🥀📚cryinqclouds' not so secret diary: a year 12 GYG

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🥀📚cryinqclouds' not so secret diary: a year 12 GYG

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did i get jealous of everyone elses gygs? yes
did i make one in year 11 and fail? yes
will the same thing probably happen again? yes, yes and yes!
But anyways here i am!

As you'll probably see throughout the year on here I am not good with words, so i'll just cut to the chase?

My GCSE results:
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Maths: A* (took it early)
English language: 8
English literature: 7
Biology: 8
Chemistry: 7
Physics: 8
History: 7
(pretty impressive considering most of my teachers hated me)


My A-Level subjects:
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Maths AQA
Biology AQA
Psychology Edexcel
EPQ


Sixth form goals:
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  • Make notes and revision resources as I go along
  • Get back into sports
  • Figure out what I want to do in life (I was set on a maths degree since year 9 but have completely changed my mind, leaning towards healthcare science or biomed so thats a start!)
  • Actually revise for topic tests
  • Stop stress eating
  • Come to school on time (it's actually my dads fault on why i'm always late)

Can't think of anything else at the minute


Get to know me:
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Where were you born?
Birmingham, England and no I don't have the accent (but alot of people I know from london say I do)

How old are you?
16!

When is your birthday?
22nd December

What is your favourite colour?
Black

What is your favourite day of the week?
Probably Friday?

What is your favourite food?
I do love a pizza

What is your favourite drink?
Water, yeah I know I'm a weirdo

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
Vanilla sometimes chocolate depends on how I'm feeling

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I don't know

Where do you want to live when you grow up?
Dubia but I'd be happy here

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
5 rats! My sisters

What do you like to do in your free time?
watch yt or tiktok

What is your favourite subject?
Maths and biology

What's your favourite show?
Elite

What's your favourite song?
I have ALOT but can't think of one right now!

Who's your favourite artist?
1D (as a band and as solo artists), Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, YUNGBLUD

What it is your favourite book?
The fault in our stars

Okay I think I'll stop there but if you have anything you'll like to ask I'd be more than happy to answer!



I'll update once a week but haven't thought of what day that might be. Crazy to think I'll be starting sixth form THIS THURSDAY?? Like I swear I started year 7 yesterday.
Also forgot to mention that I'll be starting a new school where I don't know anyone. ngl I think I've forgotten how to make friends.
So I think thats all from me, stick around if you wanna see:
  • How I'm staying organised
  • How I'm handling my workload
  • Test results, Life updates, Mental health basically EVERYTHING

Let me know if you want to be tagged/removed.

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Okay I'm gonna press submit now, why am i so nervous okay wtf okay byeeee
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good luck for sixth form! i did a level maths and psychology too, good subject choices :yep::ninja:
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If you saw the unedited version, no you didn't ❤
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good luck for sixth form! i did a level maths and psychology too, good subject choices :yep::ninja:
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Of course! Do you have any tips for maths and psychology?
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ahh i was so happy to see this pop up! best of luck to you <3 your a levels look like a super good combination
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Of course! Do you have any tips for maths and psychology?
do lots of practice of the longer mark questions in psychology and give it to your teacher for feedback, helped me a lot in getting good grades :yep: regularly revise the content as there's a LOT of it- do a little bit everyday and soon you'll be remembering info like the back of your hand!
don't be afraid to ask the teacher for help in maths especially- it's ok if you don't understand things. doing lots of practice questions will likely help you get the hang of a topic so i can't stress enough the importance of completing homework especially if it's stuff like set questions as you can go to the teacher after if you need clarification on anything and you learn what your strong and weak topics are! the first few weeks of a level maths aren't horrible at all tbh, you're eased quite nicely into it imo so don't be scared:nah:
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ahh i was so happy to see this pop up! best of luck to you <3 your a levels look like a super good combination
I'm feeling so inspired today! Good luck to you too!
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do lots of practice of the longer mark questions in psychology and give it to your teacher for feedback, helped me a lot in getting good grades :yep: regularly revise the content as there's a LOT of it- do a little bit everyday and soon you'll be remembering info like the back of your hand!
don't be afraid to ask the teacher for help in maths especially- it's ok if you don't understand things. doing lots of practice questions will likely help you get the hang of a topic so i can't stress enough the importance of completing homework especially if it's stuff like set questions as you can go to the teacher after if you need clarification on anything and you learn what your strong and weak topics are! the first few weeks of a level maths aren't horrible at all tbh, you're eased quite nicely into it imo so don't be scared:nah:
Thank you! I'll definitely take all of that on board!
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Yesss you made one, tag me please
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Study2212 finally gave in mwahahaha

Of all the GYGs I’m gonna anticipate these posts the most if that helps🤣👍🏼
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Yesss you made one, tag me please
Of course!
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Can I have a tag please?
Sure!! tag me in yours if you have one <3
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Study2212 finally gave in mwahahaha

