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Anyone else a victim of the AS system?

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
edited March 27 in Work & Study
ok im not exactly a 'victim' im repeating year 12 cos i had glandular fever im cashing in psych cos i got a B but i think the AS system wasnt thought through well enough because there are 3 terms to learn so much stuff and if u are ill for whatever reason, then u are in the deep brown stuff
i was wondering if theres anyone else in my position ?
and anyone else wanna do medicine cos thats the reason im repeating!


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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i'm not exactly in your position but i know what u mean...
    we covered stuff in just enough detail to do exams last year and now we need to be able to do way more stuff that they still dont have time to teach us.
    i'm doing languages, and with the old a-levels you studied one book/play/film/whatever one year and one the next. now, literature etc isnt on AS syllabus, but you still have to do do texts so we have to cram both in this year, AND learn about lit. essay techniques to be able to pass the exam!!
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    Girl-From-MarsGirl-From-Mars Posts: 2,822 Boards Guru
    i think the AS system is crap tbh. i took A levels last year, did okay (ACD) but not as good as i should have done, so i'm kinda taking a year out from uni to earn some money and boost my grades. im resitting some exams in january... and im doing both AS and A2 psychology this year. (im getting kinda worried actually, we seem to be progressing quite slowly.. i have all my AS exams on ONE DAY in may, and my 2 A2 ones in june, grrrrr wanted one in january!!! <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/mad.gif"&gt; )

    i think that AS is a very watered down version of the old A level, and A2 is more the same standard. i'm in the unusual position of having done both the old and the new system... and i have to say, i think AS levels are too easy. but then when i started A levels in year 12, i thought they were too hard!!

    i think they need to do something about gcses. if they made them a bit harder, then there wouldnt be such a huge gap between gcse and A level, like there was when i was in that position. i found gcses pretty easy, and i didnt do much revision at all and got mostly As and A*s (one B and a short course C). but they chuck you in at the deep end in A level. now they've tried to bridge that gap a bit... but now you have a bigger gap between year 12 and 13. and if you forever reduce standards, uni is going to be a big shock if you've been hand held all the way through your school.

    i think this system sucks... but the old one wasnt much better. the government seems very reluctant to touch the gcses though, for some reason...
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thankfully i didn't have to do AS levels as i'm doing a National Diploma course at college. My friends who are currantly doing A levels are having to work double hard cos of the shambles the are AS levels. No-one i knew got good marks. Mostly around D-E grade area.

    Now, have a big toke on this South African drugs-reefer-style spliff doobie.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Dan_the_man:
    Thankfully i didn't have to do AS levels as i'm doing a National Diploma course at college. My friends who are currantly doing A levels are having to work double hard cos of the shambles the are AS levels. No-one i knew got good marks. Mostly around D-E grade area.


    Well i did as last year and i got ABBBD and inow im doing A2 levels. I think it was horrible, i was so knakkered last year but to sound like the bearer of bad news, the second years just as bad and the works 10 times harder!!!

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    im resitting some exams in january... and im doing both AS and A2 psychology this year. (im getting kinda worried actually, we seem to be progressing quite slowly.. i have all my AS exams on ONE DAY in may, and my 2 A2 ones in june, grrrrr wanted one in january!!! [/QUOTE]
    GFM btw you're not he only one in that position. last year i had 15 exams on 4 days which is an average of about 4 a day!!!! and trust me i was in a worse position that you make yourself out to be in. I could have done better but i came out with ABBBD so, we're all in the same postion.
    Although i agree with the shock between GCSE and AS's god ir emember that i was like shit and there was a big jump this year tooooo. And to pass Psychology i had to learn it from a book!!!!!!! Good luck with the psy coz im doing A2 now and it's freaky. All the teachers reckon i get help form my brother who's a Ok known psychologist!!!! (bullshit) Lol best part is quoting him in essays!!!!!!

