A LEVEL MOCKS

Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success.

The title is (part of) a quote by Albert Schweitzer, which is quite fitting really because he was a French-German theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, and physician. The philosophy part is the only bit that is remotely relevant, but I felt guilty if I didn’t include all his credentials.

Finally I have all my mock results back, so you can all stop worrying, and I can share them with you. Whoever ‘you’ are. Overall I am very happy. With my results, and the fact that I was so stress free.

In history, I got 98%, which I was so surprised at. I was never actually given a grade, but I’m going to assume it’s an A. I got full marks (25/25) for my Cold War question which is the one I thought I did best in, but I definitely didn’t think I did that well, and I got 24/25 for my Industrialisation question which is nothing short of a miracle. I literally made so much up, but I am just incredibly lucky that some of the stuff I completely guessed, was actually right, and other stuff is just not counted because thankfully it’s a ‘mark up’ system, where you don’t lose marks for putting stuff that’s wrong. History was a lovely surprise because I honestly did not revise in the slightest, apart from on the train on the way to the exam but (Jasmine will back me up here) none of what I revised actually came up. And in History today, I  got an A in my practice coursework which is amazing considering I wrote it in like an hour. I don’t really know what’s happening, but I just don’t want this lucky streak to stop. At least not until I’ve handed in my actual coursework. And maybe sat the real exams.

In Psychology I got 84% which if I’m being honest, and I don’t want to discredit the course as it could massively backfire on me next year, but I really wasn’t worried about this exam at all. When I sat it, I thought it was pretty easy, and I came out with an A. That sounds really boastful, but all I mean is, it’s not really a shock that I did well, and it doesn’t feel like that much of an achievement, that’s not to say it isn’t an achievement for other people. Which I guess is a good thing because it means I’m really confident in Psychology. If anything, it’s incredibly tedious because the layout of the whole course is literally I.D.E.N.T.I.C.A.L Sometimes I feel like I’m learning the same thing over and over again. Unlike history and philosophy, there is no like timeline or development, it’s just study:evalutation, study: evaluation (and repeat x8 for each unit x10 units).

I only got Philosophy back today, which is why I have been waiting so long to post this, but it is my absolute proudest result because it was the only one I actually revised for and I wasn’t sure if I’d do that well. Turns out the revision clearly paid off because I got 74%, which is an A. So I was extremely happy about that. When I came out of the exam, I was actually quite confident I had done ok, because I knew the answer to every question, it was just how ‘precise’ I had been, and how many key terms I had used , etc. And I was pretty bang on, because every question was just ‘sound’. I didn’t get full marks for any question, but I got a decent amount on every question. I won’t say what Jazzyben got, but I will say that Briony (I hope you read this at some point, also I think it’s your first blog mention!?) also did amazing in Philosophy and in all her other subjects which is just amazing. Jensapleb also definitely deserves a mention because she did great as well, though she didn’t have to do a drama mock which is very unfair but whatever.

All in all, it’s just been so great because I wasn’t stressed, I hardly revised, I got a lovely week off, and I still did great. I don’t know if this will ever happen again, I’m kind of scared to ever test it. I’m saying this now, but I can almost guarantee that I won’t revise for the next mocks because that’s just the lazy person I am.

-Lilla

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