physics and Chemistry. The only one I'm worried about is Further Maths as I've never got above a C in the school tests so far.

I put a hell of a lot of work in for Further Maths over the Summer holidays, completing all of the exercises and chapters in the Year 1 Core Pure textbook and almost all the exercises in the AS portion of the Mechanics book.

Time to put the work in, next big hurdle is mocks...



GCSE Grades:
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⭐️ 9 - Biology (AQA)
⭐️ 9 - Chemistry (AQA)
⭐️ A* - Design & Technology (Edexcel)
Full marks in my coursework
⭐️ 9 - English Language (Eduqas)
Spoken Endorsement: Distinction
⭐️ 9 - English Literature (Eduqas)
Books: Inspector Calls; Silas Marner; Othello
⭐️ 8 - French (Eduqas)
⭐️ C - Free Standing Maths Qualification (OCR Advanced)
⭐️ 9 - Mathematics (Edexcel)
⭐️ 9 - Music (Eduqas)
⭐️ 9 - Physics (AQA)
⭐️ 9 - Religious Studies (Eduqas)




University choices (I'll post updates on offers):
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⭐️ Cambridge (Jesus College)
Physical Natural Sciences (BCF0)
⭐️ Durham (Grey College)
Natural Sciences (FGC0)
⭐️ Loughborough
Natural Sciences (FCG0)
⭐️ Manchester
Materials Science and Engineering (J501)
⭐️ Exeter
Natural Sciences with International Study (FGC1)



Things I want to achieve this year (oh boy, this will change a LOT):
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⭐️ Get a distinction in Grade 8 Flute 🎶
⭐️ Get an A or above in Further Maths for mocks
⭐️ Read at least four books on Physics before the end of the year
⭐️ Crack my EPQ dissertation and present it by December
⭐️ Focus on having a positive mindset and good mental health
⭐️ Going to yoga class at least once a week for core fitness
⭐️ Doing badminton so I can keep my fitness up




Expect to see (hopefully) frequent updates about school, admissions assessments, interviews, offers and, yep, you guessed it: revision!

Feel free to ask me anything, whether it's about me, A Levels, UCAS applications, work experience or GCSE revision - I'll try to help as best as I can!

So sit back, relax and enjoy watching everything unfold :beer::bath:
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Hey, I am trying to decide my A levels and I don't know what to pick, I am confused between

Bio
Chem
Maths
Physics
Psychology
Economics/Business

How do you decide between them, I don't know my passion I like different things, Like social science a bit more but I have always been drawed towards science, I work for science but for social science it just comes to me, but chemistry although hard has just made me tick, I don't know what to choose. I am scared I am going to make the wrong decision

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Hey, I am trying to decide my A levels and I don't know what to pick, I am confused between

Bio
Chem
Maths
Physics
Psychology
Economics/Business

How do you decide between them, I don't know my passion I like different things, Like social science a bit more but I have always been drawed towards science, I work for science but for social science it just comes to me, but chemistry although hard has just made me tick, I don't know what to choose. I am scared I am going to make the wrong decision

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There is no wrong decision if you enjoy all of your subjects imo.
Maths seems like it's in everything you want to study, so that's a solid start that will build the foundations of any science-based university course you want to apply to. Maybe try reading some books outside of each subject and find out which one excites you the most.

And remember, even if you end up not taking a subject you really enjoy, you can always still do your own independent research and reading outside of A Levels. An EPQ is a good way of getting a qualification in a subject of your choosing. My school didn't offer Philosophy unless I took RE so I'm currently doing an EPQ dissertation about the overlap and symbiotic relationship between Physics and Philosophy because I find it interesting.

Also don't worry about things being set in stone. You can always take an A Level for the start of Year 12 and if you don't particularly enjoy it, then you can drop it n swap it for another.

