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would it be possible to get a*s?

hello everybody, i am currently predicted ABC for UCAS, however i have a bit of hope that i can achieve better in mocks and eventually my actual a levels? i want to truly believe that if i put in the hard work and effort, i can do this - but to be honest i am actually a bit of a procrastinator (i like to put off schoolwork etc). first off, i want to know whether anyone else has the drive to achieve A*s and As. second of all, is there anyone else who is currently predicted A*s and As for their UCAS, and if so what are their top revision tips? third of all, i would be really grateful to hear from universities and/or current university students (who achieved A*s) with their top advice too! thank you and i hope this makes sense <3
I’m currently predicted 4A*’s for UCAS so I hope I may be a suitable person to answer this.
The only main piece of advice I would say, is just to make sure that you are on top of everything. I know everyone says this but what I mean specifically is that there should be no instant where there are certain topics in your subjects that you do not understand (if there are, then address them immediately). It’s completely ok if right now there’s topics that you don’t remember and haven’t learnt off by heart, since you haven’t revised it yet, but just make sure that you have understood the content well in class so when it does come to revising, it’s a lot easier and you don’t have to spend time first understanding and then memorising.
Also this is a bit cliche, but if you’re doing subject like maths or sciences, make sure you get enough past paper practice in, after you’ve revised the content of course.
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Original post by emm4nuella
hello everybody, i am currently predicted ABC for UCAS, however i have a bit of hope that i can achieve better in mocks and eventually my actual a levels? i want to truly believe that if i put in the hard work and effort, i can do this - but to be honest i am actually a bit of a procrastinator (i like to put off schoolwork etc). first off, i want to know whether anyone else has the drive to achieve A*s and As. second of all, is there anyone else who is currently predicted A*s and As for their UCAS, and if so what are their top revision tips? third of all, i would be really grateful to hear from universities and/or current university students (who achieved A*s) with their top advice too! thank you and i hope this makes sense <3


Ok I recently achieved 3 A*s, so you can trust me on whatever I’m about to say next. With regards to your 1st question, of course there are students who have the drive to get top grades; they want to secure the best possible future and in order to do so, they’ll be working their asses off as we speak. Revision tips?? Cmon now. As you said, youre struggling with procrastination. You’re trying to cure the symptoms and not the root cause of the problem. My No1 tip, literally disappear. Delete all your social media, games, etc. Make a commitment to yourself that you will work until you achieve the grades you need (this is exactly what I did btw). Remember, motivation only gets you started, it’s discipline that carried you forward. If you’re not motivated enough to build the best possible future for yourself, then everything I’ve just said will be useless to you. You can carry on writing posts on internet forums and cry on results day. Listen, the only person who can change yourself is you. Make a schedule and stick to it, regardless of your emotions; you need to build a habit of studying. U wnna get triple A*s? Then this will be ONLY advice u need.
(edited 6 months ago)
Original post by Nithu05
Ok I recently achieved 3 A*s, do you can trust me on whatever I’m about to say next. With regards to your 1st question, of course there are students who have the drive to get top grades; they want to secure the best possible future and in order to do so, they’ll be working their asses off as we speak. Revision tips?? Cmon now. As you said, youre struggling with procrastination. You’re trying to cure the symptoms and not the root cause of the problem. My No1 tip, literally disappear. Delete all your social media, games, etc. Make a commitment to yourself that you will work until you achieve the grades you need (this is exactly what I did btw). Remember, motivation only gets you started, it’s discipline that carried you forward. If you’re not motivated enough to build the best possible future for yourself, then everything I’ve just said will be useless to you. You can carry on writing posts on internet forums and cry on results day. Listen, the only person who can change yourself is you. Make a schedule and stick to it, regardless of your emotions; you need to build a habit of studying. U wnna get triple A*s? Then this will be ONLY advice u need.

very true i hard vouch
Original post by Nithu05
Ok I recently achieved 3 A*s, do you can trust me on whatever I’m about to say next. With regards to your 1st question, of course there are students who have the drive to get top grades; they want to secure the best possible future and in order to do so, they’ll be working their asses off as we speak. Revision tips?? Cmon now. As you said, youre struggling with procrastination. You’re trying to cure the symptoms and not the root cause of the problem. My No1 tip, literally disappear. Delete all your social media, games, etc. Make a commitment to yourself that you will work until you achieve the grades you need (this is exactly what I did btw). Remember, motivation only gets you started, it’s discipline that carried you forward. If you’re not motivated enough to build the best possible future for yourself, then everything I’ve just said will be useless to you. You can carry on writing posts on internet forums and cry on results day. Listen, the only person who can change yourself is you. Make a schedule and stick to it, regardless of your emotions; you need to build a habit of studying. U wnna get triple A*s? Then this will be ONLY advice u need.


