Firstly, let me tell you YOU ARE NOT ALONE! I have just started my AS Level course and I feel as if I'm drowning in comparison to all my classmates who are finding the transition so much easier. I'm expecting all As as well but I'm not inputting the recommended time (five hours a week). I want to go to a good university so badly and I'm stressing because if I can't handle Year 12, how am I supposed to do anything else in the future?
Anyways, I'm supposed to be helping and not making you feel worse hehes...
Seriously though, I'm about to apply some life rules to myself to help me get into order - healthy of body, healthy of mind (I wish I could quote the latin for you) so I plan on being happy with my eating, sleeping and socializing routine and getting that down. Secondly, I'd focus on pinpointing any points of stress in my life (in my case, my family) and try to soothe the situation or avoid it to save myself unnecessary troubles and tension and stress because it has an unbelievable effect on you and your studies. Thirdly, I'd set down my principles; be realistic
- you can't ask yourself to suddenly start studying four hours a week or wake up two hours earlier than you usually do. Understand yourself. Be okay with failure
- failing isn't the greatest (I really didn't do well enough in my chem exam this morning) but it's better to fail now than in the actual exam. Take it in and understand that you need to build on it. Get yourself together and do it. Be interested
- find something to relax into, to obsess over, to distract yourself effectively.
I think it's important to revaluate your life rather than just than your academics and A Levels. You don't need something straining you out of school at this time! Alright, now onto your studies. What can I say? You've been learning since you were five practically. You know what works for you (you can't be expected to have As if you didn't do well before) and you just need to get cracking. Studying must be fun and well planned out and enforced, with breaks of course because it's unrealistic for most to be working for hours, unless that's your kind of thing of course.
Others can only help you so much regarding A Levels - it is an independent course (frustratingly so) and so you'll need to tweak your lifestyle around to fix it up!
I sincerely hope this helped and remember to take my advice with a pinch of salt
. This is just one person's opinion and may completely not work for you! Though I hope it did.
Good luck and keep at it!