I hope you reach a decision soon and I hope this helps!
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:crossedf::crossedf::crossedf: University Offers :crossedf::crossedf::crossedf: (last updated 27/10/2019):
Seen in: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...141704&page=10

University of Cambridge (Jesus College) / Natural Sciences (Physical) / BCF0
Date: 05/10/2019 | Reply: SAQ Login
Date: 07/10/2019 | Reply: College Acknowledgement
Date: 15/10/2019 | Reply: SAQ Acknowledgement
Date: 21/11/2019 | Reply: Interview invite
Date: (date) | Reply: Offer / Rejection (offer conditions, if any)

University of Exeter / Natural Sciences with International Study / FGC1
Date: Didn't receive | Reply: Acknowledgement
Date: 14/10/2019 | Reply: Offer - Conditional AAA / AAB with A in EPQ

Durham University (Grey College) / Natural Sciences / FGC0
Date: 07/10/2019 | Reply: Acknowledgement
Date: 18/10/2019 | Reply: Subject Choices Form
Date: (date) | Reply: Offer / Rejection (offer conditions, if any)

University of Manchester / Materials Science and Engineering / J501
Date: 07/10/2019 | Reply: Acknowledgement
Date: 07/10/2019 | Reply: Interview invite
Date: 24/10/2019 | Reply: Offer - Conditional AAA / A*AB / AABB / AAB with A in EPQ

Loughborough University / Natural Sciences / FGC0
Date: 07/10/2019 | Reply: Acknowledgement
Date: 28/10/2019 | Reply: Interview invite
Date: 26/11/2019 | Reply: Offer - Conditional AAA


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****ing hell you are smart af, I thought I was smart but like wtf, as soon as I seen wants to read 4 physics books. Impressive hope u do well.
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Ooo can you tag me in your gyg?

I hope year 13 goes well for you What do you plan to take like at uni?
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There is no wrong decision if you enjoy all of your subjects imo.
Maths seems like it's in everything you want to study, so that's a solid start that will build the foundations of any science-based university course you want to apply to. Maybe try reading some books outside of each subject and find out which one excites you the most.

And remember, even if you end up not taking a subject you really enjoy, you can always still do your own independent research and reading outside of A Levels. An EPQ is a good way of getting a qualification in a subject of your choosing. My school didn't offer Philosophy unless I took RE so I'm currently doing an EPQ dissertation about the overlap and symbiotic relationship between Physics and Philosophy because I find it interesting.

Also don't worry about things being set in stone. You can always take an A Level for the start of Year 12 and if you don't particularly enjoy it, then you can drop it n swap it for another.

I hope you reach a decision soon and I hope this helps!
To be honest I can't read out side my subject, I find reading boring (No offence to reading lovers) , I mean I can read articles here and there about social sciences.but I don't know what is meaningful, I just don't want to end up choosing the wrong A levels now and then not doing well, I mean i can read about psychology and business but not so much, science I like learning it, I don't know how to decide to be honest, I haven't read that much ,,, UIghh lool I hate my anxiety
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****ing hell you are smart af, I thought I was smart but like wtf, as soon as I seen wants to read 4 physics books. Impressive hope u do well.
Haha, thanks :P
That's only my goal though, I ain't done it yet. Currently have a few books in my house that I've wanted to read for some time like Cosmic Onion by Frank Close. I think I'll start with 'We Have No Idea' by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson though (just got it in the school library and it looks really good for a nerd of particle physics and space like me).

Thanks for your support! Hope everything's going well for you too! :h:
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Ooo can you tag me in your gyg?

I hope year 13 goes well for you What do you plan to take like at uni?
I'm new to this so ummm... How do I tag you?

I've put my uni subject choices in the intro and on a separate message for offers haha. But I want to take Natural Sciences, I just love all my subjects at the moment that I can't begin to narrow them down yet! I'm thinking I might specialise in some form of Physics or Materials Science though, haven't quite decided.
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To be honest I can't read out side my subject, I find reading boring (No offence to reading lovers) , I mean I can read articles here and there about social sciences.but I don't know what is meaningful, I just don't want to end up choosing the wrong A levels now and then not doing well, I mean i can read about psychology and business but not so much, science I like learning it, I don't know how to decide to be honest, I haven't read that much ,,, UIghh lool I hate my anxiety
I know what you mean about finding reading boring. I love all my subjects but I just get distracted so easily whenever I get the chance for some peaceful reading with a cup of tea (hence why one of my goals for this year is to read more haha).

Maybe if you don't like reading so much, you could search for some podcasts, maybe some YouTube channels (I recommend Steve Mould, his content is really good and uses terminology you need for GCSE and A Levels very well) so you're watching something and not getting bored to death by processing all those words?

When do you have to decide your options by? What's your school's policy on taking more than 3 A Levels and do you have a careers advisor or someone you can talk to at school about choosing options?
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I'm new to this so ummm... How do I tag you?