thank you so much honestly!!
thanks for everyone for their great advice so far!! <3
Original post by emm4nuella
hello everybody, i am currently predicted ABC for UCAS, however i have a bit of hope that i can achieve better in mocks and eventually my actual a levels? i want to truly believe that if i put in the hard work and effort, i can do this - but to be honest i am actually a bit of a procrastinator (i like to put off schoolwork etc). first off, i want to know whether anyone else has the drive to achieve A*s and As. second of all, is there anyone else who is currently predicted A*s and As for their UCAS, and if so what are their top revision tips? third of all, i would be really grateful to hear from universities and/or current university students (who achieved A*s) with their top advice too! thank you and i hope this makes sense <3

You need to work hard, to get from ABC to higher. 1st, others have the drive. I ****ed up though so only AAB instead of A*AB or better, and not A*A*A lol I ****ed up in life academically .

2nd i was predicted A*A*A last year and AAA this year. Top revision tips: pomodoro. block websites with stayfocusd and 1focus. Sacrifice your free time and hobbies if necessary. That's the only way I got BBC in a level along with my gcses at 15. Although i did have hobbies. So don't sacrifice that much, but be prepared to put the work in.

3rd going to uni too. But... you need to work. Sacrifice your friendships if you need to. If you really want to, you will do it. You'd be obsessed with it if you really want it, and your interest would be restricted to it, but if that's what it takes, do it. Even if people think you're autistic because of it.
Original post by emm4nuella
hello everybody, i am currently predicted ABC for UCAS, however i have a bit of hope that i can achieve better in mocks and eventually my actual a levels? i want to truly believe that if i put in the hard work and effort, i can do this - but to be honest i am actually a bit of a procrastinator (i like to put off schoolwork etc). first off, i want to know whether anyone else has the drive to achieve A*s and As. second of all, is there anyone else who is currently predicted A*s and As for their UCAS, and if so what are their top revision tips? third of all, i would be really grateful to hear from universities and/or current university students (who achieved A*s) with their top advice too! thank you and i hope this makes sense <3


hi, i think i'm qualified to answer this. i am a chronic procrastinator, i also had terrible attendance, not great GCSEs, and some other issues. i ended up getting A*A*A this year at a levels (a couple marks off an A* with that A which i'm getting remarked to possibly get 3 A*s).

i was constantly worried about how much work i was doing in comparison to other people. i could only start properly revising like 2-3 weeks before my first exam (i don't recommend doing the same though as it destroyed my mental health). i also didn't know how to revise, so had to figure out what worked for my brain.

if anyone says that it's impossible to get the A*s with your mock grades, they're lying. also, don't expect that how other people revise will work for you, try to figure out what works for you through trial and error. i tried so many different ways of revision that other people said worked for them, big surprise, they didn't work for me. everyone's brain is different.

also, don't sacrifice your free time, hobbies, and friendships (terrible advice). take regular breaks and let yourself relax. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. pushing yourself to the limit 24/7 is going to destroy your mental and physical health while also not improving your grades. talk to your friends, family etc. try not to compare yourself to others.

you've also got to remember that grades don't determine your self-worth. i was happy that i got the grades i did, but they are just grades, they didn't suddenly fix all of my insecurities etc. they're not a measurement of your intelligence either.

best of luck to you.
(edited 6 months ago)
(That thread title :tongue: )
Original post by jdjdhjdsl
hi, i think i'm qualified to answer this. i am a chronic procrastinator, i also had terrible attendance, not great GCSEs, and some other issues. i ended up getting A*A*A this year at a levels (a couple marks off an A* with that A which i'm getting remarked to possibly get 3 A*s).

i was constantly worried about how much work i was doing in comparison to other people. i could only start properly revising like 2-3 weeks before my first exam (i don't recommend doing the same though as it destroyed my mental health). i also didn't know how to revise, so had to figure out what worked for my brain.

