Sunday, 31 August 2014

My Week #35

This week, I had an appointment with Health4work and I was given the first dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine. They also took some blood samples to test for tuberculosis and chicken pox (as I didn't chicken pox when I was young)

My Week#35 in my Filofax

Summer is officially over and the weather has not been very nice lately. My siblings will be going back to school soon so we went to see the movie "Into the Storm." Overall, I thought the movie was amazing. I totally recommend watching it.
Cinema ticket
Finally, I got a call from the  recruitment team asking me if I could start my induction tomorrow (September 1st) instead of October 6th. I think the ward needs new staff asap so I decided to accept. So guys, I will be starting work as a healthcare assistant tomorrow- 01/09/2014 at 8:30 a.m. Aaaaarrgghhhhhh.
I would leave you guys now to go pray and mentally prepare myself for tomorrow.
Hope you guys had a good week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Fitness section of my Filofax.

Hey everyone

Today I just wanted to show you guys what I keep in the fitness section of my Filofax.

This is the divider I made for my Fitness section.

This is the "Weights and Measures" information sheet that came with the Saffiano. I couldn't find a better place to keep it than in my Fitness section.

Then I also have the " Clothing Size Equivalents" information sheet here too. I thought it was appropriate to keep it in this section.

Next is this card I made. The card itself came with some sticky notes I bought from eBay and I decided to write on there the 6 tips for healthy living which I found on Pinterest. It keeps me motivated. 

This is the back of the card.

Next is my weight tracker. I write down my weight from time to time to see the progress I've made. The green sheets are the Filofax coloured sheets that came with the Saffiano.

Next is my measurements. I plan on measuring once a month.

Next, I have my food journal. I made these inserts myself and I just use them to write down the number of calories I consume for each meal. I also draw in little hearts and fill them in to track the number of cups of water I drink everyday.

Next is my Exercise Tracker. I like writing down when I exercise just to see how often I do it.

I also have this card that was sent to me by Cancer Research UK after I ran the Race For Life. I like what it says so I decided to punch it and keep in my Filo.

This is the back with some information about how to spot cancer early.  I'm not too sure I like the way it sticks out of my Filo so I might trim it down.

Then I have written down a couple of workout challenges I got from Pinterest. I plan on doing these so I figured I'd keep them here.

These are the other workouts. 

Then I have my motivation page. Again I got this idea from Pinterest. If you search "Fitness quotes" on Pinterest, you'll find so many brilliant quotes as well as ideas to stay motivated. I just have a few quotes on here to keep me going.

Last but not the least is this page where I have my pounds count down. I have to admit that this page actually motivates me more than my "Motivation page". I love seeing how far I've come and how the finish line is not very far off. So I have my very realistic goals and non-food rewards.

So there you have it. My fitness section. I love having it in my Filo because I take my it almost everywhere so it is easily accessible. Anyone else find it useful having a fitness section in their Filofax?
Thanks for reading.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

My Week #34

This week, Health4work sent me an email saying they had received the forms I sent to them. 
My week #34 in my Filofax
But they also said I didn't provide enough evidence to show that I had been vaccinated against the infectious diseases that were on the form. So I had to book an appointment for next week so I can get the necessary vaccinations and blood tests done. Urrgh :( My DBS certificate also came in the mail :)
What I used to decorate my Filofax. 
I also met up with some of my friends from College that I hadn't seen in a while and we went to see the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes". That's a pretty awesome movie. I loved it. It was sooo much better than the first one. :D

Cinema ticket
Ryman is doing a 20% off discount for the bank holiday weekend which ends tomorrow and you also get a 20% off voucher from WH Smith if you buy from them. This means I'm gonna go stationery shopping soon. Woohoo!!! :D

Finally, I was able to start work on my personal statement. I will do a separate post soon about that.
Hope you guys had a great week.
Thanks for visiting.

Friday, 22 August 2014

My Inspiration: Life Goes On


So let yesterday remain in yesterday, live in the present and look forward to what tomorrow will bring.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Applying for medicine with a B in A level Biology/Chemistry (2015 entry)

N.B: All information about entry requirements where taken from the university websites on the dates mentioned.


Hi guys,

This post is going to be about applying for medicine with a B in A Level Biology or in some cases Chemistry. I know most universities do require you to have 3As including Biology and Chemistry but as of now, there are some universities which do not emphasize on you having Biology/Chemistry as one of the 3As.

