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    Hey guys,


    Now I know A-level is coming up :/ I think it's 3 weeks until I start, please can I have revision tips that have really help because I really wanna do well.



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    Don't let all of your friends into your house when you have a free lesson.
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    When you have a long break, especially near exam time; don't use all the time to socialise with your friends, use it wisely and go to the library to do revision or go over your notes.

    Past papers, past papers, past papers. I use to ignore this advice but when I started second year, I did lots and they really helped. Especially if you do essay based subjects you can look through the papers and kind of have an idea of what's going to come up.

    Nothing last minute. With GCSE's, it was fine revising last minute and getting a good grade. A Levels are different and need much more time and effort so make sure to revise a week or two leading up to the exam.

    Take breaks! This is a definate. It's all good revising but not when you revise for hours on end with no breaks in between. I had a friend who did this and it really affected her grade. Take 10-20 minutes break every hour to allow your brain to process everything and for you to just relax and take it easy.

    Speak to your teachers. If you have problems understanding something, go to them. They will help you. Also, put your hand up in class if you don't understand something; better do it then and understand than a day before the exam where you still have no clue.
    If you have friends who take same subjects, you can ask them to help because sometimes having someone else explain something to you dwells well with your brain than your teacher!

    And lastly even though I mentioned this before, take breaks and have me time. This is really important!

    Anyway, hope this helps

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    Thanks that's super helpful! Do you have any techniques like writing out notes etc. I don't get the whole writing out thing if it's a textbook you have to learn.. I'm terrible with learning loads I shall do papers but the knowledge I'm worried about.


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    Don't worry, you'll do fine. I, myself, got four A*s in my A levels.
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    Well with notes, what I do is write the main points and write it in my own words and if its an essay based subject especially with theories, I try and link it with other theories Some people like to use colour for certain theorists because it's easier to remember.

    Whats good about notes are the fact that they will have the main points in which you can go over and understand rather than having to go through your whole folder to find your papers or going through a whole textbook trying to find the main points and trying to understand it too

    And no problem!
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    I just finished my AS-Levels and got AAAB in Geography, ICT, Media and German. Best thing to do is do all your work when its set and try to learn a concept as soon as you have like started in class, this will make sure you will not fall behind. Make sure your organised with notes. What I do with my notes is I do all rough and scribbled on paper and then I go home and finish and perfect on the computer - this means adding information, going through the spec to see if it relevant. Also cater your notes for yourself. Like i try to bullet point and make them short so I can easily memorise them and learn the concept. When you can you images/graphs etc. to illustrate your notes, USE THEM! they really allow me to change up what i learn from. I also type up my notes up as I have a back up when example I have to resit an exam or loose them
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    Wow guys congratulations great results and I bet these methods will work then haha thanks a lot much appreciated, I never thought about linking it with other theories etc so that's mega useful good luck to you in the future and once again thanks for the help



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    Also guys sorry forgot to ask but how many hours do you spend revising a day?



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    (Original post by IzzyByrne)
    Also guys sorry forgot to ask but how many hours do you spend revising a day?



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    What subjects are you taking? And say I used to get home from college around half four but didn't start revising till 6. I would then revise for 4 hours with breaks in between and this would normally be for a week or two before the exam. Say if I had two exams in the same week and say I had A before B, I would revise for B in the first two hours and then A in the last two; with breaks of course (usually just one for each subject in this case).

    After all that, I'd be done by 10 and free to do whatever
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    I'm taking Art , English Language and Literature, Product Design and German. I'm not a genius but I would like to try and get some As and Bs. Thanks for that



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    Retroteach32 has A*AAB and he's offering tuition on tutorhunt
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    Ahh, I took English Language! And if I'm not wrong, with Litreture you need to compare texts according to the question?
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    (Original post by cheesypuff)
    Retroteach32 has A*AAB and he's offering tuition on tutorhunt
    Really????? What can they do ???
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    (Original post by Chezsa)
    Ahh, I took English Language! And if I'm not wrong, with Litreture you need to compare texts according to the question?
    I hear that's what you have to do I'm doing both so I think there's a lot of comparing worried about comparing etc


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    (Original post by IzzyByrne)
    Really????? What can they do ???
    I think the guys offering tuition for bio,chem,phy and geo. check his profile on tutor hunt
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    Thanks a bunch



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    Hey new year 12s here are my tips copied and pasted from the other thread!

    How I did it:

    How to be prepared for your exams?
    - Revise from September, by working consistently you reduce stress in the exam period

    How to make certain changes?
    - I don't quite understand this question but here are a few things
    - Stop procrastinating at all costs, get your head in the books and revise
    - Clean your workspace and keep organised, it is no use having a messy workspace and books lying everywhere, by getting folders and a clear ''A-level table'' or shelf you can find everything you need when you need it
    - If you don't understand something after your teacher has helped, ask tsr
    - if you don't understand something after your teacher and tsr has helped refer to youtube and other online sources
    - Aim to do 1-3hours of work per day and more at weekends
    - Do your own notes, the schools ones are only useful to an extent and you need to absorb all the content
    - Use markschemes and examiner reports (and obviously past papers)

    Since everyone says this is a very huge step forwards so help?
    Don't panic, everyone knows point blank that AS is a large step up from GCSE, if you work hard early on and understand everything that is taught you can tackle every possible scenario in the exam (or most), this is coming from an Average GCSE student (2B 5C) and now 4As at AS-level, it is possible only if you work hard!

    Anyone feel free to quote if you have an queries about this or any of my subjects: Maths, Further Maths, Economics and History
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    Never underestimate how important your ASs are, as they will be things the grades Universities look at when determining whether to offer you a place or not. Also you don't have to not have a social life, but just make sure you are on top of all your work.
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    (Original post by IzzyByrne)
    Hey guys,


    Now I know A-level is coming up :/ I think it's 3 weeks until I start, please can I have revision tips that have really help because I really wanna do well.



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    From Izzy,
    Past papers are really useful. Do as many as you can as they really do help.
    Id also suggest making some revision notes as you go along from early on- as it saves a lot of work later on.
    Also use your free lessons wisely. Use them to do homework, revision etc. Have a break obviously, but dont do what a lot of people at my 6th form did and spend a lot of time going into town, going home and playing games on the computers.
 
 
 
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