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

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    Enrol onto a BTEC course whilst you still can
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    AS is much harder than GCSE, A2 is much harder than AS (dont forget)
    You should start revising for your AS as late as January, and for A2 you should start working your butt off as soon as September for good grades.
    GCSE you could get away with revising for as less as a week to a month, this isnt the case.
    Also aim for full marks for your coursework and controlled assessments, they're easy marks.
    Try different ways to revise, what works for you in GCSE might not work in A levels.
    Ask for help when you need it.
    Spend 9-4 in college and spend your free time in the library learning. Don't go home (or canteen) early and say you'll revise there, cause you wont.
    You can get straight A* in GCSE and end up with C's D's in A level, I've seen it happen alot.
    Work your butt off.
    Use the specification of your subject (foud on the website) to make sure youre learning what you need to know, not extra.
    Make your own notes, not ones from class.
    Make sure youre doing something while revising (writing) not staring and reading.
    Past papers are most important, I did every single one for my subjects 3 times. Jan, March, May. Also looked at exam boards with similar topics for questions.
    Yes this sounds like a lot of work, that's because it is.
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    Most of this advice is really helpful, thanks!
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    Do not give up
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    Don't be put off by failures early on, keep at it. I managed to go from 3 D's and a U to an A, 2 B's and a C (probably could've done better if I had been more focused during A2's).Oh and start reading through the textbooks and making notes early on, if you can walk into a classroom with at least a basic understanding of what you're going to be learning then it'll help so much. Good luck to all those starting out with their A-Levels. If I can make that sort of improvement then so can anyone else.
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    Start working early at a normal pace. Then you don't have to start working at light speed just before exams. I know that one from experience.
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    My piece of advice would be that you must plan your goal in a paper or bristol board and draw up your plan according to your age in the future. Under each of your age write down what you are looking forward to do. Then it will be much easier to set your target and try harder and harder by concentrating on it. This is how i planned my target.

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    Don't be held back by other's opinions on whether you'll succeed! If you want it, go for it!
    I was told by my head of Chem that I'd most probably fail the sciences at A-level because I only got a B in Core Science (GCSE), and I ended up wth an A in Chemistry 😅👏
    And now I'm going to university to study the subject!
    I believe in you.

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    Eat, Sleep, Revise and Repeat.
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    - Make notes everyday on what you learnt, nothing too detailed, but say a flash card per lesson.
    -Recap what you learnt EACH weekend, ask for help as soon as if you're not sure
    It sounds like a lot, but it'll make revision so much easier in the summer and help recall
    - Try to link with AS when doing A2 due to synoptic questions!
    - If possible, get several teachers to mark your work, to ensure your teacher isn't overmarking. My politics teacher did overmark, and our whole class underachieved, causing us all to be dissapointed.

    Have fun, but remember, 2 years of hard work will pay of when you're at your dream end goal, be it uni, apprenticeship or just travelling.
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    Write down everything you know off by heart (for example in a topic) to help with memorization - instead of just skimming the book and saying you know it!
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    The ones I did worst in were the ones I did the least practice papers for; take from that what you will.
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    Don't panic at the start of the year! It's a huge change to GCSE's but if you push through and keep working hard it gets easier!
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    Choose subjects you enjoy!!
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    Hey everyone.

    Great advice all through this thread - thanks everybody.

    Thought you'd like to know that we've used loads of quotes from this thread in our article here.

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/cont...rting-A-levels

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