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    I think I'm in a pretty good position now although if I was still doing an essay subject like Economics i'd be ******** myself probably. Maths, bio and chem aren't too hard to prepare for

    Well to be honest I spent most of my English Lit lessons near the end playing CoD and didn't revise until the month of the exam, and in general didn't have to kill myself work-wise for any of it, and a similar story with physics (minus not paying attention in lessons), although the later parts of that were conceptually challenging. I found it easier to remember things than at GCSE due to the smaller amount of subjects, and I was aided I think by great resources. The bulk of my work was on Maths and Further Maths and I guess it was sort of easy to do, but "hard" work...i.e. I did lots and lots on it, but I never really found that tough.

    They're time consuming, but not difficult.
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    (Original post by Lucasium)
    My high school English teacher said that A levels are far harder than degree because of the workload but of course she did an English degree so...
    I can't comment about English degrees, but with Maths, well... the average amount of contact hours I've had is about 20 a week, and they say that you should expect to do around the same hours of independent study. Even though there's more teaching time per week at A-level than at uni, those teaching hours at uni can be pretty intense. If I have a bad day with a string of lectures (3 or 4 in a row) by the 3rd I lose concentration about halfway through, and for most lectures I can't concentrate for the last 5 minutes. It's just too demanding to follow everything that's going on, and when they refer to something that they've already gone over in that lecture it's not that easy to keep up.

    And there are a few differences between uni and A-levels that makes it a bit more difficult:

    There's no one textbook that has everything for you to follow.

    If you google a question from an A-level textbook, chances are it's been asked somewhere before and you don't even have to ask the question yourself. At uni, you may be able to google the concept itself but you'll have to work out that question for yourself, unless you find a very similar example.

    There aren't an abundance of past papers. There's usually 5 available and that's it. For physics here, there are even some units that just give you the numerical answer to a past paper question and not how you get to it.

    Just like A-levels test more of your understanding than GCSE, uni tests you on it more than at A-levels.

    But with all of that in mind, it's fair to say that GCSEs can be difficult when you're actually doing them, same with A-levels, uni etc but if you're doing it right then you're getting smarter all the time and you just have to work hard enough and it'll all be okay.

    (Original post by Shiv Loves Maths)
    I know majority of people find a levels incredibly difficult and stressful but has anyone actually glided through a levels?
    Yes, enjoy studying. Plus know your English, vocab and gramma and know your subject.
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