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

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Reply 60
13/11/2023

-Received conditional offer from UEA
-Received conditional offer from Kent

Just waiting on responses from York and Leicester now πŸ™‚
(edited 3 weeks ago)
Reply 61
Original post by emm4nuella
yup i get that like when can i solely focus on mocks instead of in-class assessments?? in a 'deep dive' session, what do you do? :smile:

I won't lie to you I'm not really sure which probably shows that I need to do them more. I'd start by going through revision guides and looking for anything I don't understand at all, which then I'd try and teach myself using YouTube videos and if its chemistry use chemnotes articles to increase my base understanding, if that doesn't work I would go and ask my teachers questions or drop them an email. After that I'd print off some specific topic questions and work through them and mark them all in one sitting. After this id make review the mark schemes/examiner notes and make flashcards on any questions I got wrong and try and make a 'recipe' on how to answer them.

It's a lot but if you really don't understand something it definitely fixes the problem 😊
(edited 3 weeks ago)
Reply 62
13/11/2023

-Just got an offer for York πŸ˜€

Just waiting for Leicester now.
Original post by jieay20
13/11/2023

-just got an offer for york πŸ˜€

just waiting for leicester now.

yessssssss :d!
Reply 64
Original post by emm4nuella
yessssssss :d!

Secured my two dream universities in one day, 😁 I think they'll be my firm and insurance. Now its time to work for that AAA.
Original post by Jieay20
Secured my two dream universities in one day, 😁 I think they'll be my firm and insurance. Now its time to work for that AAA.

if york ends up being your firm or insurance, youll bet ill see you next year hopefully (maybe in the same college :smile:)
Original post by Jieay20
Secured my two dream universities in one day, 😁 I think they'll be my firm and insurance. Now its time to work for that AAA.

Congrats! You've been working so hard, you deserve it! πŸ’–
Reply 67
Original post by toothysmile
Congrats! You've been working so hard, you deserve it! πŸ’–

Thank you so much!!!! You're doing so well too 😊
Reply 68
13/11/2023

Completed:
-Maths Homework
-Biology Immunity and infection topic questions
-Maths parametric equations revision
-Found out chemistry mock content (its all of year 12/13 so far ☹️ )

To do:
-Revise for Biology exam
-Find out Biology mock content
-Revise for mocks

One more offer to go until I have received 5/5, hope you're all getting on well and thanks for all the kind words πŸ˜€
Original post by Jieay20
13/11/2023

Completed:
-Maths Homework
-Biology Immunity and infection topic questions
-Maths parametric equations revision
-Found out chemistry mock content (its all of year 12/13 so far ☹️ )

To do:
-Revise for Biology exam
-Find out Biology mock content
-Revise for mocks

One more offer to go until I have received 5/5, hope you're all getting on well and thanks for all the kind words πŸ˜€

Let's go 4/5 offers, what a star🀩
Reply 70
14/11/2023

Completed:
-Maths logarithmic calculations revision (Y12 content for mocks).
-Chemistry notes on "Extending carbon chain lengths" and "Reaction of nitriles".
-Revised organic pathways for chemistry.
-Maths homework

To do:
-Prepare biology practical book for antibiotic practical.
-Revise for Biology exam
-Find out Biology mock content
-Revise for mocks

Note: Had a headache tonight and a full day of lessons so I did less than I wanted to, probably stemmed from a differential equation question that was worded wrong in the maths textbook 😭 I plan to be a lot more productive tomorrow.
Reply 71
15/11/2023

-Received my final offer from Leicester!!! 5/5 offers achieved πŸ˜€

Here's a summary of all my offers, in order of priority:
1) University of York - ABB (Contextual - reduced from AAA)
2) University of East Anglia, UEA, - BBB (Contextual - reduced from AAB)
3) University of Leicester - BBC (Contextual - reduced from ABB)
4) University of Essex - BCC (Contextual - reduced from BBB)
5) University of Kent - CCC (Foundation Year).

York & East Anglia Courses: BSc Actuarial Science with a year in industry. (4 years)
Leicester & Essex Courses: BSc Actuarial Science. (3 years)
Kent Course: BSc Actuarial Science with a foundation year. (4 years)

Some notes about my courses (if you are interested):

My current thought is to firm York and insurance UEA then run the gauntlet that I will get A/Bs in all my subjects - which I don't believe I am currently too far off. Although, I am going to wait until I visit York in February as I would like to meet the lecturers as I know for a fact the lecturers from UEA are qualified actuaries and both of them have worked in the industry for 20-30 years. I won't be able to confirm this with York until I've been there.

All my courses provide 6 exemptions from professional exams so no matter what course I get into I will only have to pass 7 exams post graduating to become a qualified FIA.

I have seen some sources saying York is the 2nd best uni for ActSci (behind LSE) in the UK although I've heard other subjects saying that it is behind LSE, Bayes Business School, Heriot-Watt and even Kent or Leicester in some sources. But I guess I will be able to figure that out when I go there and speak to the lecturers and staff.

I think I will attend applicant open days for every university (bar maybe Kent because I don't really want to do a foundation year), although I am pretty settled on my firm and insurance choices and personally I think the year in industry is almost as important as the degree itself for securing graduate roles.

Also, I know for a fact that UEA have great links with industry as Aviva is located in Norwich and they have just agreed a partnership with a new insurance firm. Also, I'm sure York also has good connections with industry as I know some insurance firms based in York (Aviva again).

