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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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P.S - You are now officially known as :blow: The Goldies - my term for the ''fandom'' of people who read my work. ILY :suith:
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awwww goldies is so cute
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awwww goldies is so cute
Thank youuuu :suith:
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AS HAPPY AS AN EXAM (OR NOT)

Hello Goldies and welcome to the blog post you have all been waiting for!


:blow::blow::blow::blow::blow::blow::blow: HOW DID GOLD PANDA DO IN HER EXAMS?

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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.
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you’ve got this! and hey,,the only way is up
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you’ve got this! and hey,,the only way is up
Thank youuuu lovelyyy
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I have just come home from a King's College Exams skills workshop. It was a very long and detailed workshop all about exam skills and techniques. I learnt more about how to manage my time and smartphone usage more effectively, how to revise and a specialised exam revisions sesh with a 3rd year english student who went from Ds/Cs in her AS levels to very close to A*s in her final exam. I will try and implement these in my day to day life and I will update later on in the year if and how they worked. I am a kinaesthetic learner (if you wanna be really technical about it, I am a mix of visual and kinaesthetic, leaning more and I feel like school doesn't cater very much to it and I do struggle with that sort of thing. During GCSEs it wasn't a problem as apart from maths and chemistry and English to a lesser extent, I didnt really have to revise but it threw me off in A Levels and have caused me no end of problems these last 2 years.

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.

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This has been a very busy last few days. On Friday, I saw a modernist version of Frankenstein. To say it was unique would do a disservice to uniqueness. From gender reversals of all the key roles (Imagine a Victoria Frankenstein and a Roberta Walton and Eli!) to frequent use of virtual reality and hot dropping of every current PC issue imaginable. Race? Lets have both Frankenstein and the monster as black women? Climate change? Eco warriors! This personally divided my opinion. I quite liked the virtual reality and thought it was very imaginative. Part of me however would've thought I was in another play as I thought it bore little resemblance to the original. Alas, it was still very cool to have virtual reality. I wish I could've filmed the virtual reality.
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Apologies that I haven't uploaded for almost a week, I have been extraordinarily busy. Last Thursday, I visited Keats house, which is the actual house in Hampstead that Keats and his friend lived in. it was very interesting and I certainly liked it. I will upload pictures shortly.Mum received a phone call from head of year yesterday about a meeting about my grades, which forced me to come clean about my poor AP1 results to my parents. So I plan to confront him today about it. Wish me luck I don't get expelled. life is getting in the way, so my updates are short and sparse with no fancy fonts or any Gold Panda flogging or much tagging tbh. Christmas is coming up shortly so I will have more time to do a full, proper posting session too.Gold Panda out xx
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I got BCC for as levels and predicted ABB. I applied to Kings for a new course. Do you think I have a chance of getting an offer?
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I got BCC for as levels and predicted ABB. I applied to Kings for a new course. Do you think I have a chance of getting an offer?
Depends on the course. What course it it? But I think you stand a chance.
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Depends on the course. What course it it? But I think you stand a chance.
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Grade requirements are AAB. You might get a chance. After all I got DBE in my AS and ABC for my predicted for an AAA course and somehow got an offer. The Lord works in mysterious ways!
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Librarians, meetings and discovery calls - The Gold Panda bi-weekly.

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!

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