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Hi everyone!

So i thought i would take part in 'Grow your Grades' to track my progress and motivate myself and hopefully others in the daunting AS level journey !

My GCSE results !
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Biology - A (IGCSE)
Chemistry - A (IG0CSE)
Physics - B (IGCSE
Business studies - 9
English Literature - 9
English Language - 9
RS - 9
Spanish - B (IGCSE)
Maths - 7
Classical Civilisation - 7

Honestly I found GCSES quite straight forward and did revision of course but not as much as I am doing for AS Levels, I did have my ups and down ( as anyone would do) but I honestly enjoyed GCSES looking back and wish I enjoyed year 11 more to be honest.

AS Level Subjects I take:
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Biology OCR
Chemistry OCR
Psychology AQA
EPQ

My mock Results:
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Biology - E (1 mark away from a D)
Chemistry C
Psychology - C (1 mark away from a B)

If I'm being completely honest I'm not happy with any of my results and I feel like I worked really hard and to get these results were kind of a kick and the face and has knocked my confidence and motivation to study and get these grades up !! ( this is why I am doing this thread, to get myself motivated again)

What I have learnt from the failure that I call my mocks is that I need to do more EFFECTIVE revision. Looking back, the revision that I did was just to say I've done 'x' hours of revision and hoped that it would be enough, but it was not effective so I may not have revised at all.

Grades I want to see on my result paper in August:
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Biology - B (A if I'm lucky)
Chemistry - A
Psychology - A (I feel like getting a higher grade in psychology is realistic for me)

Hopefully I'm not being TOO unrealistic but I really want these grades and I am willing to do whatever it takes to achieve them ! I used to be very very motivated during the beginning of year 12 and throughout my gcse and school journey but for some reason everything has gone south :/

My future plans:
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I would like to study dentistry and go to kings and then specialise in oral medicine at ucl

I'm not to sure about my future plans, I've started to second guess 'my' choices and decisions, I've been looking into screenplay and screenwriting and I find it very interesting but I guess it's too early to be thinking about this I think it would be better if I just focused on getting my grades up at this point

ANYWAYS, to summarise, I hope that I will actually update this thread and continue with it, documenting all the good and bad times on this voyage.

PS. I did not spellcheck this so if there are any errors I am sorry ^-^

(also I just quickly read through this and the amount of times I've used 'honestly' is shocking, I'll try to stop doing that )
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It's great to see that you've recognised you may be revising ineffectively. Most students just continue learning in ways they think is effective, when it actually is not. I was in the same position as you, with very similar grades during my mocks. I found that the best academic decision I've made during my A-Level journey is to actually find out how to study and revise correctly, rather than follow the herd-mentality of ineffective revision. It'd be quite long to summarise everything I learnt in the process of learning how to learn, but I wrote an article on TSR a few weeks after I finished my A-Levels which sums up 2 years of trial & error: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6020768

Good luck on your journey, I hope you achieve your goals!
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(Original post by daily_stoic)
It's great to see that you've recognised you may be revising ineffectively. Most students just continue learning in ways they think is effective, when it actually is not. I was in the same position as you, with very similar grades during my mocks. I found that the best academic decision I've made during my A-Level journey is to actually find out how to study and revise correctly, rather than follow the herd-mentality of ineffective revision. It'd be quite long to summarise everything I learnt in the process of learning how to learn, but I wrote an article on TSR a few weeks after I finished my A-Levels which sums up 2 years of trial & error: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6020768

Good luck on your journey, I hope you achieve your goals!
Thank You !! Also thank you so much for linking your thread, I just read through it and it's very detailed, useful and relevant ! I will definitely be taking some notes
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You’ve already had mocks?! I’m in y12 and the only mocks we have are this time next year! :hide:
Best of luck for everything and I’ll try and keep up to date with how you’re doing :grin:
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You’ve already had mocks?! I’m in y12 and the only mocks we have are this time next year! :hide:
Best of luck for everything and I’ll try and keep up to date with how you’re doing :grin:
Yes my school makes us do lots of tests, best of luck to you too !!
thank you so much
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Yes my school makes us do lots of tests, best of luck to you too !!
thank you so much
We have tests at the end of topics but they don’t get grades assigned to them thank goodness!
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Hello!
I had the aim to update this everyday or nearly every other day, clearly that hasn't worked, I guess I have to slowly get into the flow of things !

So I'm not really sure what exactly I should update yet so I'm going to put everything that I feel is relevant from the past 5 or so days!

honestly not much really happened these past few days, I had parents evening and it was mostly very positive I have to say! I was dreading it if I'm being completely honest, I thought that they would all question my place on their course, however it was quite the opposite. They were all mostly very encouraging and said that I do have potential and the ability to do well, which was reassuring to hear. They also said (which I was expecting) that I need to improve my exam technique. I suppose that comes with time and being exposed to the different styles of questions. Although, my biology teacher said to avoid past paper questions as we (obviously) have not completed the course yet, so I'm a bit stumped there.

I do feel like i have felt more motivated to do better and try and work harder and more effectively, one thing that I've changed is that I've left my phone downstairs with my parents. I'm not gonna lie it does feel very freeing to not have my phone by me because I know it is my main distraction.

I have also decided to start exercising again, nothing big, just a rotation between some abs and leg exercises! Yesterday I did the first Ab exercise and I am definitely feeling it today !

That's all I have to report so far! Hopefully I will be consistent with this
ALSO
before I forget

the entry requirements for queen marys dentistry, have they always been A* AA? I feel like they used to be AAA?

okay that's all enjoy your day !!
-Mera 04/02/2020
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hmm i feel the same with exam qs but i feel like we can still sort through the ones we can/can't answer?
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