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Jieay's Year 13 GYG - Actuarial Science applicant (2023/2024)

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Reply 20
Original post by ActiveEccentric
Back last year I used 1focus to stop procrastination to block distracting websites and apps (Except Google Chrome), and then stayfocusd to block other websites with google chrome, everything except necessary.

I also put the phone away, a lot of things, to block myself from procrastinating. Using Pomodoro helped me keep the schedule. Start with 5 minutes studying, then study more and more.

In that case it is a backup, although if you get CCC... would it be better to retake instead? Kent is quite a mediocre uni, but if you like it I guess go there?

If you improve... UEA is non RG although actually not that bad. York would be better, it's RG, mid RG.

Just stop slacking, get something done. You got this. Get the predicted as high as possible.

Cheers man, If I'm honest I find it quite hard to stay focused revising at school, I need to find another area to study other than upstairs where all my friends just sit around and chat. They've also stopped letting us use the library which is really annoying.

I also didn't think about blocking websites that would probably help me a lot when I'm revising at home. I've removed some distractions like YouTube and Instagram and stuff so if I want to find things I actually have to search for them specifically, and I am only subscribed to educational channels.

Also, I would definitely think of retaking if I did bad in my actual A levels but if I only get offers from Kent/Essex but do well in my A levels (AAB or AAA) then I might try and get into UEA or York in clearing (if that's possible), from what I've read and asked the tutors on open days it seems like Actuarial Science usually doesn't fill so hopefully there would be spaces if I'm quick to check their availability in July and come results day.
Original post by Jieay20
Cheers man, If I'm honest I find it quite hard to stay focused revising at school, I need to find another area to study other than upstairs where all my friends just sit around and chat. They've also stopped letting us use the library which is really annoying.

I also didn't think about blocking websites that would probably help me a lot when I'm revising at home. I've removed some distractions like YouTube and Instagram and stuff so if I want to find things I actually have to search for them specifically, and I am only subscribed to educational channels.

Also, I would definitely think of retaking if I did bad in my actual A levels but if I only get offers from Kent/Essex but do well in my A levels (AAB or AAA) then I might try and get into UEA or York in clearing (if that's possible), from what I've read and asked the tutors on open days it seems like Actuarial Science usually doesn't fill so hopefully there would be spaces if I'm quick to check their availability in July and come results day.

A public library could help with studying.

For other websites, block all other unnecessary websites, especially if you're prone to procrastination. This is what I resorted to. If it has to be done, do it.

York tends to be in Clearing anyway, although it can get full quickly so watch out.
Reply 22
Original post by ActiveEccentric
A public library could help with studying.

For other websites, block all other unnecessary websites, especially if you're prone to procrastination. This is what I resorted to. If it has to be done, do it.

York tends to be in Clearing anyway, although it can get full quickly so watch out.

True, I'm definitely going to try and avoid clearing at all costs but if my only options are the worse unis and I get good grades, I just don't want to be stuck at Kent when I had the academics to get into York :frown:

I'd need to look more into my options though cause I don't exactly know what happens after you send your application.
Original post by Jieay20
True, I'm definitely going to try and avoid clearing at all costs but if my only options are the worse unis and I get good grades, I just don't want to be stuck at Kent when I had the academics to get into York :frown:

I'd need to look more into my options though cause I don't exactly know what happens after you send your application.

I've been to Clearing before, it's very rushed, accommodation may be all filled up so you may have to go private and that sucks because they can take a long time.

After you send the application, before 31 Jan you have equal consideration so take your time.
Reply 24
Original post by ActiveEccentric
I've been to Clearing before, it's very rushed, accommodation may be all filled up so you may have to go private and that sucks because they can take a long time.

After you send the application, before 31 Jan you have equal consideration so take your time.

Yeah I wanted to send my application as late as possible because my schools decided to put our mocks in January instead of December for some stupid reason. I was told that I wouldn't be able to apply after the mocks which is really annoying.
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Reply 25
Day 4:

Didn't do much tonight as I have been at work. Had my biology test this morning, not really sure how it went so that probably means I'm getting a B again.

Arranged to speak with my head of sixth form next week about my situation and then I'll speak to my maths teachers about predicting me higher.

I meet with my chemistry teacher tomorrow about my goals for this year and I'll get back on the revision after that. Hope you all had a good day.
Original post by Jieay20
Yeah I wanted to send my application as late as possible because my schools decided to put our mocks in January instead of December for some stupid reason. I was told that I wouldn't be able to apply after the mocks which is really annoying.

well, at least you have more time to prepare for mocks so work your ass off and get the predicted higher!

for math, more past paper questions. seems you want to do actuarial science degree, then focus on math.
Reply 27
Day 5:

Completed:
-Chemistry homework

Went to watch fireworks after school so didn't complete anything other than my lessons.

I will do some catching up tomorrow as I have all day to revise.