St George's University London:

Academic requirements for MBBS5 as of 06/09/2014:
A Levels  or equivalent
A Levels
GradesAAAb
A level: AAA
AS level: 
B in a fourth subject
SubjectsA level: Three subjects to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology.
AS level: Four subjects to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology.
General Studies and Key Skills not accepted.
Mathematics and Further Mathematics (A level or AS level)  studied in combination can be considered.

Adjusted criteria
If your predicted/actual grades are between AABb and BBCb, your application will be considered in relation to the average A-Level point score per student at your school/college.
You must still meet an average A in the top eight subjects in GCSEs.
Please see our eligiblity flowchart here.
Check our eligible schools/colleges list for 2015 entry here.

I contacted SGUL med admissions to ask if my grades (As in Chem, Maths and Further Maths and B in Biology) were enough to meet their entry requirements and they said my grades were fine. They emphasised on the fact that they want 3As and even if you get a B in Chemistry/Biology, you will still be considered as long as you do both subjects.

The University of Sheffield:

Academic requirements for the A100 course as of 15/08/2014:

AS Level Requirements:
  • You should study four AS Levels.
  • Subjects must include Chemistry and one other science (Maths, Physics, Biology or Psychology)
  • You should achieve grades of at least ABBB in these subjects.  This requirement should have been met by the point of application, and declared on the UCAS form.
  • If AS Levels have not been certificated UMS scores will be required.
  • The four AS Levels should be studied for no longer than one year.
  • These four AS Level grades must all be obtained in the same sitting.
  • We do not accept AS Level resits or examinations taken early.
If you are not studying an AS/A Level syllabus, there is no equivalent requirement in alternative qualifications.
A Level Requirements:
  • Our offer for subjects taken at A Level is AAA to include Chemistry and one other science (Maths, Physics, Biology or Psychology).
  • The three A Levels should be studied for no longer than two years, must be passed on the first attempt and must all be taken in one sitting.
  • We are unable to consider A Level resits or examinations taken early.
  • Please note that A Level Critical Thinking and A Level General Studies do not count towards meeting our A Level requirement.
  • We will not consider A Level Further Mathematics for candidates who hold A Level Mathematics.
  • In some cases we may not be able to consider Modern Languages A Levels.  Please contact us for further information.
You just need to get As in Chemistry and one other science subject (it doesn't have to be Biology). Read about their other entry requirements here.

The University of Newcastle:

Academic requirements for the Medicine and Surgery MBBS Honours course as of 17/08/2014:

A Levels

AAA including Chemistry and/or Biology at A or AS level and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. If only one of Biology and/or Chemistry is offered at A or AS level, the other should be offered at GCSE grade A (or Dual Award Science grade A).
Once the academic criteria have been met, academic achievement is not considered further in subsequent parts of the application process. e.g additional A levels or A* results or additional GCSE results are not considered.
We would normally expect all applicants to have achieved their A Levels on their first attempt. Those who wish resits to be considered must provide information on the extenuating circumstances they wish to be considered. Supporting evidence must be provided from your school or GP.
More of their entry requirements here.
The University of Durham:

Same as University of Newcastle;

Keele University:

Academic requirements for the Medicine A100 course as of 17/08/14:

AS and A-levels required
Three A-level subjects are required. Of these, Chemistry or Biology is essential, plus one subject from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics, plus one further rigorous academic subject if only two sciences are offered. In addition a fourth AS-level at grade B or above is required. Maths with Further Maths or Biology/Human Biology with PE will not be accepted in combination at A level, although one may be accepted in lieu of the fourth AS-level if the other is achieved at A level. If Chemistry is not taken at A-level, it must be offered at a minimum of grade B at AS level. General Studies, Critical Thinking and applied subjects are not accepted. If only two sciences are offered, the science subject(s) not offered at AS/A-level is/are required at GCSE level, grade B or above.
Grades required
At Advanced Level (A2) we require A*AB/AAA from three A-Level subjects taken after two years of study.

View more of their entry requirements here.

The University of Aberdeen:

Academic requirements for the Medicine and Dentistry course as of 17/08/2014:

A-levels
GCE (A-Levels)
To be considered: Achieve / be predicted to achieve AAA in three A-Levels taken together at first sitting over a maximum of two years of study.
  • Chemistry is required
  • One subject from Biology/Human Biology, Maths and Physics is required
  • One further A-Level in most other subjects. Check with Medical Admissions Office if in doubt about suitability of a subject
  • Combinations of Chemistry, Biology plus a Non-Science subject are as acceptable as all-science combinations
  • General Studies is not acceptable
Please Note:  Academic score is awarded on the basis of predicted/achieved A2 grades.
Read more about their entry requirements here.

