Year 12 support thread anyone(1000 Posts)
DS spent a lot of time shouting at a Statistics past paper this afternoon. He finished it in the end but decided that whoever set it should be sacked. He's doing English lit, History, Film studies, Maths and Further Maths. He has Oxbridge ambitions so needs stellar results if he wants to apply.
DS did 4 hours yesterday and today. He has been catching up on some sleep as well after a busy term. He has grand plans to get up at the crack of dawn tomorrow - we'll see!
Isn't everyone on end of term holidays? Dd hasn't looked at a book since 3.30pm Friday. She's having the weekend off.
DD1 is doing maths and 3 sciences but she has gone on holiday for a few days with her dad. So not much revision will be done although she has taken some with her and her ipad to watch Khan science stuff.
Easter Holidays here, too. Dd has worked out a timetable and allowed herself 2 days off over the course of the holiday. She has too much work to do to take off any more than that.
She is doing English Lit; History; RS and French. She hasn't done anywhere near as much revision as she had done this time last year for her GCSEs, which has made me a little anxious. However, the AS courses are so short that I think most of it should be more fresh in her mind. Her exams will all be over by 23rd May.
She wants to apply to Cambridge so a lot is riding on AS scores.
Can I join in ?
Easter holidays started at the end of last week, but the weekend was spent catching up on sleep and socialising. Today the serious work of building a revision timetable and finding all the loose bits of paper starts. Somehow I thought that today was the day that actual revision started, but clearly I am wrong.
DD is doing two classical languages, maths and RS. All four subjects seem to be a bit of a struggle.
Start of Easter hols here too, and looking at 4 hours a day revision with one or two days off over the holiday.
DD1 also struggling with most of her subjects. Taking Music, Maths, Physics and French.
Timetable done on Saturday, and some revision over weekend to break in gently. Trying to get desk tidied and everything else organised today, with a view to starting properly tomorrow.
French is her biggest struggle and what she intends to drop.
Lots of maths and physics papers to do. Mechanics in Physics and Stats in Maths seem to be the worst. Just reads the questions and goes blank.
Beginning to think the step up from GCSE and the independent learning at AS a little beyond her.
Wants to do music at Uni, but realistically needs minimum ABB to get on any of the courses she is interested in.
When dd revised for her GCSEs, she treated Monday-Friday as if she was at school and revised from 9.00am - 3.30pm with two short breaks and a lunch break. She did an hour on each subject, rotating them.
Then she had an hour of leisure time 4-5pm and then did another hour of revision before dinner at 6.00pm.
If she wasn't too tired, she did another hour after dinner, then relaxed until bed at about 9.30pm. It seemed to work well for her and might be helpful to others if they've got a lot to do.
Dd has already revised quite a bit because her school did mocks about six weeks ago.
For languages, someone suggested sticking post-it notes on everything for vocab revision, don't know if that's useful to anyone?
Any other revision tips anyone?
Dd splits the day into morning and afternoon and just works on 2 subjects per day (she revised like this for GCSE as well). She finishes at 5.30 and spends half an hour rereading the notes she has made that day to try and make it stick in her brain!
She is enjoying the fact that it is the holidays and so she doesn't have to work in the evenings and is reading for pleasure in the evenings instead (as well as watching some tv/ tweeting/ going on facebook etc).
When I did English A Level, I had all the quotes I needed to learn plastered all over the place - it seemed to work.
For GCSEs, DD didnt start in earnest until study leave began, but they dud start a week later. Only wrote up revision notes over Easter, and that was mainly for subjects she is no longer taking.
DD has been reading bi-lingual French short stories to help with general vocab and hoping to improve on essay through that, as her weakest section.
Maths is mainly practise question.
DD has been doing chemistry past papers today. She has been working fairly steadily, but I don't know how much she plans to do over the holidays.
For anyone with DC doing languages, DD has been using Quizlet to make vocab revision flashcards and quizzes for herself - it seems like a very useful site.
DD will probably drop physics but is going to carry on with all 4 until she gets her results. She has been revising and doing past papers since before Xmas! ...although still not finished the syllabus in biology or chemistry.
Not sure whether DS had a good days revision or not today - he was a bit vague about what he's been doing. I think he can be a bit overambitious about what he can achieve and then fades away as the day goes on!
Ds is going to carry on English lit, History and Maths next year and drop Film studies and Further Maths. School have said he could carry on further Maths as a 4th A2 but there doesn't seem any point if he wants to do English at university. I think he's going use the extra time to read more as there doesn't seem to have been as much time for that as he would have liked this year.
mumslife - there is a lot to learn. The course really is only 9 months long (Sept- May). Dd is not doing medical ethics - is that for the investigation paper?
Dd is definitely dropping French. She really hasn't enjoyed it and it is the weakest of her subjects. Dd loves Quizlet, MissMillament. She says that is what got her through Latin GCSE!
Seems standard practise to keep all 4AS till results out. Guess results can change their decision.
DD has study leave from 12th May till 6th June, last exam 9th June then straight back to lessons, so that will be 5 weeks too.
At work too, but getting the odd text about what she is up to. Seems it's stats paper this morning, so expecting some moaning any time soon.
DS doing 3 sciences and maths. Not doing as much revision as he should be and is struggling a little with the maths - which he needs as he wants to do Physics or engineering at Uni. Says he is dropping biology next year but trying to convince him to work hard at that as originally he was going to do medical science at Uni, and if he doesn't get the grade he needs in maths he may need to consider reverting to this plan.
He is finding it a huge leap from GCSEs for,which he put a minimal amount of effort in but got good results. Not going to happen like that at AS though.
Not on Easter break here until Thurs but going away for a few days at the weekend so it will be hard to make sure he does some work whilst we are away. (he can read in the car though and it is a 4 hour journey each way, so that should help)
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