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    FOR PEOPLE WITH ATLEAST 4 A's at AL

    Lets get into discussion:

    1. Do you sleep after college or crack on with your work?

    2. How many hours of sleep do you get per day (PS: for people with all A's )

    3. How do you cope with sleepiness during the day?

    4. Can you study ("get good grades" ) hard and YET BE SOCIAL ?

    5. At what time do you go to bed and rise in the morning?


    ITS A MATTER OF BALANCING LIFE, lets discuss and perhaps this may help people manage time effectively.

    If you are please high gainers (like 98% for AS exams!) contribute HOW YOU MANAGE TIME and whether YOU ARE SOCIAL and HOW YOU ACHIEVED THAT.
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    Hmmm. I got AAABB (would have got 4 A's if I only did 4 ), and I slept pretty normally. Until April/May when I realised that I would fail if I didn't do more work I don't have much of a social life though, but that's due to my own inabilities, not because of work.
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    1. A bit of both.
    2. 5 or 6.
    3. I'm not tired during the day.
    4. Yep.
    5. Usually between 1 and 3, wake up at half 7.
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    Why can't you just sleep at night like normal people :s
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    i got 5 A's - many 100% in some modules and you are right it is about managing time.

    I have to be honest, up until easter my attendance and work at school was not the greatest but I cracked down about a month before study leave and did some work in easter too. I also used every single minute of study leave to my advantage - before it started a made a huge schedule of every topic i needed to cover each day in order to do well in and then stuck to it. It felt really good when I could tick off the topics day by day and knew that I was sticking to it for a change!

    Also, I think it's absolutely ridiculous if you think you have to comprise sleep/social life for your exams. I am living proof that you don't (must be noted too that im not the type of person who is naturally clever, i have to work to do well). Up until study leave I would go out on friday and saturday night (sometimes more) and I did fine. Literally just use the time you are given to the max and you'll be fine!

    So, start making all your revision notes in easter, then at study leave don't go out and work for about 8 hours a day (which sounds tough at first, but it becomes so rewarding thinking that you won't have to cram like crazy the night before an exam and go into the exam room feeling unconfident about how well you know the material)
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    Got 6A*s 5As at GCSE and 2As in my jan AS modules so I'll have a go shall I?

    (Original post by rangu2011)
    FOR PEOPLE WITH ATLEAST 4 A's at AL
    1. Do you sleep after college or crack on with your work?
    A bit of both. I like to get at least 2/3 hours work done a night, but always make sure I'm in bed by 10. If you get a bad's night sleep, you loose a whole day's work, so the extra hour's really not worth it.

    (Original post by rangu2011)
    2. How many hours of sleep do you get per day (PS: for people with all A's )
    Usually 9 - sleep from 10pm until 7am. Try to get 10, but not always manageable with all the work.

    (Original post by rangu2011)
    3. How do you cope with sleepiness during the day?
    Good breakfast definitely helps. And a water bottle by the desk. And try to have a proper rest at break or lunchtime - try not to play sport or overload my breaktimes.

    (Original post by rangu2011)
    4. Can you study ("get good grades" ) hard and YET BE SOCIAL ?
    Yes, absolutely. Ok, I'm not a drinker, but I do have a social life. I play in 2 orchestras, 2 choirs, play 4 instruments and go shopping most weekends. I've got a great group of friends and am very happy

    (Original post by rangu2011)
    ITS A MATTER OF BALANCING LIFE, lets discuss and perhaps this may help people manage time effectively.

    If you are please high gainers (like 98% for AS exams!) contribute HOW YOU MANAGE TIME and whether YOU ARE SOCIAL and HOW YOU ACHIEVED THAT.
    It's a case of being organised and knowing your limits. I make lists of the work I have to do and try to make sure I get it done within a certain time frame. I think just once you have to push yourself to the limit and see what you can achieve in terms of extras. Once you've established that you can just keep a steady number. Now I know that if I do something new I have to give something up. Then I never have too much.
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    Were you the person who made the 'for people with more than 8A*' you seem to be set on the idea that grades are everything when really they're not. Ok they are important but they are not the be all and end all of everything.

    I got AAABC (i was ill over exams and on medication that made me drowsy i know excuses but meh) and i just did what i felt like - thats probably not helpful but if i felt like sleeping i'd sleep, and if i felt like doing work, i'd work. If you want to do it you're more likely to do well and remember it - thats what i found anyways.

    You also seem to be really worried about sleep, if you're not sleeping right or worried about it go speak to your doctor, might have anaemia or something - might not but doesnt hurt to check. my brother was always tired really found it hard to do anything, turns out he was anaemic, got iron tablets and helped him so much with sleep and he did a lot better in school < i could be going off on a completely wrong tangent if so, whoops
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    1) After school I play PS3. Then I watch iPlayer, Adium, etc. Homework, if any, is done the night before its due.

    2) 6-7hrs is good enough for me.

    3) Don't feel sleepy, but that might be as I have a mug of coffee/tea before school..

    4) Well duh.. you don't need to be locked in your room with just a desk, chair and stationery to get good grades.

    5) Depends.


    Seriously though, you started the same thread about the A*s at GCSE, asking similar questions, and it seems as if you're worried about having to sacrifice social life for grades. Don't worry. You don't need to be a workaholic to get As at A Level. Do the majority of work at school. Work hard in lessons, don't muck about. Listen to the teacher. This'll free up your time out of school. If you already do this, then maybe more work outside of school is needed, but it shouldn't affect your social life too much..
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    EDIT EDIT: Srsly, why have 5 people negged me when all I did was just write "watches thread"? I only wrote it so I could get a link back to this thread. Next time, quote me with a reason please. Kay. Thanks. Bye/.
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    (Original post by rangu2011)
    FOR PEOPLE WITH ATLEAST 4 A's at AL
    12 A* at GCSE and 5 A at AS; I believe I qualify.

