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    (Original post by studentproblems2)
    With alevels you need to filter through information because you'll be given a lot of it. Doing past papers and looking at mark schemes will tell you what examiners are looking for
    With sociology we were literally given the studies to learn to use in the exam so your college or sixth form will have stuff prepared for you
    That's great!, at least I'm not in the absolute dark and can be somewhat put at ease.
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    (Original post by rimstone)
    best of luck to you, dont worry too much about notes. In BIO both my teacher told us not to take notes, which was a good idea really, since we learnt the course in no time and was so prepared from the extra time, most ppl did great.
    In history i never used a single note, since my teachers made a revision guide, year 13, we had to use our notes, but mines were horrible since you learn things here and there in a range of days so i got notes of the net.
    Chem- i took notes, but never used them since the revision guide was much more helpful, since chem notes are just some words with a bunch of equations you wont understand a day later.
    Maths-speaks for itself note wise.

    I know people whove done a ton of subjects and most people just dont use their notes, unless to get a few facts to add to flash cards. you really cant revise from your notes, which can 200-500 pages of random info.
    I guess it differs with the different subjects. At GCSEs history I was give a revision guide made by the teachers which was great and I didn't have to make my own notes, hopefully the teachers would be somewhat generous in that sense in my new school as well.
    I guess I better buy those revision guides then, people had made it seem like revision guides would be useless at A-level.
    Thanks for the advice.
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    (Original post by artichoke10)
    Can only speak for English lit cause I didn't take the others. This subject can be a real pain so just make sure you have bought all the texts (plays, poetry etc.) you need ASAP, check any past year's class email groups for resources as this could give surprisingly good revision notes. Also with poetry specifically, if you know what poems you're gonna do each lesson then its a good idea to google analysis beforehand so you have a rough idea what you're talking about so you can give your opinion of what the language means! I wish I did that every lesson cause you're literally speechless if you have no idea whatsoever. Notes wise, I tried to take notes as much as possible from the teacher and the class. That way you don't have to worry about what parts to take down if someone's talking real fast and can just filter out/in more depending on what you hear! I suppose you could do the same in the other subjects tbh. studentproblems2 is right, dig and dig some more for mark schemes and other materials cause it can be gold for revision come exam season
    Thanks you! That's a great peice of advice for English lit especially, I hadn't thought of using previous class notes revision tips. It will be difficult finding past papers though as I'm sitting a new specification, but I'll try and make use of the specimen papers and assessment objects to find out what the examiner wants to hear.
    Reading before the lessons is a vital tip I've heard from many thank you I'll make sure to find as much analysis online so I can have a rough idea of what I'll be talking about.

    Thanks again.
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    (Original post by RomeoSantos)
    pretty much was spoon fed at sixth form as well. its not as bad as its made out to be
    That's great! Thanks for putting me at ease.
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