Yes, it's the summertime again, and time for a rest after all those GCSEs. But going by the discussions on TSR, a lot of students are already thinking about how to make a flying start to their A-levels.
Here's five ways to get ahead, with some top tips from the TSR community.
1. Do any introductory work that’s been set
Were you set work over the summer? Maybe at an induction event or introductory lesson? Can’t remember? Time to rummage through all those bits of paper you were given at the time. After all, you don’t want to create a bad impression in the very first lesson.
2. Find out what your subjects are really like
You’ve read about them in glossy brochures, you may have talked to a few smiling teachers and enthusiastic students at an open evening. But do you really know what it’s actually like to study a subject at A-level?
What will the work be like? Which parts are the hardest? And which are the most interesting/boring? Talking to students who are already on the course or who’ve recently finished is probably the best way of finding out.
Get onto the subject forums on TSR where you can see what other students think about subjects and ask as many questions as you want to the people who really know.
Find out what other students think.
3. Have a look at the spec and past papers
Get a head start by familiarising yourself with the specification and some exam papers. You'll need to know which board and course you're going to be following as there are quite a few options out there.
4. Get interested
You've chosen this subject so there will be some aspects of it that should really interest you. Follow up that interest by watching some videos and checking relevant TV programmes and magazines.
For example, science A-level students could watch the BBC series ‘Forces of Nature’ and read some articles from ‘New Scientist’. Politics and social science students should keep an eye on the news and read some of the more in-depth background articles.
5. Rest and get into a positive frame of mind
It is the summer holiday after all. You need a break and you need to get mentally prepared to take a step up to your next level of education where you’ll need to be more independent and show more initiative.
Whether it’s going to be a complete break or a mix of work and play, have a great summer.
Will you be doing any work over the summer, or will you just be enjoying your time off? What fun ways can you think of to get interested in your topics?