I've put my uni subject choices in the intro and on a separate message for offers haha. But I want to take Natural Sciences, I just love all my subjects at the moment that I can't begin to narrow them down yet! I'm thinking I might specialise in some form of Physics or Materials Science though, haven't quite decided.
Oh so whenever you make a new post you can just tag people so they don’t miss your thread or posts. Ohhh I thought it was just university. Damn that’s a varied of courses how are you gonna put in one ps. Aww that’s good you know what you wanna take but hopefully you’ll find out which course you wanna do. Which uni are you hoping to go for in the end goal?
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Oh so whenever you make a new post you can just tag people so they don’t miss your thread or posts. Ohhh I thought it was just university. Damn that’s a varied of courses how are you gonna put in one ps. Aww that’s good you know what you wanna take but hopefully you’ll find out which course you wanna do. Which uni are you hoping to go for in the end goal?
Well, I just crammed a whole load of stuff into my personal statement with just one or two lines about extracurricular haha. (I submitted UCAS earlier this month to hit the Oxbridge 15th October deadline.)

The end goal is Cambridge for me. Love the city, love the subsidised prices of food and accommodation (gotta be saving with that student life) and most importantly, I absolutely love the modules and broadness of the course I want to take. :heart: It's a lot of work but I really want to get there!

I also love all my other courses. I wanted Materials and Physics to be a big part of all of them (apart from Exeter, but I slipped in International Study to make it interesting and skip out the Year 3 modules I wasn't so keen on haha) and I'd be happy going to any one of my other courses that I've applied for.

I'll keep the tagging thing in mind. Most people do that stuff in spoiler paragraphs right?
So where are you currently at with your level of study and what do you want to do?
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Your grades (and predicted) are amazing! Wishing you all the best
I’m also doing further maths - but AQA, do you have any tips (I’m in y12)
Well done for already receiving 2 university offers!
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I know what you mean about finding reading boring. I love all my subjects but I just get distracted so easily whenever I get the chance for some peaceful reading with a cup of tea (hence why one of my goals for this year is to read more haha).

Maybe if you don't like reading so much, you could search for some podcasts, maybe some YouTube channels (I recommend Steve Mould, his content is really good and uses terminology you need for GCSE and A Levels very well) so you're watching something and not getting bored to death by processing all those words?

When do you have to decide your options by? What's your school's policy on taking more than 3 A Levels and do you have a careers advisor or someone you can talk to at school about choosing options?
As soon as possible as I am currently in year 12 so this week I think, my school is against 3 a levels but I have options to do it privately, Maybe but I don't think they would be very accomidating, btw I first sought advice from someone and they said do biology, chemistry and psyhcology , I did enjoy chemistry and psychology but then had what if thoughts for engineering and convienced myself I hated biology but then does that mean I am convining myself to like my sciences, I don't know, I just hope this all works out.

What should I do? Like what are the next steps to make it better for me?
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Well, I just crammed a whole load of stuff into my personal statement with just one or two lines about extracurricular haha. (I submitted UCAS earlier this month to hit the Oxbridge 15th October deadline.)

The end goal is Cambridge for me. Love the city, love the subsidised prices of food and accommodation (gotta be saving with that student life) and most importantly, I absolutely love the modules and broadness of the course I want to take. :heart: It's a lot of work but I really want to get there!

I also love all my other courses. I wanted Materials and Physics to be a big part of all of them (apart from Exeter, but I slipped in International Study to make it interesting and skip out the Year 3 modules I wasn't so keen on haha) and I'd be happy going to any one of my other courses that I've applied for.

I'll keep the tagging thing in mind. Most people do that stuff in spoiler paragraphs right?
So where are you currently at with your level of study and what do you want to do?
Damnnn you must’ve been stressed. I thought it was only oxford that was 15th October. Awww that’s good you know what uni you want to go to and I hope you do get there. From your stats, you’ll put so much work to get there.