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Overall, I have a while now to refine my choices and decide where I really want to go, visiting York's campus in person will definitely give me a stronger idea of where I want to end up. But it's reassuring to know that now I just need to focus on the grades and the universities are ready to accept me come June. πŸ˜…
(edited 2 weeks ago)
Original post by Jieay20
15/11/2023

-Received my final offer from Leicester!!! 5/5 offers achieved πŸ˜€

Here's a summary of all my offers, in order of priority:
1) University of York - ABB (Contextual - reduced from AAA)
2) University of East Anglia, UEA, - BBB (Contextual - reduced from AAB)
3) University of Leicester - BBC (Contextual - reduced from ABB)
4) University of Essex - BCC (Contextual - reduced from BBB)
5) University of Kent - CCC (Foundation Year).

York & East Anglia Courses: BSc Actuarial Science with a year in industry. (4 years)
Leicester & Essex Courses: BSc Actuarial Science. (3 years)
Kent Course: BSc Actuarial Science with a foundation year. (4 years)

Some notes about my courses (if you are interested):

My current thought is to firm York and insurance UEA then run the gauntlet that I will get A/Bs in all my subjects - which I don't believe I am currently too far off. Although, I am going to wait until I visit York in February as I would like to meet the lecturers as I know for a fact the lecturers from UEA are qualified actuaries and both of them have worked in the industry for 20-30 years. I won't be able to confirm this with York until I've been there.

All my courses provide 6 exemptions from professional exams so no matter what course I get into I will only have to pass 7 exams post graduating to become a qualified FIA.

I have seen some sources saying York is the 2nd best uni for ActSci (behind LSE) in the UK although I've heard other subjects saying that it is behind LSE, Bayes Business School, Heriot-Watt and even Kent or Leicester in some sources. But I guess I will be able to figure that out when I go there and speak to the lecturers and staff.

I think I will attend applicant open days for every university (bar maybe Kent because I don't really want to do a foundation year), although I am pretty settled on my firm and insurance choices and personally I think the year in industry is almost as important as the degree itself for securing graduate roles.

Also, I know for a fact that UEA have great links with industry as Aviva is located in Norwich and they have just agreed a partnership with a new insurance firm. Also, I'm sure York also has good connections with industry as I know some insurance firms based in York (Aviva again).

---

Overall, I have a while now to refine my choices and decide where I really want to go, visiting York's campus in person will definitely give me a stronger idea of where I want to end up. But it's reassuring to know that now I just need to focus on the grades and the universities are ready to accept me come June. πŸ˜…

Congrats on that final offer πŸ’™
Reply 73
Original post by toothysmile
Congrats on that final offer πŸ’™

Thank youuuu toothy!!
Reply 74
Original post by emm4nuella
if york ends up being your firm or insurance, youll bet ill see you next year hopefully (maybe in the same college :smile:)

haha hopefully!! imagine we're in the same college :smile:
Reply 75
15/11/2023

University applicants are finished wooo! Time to focus on these grades for the next 7 months 😎

Completed:
-Planned Biology antibiotic practical & results table
-Completed Chemistry 3.1.1 Revision
-Maths Homework
-Chemistry Homework
-Chemistry organic pathway quiz

To do:
-Revise for Biology exam
-Find out Biology mock content (will find out tomorrow)
-Revise for mocks

I'm also going to try and recap some of my flashcards in the morning on AnkiWeb on the school laptops so I don't get behind on my flashcards because I've been getting swamped by HW recently and I've probably been spending too much time looking at ucas lol.
Reply 76
17/11/2023

Completed:
-Chemistry Homework
-Chemistry Ka and pH revision.
-Biology immunity revision
-Chemistry 3.1.1 test paper (revision)
-Biology module 5 flashcards.

To do:
-Revise for Biology exam
-Find out Biology mock content (forgot to ask)
-Revise for mocks

Note: Forgot to post yesterday but I only completed some Chemistry flashcards and maths homework because it was a busy day.
Reply 77
18/11/2023

Completed:
-Maths integration homework
-Maths trig identity flashcards

To do:
-Revise for Biology exam
-Find out Biology mock content (forgot to ask)
-Revise for mocks

Been busy all morning and for the rest of the day, won't have time to do much else but I'm planning a long day of revision tomorrow for my biology test on Thursday!!
Original post by Jieay20
10/11/2023

Day 12:

Completed:
-Maths Homework
-Chemistry Homework
-2 hours of Chemistry pathways revision (and a few ionic equation bits)
-Some biology module 5 flashcards
-Printed off some topic questions and made myself a checklist for biology test in 2 weeks πŸ˜€

To do:
-Revise Biology module 5/6 (for test) & make content to revise (e.g. flashcards)
-Revise Year 12 maths content for mocks
-Find out what content will be tested for chemistry mock.

Also received conditional offer from Essex today for BCC which is lower than expected 😁
I will try and revise as much over the weekend but I am working a lot so if you don't hear from me that'll probably because I did nothing other than a few maths questions and flashcards because I'm finishing my shift at 11pm (rip). Other than that have a good weekend everybody!

Just watch out because sometimes these low conditional offers can really decrease motivation and thus may cause you to not work as hard.
Reply 79
Original post by ActiveEccentric
Just watch out because sometimes these low conditional offers can really decrease motivation and thus may cause you to not work as hard.

Yeah you're right. I think York has motivated me more considering they've predicted above my predicted grades and they'll be my firm choice. Also I think my teachers have almost been trying to talk me into going for my easier picks but I'd rather retake than go to Essex or Kent so I'm definitely pushing for A's now.

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