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Tips for raising my AS grade for next year?

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    I have just picked up my AS level grades and I surprisingly received a D in my favourite subject (English Language) in which I thought I actually did good in, guess not. I really want to study it at uni but I won't get in if I got a D next year. Any tips and advice for studying and the transition from year 12 at AS level to year 13 at A2 level?

    I got my AS results and they so damn bad I wasn't even expecting this. I feel ya! I'd say just work extra hard and work from the start of the year rather than leaving it to the last minute!
    Good luck

    I got a D in English Lit last year and retook that exam and got an A. The point is you've already learnt everything you need to know for AS, so if you consistently work on it until the exam you can really bump up that grade. Although I got a C in this year's exam, that A brought up my overall grade to a B. Your AS grade is really important to your overall grade and you should use the fact that you've already learnt all the knowledge for it to your advantage and keep revising it throughout the year.

    I'd advise getting your script back and going through it with a teacher at your school. If you were getting good grades throughout the year, consider that maybe the way your teachers mark is different to what the exam board does and go through exemplar papers on the website to see what they're looking for - I went through exemplar papers prior to my English exams and tried to emulate the structure / style of writing of A/A* essays and it helped a lot.

    The key difference between this year and last year for me was that I looked at a lot more past paper essays and questions. Remember practice makes perfect and that's the best way to develop your essay writing skills. Get your teacher to mark them or even self mark them and continue improving your work..

    Most importantly look at the weighting of the different AOs when writing so you know what you need more of in your essays and what needs a little more focus!
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