Yeah they put in spoiler paragraphs so it’s hidden. I’m in yr 12 and I’m doing physics maths and history a levels and I wanna do Law at university
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Your grades (and predicted) are amazing! Wishing you all the best
I’m also doing further maths - but AQA, do you have any tips (I’m in y12)
Well done for already receiving 2 university offers!
Thank you!! :grin:

My tips for starting Year 12 FM would be:
- Have extremely good notes. Cannot stress enough how bad it was when I was revising for End of Y12 exams and I couldn't make sense of most of my notes.
- A LOT of practice. Especially if you're doing Mechanics, it's just all about repeating a certain technique until you're confident in applying it. I just went through every single question in my textbooks (even the easy ones for the understanding and the super hard ones that took me days and days of crying until I got it - best feeling in the world).
- Throughout the year, just do lil recaps of everything you've done. It makes revision a lot easier when you need to do an exam.
- If your school has a Maths Workshop or something similar, I suggest using it. If you don't understand something, go to a teacher straight away because otherwise that builds up and you got a lotta content ahead of you to learn!
- STEP and MAT papers. Even if you're not planning on applying for Maths at University, I've been attending a weekly STEP club and working on STEP 1 papers. At first I was completely demoralised but after a year of working at it, my maths and problem solving skills have come on SO MUCH! I really recommend joining anything like this if your school runs it. If not, maybe try this in your own time - TSR is always on hand to help if you're stuck!

I'll be mostly using this GYG as a Further Maths revision/crying sesh so stay tuned and I'll let you know what else I come up with!
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I wish I had as much motivation as you.
Being honest how many hours would you do a day on average?
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As soon as possible as I am currently in year 12 so this week I think, my school is against 3 a levels but I have options to do it privately, Maybe but I don't think they would be very accomidating, btw I first sought advice from someone and they said do biology, chemistry and psyhcology , I did enjoy chemistry and psychology but then had what if thoughts for engineering and convienced myself I hated biology but then does that mean I am convining myself to like my sciences, I don't know, I just hope this all works out.

What should I do? Like what are the next steps to make it better for me?
I sometimes feel the same way, like I'm forcing myself to like science for the sake of it. But honestly, don't worry, you're not convincing yourself you like it, we all have worries like this sometimes. If science is your first thought then go for it!

Biology, Chemistry and Psychology sounds like a solid combination. If you wanted to go for engineering somewhere along the line, there are many courses and competitions run by universities to do with engineering so you can show your enthusiasm that way.

Also don't forget that engineering in itself is an EXTREMELY broad field. By taking sciences, you'll be absolutely fine if you want to apply for engineering in the future, particularly bioengineering or chemical engineering.

As for the next steps, I'm not too sure what to advise, but I hope that this has helped somewhat?
Remember that whatever you choose, you're going to be great at because you enjoy it. You don't have to pick a career for life now by any means! Just go with the subjects that make you feel happy whenever you see it on your timetable for your next lesson.
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I wish I had as much motivation as you.
Being honest how many hours would you do a day on average?
With reading or work haha?

It depends in both cases. I tend to be either a big procrastinator for a week or working in a spurt of energy for a few days (or obsessively reading at night instead of sleeping).
I'm trying to work on being more consistent and spread out, it would just be healthier in general for me.
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Thank you!! :grin:

My tips for starting Year 12 FM would be:
- Have extremely good notes. Cannot stress enough how bad it was when I was revising for End of Y12 exams and I couldn't make sense of most of my notes.
- A LOT of practice. Especially if you're doing Mechanics, it's just all about repeating a certain technique until you're confident in applying it. I just went through every single question in my textbooks (even the easy ones for the understanding and the super hard ones that took me days and days of crying until I got it - best feeling in the world).
- Throughout the year, just do lil recaps of everything you've done. It makes revision a lot easier when you need to do an exam.
- If your school has a Maths Workshop or something similar, I suggest using it. If you don't understand something, go to a teacher straight away because otherwise that builds up and you got a lotta content ahead of you to learn!
- STEP and MAT papers. Even if you're not planning on applying for Maths at University, I've been attending a weekly STEP club and working on STEP 1 papers. At first I was completely demoralised but after a year of working at it, my maths and problem solving skills have come on SO MUCH! I really recommend joining anything like this if your school runs it. If not, maybe try this in your own time - TSR is always on hand to help if you're stuck!

I'll be mostly using this GYG as a Further Maths revision/crying sesh so stay tuned and I'll let you know what else I come up with!
Ooh thank you!
I think we are doing mechanics :eek: I much prefer the further pure stuff and decision maths :laugh:
That’s what I’ve tried to do this half term holiday, went through and did all the practise questions for some of the further pure sections

I’m currently thinking about doing a maths degree, would you recommend trying the MAT or the STEP first?
Unfortunately we don’t have any maths clubs or step clubs as far as I’m aware :sad: but I’ll definitely go to teachers as soon as I need help :yy:

Haha it’s relieving to know that someone else finds fm a bit confusing (I honestly think half of my class are just geniuses:lol:)
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