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    Hi i've just started in Year 12 and I was wondering how much time i'd have to dedicate per week to these subjects considering my grades in them at GCSE
    English lit/lang
    History
    Chemistry
    Biology

    At gcse I got an A* in history, an A in english lit and a B in lang and a B in chemistry and Biology. I worked fairly hard for those grades but not so much for english
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    I am a year 13 student and I study both biology and chemistry so can advise on them... can't say much about English or history though.

    I think that once you get into the year you will know what needs more work. There is no magic formula, and a subject that one person needs to do loads of work for may come much easier for someone else. It is best to dedicate enough time so you keep on top of homework and make your you understand everything you are being taught. If you don't understand it you must ask for help or do extra research because otherwise it will be a month before the exams and you'll be stressing about 101 things you don't understand.

    It is extremely important that you organise your work well. Last year I wrote everything up the day after the lesson but this year I am typing it all up. I feel that if I didn't write it up I didn't remember it well. I remember being told by a teacher if you revisit things a day later and then a month later then you remember it better.

    Also, make use of the people around you. If they need help on a topic you understand then help them (teaching is great revision) and if you need help then ask!

    Sorry if this is a bit of an essay... But I think a lot of people start year 13 thinking 'I wish I knew this last year', 'I wish I did this last year'. Sometimes due to bad results but sometimes due to a lack of understanding at AS affecting A2.

    Good luck with it all. Do you know what you plan to do at university?
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    (Original post by Lozzie97)
    I am a year 13 student and I study both biology and chemistry so can advise on them... can't say much about English or history though.

    I think that once you get into the year you will know what needs more work. There is no magic formula, and a subject that one person needs to do loads of work for may come much easier for someone else. It is best to dedicate enough time so you keep on top of homework and make your you understand everything you are being taught. If you don't understand it you must ask for help or do extra research because otherwise it will be a month before the exams and you'll be stressing about 101 things you don't understand.

    It is extremely important that you organise your work well. Last year I wrote everything up the day after the lesson but this year I am typing it all up. I feel that if I didn't write it up I didn't remember it well. I remember being told by a teacher if you revisit things a day later and then a month later then you remember it better.

    Also, make use of the people around you. If they need help on a topic you understand then help them (teaching is great revision) and if you need help then ask!

    Sorry if this is a bit of an essay... But I think a lot of people start year 13 thinking 'I wish I knew this last year', 'I wish I did this last year'. Sometimes due to bad results but sometimes due to a lack of understanding at AS affecting A2.

    Good luck with it all. Do you know what you plan to do at university?
    Thanks a lot. No, I'm unsure of what i'll do at uni. What subjects did you do at a level? Did you drop any after year 12?
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    In my college it's usually recommended ~5 hours p/w additional study alongside the class study.

    Obviously that's very unrealistic right now, so I should say you'd need to aim about 2/3 hours revision p/w p/subject at this point in time. I haven't done History or English Lit, but I can assure you that Essay subjects will need a lot of effort put into them so make sure you start attempting to learn essay techniques now and improve them throughout the year

    This is very dependent on an individual though. You might find 1 hr p/w of extra study p/subject is adequate, in which case that's fine
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    I started with biology, chemistry, maths and french but swapped french for economics a few weeks in. Dropped economics at the beginning of this year.
 
 
 

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