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    Well, this week has been the start of the Summer AS Level Exams, and honestly, I'm quite mixed in terms of how hard and easy it is;

    I did my C1 maths yesterday and that was one of the most difficult exams I ever sit. Sequences+Series, Simultaneous Equations and Calculus are alright topics, but coordinate geometry and sketching curves are insane, and trying to find the equation of the normal at a point on the circle is just brutal. Sadly, that was the final question on the paper, and I'll probably be marked down for it. I think with my current progress, I'm looking at a D, and that's being optimistic.

    This morning, I've done my History Unit 1exam, and it was surprisingly one of the best exams I've done all year. The structure of the essays was really straight foward, and we will able to do it in the time limit. As for the questions, they were on the successes and failures of the New Deals in the 1930s US, and also on the end of prohibition and American life in 1890 to 1919 which was fantastic.

    This afternoon, about an hour ago, I finished my geography unit 1 exam, and that was both hard and easy. The human side of it on population change and health issues was really nice and the questions had a nice flow to it, but the cold environments topic was brutal and difficult. I have never been taught eskers in my life or what a glacier budget is, and that may have cost me gravely on the paper, but still, the human side to it and the river topic was nice, so I might still pass.

    Anyone else doing their AS Level exams?
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    Quote Originally Posted by I-am-the-peel View Post
    Well, this week has been the start of the Summer AS Level Exams, and honestly, I'm quite mixed in terms of how hard and easy it is;

    I did my C1 maths yesterday and that was one of the most difficult exams I ever sit. Sequences+Series, Simultaneous Equations and Calculus are alright topics, but coordinate geometry and sketching curves are insane, and trying to find the equation of the normal at a point on the circle is just brutal. Sadly, that was the final question on the paper, and I'll probably be marked down for it. I think with my current progress, I'm looking at a D, and that's being optimistic.

    This morning, I've done my History Unit 1exam, and it was surprisingly one of the best exams I've done all year. The structure of the essays was really straight foward, and we will able to do it in the time limit. As for the questions, they were on the successes and failures of the New Deals in the 1930s US, and also on the end of prohibition and American life in 1890 to 1919 which was fantastic.

    This afternoon, about an hour ago, I finished my geography unit 1 exam, and that was both hard and easy. The human side of it on population change and health issues was really nice and the questions had a nice flow to it, but the cold environments topic was brutal and difficult. I have never been taught eskers in my life or what a glacier budget is, and that may have cost me gravely on the paper, but still, the human side to it and the river topic was nice, so I might still pass.

    Anyone else doing their AS Level exams?
    I've had a look at the AS Maths syllabus and man, does it look hideous. Still doesn't compare to the Mechanics specification for those doing Further Maths (I think), though. God, I hate maths.

    History I don't know much about but I deliberately overlooked Geography as one of my A-Level options as the entire syllabus just looked identical to the GCSE one, but just in more detail. We never get taught the cold environments bit, our school just covers coasts, rivers, tourism, population stuff, etc. It all looked pretty dry to me as, if GSCE was anything to go by, it's just all case studies.

    I took my Sociology Unit 1 exam yesterday and it was... surprisingly ok. Tripped up on the last question on Functionalism because of time restraints though, and suffered severe hand cramps throughout the entire thing. Doesn't bode well for my English Language exam on Friday, which I am woefully under-prepared for. I've got Sociology Unit 2, Psychology Unit 1, the Zelda Concert in London and my English Lit Tuesday to Friday next week, so this is effectively the calm before the storm (yet I'm still procrastinating).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poetry View Post
    I've had a look at the AS Maths syllabus and man, does it look hideous. Still doesn't compare to the Mechanics specification for those doing Further Maths (I think), though. God, I hate maths.

    History I don't know much about but I deliberately overlooked Geography as one of my A-Level options as the entire syllabus just looked identical to the GCSE one, but just in more detail. We never get taught the cold environments bit, our school just covers coasts, rivers, tourism, population stuff, etc. It all looked pretty dry to me as, if GSCE was anything to go by, it's just all case studies.

