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    (Original post by Redmonds)
    I did Edexcel Govt+Politics and the jump is quite substantial. The exams require you to answer x3 15 mark questions and a 45 marker. The course for A2 is much more complex, you will look back at AS and notice how simple it was compared to A2. You will also have to learn theorists as well as just the theories. Be prepared to make lots of notes! Do you know which unit you are doing?
    The A2 exam sounds so much harder! I just know I'm doing US Politics, did you do this?

    (Original post by IRoranth)
    The A2 exam sounds so much harder! I just know I'm doing US Politics, did you do this?
    I did the International relations unit, which to be fair I think was the most complex in terms of theory, so the US unit may be slightly less heavy.

    (Original post by IRoranth)
    Very, very worried. D:
    Seemed minimal in the one month of A2 work I did at the end of Y12. Biology seemed identical in difficulty to AS, while chemistry, physics and maths had a fairly steady rise in difficulty.

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    (Original post by IRoranth)
    How do you do this? I don't know if i'm really lazy or just unmotivated, lol- I can never write practice essays in my own time? Like the work has to be set for me, for me to do it. Also, what kind of a routine do you recommend for A2? I want to be really organised this year, and you sound like you are lol- completely different question regarding the title of this thread- sorry!
    I think that most of the practice essays were set as homework during the year and only in the run up to exams were my friends writing extra ones if they didn't feel confident with the content/essay structure.
    In terms of a routine, I was making rough notes in class for Chem and Bio, then writing them up and adding to them from the textbook in my free periods/after school. Homework was usually exam questions so these weren't too time consuming and I could fit in rewriting notes. If we had an end of unit test I would make revision notes for it because they're horrid to make and it saved me a job in the summer. For Maths I would note down the examples we covered in class and do almost every question in the exercise to practise. For essay subjects I don't know how/if this would work. Also bear in mind I was trying to improve on my AS grades and get my predicted grades put up + meet them so I had to work very hard!

    The theory you deal with is more complicated on average but this may suit your brain as people who worry a lot may have an overactive mind so doing your A2s may actually be a lot more of a smoother journey and an easier time. AS levels aren't as complicated but some people might find them trickier as the questions can be a lot more diverse...
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