The University of Dundee:

Academic requirements for the Medicine MBChB course as of 17/08/2014:

GCE A-LevelAAA grades at A level (A2), to include Chemistry and another Science. The third subject can be your own choice; we have no preference.  
These results should be obtained at one sitting and at the first attempt at A level examinations, two years after GCSE.  (Approx. 8% of candidates sitting 3 A Levels attain these grades).
Achievement at GCSE and AS level will also be taken into account.
Biology is required, at least to GCSE level.  General Studies at A level is not accepted.
More of their entry requirements found here.

The University of Leicester:

Academic entry requirements for the A100 course:


A/AS Levels

Normally four AS-level subjects in First Year, including Chemistry and Biology, excluding General Studies. Three GCE A-levels including Chemistry required, excluding General Studies.

Typical offer

Normally AAA from GCE A-levels, including Chemistry
More about their entry requirements here.

If there are any aspiring medics out there with non-A grades in Chemistry or Biology, your university choices might be restricted but it might also be worth taking a look at the entry requirements for these universities. It will help if you clarify from these unis by calling them up or emailing them just to make sure they will accept your grades.
Thanks for reading and wish you guys all the best.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

My Week #33


This week, I finally sat the UKCAT exam and I'm really glad it's over and done with because now I can move on to other bits of my medicine application-such as my personal statement and sorting out my references.

My Week #33 in my Filofax

I also filled a the forms HR sent me regarding my Healthcare Assistant job and I sent them back. I emailed them the contact details for my referees and filled in the online DBS application form. The application has been confirmed and I will be receiving my certificate in a few days.

First part of the week was busy with work and last minute UKCAT prep but these last couple of days have been calm.
Hope you guys had a great week.
Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Medicine Application: My UKCAT results

Hey guys,

Results day is finally here. To all of you aspiring medics out there who got the necessary grades for med school, I just want to say a massive congrats to you all. And if at all there's any one out there who didn't get the grades, my advice would be not to give up if it is really what you want to do. Good luck in whatever you decide to do-whether it is to take the graduate entry route or to resit your A Levels and then apply.

OK, so to the main point of this post. I sat my UKCAT exam today at 12 pm and I just wanted to talk about how it went.

Before the exam:
After seeing all the scores on the UCKAT thread on The Student Room, I knew that somehow, they had made the UKCAT harder this year. In my mocks, Decision Analysis was my best section and Quantitative Reasoning my worst. I surprisingly did better in Abstract Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning in my mocks than in Quantitative Reasoning but I didn't dwell much on these because I knew anything could happen today.

Results:

So my average score today was 627.5.


Thoughts about the exam:

Verbal Reasoning: 
  • I didn't really get any surprises with VR. I got mostly the comprehension questions and only two sets of the T/F/CT questions. The questions were pretty much the same as those I had practised before. I have always struggled with VR so I wouldn't say I am surprised by my score. I'm just glad it wasn't below 500. My advice would be to just keep practising speed reading. 
Quantitative Reasoning:
  • I found the questions to be very much easier than the ones I had done before and very straight forward. The only thing is I ran out of time here or I probably would have gotten a much higher score. My advice for this section would be just to master the basic maths techniques and practise timing. They have increased the time for QR but you can still run out of time.
Abstract Reasoning:
  • I was hoping to do much better in this section so was a bit disappointed. The patterns weren't really obvious for most of them and I guessed quite a few I would say. My advice for AR will be just to practise as many questions as you can to be able to recognise the different patterns and hope for the best.
Decision Analysis:
  • This section was cruel. True there were no time restraints but the answers were very similar. Too similar that I had to waste some time trying to figure out which one is actually right and which one is not. I started by eliminating the ones that were obviously incorrect and then tried to find the correct answer from the two similar ones left. Compared to the other scores I've seen, I am content with my score in this section honestly. My advice would be to analyse your options carefully. Don't be too quick to click the next button. Make sure you look at all the options before choosing an answer.

What do I do now?:
So to be totally honest, I'm not really happy about the fact that my average this year is lower than last year's. If I had gotten this average last year, it probably wouldn't have been good enough. I am still going to try though. I have to think about my university choices now. I am still going to give it a shot. I don't see the point of giving up when I haven't actually applied. Hopefully, something good will come out of this.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Medicine Application: Pre-UKCAT jitters?

Hey guys,

So I'm sitting here about to do my first mock of the day and I thought I would write a quick post about how I'm feeling before my exam tomorrow at 12pm.


A few days before I took the exam last year, I was terrified and I had sleepless nights and I was constantly worried and the thought of not doing very well constantly crossed my mind even though I tried so hard to stay positive. I ended up with an average of 667.5 and even though it was lower than what I was aiming for, it wasn't a horrible score. This time around, I just can't be bothered to freak out.