    I took my Sociology Unit 1 exam yesterday and it was... surprisingly ok. Tripped up on the last question on Functionalism because of time restraints though, and suffered severe hand cramps throughout the entire thing. Doesn't bode well for my English Language exam on Friday, which I am woefully under-prepared for. I've got Sociology Unit 2, Psychology Unit 1, the Zelda Concert in London and my English Lit Tuesday to Friday next week, so this is effectively the calm before the storm (yet I'm still procrastinating).
    What are you doing for your English Lit exam? For me, I did mine in January based on Pride and Prejudice, and The Kite Runner. I'm not doing an exam for it though now, I've just been given coursework assignments on Midsummer Night's Dream and Educating Rita.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I-am-the-peel View Post
    What are you doing for your English Lit exam? For me, I did mine in January based on Pride and Prejudice, and The Kite Runner. I'm not doing an exam for it though now, I've just been given coursework assignments on Midsummer Night's Dream and Educating Rita.
    I'm doing the combined Lit and Lang Pre-U course, which has no coursework. I'm surprised you did an January exam, I thought those were being phased out, as are retakes.

    The set texts I'm studying are The Kite Runner, A Streetcar Named Desire and All My Sons. Kite Runner and Streetcar are both really interesting texts and are reasonably easy to analyse, but All My Sons is dreadful, even more so as it's on the Language side of the course. I've never really got to grips with analysing stuff like dramatic structure and language choices so this Friday's exam is one I'm dreading.

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    ALL MY GRADES ARE IN! YAY!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paradoxe View Post
    APWH exam in 3 days !!!!!

    totally ready to fail the essays
    I knew jack **** about that class but I still managed a 5 on the test

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    what flamebeam learned in the Student Lounge Thread today: British education is something else

    Quote Originally Posted by Gelatino95 View Post
    I knew jack **** about that class but I still managed a 5 on the test

    You'll do fine
    that's a freshman AP course, right? at least, I'm pretty sure it is in my school

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    I took the AP Bio test yesterday and it was complete bull****. I must have studied over 100 hours for that test and someone who had little to no knowledge of actual biology could have done it just as well. That doesn't mean it wasn't hard though. It was basically 80% lab analysis, 15% math, and 5% actual biology. One of the free response questions was straight up half general knowledge and half calculator based math. Ugh I am so disappointed right now. If this was an actual bio test I am sure I would have done well, but for this I am not sure how I will do. I am hoping for at least a 4, maybe a 5 if it is a generous curve because of the new type of test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Chaos View Post
    I took the AP Bio test yesterday and it was complete bull****. I must have studied over 100 hours for that test and someone who had little to no knowledge of actual biology could have done it just as well. That doesn't mean it wasn't hard though. It was basically 80% lab analysis, 15% math, and 5% actual biology. One of the free response questions was straight up half general knowledge and half calculator based math. Ugh I am so disappointed right now. If this was an actual bio test I am sure I would have done well, but for this I am not sure how I will do. I am hoping for at least a 4, maybe a 5 if it is a generous curve because of the new type of test.
    I accidentally left 10 multiple choice problems blank. but other than that, a lot of the questions were like “duh, it's this one". others... ehh. for example, with the chi square and null hypothesis in the frq (I don't know if you got that question) I just learned today what a null hypothesis is, so I messed that up. thanks for teaching it NOW, “bio teacher"

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamebeam View Post
    what flamebeam learned in the Student Lounge Thread today: British education is something else



    that's a freshman AP course, right? at least, I'm pretty sure it is in my school
    I took civics & economics as a freshman, that's why I had apwh this year

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-am-the-peel View Post
    I did my C1 maths yesterday and that was one of the most difficult exams I ever sit. Sequences+Series, Simultaneous Equations and Calculus are alright topics, but coordinate geometry and sketching curves are insane, and trying to find the equation of the normal at a point on the circle is just brutal. Sadly, that was the final question on the paper, and I'll probably be marked down for it. I think with my current progress, I'm looking at a D, and that's being optimistic.
    Is that not C2? Unless you're on a different exam board, but we didn't do circles in Maths (Edexcel) until Core 2. Doing my A-Levels currently anyway and I'm basically free for a month before my exams actually start and I only have three Your History syllabus looks really interesting by the looks of it. I might have been inclined to take it if I'd seen those were topics on the syllabus, although it's generally a unanimous opinion among my friends that History is a horrible A-Level.

