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Ask me any questions you like with regards to grades, studying, University. I am really quite bored of my studies at the moment and need a small break. I feel I might be able to help some people so ask away
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How much time a day did you / do you spend studying?
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How much time a day did you / do you spend studying?
During A-levels: depends, I would probably study quite a lot, whenever I wasn't doing anything. I wasn't too into TV or anything like that. Especially around exam time I would put in 6-10 hours a day probably.

10 would be a very good day when I am really into my work.

I would say most important thing is probably consistency across the year. A little bit regularly - as in every day
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When did you start properly studying for your A levels ( as in doing more than a little bit each day) ?
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which subjects were they in and what do you study now?
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When did you start properly studying for your A levels ( as in doing more than a little bit each day) ?
I would say - I was revising consistently throughout the year e.g. before a mock test or a module test I would prepare seriously like spend a fully day revising and then, say around March I really stepped up my game and made sure I was doing work a lot more deliberately every day with lots of exam questions etc...
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Did you do all 5 A-levels at the same time?
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which subjects were they in and what do you study now?
Biology, Chemistry, Maths, History and a politics EPQ

I study Medicine now
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Biology, Chemistry, Maths, History and a politics EPQ

I study Medicine now
Wow! Good for you!
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Biology, Chemistry, Maths, History and a politics EPQ

I study Medicine now
wow goals! which studying techniques did you find the most effective?
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Biology, Chemistry, Maths, History and a politics EPQ

I study Medicine now
How do you motivate / discipline yourself to actually sit down and start working?

Any tips?
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Biology, Chemistry, Maths, History and a politics EPQ

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So FOUR A levels - isn't the title a bit misleading?

When did you take your A levels?
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wow goals! which studying techniques did you find the most effective?
I would say it depends on the subject

For biology and chemistry very similar: go through a module, do questions from legacy papers even relating to that module and there are lots of sites that split the questions into modules e.g. physics and maths tutor. A level chem revise was great too. I made sure I understood the concepts thoroughly. It isn;t enough to know them in class. You need to be able to explain it to other people and that's something I used to do. I used to talk to people all the time about things and sometimes go beyond the specification. Even now doing medicine on weekends I will meet with friends and discuss pathophysiology of diseases etc... I will try to do the teaching whenever I can. It helps me think and get my head around things.

Then maths my method was always: questions in textbook, all of them and then ... past papers , past papers, past papers.

History is reading and practicing essays.


I would say since A-levels I have adopted new methods e.g. using Anki and working with others to practice stuff (v. important in medicine)
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How do you motivate / discipline yourself to actually sit down and start working?

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I think sometimes it is hard to keep motivated, but it is just a case of getting into habits. Sometimes a change of atmosphere or working with a friend (making sure you are focused) can give you an extra bit of energy. I wouldn't work with others too often though. Revise in a way you find enjoyable e.g. I like doing questions and forcing myself to think.
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So FOUR A levels - isn't the title a bit misleading?

When did you take your A levels?
Yes - I was aware I should have done a small a* for the final letter after I posted. That is a fair point and I should have been more careful.
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Biology, Chemistry, Maths, History and a politics EPQ

I study Medicine now
Congrats!
why medicine? Did you consider anything else if so what?
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Congrats!
why medicine? Did you consider anything else if so what?
Yeah I actually considered History and PPE for a while. I was pretty set on doing History until around August of AS!!
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During A-levels: depends, I would probably study quite a lot, whenever I wasn't doing anything. I wasn't too into TV or anything like that. Especially around exam time I would put in 6-10 hours a day probably.

10 would be a very good day when I am really into my work.

I would say most important thing is probably consistency across the year. A little bit regularly - as in every day
Thanks for your response, congrats for your grades btw Did you have a revision timetable? I have been trying to have a revision timetable, and saying I'll do maths then, english then. However I'm wondering if it's best to have aims for the day? Ie complete X for maths and Y for English. But it's hard to gauge how long things will take
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Yeah I actually considered History and PPE for a while. I was pretty set on doing History until around August of AS!!
Wow thats quite late to make the switch, what made you choose medicine on UCAS.
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I think sometimes it is hard to keep motivated, but it is just a case of getting into habits. Sometimes a change of atmosphere or working with a friend (making sure you are focused) can give you an extra bit of energy. I wouldn't work with others too often though. Revise in a way you find enjoyable e.g. I like doing questions and forcing myself to think.

Yes - I was aware I should have done a small a* for the final letter after I posted. That is a fair point and I should have been more careful.
So you did modular A levels then? Four linear A levels are much more work and need different exam technique.
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Thanks for your response, congrats for your grades btw Did you have a revision timetable? I have been trying to have a revision timetable, and saying I'll do maths then, english then. However I'm wondering if it's best to have aims for the day? Ie complete X for maths and Y for English. But it's hard to gauge how long things will take
I have tried revision timetables they never really work for me. It isn't really my personality to use them. I am more a free-flower and like going with what I am feeling that day. But what I have always done is have checklists of things I need to cover and those prioritise what I do e.g. my one currently lists a number of diseases I want to read up on and some examinations I want to practice so over this weekend i will try to tick them off if not it will get carried over to Monday. I would say just find something that works for you. I really don't think there is a one size fits all. Some people use very different study methods to me and it works for them, when I have tried them they don't work as well for me.
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