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    Buy a planner! Seriously, even if you get given a planner by your college or school you will learn to hate it, buy your own diary or planner so you feel motivated to be organised! Or even use a plain notebook and start a bullet journal!
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    Don't do a subject just because you are good at it, make sure you enjoy it as well. Life doesn't stop during A Levels... don't forget to continue to do what you like to do out of school, BUT don't do too much. If you work consistently throughout the year, revision becomes easier, BUT that doesn't mean you can slack off. Ultimately, you will be told that if you fail your A Levels and don't go to uni/get the apprenticeship/job you are a failure. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Life happens the way it happens for a reason, Live in the moment and accept that sometimes things won't go to plan and focus on what you have learnt and not what could have been. A Levels ARE hard and they ARE a step up from GCSE, but they ARE NOT impossible. DON'T give up. Persevere and allow your failures to become your greatest successes by learning from them.
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    Take good notes from day 1 and make sure that you keep them safe, it will be a huge help when you come to revising. Also, don't forget that these are no longer GCSEs and it is much harder to hit the high grades, even if you were a straight A student at GCSE you might find yourself getting a few Us in the early months. This does not mean that you will get bad grades in the real exam. Most people only need a little bit of time to get used to the different style of A-Levels and the higher expectations, so don't panic.
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    I think the one thing that is most overlooked when doing A-levels is your mental health. Not only is it an extremely stressful time but it is also the age you are most likely to develop a mental illness. Generally, I would say to keep on top of your mental health and be aware of any action you need to take to keep yourself healthy. If you're feeling overstressed consider talking to a school counsellor as they can be helpful. If you're feeling down, depressed or anxious about anything, take care of it and do not avoid the situation. Even though getting help may be time consuming, your health comes first and eventually when not dealt with it can have an even worse impact on your education. In order to do well academically you need to be doing well mentally and physically too. Look after yourself!
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    Listen to everything your teacher tells you and dont forget to have fun!!


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    Just... just dont do it fam
    Dont put yourself through that
    Your body is a temple :cry:

    If you really want to tho
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    Always do your homework... and if the teacher sets none read ahead to what you'll be covering next lesson

    Dont ever..
    Ever
    Ever skip lessons... ever... ever. Even if your teacher is **** dont do it.

    Always do past papers, in fact might as well start revising from now tbh. Like no joke grap a textbook now and start reading ahead for September. And literally, do past paper questions on every topic as you learn it. Read back over stuff on the weekends.

    Do your ****ing coursework on time always. I left mine til the last second and was almost failed bc of it.

    Dont be afraid to ask questions. Like even for the spelling of a word. Ask. If you dont know, ASK the teacher thats what theyre there for. Dem *****es dont deserve free pay for all this **** you have to go for MAKE THEM SUFFER WITH YOU.

    Remember to breathe

    Also if a teacher goes too fast dont be afraid to stop them. I spent all year writing half finished sentences or unfinished diagrams, even if youre the last in the class dont let them move on. I still dont know wtfwas going on in that lesson when the teacher was rushing everything and im sure it wouldve helped in that exam x_x

    Err... not much else really. Dont fall behind on anything and you should be fine. First mock results will always be **** dw. In AS I got Us and Es for my first december mocks, took all 3 sciences and computing. Got BBCC in the end of the year... and I did none of the above :lol:

    REMEMBER IT WONT BE EASY K
    THIS AINT GCSES WHEN YOU CAN REVISE THE DAY BEFORE AND GET AN A*. THIS IS CHILD LABOUR OK THIS IS HELL YOU BEST BE WEARING FIREPROOF CLOTHING. NOT ONE PERSON IN MY CHEM CLASS GOT AN A LAST YEAR AND THERE WERE PEOPLE IN THAT CLASS WHO HAD 5 DIFFERENT TUTORS, REVISED FOR 28 HOURS EVERY DAY AND GOT 10 + A*S AT GCSE. IT AINT NO JOKE FAMMMMM.

    There were people who got A*s at GCSE who end up failing AS and retaking or doing BTECs. And then there were people who barely scraped Cs who got Bs and As at AS so its not about how 'naturally intelligent' you are - work hard, play hard. Simple. So if you dont enjoy your subjects/ arent committed to them... you will fail fam.

    Do something you like or are good at and inshallah you will be fine.