Of all the GYGs I’m gonna anticipate these posts the most if that helps🤣👍🏼
THE PRESSURE!!!
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Can I be added to the tag list too pls?
also the gif in the 1st post looks prettyyy
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Can I be added to the tag list too pls?
also the gif in the 1st post looks prettyyy
Thank you! And of course i'll tag you!
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Heyy can I have a tag please? Also if you want to put a gif in your OP, press url on this top bar thingy here and put the url of the actual gif in
Good luck for year 12 and if you need tips for bio and psych just lmk because I do them too!! Xx
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Heyy can I have a tag please? Also if you want to put a gif in your OP, press url on this top bar thingy here and put the url of the actual gif in
Good luck for year 12 and if you need tips for bio and psych just lmk because I do them too!! Xx
omg hiii please tag me in yours too!! I would love some tips on biology on psychology! Also idk what happened to the gif its been fine for the past few days I'll sort it out now. Good luck with year 13!
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omg hiii please tag me in yours too!! I would love some tips on biology on psychology! Also idk what happened to the gif its been fine for the past few days I'll sort it out now. Good luck with year 13!
Thank you so much :hugs:
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PRINT OUT THE SPEC :lol: it's so important you do this because you can use it as a checklist to see what topics you've covered and see if there are any small points you're unsure of and speak to your teachers.

in exam papers/practice questions you do there will be "suggest" questions which are sometimes recycled so learn these the same way you would any other information (flashcards or notes or however etc).

Doing questions by topic is really useful because they help you notice how you can adjust your answer. Keep a track of your marks on these so you know what you need to focus your revision on n make flashcards to help you remember. On physics and maths tutor they have section specific exam questions so printing them will help as well remember you can ask your teacher for help, that's what they're there for :yep:

In data analysis or mathsy questions they also tend to have a similar answer formula (e.g. "a statistical test was not performed", "x had a higher mean than y"). That's why exam questions are so important because you'll start to notice patterns

you should write your entire chain of reasoning when answering a question even if something seems really obvious, doing past papers will familiarise you with this. In a level bio the mark schemes are very specific so what I do is just use the answer from the mark scheme and add them to my flashcards. If it is an 8 mark question I'll use one whole flashcard for it and summarise the mark scheme in bullet points.
The grade boundaries are quite low compared to chem so as long as you grab most of the recall and maths marks, then you don't need to get so many of the difficult inference questions right

If you're doing AQA I think you have an essayo (I do OCR and we dont have one but I wrote it down anyway just in case haha) make sure you're linking points together and not just firing them off at random.
Taking a few minutes to plan by making a spider diagram of the topics you want to talk about or think will be relevant. Draw arrows between them and writing a few words about how they link.
Keep linking back to the question and using lots of "therefore...", "this leads to...", "this is important because..." statements. Stick to topics you know well because big mistakes will automatically cap your marks at like 10/25 I think or whatever its out of


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You absolutely don't need to memorise the names of researchers but I used them as a fun way to revise e.g. would write the name on one side of a flashcard with questions and underneath i would draw a funny picture related to the name and the study. For example, for Loftus and Palmer (1974) I would draw a car crashing into a palm tree. This didn't always work so well if the researcher had a boring name but it was so fun to revise haha - remember you need to repeat them regularly

- try to link evaluation points together in your essays, especially if you're making a "generic" evaluation!! You don't need to make a conclusion, but imo an essay runs more smoothly if you're having an "argument with yourself" as opposed to writing every evaluation point you've memorised without considering their relative strengths and weaknesses.

I think that past paper practice is less important for psych than for bio/chem because the answers are less fixed. However, definitely do all of the research methods/application questions and make memory aids for these based on the past papers, using the textbook to fill the gaps.
The evaluations in the green haired girl textbook for some topics are sometimes lacking (they may have several generic issues and debates answers and few counter studies/ few methodological issues etc). Its okay ig but it helps to have an extra evaluation (choose a memorable one or one you can apply to a lot of questions) from another textbook - the cat book lol, a website like simply psychology or mark schemes (like I mentioned I do with biology)

learn the difference between command words e.g. applications vs implications, discuss vs describe + evaluate), look at the mark schemes/examiner reports for these. You'll probably have some pre-planned essay structures, but practice using these plans for different essays (e.g. comparison essays vs evaluate essays).

