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Official Year 13 Chat 2023-24

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Reply 380
Original post by thrivingfrog


NO WAY 😭


The similarities just keep appearing 😂
Original post by sadfailure
Yo guys, hope I'm not too late to the party...

i'm studying biology, chemistry, maths and physics, and aspiring to be a Physicist, but we will see...
As I have made the stupid, and illogical decision of applying to Cambridge, I have to take the NSAA and have done NO prep so I know I have no chance (but I want to apply anyway for some reason unknown to myself). My favourite food has to be Soba Noodles, every day I go without them is a day wasted. I am looking forward to finally being able to indulge myself in just ONE subject, learning because I want to, not because I have to. Hobbies include shooting, listening to music, playing music, sleeping and drawing. Interests include physics and metal.

This paragraph sounds really depressing... sorry if I killed your mood lmao. Also HOW TF HAVE PEOPLE GOT OFFERS ALREADY?

offers already????? whatttt
Original post by oliviapope1
offers already????? whatttt

yep pretty mad stuff... I heard UOB gave out offers... this is second-hand information though so I don't know how much trust I should put in it...
Reply 383
Original post by emm4nuella
yay me too :biggrin:!

that's cool, what other subjects do you do then?
(edited 4 months ago)
Original post by Gardania
that's cool, what other subjects do you do then?

sociology and spanish :smile:
Reply 385
Original post by emm4nuella
sociology and spanish :smile:

that's a good combination (well I assume it's a good combination)
what do you want to do at uni?
Original post by oliviapope1
Woo-hoo!!
We've finally reached the final year of our further education!

How are you all feeling? Scared, nervous, excited?

Year 13 can truly be a nerve-racking experience but this thread has been created to encourage each other to get through the lows and celebrate the highs.

Here are some questions to introduce ourselves:
-What A-Level subjects are you studying?
-What course are you thinking of applying for?
-Do you have to take any entrance exams?
-Favourite food?
-What are you looking forward to doing after year 13?
-Hobbies and interests?

Here's to a successful year ahead of us!
Work hard and look after yourselves, we can do this!!!


Hey everyone!

It's not half term yet so I'm not that late, riiiight?

I'm really nervous about Year 13 because I really struggled with the workload last year and really don't want to mess this year up :s-smilie:

I'm doing a really weird combination of subjects: Geography, Computer Science and French. Even weirder, I'm probably going to apply for French and History at uni... Only just decided on that one, I've missed the boat on Oxbridge so no exams for me! After year 13, I'm looking forward to studying something that isn't insanely prescriptive both in terms of content and exam question structure (looking at you, Geography), and picking up my guitar again :smile:

My main hobby is complaining about politics and politicians, but I love listening to live music as well. I don't have much time for hobbies these days haha, I suppose free time is the main thing I'm looking forward to at the end of the year.

Oh, and my favourite food is probably dhal. It's like crack for vegans :wink:.

Best of luck everyone <3
Original post by Gardania
that's a good combination (well I assume it's a good combination)
what do you want to do at uni?

linguistics :biggrin:
Reply 388
Original post by lkjhgfdsazxcvbnm
Hey!! I applied to QMUL, birmingham, plymouth and kings for the EMDP :smile: are you doing med too?
my chemistry is AQA !

i’m applying for biomed at warwick exeter and sheffield cardiff reading :smile: your choices sound great, i live near plymouth and it’s got good facilities but the area isn’t always for everyone lol!

my chem is ocr b, i’m desperately trying to find people out of my school studying that spec :frown:
Original post by Castrovalva
I have absolutely no idea! At first, I considered exploring the modern feminist movement in Spanish-speaking countries, but I'm not sure if this is something which I know enough about... I'd also be interested in studying something like the Transition and/or Pact of Forgetting, but I worry this might be brought up in class!

