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    I have just started my AS Levels and we have had January exams. Although I was expecting something very difficult, I found that on the whole they were easier than I expected. However, I did not manage my time effectively. In General Studies, for example, I spent the full allotted time of a 6 mark question, despite usually being able to complete about a quarter of the paper within the alocated time. I have always had this problem and do not want it to be an issue at A-Level in the same way as it was at GCSE. However, as a result of coursework I was able to achieve reasonable GCSE grades (C+), but which were far below my expectations.

    Does anyone have a simular problem or can offer advice?
    Many thanks

    Talk to someone about ur study habits and advice. U wont really get help from these forums.

    well timed mock exams are the best way if you are having problems with time management

    Yes I would also say mock exams are crucial. Keep practising past exam papers and always time yourself.

    In the exam itself keep a watch on your desk so you're more likely to look at it. This will help you concentrate more and prevent you from not finishing. Also look at how long the exam is and how many marks it is out of. If the exam is 60 minutes and out of 60 marks you know it is 1 minute per mark. Obviously this won't work for every exam and it is hard to limit yourself, but i find it works.

    You must think to yourself - well what is the point in spending all this time on a 6 mark question? Focus and move on, even if you don't feel ready to. Better to attempt all questions than get full marks on a few! I'm sure you agree. If you don't realise you're spending ridiculous amounts of time on a question then this could be a problem!

    Hope this helps

    Why are you spending such long amounts of time on questions? Do you have lots to say-- if so, learn to stick to the point, and getting straight to it at times. If its because you sit there too long thinking about what to write, you really need to learn the material more thoroughly and do lots of past questions and work on your technique. Thats the only way to answer exams without having to think too hard. The hard thinking should be done in advance or you'll be drained, especially if you have multiple exams in a day.

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