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Hi guys!

This is my first time creating a 'Grow Your Grades' and I thought I'd join because I feel as though knowing people are reading about my experiences and revision will motivate me to do more.

I'm new to the whole blogging thing, so I think I'll start off by saying that I'm in year 12, I study history (AQA), sociology (OCR) and English language and literature (Edexcel). I like the idea of going to Uni but I have no idea what I'd want to study or what I want to do after A-levels .

So far I'm really enjoying my A-Levels, my subjects are ones that I enjoy and I find them very interesting and I've even made new friends and we're only 4 months in!

I'm targeted an A in all of my subjects (eeek) and I'm spending all of my free periods revising. I found GCSE's okay, I'm not really sure the best way to describe them - I wouldn't say I was prepared because it was the first big set of exams I'd ever done. I'd revised throughout year 10 and 11, albeit gradually, but in the end I came out with (here we go):
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English Language - 8
English Literature - 7
History - 7
Geography - 7
Combined Science - 6-7
Maths - 6
BTEC Sport - Distinction*
Textiles - Distinction*

VERY proud of my results, quite infuriated that I was TWO marks off a 9 in English Language

Anyway, I'll try to stay dedicated to this blog and include lots of pictures, advice and just my everyday experiences and hopefully by year 13 I'll walk out with 3 A's!

Good Luck to everyone with their A-Level's, we're gonna smash it!
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Hi guys!

This is my first time creating a 'Grow Your Grades' and I thought I'd join because I feel as though knowing people are reading about my experiences and revision will motivate me to do more.

I'm new to the whole blogging thing, so I think I'll start off by saying that I'm in year 12, I study history (AQA), sociology (OCR) and English language and literature (Edexcel). I like the idea of going to Uni but I have no idea what I'd want to study or what I want to do after A-levels .

So far I'm really enjoying my A-Levels, my subjects are ones that I enjoy and I find them very interesting and I've even made new friends and we're only 4 months in!

I'm targeted an A in all of my subjects (eeek) and I'm spending all of my free periods revising. I found GCSE's okay, I'm not really sure the best way to describe them - I wouldn't say I was prepared because it was the first big set of exams I'd ever done. I'd revised throughout year 10 and 11, albeit gradually, but in the end I came out with (here we go):
English Language - 8
English Literature - 7
History - 7
Geography - 7
Combined Science - 6-7
Maths - 6
BTEC Sport - Distinction*
Textiles - Distinction*

VERY proud of my results, quite infuriated that I was TWO marks off a 9 in English Language

Anyway, I'll try to stay dedicated to this blog and include lots of pictures, advice and just my everyday experiences and hopefully by year 13 I'll walk out with 3 A's!

Good Luck to everyone with their A-Level's, we're gonna smash it!
Hiya! :hello:

Good luck with your gyg. Do you have any career aspirations so far?
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Hiya! :hello:

Good luck with your gyg. Do you have any career aspirations so far?
I really enjoy English and History so anything to do with that really, maybe even education
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31/12/19 - the last day of the decade and the first official day of Kirsty's A-Level Life Blog!!!!

Honestly, still getting used to the whole idea of blogs and threads so hope I'm doing this right :juggle:

I'm going to start off by being honest and saying that I've not done much revision over the Christmas holiday apart from maybe 2 hours of Seneca - I know I should do more but this is probably one of the last breaks I'll have for a while and I'm going to catch up in this week.

History:
In history I'm studying Tudors (1485-1603) as well as the American Dream (1945-1980) - AQA

Sociology:
In sociology I'm studying Socialisation, Culture and Identity as well as Researching and Understanding Social Inequalities - OCR

English:
In English I am studying a range of texts - Voices in Speech and Writing, All My Sons, A Single Man and Enduring Love - Edexcel

I have 6 free periods a week, adding up to 10 hours which I can divide into 3 hours per subject a week just in school time. So far I have been making powerpoints for History and Sociology (2 each) so I have an overview of everything that I've done, and I'm rereading key texts for English. I'm targeted A's in all of my subjects and I know that with lots of hard work and determination I can achieve this!

I know this doesn't really talk about revision but I just wanted to outline everything again in more detail
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Did you get your English remarked?
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Did you get your English remarked?
At our GCSE results day we were given our marks for every subject apart from geography and English language so we could all look at grade boundaries. Around week 2 of year 12 I got a note in my history lesson telling me to go the the exams office. They told me that obviously an 8 is amazing but they'd like to get it remarked as I was so close to a 9. They had to get my consent because there's a chance of the grade going down (they ensured me it wouldn't because of how high my marks were).

I didn't think they remarked subjects unless you were off target/didn't pass but about 2 weeks later I got a letter saying there was no grade change. obviously I'm very proud of my results either way. (bit of a long-winded way of saying yes )
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At our GCSE results day we were given our marks for every subject apart from geography and English language so we could all look at grade boundaries. Around week 2 of year 12 I got a note in my history lesson telling me to go the the exams office. They told me that obviously an 8 is amazing but they'd like to get it remarked as I was so close to a 9. They had to get my consent because there's a chance of the grade going down (they ensured me it wouldn't because of how high my marks were).

I didn't think they remarked subjects unless you were off target/didn't pass but about 2 weeks later I got a letter saying there was no grade change. obviously I'm very proud of my results either way. (bit of a long-winded way of saying yes )
Oh okay. Good luck with the A Level. What's your predicted grade?
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I’m targeted A’s but not got any predicated grades yet, you?
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1/1/20 - Day 2 of Kirsty's A-Level Life

I thought that today I'd post some pictures of some revision I've done so far, but before I do that I just want to announce that: I am not a professional photographer and my photos can look decent at best; also my notes are not perfect because if I spent hours writing aesthetically pleasing notes I would be wasting precious revision time, and if I restarted every time I made a mistake I'd be wasting paper and time.

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Here are pictures of some NAACP cases from 1944-1950 for the American Dream unit as well as a timeline ranging from 1441-1509 for the Tudor's unit (an overview of Henry VII's life)

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These are pictures of notes on social class inequalities for unit 2

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I must admit, the photos do look so much clearer on my phone than on my laptop but it's 23:00 and I really can't be bothered to try and sort it out now :cool:
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7/1/20 - Day 3 of Kirsty's A-Level Life

Today was my first day back at school this year and my lessons were sociology and history (and then a free period)

Sociology:
Today in sociology I learnt component 1 and today's topic was 'Identity and Sexuality' which was really interesting! We addressed sexuality around the world - tribes, sub-Saharan Africa and the US, sexual identity - the history of it, how the importance of it differs and stereotypes and changing sexual identity - how attitudes have changed and the new laws that are in place.

History:
Today in history I learnt about Henry VIII's government. This included: pre 1530's, Parliament, Wolsey and the end of Government by councils, the Privy Chamber, the Court of Chancery, the Court of Star Chamber, Finance, the Eltham Ordinances, the Establishment of Royal Supremacy, the King's Great Matter and the Fall of Wolsey.

Here is a picture of some flash cards I made for sociology to help me revise the different sociologists, years and their findings:
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