if anyone says that it's impossible to get the A*s with your mock grades, they're lying. also, don't expect that how other people revise will work for you, try to figure out what works for you through trial and error. i tried so many different ways of revision that other people said worked for them, big surprise, they didn't work for me. everyone's brain is different.

also, don't sacrifice your free time, hobbies, and friendships (terrible advice). take regular breaks and let yourself relax. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. pushing yourself to the limit 24/7 is going to destroy your mental and physical health while also not improving your grades. talk to your friends, family etc. try not to compare yourself to others.

you've also got to remember that grades don't determine your self-worth. i was happy that i got the grades i did, but they are just grades, they didn't suddenly fix all of my insecurities etc. they're not a measurement of your intelligence either.

best of luck to you.


thanks a lot :biggrin:
Original post by jdjdhjdsl
hi, i think i'm qualified to answer this. i am a chronic procrastinator, i also had terrible attendance, not great GCSEs, and some other issues. i ended up getting A*A*A this year at a levels (a couple marks off an A* with that A which i'm getting remarked to possibly get 3 A*s).

i was constantly worried about how much work i was doing in comparison to other people. i could only start properly revising like 2-3 weeks before my first exam (i don't recommend doing the same though as it destroyed my mental health). i also didn't know how to revise, so had to figure out what worked for my brain.

if anyone says that it's impossible to get the A*s with your mock grades, they're lying. also, don't expect that how other people revise will work for you, try to figure out what works for you through trial and error. i tried so many different ways of revision that other people said worked for them, big surprise, they didn't work for me. everyone's brain is different.

also, don't sacrifice your free time, hobbies, and friendships (terrible advice). take regular breaks and let yourself relax. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. pushing yourself to the limit 24/7 is going to destroy your mental and physical health while also not improving your grades. talk to your friends, family etc. try not to compare yourself to others.

you've also got to remember that grades don't determine your self-worth. i was happy that i got the grades i did, but they are just grades, they didn't suddenly fix all of my insecurities etc. they're not a measurement of your intelligence either.

best of luck to you.


hello if you don't mind me asking, how did you revise? :biggrin:
Original post by StriderHort
(That thread title :tongue: )


whats wrong with it?
Original post by emm4nuella
hello if you don't mind me asking, how did you revise? :biggrin:


it depends on the subject. but for chemistry i watched the allery chem videos, did past paper questions (sort of under exam conditions but also mostly not), had a look in like textbooks scanning over stuff. this worked for me but like it might not work for you. for biology i mostly just did past papers and used class notes. its not fancy or groundbreaking but it sort of worked for me. i didn't use flashcards, hate them. i used like timing apps once or twice but forgot about them. i bought predicted papers, they were useless.
Original post by jdjdhjdsl
it depends on the subject. but for chemistry i watched the allery chem videos, did past paper questions (sort of under exam conditions but also mostly not), had a look in like textbooks scanning over stuff. this worked for me but like it might not work for you. for biology i mostly just did past papers and used class notes. its not fancy or groundbreaking but it sort of worked for me. i didn't use flashcards, hate them. i used like timing apps once or twice but forgot about them. i bought predicted papers, they were useless.


oh i'm doing psychology, sociology and spanish :biggrin: - but i want you to know how grateful i am for your advice! definitely taking it on board
Original post by emm4nuella
oh i'm doing psychology, sociology and spanish :biggrin: - but i want you to know how grateful i am for your advice! definitely taking it on board


oh for sociology, i mainly looked over textbooks and wrote some main points down a few times. i also had like a document with theories, studies etc. to look over. i read books/articles and watch videos about sociological stuff for fun anyways so that helped.
Original post by jdjdhjdsl
oh for sociology, i mainly looked over textbooks and wrote some main points down a few times. i also had like a document with theories, studies etc. to look over. i read books/articles and watch videos about sociological stuff for fun anyways so that helped.


thank you!! you have been very helpful
Original post by emm4nuella
hello everybody, i am currently predicted ABC for UCAS, however i have a bit of hope that i can achieve better in mocks and eventually my actual a levels? i want to truly believe that if i put in the hard work and effort, i can do this - but to be honest i am actually a bit of a procrastinator (i like to put off schoolwork etc). first off, i want to know whether anyone else has the drive to achieve A*s and As. second of all, is there anyone else who is currently predicted A*s and As for their UCAS, and if so what are their top revision tips? third of all, i would be really grateful to hear from universities and/or current university students (who achieved A*s) with their top advice too! thank you and i hope this makes sense <3

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