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    Girl-From-MarsGirl-From-Mars Posts: 2,822 Boards Guru
    Originally posted by Kat:
    GFM btw you're not he only one in that position. last year i had 15 exams on 4 days which is an average of about 4 a day!!!! and trust me i was in a worse position that you make yourself out to be in. I could have done better but i came out with ABBBD so, we're all in the same postion.

    alright, there's no need to sound quite so much like you're having a go at me. yours sounds pretty horrific mind! also this is my 3rd year doing a level type stuff, so it is pretty bad. when i have 3 or more exams i one day, i dont do well. it's happened to me enough times to narrow it down to that having a big negative effect on my performance. and because im only doing it in 1 year, i cant exactly retake any AS modules if it all goes to shit. just bad planning i think, i could have done a lot better if i had an exam or two in january, spread it out a bit. but noooo, they dont listen to the students...

    i like psychology, i prefer A2 to AS becuase its in more depth and i actually feel like im learning stuff <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif"&gt;
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Sorry i was just sik and tired of everyones sob stories nothing meant to you personally but i agree with the three or more in one day. I can handle two fine but 3 is horrible and 4 is shite!!!!!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeh, I know where you are all coming from, I am doing my second year (A2) and hating it, the fact that we are in a constant rush to learn things doesn't help much. The other problem is that I have physics exams in January, but I am stuck in Germany with Tonsilitus and they won't let me fly back until January and all my Physics books are in England :-( . And it looks like it is going to cost around £60 to have them sent over by courier. Damn I'm looking forward to my gap year! Good luck Everyone
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I've got 4 exams in January: 3 AS English re-sits, and I'm doing 1 A2 Human Biology module in Jan instead of June.
    I've got lots of exams in June too. I hate revising. I wish someone had taught me how to revise. I always make really good study plans, but then I give up.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I agree with all of you... AS levels are a bitch without a doubt! However, it is possible to play the system a bit. As someone said earlier, AS levels are far easier than A2. The stupid thing is that the AS level makes up exactly the same proportion of your final A-level as the much harder A2. Assuming that your school actually manages to get itself organised, and you finish the syllabus (unlike our chemistry department), you may be able to score highly. If you get top A's in each AS module, you can scrape an A overall with only a medium C at A2! Don't know if it'll reallly work tho!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    *does IB*

    *is therefore superior* <IMG alt="image" SRC="tongue.gif" border="0">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Get a life
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Me too...not many of us "IB-freaks" around though are there? Dunno what they're missing! <IMG alt="image" SRC="smile.gif" border="0">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    not a lot quite frankly, altho complaints about IB seem to be limited to CAS (too much work for too little reward) and ToK (too many boring classes). beyond that, it's a pretty good system, seems to work well.

    *is still superior* <IMG alt="image" SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Turtle:
    <STRONG>*does IB*

    *is therefore superior* <IMG alt="image" SRC="tongue.gif" border="0"></STRONG>

    sod off and do some real work like the rest of us <IMG alt="image" SRC="tongue.gif" border="0"> <IMG alt="image" SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0">

    in my opinion AS is great for some reasons, and bad for others. for subjects like Latin and the sciences you cover certain topics or books in a year, are examined on them and then can forget them, as opposed to relearning them after eighteen months with the old A-levels. I'm not finding them difficult which is always good <IMG alt="image" SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0"> and neither are most of my friends.

    however, the aim of AS giving students more breadth of subjects is complete rubbish, because I've just used them to do tons of languages and I know others who chose all the sciences, maths and economics (ouch). they were badly organised to start with too; luckily for me my school is on top of them but I know others which aren't.

    I agree with GFM that GCSEs aren't challenging, but they're more challenging than, say, the brevet in France which they take at 15 - whereas GCSEs allow you to get a job of sorts, pretty much only McDonalds' will accept a candidate who only has the brevet. which is kinda shite. GCSEs need a little overhaul, at least so people can say more than "I went to the cinema at the weekend" when they go on holiday. though it's said that statistics show GCSEs are aimed at the right sort of level nationwide.

    everyone has loads of work and revision to do for exams. not a valid argument <IMG alt="image" SRC="tongue.gif" border="0"> (but it still suuuuuuucks!)
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