Wow those sound like good ideas! I had to search up what the pact of Forgetting was, but I'm sure even if you cover it in class you could go more in depth with your research about it as some people in my class related their IRP to the topics we already covered in lessons as well. Good luck with choosing ur topic! :smile:
Original post by emm4nuella
great question - thanks for asking :biggrin:! i do three essay based subjects - psychology, sociology and spanish!!

psychology :smile:: do as many 16 marker essay plans as i can (then try and memorise them), flashcards with key concepts + studies, a list of key studies + people i need to know, i like using the cgp textbook & tutor2u for summaries! i sometimes do study guides too!

sociology :smile:: similar to psych, i love using revision guides to consolidate my understanding! (if anyone does aqa socio, i have an education revision guide i can send over), mindmaps are useful, listing key sociologists in every topic i think are also useful! for sociology, i loveee doing essay plans - i find them very helpful!

spanish :smile:: vocab from kerboodle, mindmaps, study guides (for film + book), reading around the key topics i have to study

:smile: overall, i like to :smile::
*make flashcards*
*make essay plans*
*try and revise at least 5hrs per week for each subject - this can include hw too*
*if i am about to procrastinate, i try and remember the benefits of doing the task, or i say to myself to try and least do 5 mins - i also set website limits for youtube, insta etc (limit by freedom is a good one - https://microsoftedge.microsoft.com/addons/detail/limit-set-limits-for-di/cljdjojmjdnlmggficioagingmjdfphe)


(and btw, i also have a growing grades journal, if you want to follow along with my journey - check it out here > https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7404622&p=98846281&page=1#post98846281)

:smile: psychology discord: https://discord.gg/ZK2Ex2cy :smile:


yeah thats it! thanks, emmanuella :biggrin:


Great techniques Emmanuella! Love those, especially agree with the essay plans! Definitely found them useful myself too! Good luck with your studies this year! :h:

- Alfie, University of Plymouth Undergraduate Student Rep :smile:
Just paid for my UCAS - think it's set to be sent off tomorrow? Gone for Cambridge, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool in the end. All but Liverpool have some kind of assessment thing (I'm guessing it'll be for languages, to make sure I can actually speak Spanish lol) so that's faff I'll deal with.... soon-ish. Can't believe it sets you back nigh on 30 quid! :redface:




Original post by justobserving
Wow those sound like good ideas! I had to search up what the pact of Forgetting was, but I'm sure even if you cover it in class you could go more in depth with your research about it as some people in my class related their IRP to the topics we already covered in lessons as well. Good luck with choosing ur topic! :smile:


Thanks, justobserving! I think you might be onto something here - currently reading The Spanish Holocaust by Paul Preston. It's about the horrors of Francoism and I totally recommend it to anyone who wants to look into the actual horror of the time (beyond classwork or just out of curiosity)- it's in English and has loads of stats/sources too which might be worth checking out. Anyhow, I bring it up because it just makes me keep asking "How could they let them get away with all this?"
Hi everyone! Best of luck to anyone sending off their UCAS applications for their studies next year! :h:
How is everyone feeling?! :confused: :biggrin: Good luck with all of your applications!

- Alfie, University of Plymouth Undergraduate Student Rep :smile:
Original post by University of Plymouth Undergraduate Student Rep
Hi everyone! Best of luck to anyone sending off their UCAS applications for their studies next year! :h:
How is everyone feeling?! :confused: :biggrin: Good luck with all of your applications!

- Alfie, University of Plymouth Undergraduate Student Rep :smile:

I've got my feedback for my first draft of my personal statement, and it seems good I just need to add a conclusion now. I just don't really know what to include in the conclusion. I have everything else sorted though pretty much so I'm feeling okay :smile:
Reply 394
My application has now been sent off to ucas. I’ve applied for computer science at Oxford, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and Plymouth!!!
Original post by flowersinmyhair
I've got my feedback for my first draft of my personal statement, and it seems good I just need to add a conclusion now. I just don't really know what to include in the conclusion. I have everything else sorted though pretty much so I'm feeling okay :smile:


Awesome! That's great to hear you're getting there with your personal statement! :biggrin: Good luck with writing the last few finishing touches!

- Alfie, University of Plymouth Undergraduate Student Rep :h:
Original post by Izzy-06
My application has now been sent off to ucas. I’ve applied for computer science at Oxford, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and Plymouth!!!

Love to hear it :tongue: Best of luck with your application!!

- Alfie, University of Plymouth Undergraduate Student Rep :biggrin:
Reply 397
Original post by emm4nuella
linguistics :biggrin:

That’s cool, what unis?
(Sorry if I sound dry that’s just the way I am)
Original post by Izzy-06
My application has now been sent off to ucas. I’ve applied for computer science at Oxford, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and Plymouth!!!


Good luck, Izzy!
Original post by Gardania
That’s cool, what unis?
(Sorry if I sound dry that’s just the way I am)

thanks for asking - i am from london and i am thinking of york, leeds, newcastle, ucl/qmul and lancaster

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