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I’m failing A Level chem

Hi I’m in year 13 and my first exam for chem in in 54 days I’m my last mocks I struggled a lot because of the paper layout and content. It was a primrose kitten paper I do aqa the difference threw me off. And I got a grade E I am not proud of this and I know it is not reflecting my effort my grades are normally at Cs and I’m predicted a B I don’t know where to start from now. This grade has thrown me off my cycle and now whenever I try past papers I get very stressed and blank out.


What should I do?
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Original post by Anonymously17
Hi I’m in year 13 and my first exam for chem in in 54 days I’m my last mocks I struggled a lot because of the paper layout and content. It was a primrose kitten paper I do aqa the difference threw me off. And I got a grade E I am not proud of this and I know it is not reflecting my effort my grades are normally at Cs and I’m predicted a B I don’t know where to start from now. This grade has thrown me off my cycle and now whenever I try past papers I get very stressed and blank out.
What should I do?

Is this a duplicate thread or a strange coinicidence?
Original post by wanga_wanga
Is this a duplicate thread or a strange coinicidence?

What do you mean why would it be a duplicate
Original post by Anonymously17
Hi I’m in year 13 and my first exam for chem in in 54 days I’m my last mocks I struggled a lot because of the paper layout and content. It was a primrose kitten paper I do aqa the difference threw me off. And I got a grade E I am not proud of this and I know it is not reflecting my effort my grades are normally at Cs and I’m predicted a B I don’t know where to start from now. This grade has thrown me off my cycle and now whenever I try past papers I get very stressed and blank out.
What should I do?

I think you'd be better off not dwelling on that grade. I know it's easier said than done, but now you've experienced the initial shock of being unfamiliar with the layout and content and you should already be in a better position for the next exam.
I've completely destroyed myself over bad grades before and believe me when I say that there's merit in trying to brush it off and keep going.

I'm rooting for you!
I can say just because you fail at A Level doesn't mean it's the end of the world.

I ROYALLY messed up my A Levels (Biology, Chemistry and Maths) and my only full A Level grade I took to completion was Biology (I got a D), in Maths and Chem, I got two Us.

I took a Foundation year at uni before moving onto Biomedical Science at UWE and graduated with a 2.1. After this, I went on to do a teaching course (and very quickly left, all I can say is, stay away from Brighton Uni, it's a terrible course). After that, the plague hit, got a job as a medical lab assistant before being promoted to an associate practitioner after 3 months.

Worked as an AP for 3 years before deciding that I need a Masters (Biomedical Science but specialising in Clinical Biochemistry) to get ahead for the higher jobs. So I'm doing that right now and have been getting consistent 67-70% in all my work (minus two pieces which are heavily med micro based (still passed them though and very small pieces which won't count to my final classification), I hate micro, I'm a clinical biochemist and not much else).

So, even if you mess up A Level chem, don't worry about it. There are plenty of options.
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by Anonymously17
Hi I’m in year 13 and my first exam for chem in in 54 days I’m my last mocks I struggled a lot because of the paper layout and content. It was a primrose kitten paper I do aqa the difference threw me off. And I got a grade E I am not proud of this and I know it is not reflecting my effort my grades are normally at Cs and I’m predicted a B I don’t know where to start from now. This grade has thrown me off my cycle and now whenever I try past papers I get very stressed and blank out.
What should I do?


heyyy i am kinda on the same boat to the point where my teachers lost faith in me and one my teachers actually told me that “In this point in time I can’t see you getting an A”
this girl in my class referred me to a tutor who attends a top 10 russel group uni (won’t disclose bc privacy) and he himself went from a D to an A* and is now doing a Chemistry degree! Lmk if u want his details bc he’s such a good tutor, lessons are on ft, his prices are very affordable and he makes notes himself, explains everything in detail and won’t proceed until you understand. it’s been a month and we’ve almost covered almost all of the content for A2 :smile:

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