I've got to that point now where I keep reminding myself that what will be will be. Especially when it comes to the UKCAT, it all depends on what happens tomorrow. I have to be calm. I need to be calm. Worrying is not going to give me a high score and so I refuse to let the UKCAT drive me crazy. I refuse to let my nerves get the better of me and I refuse to have a nervous breakdown because of the UKCAT. I am going to prepare for the worst but I will hope for the best.
Anyway, I'll leave you guys in peace now. All the best to everyone getting their results tomorrow. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

My week #32


This week, I finally got an email from Human Resources regarding my healthcare assistant job and they gave me so many forms to fill and return to them within 5 working days. My start date has been set for the 6th of October. It's so far away :(

My week in my Filofax

I also went to London with my family. The weather wasn't the best but we did have fun.

London eye/ Big Ben/ Somewhere near Buckingham palace/ Statue near Buckingham palace/ Buckingham palace gate/ London Victoria underground station

And finally, my UKCAT is in 4 days. I've been trying to get the mocks done and focus on the areas I'm struggling with. So when next I write a "My Week" post, I wouldn't mention UKCAT practice. :) Woohoo.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you guys had a good week.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

The Liebster Award #1

Hey guys,

So I'm really excited because I received two different emails from two very lovely ladies Sabina  who blogs over at http://everything-ib.blogspot.co.uk/ and Simran who blogs over at http://ssahota.blogspot.co.uk/. They were both kind enough to nominate moi for the Liebster Award. Their blogs are amazing so you guys should check it out.



What's the Liebster Award I hear you ask?
Liebster is a German word which means beloved. It is an award given to up-and-coming bloggers by other bloggers in recognition of their efforts. It is a good way to discover new bloggers. To be perfectly honest, I didn't think I was ever going to be nominated for a blog award so this is a very exciting experience.



The rules to accept the award

  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you by linking back to them. You can also display the Liebster Award button on your blog if you want to. The button can be found in this post.
  • Answer the eleven questions that have been given to you by the blogger.
  • Nominate eleven blogs you think are deserving of the award (They need to have less than 200 followers)
  • Give nominees eleven questions of your choice to answer.
  • Let the bloggers know you have nominated them and leave a link to your nomination post.
  • You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
In my case, because I received two nominations, I will have to go with just one set of 11 questions and I'm going to choose Sabina's since she asked me first. Sorry Simran :(
Questions Sabina asked me:

  1. What is your go-to outfit for a casual day? This one was a bit easy. I would definitely have to go for tops/ t-shirts and jeans. 
  2. How tall are you? Haha I'll just have to come out and say it. I'm 5ft 2 and I love it :D
  3. What is your favourite colour? That would be Fuschia. Not pink. There are different types of pink so I'd like to think Fuschia is different. 
  4. Do you have any pets? If not, what pet would you keep? No I don't have any pets and I don't think I would like to keep any. I have nothing against keeping pets though. 
  5. What do you see looking out of the window right now? If I'm being totally honest,  right now, as I write this, it's not very pretty out there. It's raining and there are grey clouds everywhere. Typical UK weather.
  6. Which movie could you watch over and over and never get bored of? Ooh I've got two of them. Legally blonde and 13 Going on 30. Those movies are fantabulous. I love them.
  7. What is your guilty pleasure? Ah this would have to be my thing for stationery, and Filofaxes. I could spend hours in a stationery shop or watching Filofax videos and not get bored. Call me a saddo but I'm sure there are others out there like me? No?
  8. How old were you when you first managed to reach the switch light (and turn it on)? Hmmm *Scratches head* I can't really remember, I don't know eerm 5??? Yes I would go with 5.
  9. What is the best prank you ever pulled off? To be perfectly honest, I have never really pulled a prank. *giggles*
  10. Would you rather have a room that is impossible to tidy, or one that it perfect but has a smell that never goes away? Hmmm I gotta admit this one is hard. I hate mess. I can't stand my room being untidy but then what kind of smell is it? I wouldn't mind a good smell in my perfectly tidy room :D
  11. What is number one on your wish list right now? *Quickly checks wishlist* That would be Linky's Stationery box or a new camera to take better blog photos. :D


So without further ado, the nominees are:


I hope it's alright that I didn't nominate up to 11 blogs :D

And finally, these are my eleven questions to you:

  1. What is your favourite music genre?
  2. If you had to choose one food to eat everyday, for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. What is the one place you definitely would like to visit if you had the chance?
  4. What is your all time favourite movie/film?
  5. Summer or Winter?
  6. Do you like flowers?
  7. Do you have a favourite quote? If so, what is it?
  8. What was your motivation to start blogging?
  9. What is your favourite snack/drink?
  10. What's your favourite sport?
  11. What would be your dream job?
Thank you once again Sabina and Simran for nominating me :D

P.S: I just wanted to say that this is not mandatory and you don't have to accept this if you don't want to. I won't be offended I promise :)
Have fun guys.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Review: Medify UKCAT

N.B: All opinions provided here are 100% my own and are only based on my personal experiences with Medify.