This is sooo important, you need to get better at planning and writing longer essays bc they naturally sets you up for shorter essays and 2/4/6- mark questions, as you just need to trim away to get concise, relevant material. Practice essays often (timed) and get feedback on them.
Ooo also i had to mention that when we would finish a topic I would write 16 mark essays for each one - then take them to your teacher and ask her to mark it and give you feedback. If you want more marks, listen to the feedback they give you, do it again and take it back to them. I remember my psych teacher got SO annoyed at me because I'd give her around 3 essays a week to mark so make sure you take it to both of your teachers because it's better to have feedback from more than one person haha

I just realised how long this is :sorry:
I'm sure you'll do great at all your subjects, just make sure to keep on top of eveything as you go along
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Thank you so much :hugs:
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PRINT OUT THE SPEC :lol: it's so important you do this because you can use it as a checklist to see what topics you've covered and see if there are any small points you're unsure of and speak to your teachers.

in exam papers/practice questions you do there will be "suggest" questions which are sometimes recycled so learn these the same way you would any other information (flashcards or notes or however etc).

Doing questions by topic is really useful because they help you notice how you can adjust your answer. Keep a track of your marks on these so you know what you need to focus your revision on n make flashcards to help you remember. On physics and maths tutor they have section specific exam questions so printing them will help as well remember you can ask your teacher for help, that's what they're there for :yep:

In data analysis or mathsy questions they also tend to have a similar answer formula (e.g. "a statistical test was not performed", "x had a higher mean than y"). That's why exam questions are so important because you'll start to notice patterns

you should write your entire chain of reasoning when answering a question even if something seems really obvious, doing past papers will familiarise you with this. In a level bio the mark schemes are very specific so what I do is just use the answer from the mark scheme and add them to my flashcards. If it is an 8 mark question I'll use one whole flashcard for it and summarise the mark scheme in bullet points.
The grade boundaries are quite low compared to chem so as long as you grab most of the recall and maths marks, then you don't need to get so many of the difficult inference questions right

If you're doing AQA I think you have an essayo (I do OCR and we dont have one but I wrote it down anyway just in case haha) make sure you're linking points together and not just firing them off at random.
Taking a few minutes to plan by making a spider diagram of the topics you want to talk about or think will be relevant. Draw arrows between them and writing a few words about how they link.
Keep linking back to the question and using lots of "therefore...", "this leads to...", "this is important because..." statements. Stick to topics you know well because big mistakes will automatically cap your marks at like 10/25 I think or whatever its out of


Psych
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You absolutely don't need to memorise the names of researchers but I used them as a fun way to revise e.g. would write the name on one side of a flashcard with questions and underneath i would draw a funny picture related to the name and the study. For example, for Loftus and Palmer (1974) I would draw a car crashing into a palm tree. This didn't always work so well if the researcher had a boring name but it was so fun to revise haha - remember you need to repeat them regularly

- try to link evaluation points together in your essays, especially if you're making a "generic" evaluation!! You don't need to make a conclusion, but imo an essay runs more smoothly if you're having an "argument with yourself" as opposed to writing every evaluation point you've memorised without considering their relative strengths and weaknesses.

I think that past paper practice is less important for psych than for bio/chem because the answers are less fixed. However, definitely do all of the research methods/application questions and make memory aids for these based on the past papers, using the textbook to fill the gaps.
The evaluations in the green haired girl textbook for some topics are sometimes lacking (they may have several generic issues and debates answers and few counter studies/ few methodological issues etc). Its okay ig but it helps to have an extra evaluation (choose a memorable one or one you can apply to a lot of questions) from another textbook - the cat book lol, a website like simply psychology or mark schemes (like I mentioned I do with biology)

learn the difference between command words e.g. applications vs implications, discuss vs describe + evaluate), look at the mark schemes/examiner reports for these. You'll probably have some pre-planned essay structures, but practice using these plans for different essays (e.g. comparison essays vs evaluate essays).

This is sooo important, you need to get better at planning and writing longer essays bc they naturally sets you up for shorter essays and 2/4/6- mark questions, as you just need to trim away to get concise, relevant material. Practice essays often (timed) and get feedback on them.
Ooo also i had to mention that when we would finish a topic I would write 16 mark essays for each one - then take them to your teacher and ask her to mark it and give you feedback. If you want more marks, listen to the feedback they give you, do it again and take it back to them. I remember my psych teacher got SO annoyed at me because I'd give her around 3 essays a week to mark so make sure you take it to both of your teachers because it's better to have feedback from more than one person haha

I just realised how long this is :sorry:
I'm sure you'll do great at all your subjects, just make sure to keep on top of eveything as you go along
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I was actually looking at the command words for psychology this morning and I'll definitely be using your tips. Honestly thank you so much that was really helpful x
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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I was actually looking at the command words for psychology this morning and I'll definitely be using your tips. Honestly thank you so much that was really helpful x
How come I'm not getting notifications from you? It's so weird haha
But you're welcome and good luck!
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How come I'm not getting notifications from you? It's so weird haha
But you're welcome and good luck!
tsr is acting up for some reason i haven't been getting notifications from some people aswell
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