    Good luck u gon need it <3
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    Don't choose an subject you hate in the hope you'll get an easy A/A*
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    Start your revision yesterday! 😄
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    Picking subjects you enjoy will really helpful, otherwise you will just end up with a bad grade because you weren't willing to put the hours in.
    Ask for help if you're unsure about something. Teachers and friends are usually willing to help you.
    Make revision notes from September, when you don't have much work to do. It will be worth it in the long run.
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    Don't do them.
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    Okay, so don't make the same mistakes that I did! I'm in my first year, so have one year left and have just taken my AS-Levels!

    1. You need to recognise that there is a massive difference between GCSE and A-Level, sounds really stupid but trust me A-Levels will make GCSE's look easy. Everything is different, so be prepared to learn how to do everything differently --- you will pick it up quickly!

    2. Choose subjects that you love or are passionate about, chances are you will only take 3 or 4 a-levels, so this means you will have lots of the same lessons. This is no good if you hate the subject etc.

    3. Make sure that you know what you are getting yourself in for - no late surprises!!!

    4. If you have coursework, GET AHEAD!!!! You will be thankful for it at the end of your 2 years.

    5. Obviously work hard, and want to do your best.

    6. try to do the best that you can in your AS- levels, this takes pressure off you in your last year!

    7. If you want to drop an a-level, do it at the start of your course!

    Good Luck
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    Not sure if this has been mentioned here yet, but something me and my friends were never really told was that its always good to consider plans for post A-Levels around the first year, so like try and consider whether you want to go to uni or something, and start to consider what subject you may want to do if you like the idea, and start to PLAN.
    Although looking as far ahead as uni is quite daunting early on, its always a good idea to consider it and what you would need to do to make your uni personal statement shine is experience and extra curricular activities etc.
    It does seem kind of absurd, mentioning uni in an A-Level help thread, but gaining experience in specific areas of some form is always good for your future, even if its not for uni, and something that will probably benefit you someday.
    TLDR; I have friends who want to be nurses and doctors who couldn't get into uni this year because of lack of experience in their subject- GO FORTH AND VOLUNTEER/DO WORK EXPERIENCE WHILE YOU CAN!!
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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:

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    Be realistic in both ways. You may think you'll be able to handle doing really challenging A levels, but choose something you know you'll enjoy and benefit from. There's no point doing something you dislike, because it'll just make everything harder.

    On the other hand, be realistic about how great you are! don't be afraid to study what you want. These A levels will determining your future- don't make the mistake of doing something that you look back on a regret wasting your time on.

    Also, read the required materials, and keep notes tidy and collected from day 1.
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    Don't choose similar subjects to everyone else just to fit in. Do what you're best at and the results will follow!
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    As others have said, consistent hard work over the full year, there are a small minority of people who have the capacity to cram A level subject, there is a strong chance you are not one of them. Cramming before an exam is like running three marathons for training in the three days leading up to running a marathon. Ideally you want to be prepped for exams way before, then you are not having to learn topics around exam time, you only have to revise/reiterate them.

    Also Especially for maths subjects, do not assume because you were at A grade level, 2 months before an exam, that you will remain at that level after not looking at the topic for 5 weeks. Once you are at a level where you are doing past papers and scoring your target grade, continue to do 1 paper a week every single week. Maintaining a standard is far easier than building back up to a standard, plus doing it a second time is much harder as you lose interest when learning the same thing a second time.

    Also while past papers are useful, for subjects like biology (ones which test memory/recollection more than applied style questions) do not neglect going through books/notes around exam time, exams don't cover every topic, so unless your doing every single paper ever in the 3 days before the exam you will likely miss some topics, which is why it's a good idea to skim the spec the week of exam, anything that isn't completely bulletproof open the book at that point and rewrite notes. I rewrote my physics notes 3 times over in there entirety.
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    Do not think its going to be like GCSE's and you can just wing it. Work hard, stay focused and keep up to date notes and DO NOT FORGET the extra reading.
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    ·Don’t waste your frees, the common room may be warm and comfy but getting into good habits early on will really help
    · Make all your revision notes before mocks, you can always add to them later
    ·Do every past paper you can find – even if its not your specification
    · If you don’t understand a topic go to your teachers, once you get to a level the attitude is that you are responsible for your own learning. I found it was worth giving up ten minutes of my lunch to have something explained to me
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    Work hard. Don't give up. Don't let any type of negativity get to you as for my self I went through a lot of hate during my A levels but the key is to stay focused on your goal.

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    Start revising from week one, so that during the actual exam period - you'll have easier revision.Leaving it all to the last minute makes for less revising the topic, and more re-learning which sucks.
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    Start revising from week one, so that during the actual exam period - you'll have easier revision.Leaving it all to the last minute makes for less revising the topic, and more re-learning which sucks.
 
 
 
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