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    I've just finished my AS exams and I'm worried that the step up is bigger than the one between gcse and a level. I found that really hard especially because I took chemistry which I found really difficult compared to gcse and wasted a lot of time revising for it rather the other subjects when I probably won't take it next year. Also is it easy to balance extra curricular activities because I want to join some more but I'm not sure whether I'll be able to cope.


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    A lot harder, but people often work harder for them which kind of bridges the gap, start now!
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    I think it really depends on the subject. Personally, I felt my essay subjects (history and literature) actually got easier at A2. However, I found biology increased a fair bit in terms of difficulty, maybe not so much the content but more so the exam questions.

    What subjects do you do?

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    You're more well-equipped to deal with it now. Exam technique is a big part of a-level so you should have a reasonable grounding in the way you need to approach things and what's the best way to revise. If you don't have chemistry to distract you then you should be able to divide your time better.

    For most subjects, it's mainly just different content. The difficult part can be remembering what you did at AS as the idea is that some aspects will use what you've learnt at AS to enable you to learn something in more depth etc. so just keep hold of your notes from this year and have a glance over them if you see something relevant coming up. Don't brush it under the carpet thinking you know it, if you don't.

    Extra curricular activities are down to you - it's how good you are at keeping the work-life balance. Your studies need to come first, but there's plenty of time if you use it wisely. It's beneficial to go do something else that isn't just revision all the time.
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    I found the step up from AS to A2 difficult because I hadn't found my study technique yet. I hadn't worked the best I could and paid for it, literally, on as results day and had to re-sit. I took 3 A2 classes and had 2 re-sit exams, whilst being President of the SU, a Student Governor and having a part-time job. So it is possible!

    But you just have to knuckle down and get on with it - harsh but true.

    Honestly, get on with it from the beginning of the year don't mess around, it's not worth it. Talk to your teachers if you are finding it hard, they will help you and give you tips. Find the study technique that works for you and stick to it. Do all that and it will be fine ^-^
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    I do History, Psychology, Spanish and chemistry I find the first two quite easy because I prefer writing essays but I find Spanish and chemistry a lot harder


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    I did German and found that it got a lot harder at A2 - AS was mainly just an extension of GCSE but at A2 you're suddenly expected to be writing essays on history and literature in the target language and the speaking exam was a debate on a 'contentious issue' (I did the death penalty), which I found a big step up from AS.

    I also did History and Politics though and there wasn't nearly so big a step up for those - I think it tends to depend on the subjects you take. By Year 13 though you're used to the routine and expectations of sixth form though which can be helpful and hopefully you've sorted out revision techniques and so on.

    Good luck!
 
 
 
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