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    Hiya,
    Recently, we had a big scare in the family where we thought my mum had a pretty advanced form of cancer. We already lost my granddad to cancer in December 2011, which I was fairly absent for because I had pneumonia at the time, and it still really brings me down that I couldn't have been there for him and everyone else.

    So, I made plans to go back to my local sixth form (as my current college is far away from where I live, my days are usually 7am - 6pm) so I could spend more time at home looking after my mum, the house, etc, while still keeping on top of studies. When I realised that two of the three exam boards were different, I considered teaching myself.

    My mum was cleared only yesterday (thank goodness!!!) and so I realised that this won't be necessary, but it shook me up badly and I realised that more than ever I wanted to be home and enjoy life with my family because I don't want any more regrets in regards to that.

    So, I am wondering how hard it would be to teach myself my A2 levels? My dad is a lecturer in engineering, so he could help me with maths and physics when he is home, and if I carried on with German, I know a German tutor who really helped me out in the run up to my speaking exams, who I could visit more often. If not, I could pick up geography again, but I would really rather not.

    Has anyone done this before? Is it wise? I just can't imagine spending so much time away from home, and then going immediately to university. This is probably the worst time for it, but I never felt less like leaving home than right now.

    Thank you for any advice anyway. <3
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    I'm not doing a levels at home but if you find out which examination board you will be using you can download the specifications online to see what content it covers; TSR and many external sites have many past papers and revision notes which will most likely help, feel free to pm me if you have any questions. I would say it is definitely manageable in fact there are many cases in which students find their teachers to be a burden and prefer to self study.
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    I homeschooled through A2 and just got my results. I used a distance course which gave you a tutor you could email and phone. One of mine was brilliant but the other two were not so good.

    Alternatively, You can homeschool yourself using the textbooks written by your exam board. For revision, I put away my course and just used the textbooks, they have all the important bits I and cut all the unnecessary stuff that is on the course.

    You will need to register with your exam board as a private candidate, if you are with AQA then you can find an online booklet that will help you. If you have a coursework component you also have to register that. The problem with doing it alone is that you will have to find someone to authenticate your coursework,which basically proves that you did it on your own. My tutor did this for me so you might want to google that.

    Also, you would have to ask an old teacher to predict your grades for UCAS if you want to go to uni.

    If you have the money you could always use a distance course and the textbooks like I did. The assignments you have to send in are good exam practice and they do help with all the private candidate paperwork. I used Oxford Home Learning.

    You will obviously have to work really hard, one thing I learned is that at school everything is much easier. Homeschooling is much harder, there is no one to help you and no one to tell you what to do. You have to learn to depend on yourself entirely and be determined.

    Feel free to mail me with any questions!


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    It also helps to know your exam specifications inside out and to do the past papers and look at the mark schemes so you know exactly what is wanted of you in exams.


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    (Original post by pepsifree)
    Hiya,
    Recently, we had a big scare in the family where we thought my mum had a pretty advanced form of cancer. We already lost my granddad to cancer in December 2011, which I was fairly absent for because I had pneumonia at the time, and it still really brings me down that I couldn't have been there for him and everyone else.

    So, I made plans to go back to my local sixth form (as my current college is far away from where I live, my days are usually 7am - 6pm) so I could spend more time at home looking after my mum, the house, etc, while still keeping on top of studies. When I realised that two of the three exam boards were different, I considered teaching myself.

    My mum was cleared only yesterday (thank goodness!!!) and so I realised that this won't be necessary, but it shook me up badly and I realised that more than ever I wanted to be home and enjoy life with my family because I don't want any more regrets in regards to that.

    So, I am wondering how hard it would be to teach myself my A2 levels? My dad is a lecturer in engineering, so he could help me with maths and physics when he is home, and if I carried on with German, I know a German tutor who really helped me out in the run up to my speaking exams, who I could visit more often. If not, I could pick up geography again, but I would really rather not.

    Has anyone done this before? Is it wise? I just can't imagine spending so much time away from home, and then going immediately to university. This is probably the worst time for it, but I never felt less like leaving home than right now.

    Thank you for any advice anyway. <3
    I self taught myself ICT - both AS and A2, and it was my highest grade yesterday.

    Certainly possible.

    My only resource was a textbook.
 
 
 
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