My teacher is pretty bad, is there any advice how I teach myself the subject. Watch
I did well at history last year getting an A and ideally I would like to do the same again this year. Advice from others who have self-taught a subject would be appreciated.
Download past papers and examiners reports, buy a revision guide for your topic, do you have any friends in your class you'd be happy to discuss the subject with and test each other, mark each others papers etc. You can't be the only one feeling like this
The course textbook is always a good place to start, but do acquire other textbooks and additional reading aswell
Get the past papers and do the questions and get your teacher to mark them (if not post them on here and someone will mark them (plenty of ex-A-level/University students are capable of doing so)
I have recently got the same problem with my Biology teacher. She's nice and easy to talk to, but, when it comes to teaching or answering a question - I feel even more confused. I've begun teaching myself the new topic by reading through the textbook and taking notes in class whilst she goes on about her life stories and shows us optical illusions - since, we're learning about the brain, so...pictures that mess with your eyes are always fun (!)
Unfortunately history never seems to have 1 set text book, or never has one that goes into the appropriate level of detail, so I will have to get information from a range of them. I suppose this will be beneficial for university, though it shouldn't really happen, and will get me more acquainted with the historiography.
What you will find is that at AS and A2 alot of the focus is on you to do the work and the teacher is just there in the backdrop
what topic is it you are doing by the way?
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The trick is to find out the syllabus and marks schemes, your teacher should at least be able to provide that. You can then procure the correct textbooks, work through them making notes, and basically try to get as much background knowledge as you can to relate to what the examiners are looking for. You'd also benefit massively from looking at example essays, from any source you can get them.
On TSR we have a great study help section, and you can hopefully find people to give you good feedback on your essays and points if you post them here. At A level I'm pretty sure the actual learning normally comes in revision form anyway, so you should do really well from this style of learning.
Just going to say, don't waste time reporting the teacher or anything, nobody really cares.
1.never depend on a teacher or the school.
2. Go to your examining body website, research the latest textbooks for it e.t.c cos revising from a wrong or outdated source is something we all do and is unacceptable at this level
3. Buy it no matter how expensive because the hairless, stress agony and waiting you'll have over the few months before results will pale the price in comparison
4.Read day and night....live and breath your books. I sometimes stay up till 3.30 reading...(future med student ) you dont have to do that but u get the picture. DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. the end is justice to the means
5.inbox message/reply to me if you found this helpful and wanna know more or if anything was unclear....
trust me, just be the innovative abt this and you will reap the rewards