Hope you all have a productive weekend :smile:
Reply 28
Day 6:

Completed:
-Biology HW
-Chemistry HW
-Maths HW
-Half of Maths Mixed Ex 7 (Trig revision)
-Chemistry module 2 flashcards
-Made Chemistry flashcards for module 5/6 content learnt this week
-Added to Chem module 2 flashcards from chemrevise guides
-Read through reaction pathways (need to start reading daily)

To do:
-Finish Maths Mixed Ex 7
-Add to Chem flashcards for modules 3-6

I'm trying to work on making flashcards a daily habit to increase my understanding of earlier content as I realised that module 6 builds on module 4 and module 5 builds on module 2 and 3 in chem.

Also I'm going to start using YouTube more to reinforce my understanding. It's suddenly occurred to me that revision guides like the cgp textbook are literally useless when I don't understand the content and I'm just trying to memorise things I don't get, which is literally a death sentence with my subjects (especially chemistry).

Also going to start reading through the reaction pathway document in my lunch breaks. I reckon I'll know them all if I continuously do it until my exams (I'll probably be confident on it by January).
Original post by Jieay20
Day 6:

Completed:
-Biology HW
-Chemistry HW
-Maths HW
-Half of Maths Mixed Ex 7 (Trig revision)
-Chemistry module 2 flashcards
-Made Chemistry flashcards for module 5/6 content learnt this week
-Added to Chem module 2 flashcards from chemrevise guides
-Read through reaction pathways (need to start reading daily)

To do:
-Finish Maths Mixed Ex 7
-Add to Chem flashcards for modules 3-6

I'm trying to work on making flashcards a daily habit to increase my understanding of earlier content as I realised that module 6 builds on module 4 and module 5 builds on module 2 and 3 in chem.

Also I'm going to start using YouTube more to reinforce my understanding. It's suddenly occurred to me that revision guides like the cgp textbook are literally useless when I don't understand the content and I'm just trying to memorise things I don't get, which is literally a death sentence with my subjects (especially chemistry).

Also going to start reading through the reaction pathway document in my lunch breaks. I reckon I'll know them all if I continuously do it until my exams (I'll probably be confident on it by January).


Keep going you're doing so well :smile:
Original post by Jieay20
The A-levels I'm taking are:
-Biology
-Chemistry
-Maths

OMG we're doing the same A-levels πŸ˜‰
Reply 31
Original post by toothysmile
Keep going you're doing so well :smile:

Thank you!! 😊
Reply 32
Original post by toothysmile
OMG we're doing the same A-levels πŸ˜‰

Wish I had your grades though aha 😌
Original post by Jieay20
Wish I had your grades though aha 😌

What exam boards are you doing - am happy to share resources :smile:
Reply 34
Original post by toothysmile
What exam boards are you doing - am happy to share resources :smile:

That would be so helpful!

Edexcel Salters for Biology
Edexcel for Maths
Ocr A for chemistry
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Original post by Jieay20
That would be so helpful!

Edexcel Salters for Biology
Edexcel for Maths
Ocr A for chemistry

Unfortunately I do different exam boards (other than maths), so I don't know if these will help:
Maths:
- Textbook (Pearson Edexcel)
- Past papers (PMT - also has flashcards, notes, topic arranged past papers and past papers, etc)
Biology:
- Save my exam notes
- Seneca (has all subjects for all exam boards)
- Past papers (PMT)
Chemistry:
- Class notes
- Seneca (has all subjects for all exam boards)
- Past papers (PMT)
Reply 36
Wouldve never thought about using seneca, last time I used it was in year 9 πŸ˜‚
Do you find it helpful? :smile:
Original post by Jieay20
Wouldve never thought about using seneca, last time I used it was in year 9 πŸ˜‚
Do you find it helpful? :smile:

Yep especially for biology, I don't use it exclusively bc it misses some content out, but helps me clarify knowledge and helps with active recall of important/main points :smile:
Reply 38
Original post by toothysmile
Yep especially for biology, I don't use it exclusively bc it misses some content out, but helps me clarify knowledge and helps with active recall of important/main points :smile:

Oh okay, brilliant thank you :smile:

I've set it up and youre right its probably good for testing yourself on the earlier yr12 stuff too.
Reply 39
(05/11/2023)

Day 7:

Made it to the end of a long week and my first week doing GYG! :smile:

I can safely say that this is the most productive I've ever been and the thought of being able to vent on here at the end of the day and say what I've been up to is really holding me accountable. I'm starting to see it as my own form of journaling.

Today I didn't complete as much as yesterday due to the fact that I was at work all morning and most the afternoon, however, I completed all that I wanted to and I have successfully wrapped up the most productive week of my life so far! :biggrin:

Completed:
-Reviewed Bio module 2 flashcards
-Maths Mixed Exercise 7
-Planned out next weeks revision πŸ‘€

To do:
-Keep pushing!!!!
-Speak with Head of sixth form and chem teacher.
-Add to Chem flashcards for modules 3-6

Also ty all for the support and advice so far, you're all so kind and helpful :smile: we're all gonna smash it this year lets gooooooo

Have a good Sunday and rest of your weekend :biggrin:
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