    1. Do you sleep after college or crack on with your work?
    Work. I don't tend to have a nap when I get in; I prefer to go solidly from school to getting homework done. But I work best in the mornings, to be honest; even though I hate doing it, I'm most productive if I get up at 8am and work then.

    2. How many hours of sleep do you get per day (PS: for people with all A's )
    As many as I like. Generally, I go to sleep about midnight, my alarm goes off at 9:30 and I get up about 10am.

    3. How do you cope with sleepiness during the day?
    I have an espresso machine :awesome:

    4. Can you study ("get good grades" ) hard and YET BE SOCIAL ?
    I'm not that bothered about socialising. But last year, I did 5 AS, had two jobs and spent most Saturdays at all-day orchestra rehearsals. It's possible to fit in a surprising amount of stuff.

    5. At what time do you go to bed and rise in the morning?
    See above. Obviously if I have morning lessons (Wednesdays and Thursdays) I wake earlier.
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    (Original post by Quackers93)
    Were you the person who made the 'for people with more than 8A*' you seem to be set on the idea that grades are everything when really they're not. Ok they are important but they are not the be all and end all of everything.

    I got AAABC (i was ill over exams and on medication that made me drowsy i know excuses but meh) and i just did what i felt like - thats probably not helpful but if i felt like sleeping i'd sleep, and if i felt like doing work, i'd work. If you want to do it you're more likely to do well and remember it - thats what i found anyways.

    You also seem to be really worried about sleep, if you're not sleeping right or worried about it go speak to your doctor, might have anaemia or something - might not but doesnt hurt to check. my brother was always tired really found it hard to do anything, turns out he was anaemic, got iron tablets and helped him so much with sleep and he did a lot better in school < i could be going off on a completely wrong tangent if so, whoops

    Thanks, u might be right about anemia, did you get any offers for medicine?
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    This is coming from a law student who just handed in 80 pages of work, has another 60 to do by the end of easter and has 3 exams by the end of may. I manage to get 9 hours a sleep per night most nights( unless I'm going out drinking) even with this workload- there is no reason why an Alevel student wouldn't. I am only up now because I'm packing my stuff up for the holidays.

    1)) have regular sleep pattern- don't fall into the habit of staying up till 3 or 4 am. Especially at 6th form where you may have to be in by 8/9 in the morning . Trust me - there is no reason why you shouldn't get a full nights sleep- the fact is in order to retain information yo need to be well rested .
    2) Make a timetable and stick to it. This could just be a checklist for what you want to do in the day (Mon: Write revision notes on O-H groups....) or could be full blown time allocation (18.30- Notes on O-H groups.)
    3) If you like doing allot of work at the same time it may be worth setting aside a part of the weekend (4 hours ish or more) and doing your work then. Or you could try doing a little each day (1 hour at a time ect) depending on what you prefer.
    4) Split your work into tasks and do the tasks COMPLETELY one at a time. Its not productive to do a little of everything all at once. So for a history essay you may split it into doing research on finance, then on foreign policy and then onto internal policy etc. It also makes the work seem less daunting.
    5) Buy a small A5 notebook and write some revision notes in it (I also colour co-ordinated my notes). There are plenty of times like on the bus or waiting for a class to start when you could just flick through the notebook and do some revision. Those small packets of 10 minutes or so add up.
    6) Set aside 20 mins of each day just to read through your notes and do revision exercises. It does not need to be good quality- just doing them is important.
    7) Actually do it; the hardest part of any piece of work is actually getting started . Just sit down at your computer/ notebook and pen and start doing your work. Don't get into the habit of going 'I'll wait till 10.30 to start then carry on for 3 hours, right now I'll just do some...'; trust me you will push that start point further and further into the day until its no longer worth bothering with.
    8) Socialise and have fun. You need to rest and be happy to function properly. If you're stressed out or miserable then your ability to retain information plummets. Also your productivity also plummets- you will end up doing a 1 hour task in 3 hours.Its far better to do some work on a Saturday morning and then go the cinema with friends in the evening than to spend all that time just doing work.
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    4. If you mean can you get good grades and be sociable, yes.
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    (Original post by rangu2011)
    Thanks, u might be right about anemia, did you get any offers for medicine?
    Its alright Nope, not this year unfortunatly. But things happen for a reason so I'm just going to get more work experience and improve on my ukcat and apply again next year

    If i'm right about the anaemia, let me know and i'll put on my personal statement that i diagnosed someone correctly lol but hopefuly you're not anaemic
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    (Original post by Quackers93)
    Its alright Nope, not this year unfortunatly. But things happen for a reason so I'm just going to get more work experience and improve on my ukcat and apply again next year

    If i'm right about the anaemia, let me know and i'll put on my personal statement that i diagnosed someone correctly lol but hopefuly you're not anaemic
    If you are so desperate, I can get anemia by somehow. But that will cost you, for each interview you get.

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    Seriously, people need to stop thinking that depriving yourself of sleep will increase your performance in an exam...
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    (Original post by FTstudies)
    Seriously, people need to stop thinking that depriving yourself of sleep will increase your performance in an exam...
    This, anyone who honestly believe this is an idiot. Revision during normal hours is best as your brain is rested.

    Also long term memory is cemented in your sleep! So all that stuff you revise you remember a lot better if you have a long sleep after it.
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    1. Watch TV

    2. 9 hours probably

    3. Eat something

    4. Yes

    5. 11pm - 8am
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    (Original post by rangu2011)
    If you are so desperate, I can get anemia by somehow. But that will cost you, for each interview you get.

    Haha thank you for the offer of giving up your health... even if its for a small price but its quite alright lol
 
 
 
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