I wasn't going to bother doing full past papers for these exams, but I changed my mind and I think it's helped me figure out how I'm managing as far as time's concerned. I'm generally finishing the 1-hour science papers in 45 minutes and the 90-minute maths papers in an hour, but under real exam conditions I wouldn't have been able to leave and so probably would have spotted some of the stupid mistakes I made.
In Chemistry Unit 2 (physical/inorganic) I got about a C or B, which I blame on not actually being taught the metals stuff. Unit 3 (organic) cheered me up because I got an A, though from reading an examiner's report the paper I picked was apparently easier than normal.
I generally find Physics easier because there are less facts to learn, and more formulae. Mechanics didn't disappoint on that front, and I got an A on the first paper I picked. Unit 3 (electricity/elasticity), though, is another story. I got a low C, then did a "re-sit" with another paper and got nearly full marks, so now I don't know what to expect. I suppose it doesn't help when the mark schemes contradict some of the notes given to us in class.
Without meaning to boast (okay, maybe just a little), I was pretty happy with Maths, but I did some papers just to be sure. On the Core 2 paper I would have got full marks if I'd actually, you know, read the questions. I just got an A on the Statistics paper, but the annoying thing about doing well on a mock statistics test is that you know flawed it would be to infer anything about the real test from it...
Oh, and in case you're wondering, no, this wasn't all in one day. I'm revising more than I thought I would, but still killing plenty of time doing not very much. Reading mailing lists, checking blogs, watching the HTML Working Group disagree on everything, and making webpages that nobody will ever see. Oh, and reading MySpace bulletins. I'm not sure why I still do that.
I do the same thing with bulletins. I read them, dont reply or repost and I have no idea why / Comment from Joe on 05 Jun 2007 at 17:39.
I've started counting how much bad luck and death I should have had from not reposting by now. It's not looking good. / Comment from Robert Marshall on 05 Jun 2007 at 18:18.
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