HI get revsing!! :)

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Alex wrote:

If you're concerned about revision this early on in term i bet you are going to do just fine!

I have just finished a levels, starting university next week!

if you dont mind me asking, what university are you going to and to study what?

Posted: 12-09-12 21:59 by ELectrica!

:L that all sounds good, now just to try apply it to my degree:P

Posted: 12-09-12 22:00 by Alex

Alex wrote:

:L that all sounds good, now just to try apply it to my degree:P

thanks, if you dont mind me asking that uni did you apply to? and doing what course?

..and do you think its worthwile taking a gap-year?

Posted: 12-09-12 22:03 by ELectrica!

Nottingham (Top 18ish in the country)

Animal science BSc

Grade required were BBB-BCC

I came out with AABB (Geog,General Studies, Biology, History)

It depends

what would you in a gap year? you would need to do something worth while - travelling, volunteering, working, or a combination. not just sit at home

A gap year can be useful if you don't get very good As levels so you won't get into the university you want applying straight away - this way you are applying with your final A2 grades so you will get a non-conditional offer

It can also be good if you are undecided on what to do
you can take a year to decide based on yourfinal exam grades so there is less chance you will dislike your course

The only people i know who aren't going to uni either didn't know what they wated to do or are taking a year to work.

Unless you have a major reason or you want to do the travelling it is worth going. most your friends will be going so you will be left home alone if you don't. i would suggest if you can go, then go.

but then on the otherhand if all your friends are working then going travelling for half a year then go do that! that would awesome to do!

anything else? :) 

Posted: 12-09-12 22:11 by Alex

Alex wrote:

Nottingham (Top 18ish in the country)

Animal science BSc

Grade required were BBB-BCC

I came out with AABB (Geog,General Studies, Biology, History)

It depends

what would you in a gap year? you would need to do something worth while - travelling, volunteering, working, or a combination. not just sit at home

A gap year can be useful if you don't get very good As levels so you won't get into the university you want applying straight away - this way you are applying with your final A2 grades so you will get a non-conditional offer

It can also be good if you are undecided on what to do
you can take a year to decide based on yourfinal exam grades so there is less chance you will dislike your course

The only people i know who aren't going to uni either didn't know what they wated to do or are taking a year to work.

Unless you have a major reason or you want to do the travelling it is worth going. most your friends will be going so you will be left home alone if you don't. i would suggest if you can go, then go.

but then on the otherhand if all your friends are working then going travelling for half a year then go do that! that would awesome to do!

anything else? :) 

sounds preety interesting...i always had a passion for Biology that I want to go to Cambridge to study Biology :)

the reason why i want to take a gap year is that i want to gain more of a cultural experience in the outside world and to make my CV/personal statement more stronger so that i can stand out of the crowd

i have decided that i (and a group o friends) want to go to Beijing ,china for 6months to work at a school as a english teacher on the weekdays , get some work experience at a panda conservation centre/orphanage/pharmaceutical company  . and for the rest of the 4 months i will have to work fulltime in order to pay for my travel expenses 

-should i do my personal statement now before my gap or during my gap?

Posted: 12-09-12 22:25 by ELectrica!

Leah Summers wrote:

 Sounds preety interesting...i always had a passion for Biology that I want to go to Cambridge to study Biology :)

the reason why i want to take a gap year is that i want to gain more of a cultural experience in the outside world and to make my CV/personal statement more stronger so that i can stand out of the crowd

i have decided that i (and a group o friends) want to go to Beijing ,china for 6months to work at a school as a english teacher on the weekdays , get some work experience at a panda conservation centre/orphanage/pharmaceutical company  . and for the rest of the 4 months i will have to work fulltime in order to pay for my travel expenses 

-should i do my personal statement now before my gap or during my gap?

Wow Leah, that sounds amazing!

definitely do that.
That is exactly the sort of life experience that is worthwhile taking a gap year for and will most certainly make sure you stand out 

Although if i were you i would look at work experience in the orphanage/conservation centre - it'll be more interesting for you and you can always look into experience in pharmaceutics in the UK

There is a company called worldwide experience that specialism in conservation, animal care and community and rural projects. although they don't operate in china, they are an origination that specializes in students taking a year out working with nature and helping the community. - if they don't take your family then do some research online, there is loads of companies that do similar things. but make sure you get reviews as some are better than others!

I would start doing your personal statement before hand and then add to it. You will probably start doing them in school with your tutor. their input will be beneficial so you might aswell take it whilst you can:)
You can also start writing it as if you have done it, you will know what you plan to do so you can look ito including those things aswell:) 

anything else?:)

Posted: 12-09-12 22:37 by Alex

thanks for the help :)

i`ve planned it well because i always had a passion/dream to travel to China to feel the cultural side of another part of the world with my friends after A2....and do something amazing in my gap year before going to university. 

-what do you think adds a spark/kick to a personal statement ?(you have a better understanding than i do)

Posted: 12-09-12 22:47 by ELectrica!

you're welcome:)

it would be amazing, do you speak any mandarin? if you work for the first 4 months you could possibly take some chinese classes of even buy one of those audio Cds, that would look good if you could pick up even a little bit:)

show you're passionate
Link your favourite parts of biology A level and how they're relevant to your degree
Show you're a balanced individual - that you don't on;y do well in school but you have a varied outside life- what hobbies you have, do you have any iterests, or do you play any instruments. even just that you like reading and seeing your friends makes you seem more alrounded:)

Say how your work experience/travel will help your course as well as educating you about the workplace/culture etc

say how work improves you're communication skills and teamworking

are you on the school council? that's a good one for position of responsibility

most importantly don't waffle and try link everything you include in to showing why you are the best one for that place, why what you do makes you the perfect one for that course
Don't include things like what subjects you do- they will know as they get all of that with your predicted grades etc
Try fit it all in, and if you can't, get your tutor to put that in what they say abbout you 

and best thing is to read a few examples before hand - you can find them online - as this will give you a good idea of what to include.
but remember, don't post yours online and make sure you don't take what others have said and directly include it in yours! Good luck

Just sayif you have any more questions:)

Posted: 12-09-12 22:59 by Alex

I've got mumps one week into my AS term. I need a hug right now :(

Posted: 13-09-12 15:51 by Ed

awhhhhh:/ hugs

better now than just before your exams!

and make sure you work at home or you'll have loads to catch up!

Posted: 13-09-12 17:44 by Alex

EdInABox wrote:

I've got mumps one week into my AS term. I need a hug right now :(

awwh...bless your cotton socks... hug back hon...just make sure you stay positive and work your socks off this year bcuz it will be all worth it

Posted: 13-09-12 21:05 by ELectrica!

Gotta agree with Leah there! enjoy your a levels whilst you can- they've actually turned out to be some of the best years of my life!

Posted: 13-09-12 23:11 by Alex

Thanks! You've both made me feel slightly more optimistic now. Its definitely been a fun year so far... at least... until I got mumps. I look like a hamster now.

Posted: 14-09-12 09:46 by Ed

you're welcome:)

Awhh they hopefully won't last to long, and anyway, hamsters are cute! :P

Posted: 14-09-12 10:30 by Alex