Hi guys,

I got the Medify one month subscription a few weeks ago for £35 and I have been doing the practice tests and I thought I would write about my experience with Medify and how I'm finding it.

I do love the fact that it has got so much information about the UKCAT as well as over 50 tips to help with revision and how to tackle the questions.
It has a good number of questions for each type of question that comes in the UKCAT.
Question formats are the same as those in the actual exam.

When I started doing the practice tests, the questions were not timed. And so I did do a significant number of VR questions using a personal timer. They however updated it later on and introduced a timer. There is no time limit but the timer helps you see how long you spend on each question. When reviewing the questions, you can see how many people have answered a particular question and what percentage of these people chose what answer. It also shows you the average amount of time spent on each question. There is a Practice Analysis section where you can see how good you've been doing in the practice tests and particular what areas you need to improve on.

Verbal Reasoning:
  • The length of the passages are reasonable and it contains both T/F/CT questions and the comprehension questions. When I started going through the questions, there were 80 sets of the T/F/CT questions and only 13 sets of the new style questions (comprehension) but they updated it and it now has 26 sets of the comprehension questions. I would have preferred for there to be more of the new style questions as they form a majority of the questions in the real exam. However, half bread is better than none so I can't really complain.
Quantitative Reasoning:
  • I didn't have any problems with the questions in this section but I struggled a bit with the onscreen calculator at the beginning. It was difficult to use the keyboard at first to input numbers on the calculator and I didn't like the fact that I had to press the "ON/C" button every single time the calculator was open and I wanted to input something new. However, I found out that the more I used it, the better I got at using it. The online calculator has now been updated in line with the UKCAT calculator and it will probably be easier to use the keyboard shortcuts now.
Abstract Reasoning:
  • I loved the fact that this section has so many questions which I found really helpful as I honestly feel the only way to get better at Abstract Reasoning is by practising. The questions included both the "Set A, B or Neither" type questions and the "Complete the series" type questions. For majority of the questions, I was able to spot at least one of the patterns but there were a few for which I had to guess.
Decision Analysis:
  • I found the DA questions pretty basic and not necessarily harder or easier than those from the other resources. I would have preferred for there to be more than one code rather than having just one code for all the questions that were available. I also didn't like the fact that some of the questions were repeated. Overall, this section was fine for me.
Situational Judgement:
  • There's really not much I can say about the SJT section really as it tends to be pretty much the same for all the resources. It's more about common sense and making sure the patient comes first in every situation.
Final thoughts:

Even though I did encounter a few problems at the beginning, overall, I think Medify is an amazing source for UKCAT practice. Of course I can't comment on the difficulty of the Medify questions compared to those of the actual test until I take the test but based on what I've experienced so far, I would very much recommend Medify as it is really good for practice and practice is what you really need when preparing for the UKCAT.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

My Week #31





This week, I obviously went for a red and white theme and I absolutely love it.

In other news, my UKCAT is in 11 days. Aaaarrrggghhhhhh. It's funny how time flies. I am quite surprised by how calm I am right now just thinking about this exam. I am not totally freaking out because I just can't wait to get it over and done with. I had a pretty interesting week with the Common Wealth games :D Apart from that, it was mainly UKCAT practice and work. I really don't have any exciting things happening in my life right now so it's pretty much the same thing over and over. Sorry about that guys.

Thanks for reading and hope you guys had a good week.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

More Filofax goodies!!!

Hi guys,

These are the other set of the goodies I got for my Filofax.

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I got these hole re-inforcements from Annie's Paper Boutique. They come in so many other colours that can always match the colours in your Fillofax.

I used them on my dividers and this is how they look.

I also got these cloud and leaf stickies from eBay.

I got these pig stickies from eBay too. The seller was doing a "buy one get one free" sale. Aren't they just adorable?

Koala and bear family stickies were also from eBay.  I love these. They are so cute.

These stickers were given to me by the eBay seller as a gift.

I got these London stickers from Accesorize 50% off.
I really love these especially the sticky notes and I can't wait to use them in decorating my Filofax.