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    Good advice everybody. Thank you.
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    You might love a subject, but you need to balance enjoyment with ability sometimes.
    This happened to me with physics. I refused to drop it because I enjoyed being in the lessons, but I was just awful at it. It caught up with me in revision, where I just got stressed out so I neglected physics revision and now I'm probably going to get a D where the entire year I was hoping to turn out with a C. But the work it took me to even get to D grade was just not worth it, to be honest.

    And also practise your past papers. I caught onto this trick when we did January mocks, but I do know a kid who didn't do any until a couple of weeks before the exams. He needs straight-A's to go to his favoured uni, but he did a past paper a day before the exam and got his highest ever mark in a past paper, and it was still only an E.
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    That you can't get away with revising a couple months before exams, like you could in GCSEs
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    Start revising early, and make sure you actually understand stuff. Don't be afraid to ask for help
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    Any subjects you wished you had/hadn't taken and why?
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    (Original post by fortunesfool)
    Any subjects you wished you had/hadn't taken and why?
    I wish I didn't take Maths. Loved it all my life, till I reached A Level lol it's very overwhelming
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    (Original post by fortunesfool)
    Any subjects you wished you had/hadn't taken and why?
    My AS were originally German, Computing, Art, Sociology

    I loved German and had A/A*s at GCSE, but got to A Level and hated the teacher/the course/ how it was taught. Nothing really prepared us for the amount of work, homework set Monday due Wes+Fri, Tuesday for Monday, Wednesday for Thursday, Thursday for Wednesday, Friday for Mon+Tues. It was literally ridiculous.

    I swapped Computing for Design after the first half term or so, our teachers didn't know what they were teaching, one thought we were ICT and not Computing, the other we kept having to correct because everything he told us was wrong. I also realized I could just teach the course to myself at home lol

    I sort of regret doing sociology, I found it easy but boring at A2. Teacher would literally sit and read the textbook to us, so we felt it was a waste going to his classes if all he was going to do was read word for word the textbook.

    I don't regret doing Art/Design, I just regret not managing my time well enough to get a decent grade. I had 100% on my GCSE coursework but nose dived at A Levels lol thankfully it's over now My teacher said I test his sanity (I lost my A2 Design coursework, OOPS! ) and then almost had a breakdown when he realized my brother moves up now hehehe
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    (Original post by fortunesfool)
    Any subjects you wished you had/hadn't taken and why?
    Wish I hadn't taken history, it's a joke at A level, or at least it was taught that way. We did the Russia course, and we were basically flooded with info and I couldn't process it all or choose the important stuff so I got scared, didn't revise and wound up with a D at AS (my AS grades were AAAD haha).

    Wish I'd done something like drama instead, just a nice AS (not belittling drama students, I just know I would have found it easier than sodding history). You're entitled to a nice AS, and since most unis stress that they can only allow one of them when taking in your final grade for application, it can act as a blanket, so to speak.

    (Art is not a /nice/ A level and neither is music. The stuff you have to do for those subjects in frankly incredible, but since they're the kinds of subjects you do if you have a passion for the subject, it balances out. If you keep on top of them, essay subjects like English, philosophy and politics (my A2's) aren't too bad, just do well on the English coursework and you'll be okay)


    As you might have gathered, I'm a humanities as opposed to a science man.
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    I took biology and psychology..

    In (edexcel) biology I found that using past papers in revision really helped as they look for specific phrases in the mark schemes - so you can know the answer but if you waffle you don't necessarily get it right . So by doing past papers you learn to pick out the key phrases they are looking for in an answer when you're in the exam.

    If you're doing psychology make sure you have a good set of notes on what you have done in class, even if it means taking half an hour in the evening to make them. I found this helped as for one of my psychology exams I had a good set of notes to revise from, whereas for the other I hadn't done any - it was much harder and I couldn't really remember anything that was covered in class so I had to re-learn it.
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    That the fact that my school uses Edexcel for all science and maths exams is a very bad thing!!! :cry2:
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    Dont start revision to early and do past papers for a second time about a week before the exam (at AS I forgot lots of content in the maths exam because I did them too early).
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    I wish I'd chosen a subject I was good at and passionate about like Art instead of Sociology, which I chose on a whim. And my tip would be to use the Pomodoro technique to help with timing revision, I got the Ipod app, it's so good
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    Just try really hard from the start, because you will probably get to the end of your AS year and wish you tried harder and realise you need pretty good grades for a university you want to go to. So if you aren't trying your best through the year it might not matter at the time but you really will kick yourself when it comes to the end of the year and you want the grades that you havent tried hard enough to get.

    so just imagine yourself at the end of the year missing your grade you want and realise it will most certainly happen if you don't work very hard.
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    I think I learnt that I actually had a social life before I started sixth form. Seriously, it just disappears around December with coursework and exams/revision.

    I learnt that at A Levels, you need to actually understand the concepts and not just the type of questions they ask on exams. This is especially the case with maths with some of the questions that came up this year in the exams.

    Plus, if you're doing coursework subjects, don't put things off! When it comes to April/May, when you want to be revising for your other subjects, you'll find you still have a load of work for your coursework subjects. I found this for art, and it meant I didn't really start revision til a few days before my first exam, because of all the work I needed to finish.

    Really though, don't stress out too much over subjects, and don't do too much work at the beginning because you'll just burn yourself out (exams anyway - with coursework, everything helps..)

    All the best next year!
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    A-levels will physically and emotionally drain you.

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    I chose both Economics and Business Studies (the latter as more of a gap filler) and found that while Econ was harder it was also much more interesting/well respected by my favoured universities, Business wasn't taught particularly well but it seemed like much of the content could fall under the category of 'common sense' and consequently I didn't give it much priority when it came to revision, haven't got my results yet but I wouldn't be surprised if I only just scrapped my target because by the end I just couldn't be bothered to devote the time to it.

    Also since it hasn't been mentioned; don't be overly ambitious with part-time work, I worked 12hrs a week from December which I only got away with because I was able to take a month off for exams whereas a mate of mine did 16hrs right through his ASs and it definitely had an negative impact.

    Good luck
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    I shouldn't leave things to the last minute and to start making revision notes from day 1 - it saves a lot of time when it comes to study leave. Also, to do well in essay subjects, you have to be on top of the structure and technique game.
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    (Original post by Ceryni)
    That the fact that my school uses Edexcel for all science and maths exams is a very bad thing!!! :cry2:
    Sorry slightly unrelated to thread. I do Edexcel for all exams, too. Why do you think it's a bad thing? I've found them to be a lot clearer in the questions that they ask, with the answers having better real life applications??
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    (Original post by Ooooooo)
    I chose both Economics and Business Studies (the latter as more of a gap filler) and found that while Econ was harder it was also much more interesting/well respected by my favoured universities, Business wasn't taught particularly well but it seemed like much of the content could fall under the category of 'common sense' and consequently I didn't give it much priority when it came to revision, haven't got my results yet but I wouldn't be surprised if I only just scrapped my target because by the end I just couldn't be bothered to devote the time to it.

    Also since it hasn't been mentioned; don't be overly ambitious with part-time work, I worked 12hrs a week from December which I only got away with because I was able to take a month off for exams whereas a mate of mine did 16hrs right through his ASs and it definitely had an negative impact.

    Good luck

    Thank you, I just made a thread about part time work. Is it not advised? Bear in mind, I will have to travel over an hour to and from college.
 
 
 
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