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Yes, my dear Goldies! Tis an update of school! I have just finished off the first draft of my English coursework and emailed it in 40 minutes before my deadline! That’ll teach me to forget about it again! That will also be the subject of another blog post later on these next weeks. I also have emailed over the notes I had for La Guerra Sucia for my Independent Research project. Furthermore, I have had to start coming into school at 7:45 each morning to undergo some grammar revision for Spanish – needless to say I am very tired today! I will hopefully be able to update you later on tomorrow about my AP1 exams as I want to know what I got and I want to be able to progress, with you my Goldies coming along with me!
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Hello Goldies and welcome to the blog post you have all been waiting for!
HOW DID GOLD PANDA DO IN HER EXAMS?
Let's get down to the nitty-gritty
In English, I got an overall grade of a C. Not my finest moment. In Othello, I got 18/35 (just over 51%) which was a C. I then got 15/25 (60%) in Streetcar. The streetcar grade boundaries were also unusual. Just 3 marks away from an A and one mark away from a B. Idk how these boundaries work, man. With Othello, I was about 8 marks away from an A. That is a more reasonable grade boundary. Overall, I was around 11 marks away from an A. not my finest English moment but doable. I just need to do more practice with Othello. The critics' quotes, which make up 40% of the marks, need solidifying in my head.
Now for the really bad ones.
In Spanish, I got:
14/25 for speaking (56%)
22/40 for listening (55%)
6/20 for translation (30%)
17/60 for reading (28.3%)
And for the students who are bad at maths, that’s 53/125 or just over 42.4%. That is I'm sure an E. and it makes me feel disheartened as I work so hard in Spanish but the lack of vocabulary still gets to me and my struggle with conjugations. The worst part is, the only part that I really do badly in are the reading and translation parts. And the reading part makes up the lion’s share of the marks.
This is especially considering everyone else does considerably better than I do and I am left behind, struggling. For me, I joined Spanish one year after not doing Spanish at all (I will explain in another blog post) and I forgot a lot. And I mean a lot. For the first month of Spanish lessons, I barely understood a word. Why I didn’t drop Spanish and still stuck with it I will never know. I should have fought harder to be in History last year after the exams. And it just feels like a continuous uphill struggle and I feel like giving up.
For biology, I got 25/89 which is basically an E. there was just a lot of A2 content I simply just didn’t know and I need to work on exam technique, slowing down, reading and annotating the questions (and I mean ACUTALLY READING not bloody skimming like I do).
To conclude, I am probably going to shoot myself after publishing this but I seriously did badly for AP1. But I cannot be disheartened. I have about 50 days until AP2 and have been working on building my motivation, self-discipline and beating procrastination. Next week, I will have a phone call with A VERY professional business lady who does exams revision and stuff like discipline for a living who will help me come to the bottom of this. I will view this as a challenge, a wakeup call to be more organised and productive. I hope that come January, I can boast of getting better grades.
And you Goldies will be with me every step of the way.
Apologies it is a short update and not in detail but I was out all last night and all of day and I had a heavy lunch and am tired and full and need to help my sister with something. I will properly update it when I get my strength back.
Gold Panda out x
Goldies! Hello! I am back from a semi-hiatus. There is a lot in my life to unpick so lets get down to the nitty gritty.
I had to have a meeting with my head of year, who also doubles up as my English teacher last Wednesday. He talked with my dad about my offers, my current grades and what they will do to ensure I don't fail in AP2. I am fairly confident that I won't fail AP2 due to the huge improvements I have made in bio and Spanish recently. I got 72% and 61.5% in 2 end of topic tests I did in evolution (the 72%) and transport in animals (the 61.5%). Sorry I don't remember the grades, but I am too lazy to find the papers! (I also got 27% in the animal responses test but we don't talk about her). I also now have to study at the front 3 rows on sixth form now in independent study. Now I am not disheartened.
I now have received all offers from unis. I will make my firm/insurance choices after January, when I have gotten the stress of revision and RO out of my mind. Hopefully I pass RO, as it means I can get my BBC offer from Queen Mary as there is not point of having my firm and insurance of ABB, as I am doomed if I don't get that ABB (my personal goal is A*A*A but I have to be realistic and my Dad set me an AAB target so I can at least get that.)
Today hopefully at 1, I can have my discovery call with Chloe Burroughs soon. I will do a follow up post later on today hopefully. I need this call to go through so I can unpick my mind and get back on the right track as I feel like I'm going crazy right now and have been for the last few weeks.
I also recently have started shifts as student librarian and have been for the last 2 weeks. Mostly those jobs include reorganisation of the library shelves into alphabetical order. Oh my god, the amount of books there would have had me fainting from shock.
That's all for now Goldies, so good luck with all exams and let me know how they go! Relish this update!
Gold Panda out.