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I've finished my GCSE's in June and (providing I get the right results) start my A levels in September.

I was wondering if anyone had any good advice for summer preparation to get me a little ahead before I start? Anything you wish you'd done? Or any preparation you did do that was really helpful? My school have given us a few websites to look at and things to watch/ read, but I was wondering if there's anything particularly useful in terms of the subject content of the courses I'm taking? Or any really good revision guides to get?

I'm taking English literature (AQA), French (Edexcel), Geography (Edexcel) and Biology (OCR).

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Hey, so for biology you could just have a read through the textbook/revision guides so you have a general idea of what you'll be learning about. And then before your lessons, just reading through the section that you'll be doing to minimise confusion. I don't really know about the other subjects!
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For English Literature, I would find out the books you're studying and read them beforehand. It might also be useful to read books of a similar theme to the one you're going to be studying, because I know for Lit you're expected to reference other texts in you're exam as an example of your wider reading.


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Thank you... I think we're doing journey's end and WW1 literature - do you think there's any point getting study guides ect for English a level?


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Out of those, I've only done Biology OCR. There isn't much to do, because you have to work through it for better understanding. General thing to do would be read through text book (and admire the pictures ), maybe watch some Khan Academy videos on Youtube to help with topics you don't really understand.
Also, in the future once you start A levels, makes notes on a topic before lesson, they don't have to be detailed and all, but it will help you prepare for lesson. After the lesson, do your notes again, in detail with diagrams, so you can then use those for revision.
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(Original post by em_97)
Thank you... I think we're doing journey's end and WW1 literature - do you think there's any point getting study guides ect for English a level?


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I think they would be helpful - York notes in particular I found good but you don't have to have them necessarily As there are plenty of good resources online that you could find helpful


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Hey, I did English Lit with AQA, if you know what texts you will be studying then definitely read them, it helps so much more to have read it once before you start analysing, I'm doing this for A2 now but wish I did it for AS.

For French we're with AQA, but I'd still say keeping practicing it, the worst thing is when you come back and can't remember basic grammar rules. Nothing too intense, but just look at some French websites and keep refreshing your memory. On a slightly unrelated note, I got an A in French GCSE and for the first few weeks found the 'jump' impossible, if you find the same don't worry, it certainly gets a lot better

I did absolutely no prep for geography at all, but it's useful just to keep an eye on the news, I found at A-level current issues are a lot more important, so if you know what's going on you can use it in your work.

Hope this is helpful!
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Thanks for all the tips everyone! After ignoring school totally for a few weeks, I think it's time to start doing a bit of preparation!
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