    Quote Originally Posted by Poetry View Post
    I've had a look at the AS Maths syllabus and man, does it look hideous. Still doesn't compare to the Mechanics specification for those doing Further Maths (I think), though. God, I hate maths.
    Huh, Mechanics is a piece of piss. It's without a doubt one of the easiest exams in Maths.
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    So I did my last project of the year all last night, somehow, and it turned out surprisingly nice. It got a 90, so I'm not complaining!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheEliteEmpoleon View Post
    So I did my last project of the year all last night, somehow, and it turned out surprisingly nice. It got a 90, so I'm not complaining!
    if i ever did that my parents would kill me and it would come out absolutely cr@p. it's just the way things go for me. i try and get it out of the way as soon as i can.
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    LOL, failed my Accounting II final today but still came out of the class with an 80 (B).

    EDIT: Got more grades back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fitzy909 View Post
    if i ever did that my parents would kill me and it would come out absolutely cr@p. it's just the way things go for me. i try and get it out of the way as soon as i can.
    I guess I'm just used to working like that, since I procrastinate just about everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flamebeam View Post
    umm, YES! 5 AP exams? as in 5 high school AP exams? I don't even know anyone doing that
    Neither do I. o.o


    okay, well that's not as bad. you're almost done; go big or go home
    Yeah, it seems the rest of my days will be more like it too. Work days! Yeah!

    6 AP tests and a speech. you're really pushing yourself
    Well, 5 AP tests, since my I only have regular Psychology and Track. Government and Microeconomics are both only a semester, so that's where the 5 comes from.

    so 6 AP exams, graduation speech, stage fright... you're bats*** crazy
    Well, it's maybe it's not so much full-on stage fright, but I'm just nervous. I suppose that much is normal, but when you put it all together like that...there's no hiding it; I'm insane.

    I accidentally left 10 multiple choice problems blank. but other than that, a lot of the questions were like “duh, it's this one". others... ehh. for example, with the chi square and null hypothesis in the frq (I don't know if you got that question) I just learned today what a null hypothesis is, so I messed that up. thanks for teaching it NOW, “bio teacher"
    Wait, what? Chi squared tests and null hypotheses are things you learn in AP Statistics. Null hypotheses are second nature in second semester AP Statistics, but AP Bio? That's new to me. Either way, I can't stand Bio. Not enough math for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheEliteEmpoleon View Post
    I guess I'm just used to working like that, since I procrastinate just about everything.
    I've tried many times in the past managing my team, but I've had trouble because I access my textbooks online. It actually worked for a few months, but I'm back to my old self now, sadly.

    Anyways, I've got a persuasive essay coming up. We're allowed to discuss about anything as long as it's not offensive and against religion. Unfortunately I'm one of the only four or five people who are liberal. I'm in a private school, after all, though I'm going to a public high school. I'm thinking of writing about gun control and the 2nd Amendment, though, since it's the closest I can get to expressing my opinions.
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    As for academic grades for this year, I've determined that my GPA is mainly going to be determined by whether or not I passed my Algebra Final today. Let's hope logarithms were my strong suit because that's it for them. I have a chance of taking one more possible test for Extra Credit this year, and I may just take it, just so I can get that elusive 4.0. Every other grade in every other class I have is literally an 100% A, but as for Algebra, it's an 89.1% B+.

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    APWH exam in 6 hours

    And what am I doing?

    A research paper

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paradoxe View Post
    APWH exam in 6 hours

    And what am I doing?

    A research paper

    I love my life
    According to my computer clock, it is currently six hours after you made that post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gelatino95 View Post
    According to my computer clock, it is currently six hours after you made that post

    Godspeed

    Don't forget about the Ottoman empire or whatever
    You need to fix your clock then.

    It was 1AM when he made that post, not 1PM. So really it has been what, 18 hours?
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    Oh wow, that said AM not PM

    My bad

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