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    (Original post by BRONZEMEDAL1)
    You can't get a good future with Philosophy. Sorry to bring you bad weather about your future. Languages yes, Philosophy is a deadweight.
    1) I don't know why you felt the need to say that, philosophy is a very employable degree due to the analytical skills acquired.

    2) Even so, I'm not studying philosophy at uni.

    3) Next time be more considerate before deciding to **** off people's choices?
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    (Original post by She-Ra)
    Your A-levels are done, you're now officially a little bit older and a little bit wiser :moon:

    So what's the essential piece of advice you'd give to someone starting their A-levels?

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    Your time will fly , seriously these two years have been the fastest years of my life so far . And choose your friends wisely , they can make a big impact on you and getting in with the wrong crowd means your academics can suffer also so dont just jump into the first friendship you see . And if you have any high school friends going to the same sixth form /college, dont just leave them to make new friends keep both as one day you will regret having ditched yor old buddies
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    (Original post by Inexorably)
    1) I don't know why you felt the need to say that, philosophy is a very employable degree due to the analytical skills acquired.

    2) Even so, I'm not studying philosophy at uni.

    3) Next time be more considerate before deciding to **** off people's choices?
    Where's your proof ?
    Philosophy is a mickey mouse course.

    I'm only saying it for your own good, mate, it's called caring.
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    (Original post by BRONZEMEDAL1)
    Employers want experience, that is all. Qualifications are not highly esteemed because too many people hold degrees, you're looked down on if you get 2.2. If you get 2.1 that's decent. 1st degree will get your colleagues jealous, so don't mention it.

    Work experience is the only thing that contains value.
    Degrees are cheap now.
    What degree did you do and what did you get?
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    No matter how amazingly you did in your IGCSE's, remember that A Levels are NOT the same. One of our teachers used to constantly repeat that it is a leap, not a step, from IGCSE's.
    Also, make sure you plan your time because man does it fly! And most importantly, don't over stress because unless you really, really need a push, it'll just get your productivity levels low :angel:
    And of course, good luck - you can do it!
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    An advice for AS students, aim for Oxbridge even if you don't think you have a chance.
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    Shameless plug again, I made a thread on my advice for AS students based off my experience. This is the link: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4197729
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    Start revision or going over your notes when the teacher says you should have started
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    My advice is to follow the advice people give you. There always the same.
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    (Original post by AdeptDz)
    Is there still course work In biology, which exam board did you do


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    Even though my school is in London, we did the WJEC A-level biology whild all the other sciences were AQA/OCR


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    (Original post by Divine Turnip)
    Even though my school is in London, we did the WJEC A-level biology whild all the other sciences were AQA/OCR


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    Yh I did wjec for history and I'm in London and cool so I'm guessing I'll have no coursework, that's dead I like coursework


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    Actually work

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    Work hard consistently through the two years but don't pass up any opportunities you get because of your A levels. No matter how much you revise it is so easy for an exam to go badly causing you to miss your grades, getting involved in other activities keeps other doors open for you if it all goes tits up! Also don't feel guilty about going out and having some fun, you will eventually burn out if you don't take a break making all your hard work pointless.
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    Revise consistently throughout the year so you don't have too much to do when exams come around

    Try and do stuff outside if school so you have stuff to write on your ps

    Research unis etc in year 12 but don't get too caught up in it

    Take advantage of any opportunities open to you


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    - revise from day 1
    - whatever you learn from school summarise the lesson into whatever revision style that suits you (e.g. posters, notes, power points) and you can do this daily or every weekend.
    - when you finish a unit or topic do a practice praper/question or ask your techer to help you set one up.
    - no matter how many times you go though something, go though it again and again even if it is something simple because you find that you spend so much time on the "harder" things, that lack of revision for what may seem obviously easy you end up forgetting
    - take a break from time to time
    - music is a lifesaver

    This helped me a lot as I created a time table which would tell me what I need to have done by the end of the week. So Monday and Tuesday after school would be psychology, Wednesday = philosophy and Thursday Friday = biology. Whatever I had left to do or homework would be done on Saturday

    Having my own notes for each subject made it a lot easier for me during exam time to go through rather than looking at heaps on endless work made in class. Having my on notes also meant I stopped carrying massive folders around so I only had concise notes I needed.
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    know your goals, use it as your motivation to work your balls off.

    repeat, repeat, repeat, for the rest of your life.

    you will reap the rewards.
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    (Original post by BRONZEMEDAL1)
    Don't bother with Uni, it's a waste of money and time.
    (Original post by BRONZEMEDAL1)
    You can't get a good future with Philosophy. Sorry to bring you bad weather about your future. Languages yes, Philosophy is a deadweight.
    whats wrong with philosphy a level/degree?
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    -Work hard from the BEGINNING. It's very tempting to think "oh, I have a whole year, it'll be fine." You'll be surprised just how quickly a year can go by. And I can guarentee you'll look back and think "ffs why was I doing xyz instead of revising earlier." Leaving things until last minute has always been my biggest problem, and take it from me, it's not worth the stress at the end of the year when you realise just how much you have to do in such little time

    -I know it might sound weird, but don't get obsessed with UNDERSTANDING everything perfectly at first. Another thing I did wrong. You WILL understand it eventually by going through it over and over again, condensing your notes, doing papers, etc. If you focus on initially completely understanding it perfectly, you will slow down the progression of your revision. Even if you're not 100% clear on it, move on to the next spec point, etc. You will understand it when you keep coming back.

    -PAST PAPERS PAST PAPERS PAST PAPERS. You'd be surprised just how strict the mark schemes are on terminology. You think you understand and are writing a perfect answer, only to read the mark scheme and see that you barely got any marks because of how they want you to word it. Especially for science subjects, you NEED to say what is on the mark scheme. DON'T rely on just your knowledge.

    -If you're doing an essay-based subject, ESSAY PLANS ESSAY PLANS ESSAY PLANS. These are probably the most useful things you can spend your time doing. For English, e.g. plan your essays around THEMES. Make them detailed and separate them by paragraph - topic sentence, key points, key quotes and then closing sentence. This is basically your essay, but so much easier to practise and memorise for the exam.

    -Don't beat yourself up. If you're tired, take a break - you won't retain any information if you're not focused. If you fail a past paper, go through it again with the mark scheme and annotate it - more often than not, it's small mistakes that can be easily rectified, like terminology, lack of detail, etc. Being harsh and angry at yourself will only make things worse. Be kind to yourself and tell yourself you CAN do better and that you WILL succeed because you can
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    (Original post by sky-blue)
    know your goals, use it as your motivation to work your balls off.

    repeat, repeat, repeat, for the rest of your life.

    you will reap the rewards.
    This is good advice, ever since I found a career I was into I've been revising, and I usually never revise, not even for GCSE but my career aim and people on tsr motivate me


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