My first month of A Levels

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen a few of my tweets about me embarking on a journey to amass a collection of three A Levels earlier this month. It seems quite scary that it was already seven years ago that I finished my GCSEs and made a decision that, as the years have flown by, I have only come to regret more and more. It was the choice to step away from education to pursue employment straight out of school. While this course of action wasn’t all doom and gloom I would be lying if I said it went anything like I had thought it would. This isn’t the part of the story that I regret the most though, it’s the idea I had given myself that I had missed my chance for further education, and so was stuck in this situation. I now know that this couldn’t be further from the truth, and can’t express quite how stupid I felt for thinking otherwise for all those years.

That’s all for the negative reminiscing though. I have a chance to put this right now and am determined to make it count.

The subjects I have chosen to study are chemistry, biology and maths. Chemistry and maths were definite choices from the moment I applied, owing to my hopes of progressing to university to study for a chemistry degree. Biology would’ve had to fight with history, but by the time I applied history was already full, so biology won my final subject choice.

The summer months were spotted with attempts to recall as much of my previous knowledge as possible. The Khan Academy was an invaluable resource in helping me to lay a good foundation of knowledge in each subject before making the jump to AS Levels. This foundation has held up relatively well. The only shortcoming has been some of the content that we’ve been covering in maths was never touched by me over the summer, quadratic equations being the prime culprit. This left me out in the rain trying to scour the darkest recesses of my brain for maths knowledge from seven years ago, which as you can imagine doesn’t work out too well. I feel more confident with the topics we’re covering in maths now, but the first few weeks were certainly a struggle.

Two-and-a-half weeks into the course we were greeted by our first set of periodic tests to ensure that we’re understanding, and are confident with the topics that we’re studying. Entering these tests I was most confident about chemistry, with biology second and maths, understandably, third. In terms of difficulty the opposite was true, and the results gave biology the chance to top the list. I scored an A in biology, B in chemistry and a D in maths. This surprised me because I was sure that chemistry would be where I would pick up the highest marks, but I was let down by some of my calculations. Overall, I’m more than happy with these results, especially my biology score. I just need to keep working with the same level of commitment to ensure those grades stay where they are (except for maths, that’s more than welcome to improve) up until the first real exams in January.

Looking back on the last four weeks I’m very pleased with how I’ve managed so far. I feel that I’ve coped well with the transition back into full-time education, I’m enjoying all of my lessons, and everything is made so much better because I still get to see my partner-in-crime and brilliant friend James during breaks and lunch. Now that I’m settled in I want to try to pick up where I left off here back in July. All going to plan I want to keep a steady stream of posts going up until New Year, when I should be heavily focused on revision for the dreaded January exams. I did actually want to bring Musical Monday back yesterday, but it will definitely be making a return next week. The games and music are already chosen, and given my recent gaming habits I bet you can guess what series will be taking centre stage. 🙂

Thanks as always for stopping by; it’s always appreciated. I can’t think of a better way to end this post than to give a huge thank you to Warwickshire College for allowing me this opportunity to further my education, and to my family for supporting me in my decision to return to full-time education.


About Stephan

Third-year chemistry undergraduate. I'm not sure why I did it to myself. :P

Posted on October 2, 2012, in A Levels and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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