Guys, Which month should I really start revising for As levels?(aiming for A's) Watch

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I'm really quite nervous at the moment, with all the new reforms and everything I feel as if I need to really work my hardest, which is understandable. Having gone on a short residential trip to Lancaster University made me realise that to achieve well in my quite challenging A level choices, (Physics, Maths, English Lit and History)- achieving all A's)), I will really have to start revising perhaps earlier on and have a routine going on too, ensuring I have a neatly organised timetable to support this.

I do feel like my friends are not taking this seriously. I received only slightly above average GCSE grades (2A*s 6As and 2B's) but my friends have it in their heads that with 1 month extra revision for A levels they will somehow emerge victorious despite gaining only B's and a few A's at GCSE from virtually the same amount of revision. They don't seem to have a realistic picture of what actually going on.

What I'm really asking, is when should be the time I start doing my recommended 3 hours a day revision weekdays and 6 hour a day weekends? I don't really know if starting now is necessary or not considering the amount of homework we have and syllabus we have yet to discover, but I also don't want to screw up my chances. Any help will be much appreciated.
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I got 6 As at AS (maths, history, eng lang, bio, french, general studies) and I think my technique worked well.

Don't do 12 hours a day on the weekends, do 8 hours a day of work separated into 2 hour sections with 1 hour break in-between. I followed this seriously from Easter holidays onwards and did 8 hours a day every day during Easter, and 8 hours on weekends when back in school. I always did 3 hours of work on a weekday, comprising of a mixture of homework and revision. Before Easter, I would aim to go 6 hours of school-related stuff a day on weekends, usually a mixture of homework and revision, and the usual 3 hours a day on weekdays. However, don't start the 8 hour days until the Easter holidays
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would suggest you to revise and make your own notes as you go along. Make sure you go over everything after classes at your own time and find out whatever you didn't get. It's also quite helpful to just do the exercise questions in your textbook especially for maths and physics.
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I got 6 As at AS (maths, history, eng lang, bio, french, general studies) and I think my technique worked well.

Don't do 12 hours a day on the weekends, do 8 hours a day of work separated into 2 hour sections with 1 hour break in-between. I followed this seriously from Easter holidays onwards and did 8 hours a day every day during Easter, and 8 hours on weekends when back in school. I always did 3 hours of work on a weekday, comprising of a mixture of homework and revision. Before Easter, I would aim to go 6 hours of school-related stuff a day on weekends, usually a mixture of homework and revision, and the usual 3 hours a day on weekdays. However, don't start the 8 hour days until the Easter holidays
did you do revision in september/october time?
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I didn't start revising until March and I still got A's.


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did you do revision in september/october time?
Nope, we hadn't even learnt the content by then so there was virtually nothing to revise. I only revised if we had an end of topic test or something. I made notes whilst doing this, and then used these notes to revise for the real exams in May/June
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Nope, we hadn't even learnt the content by then so there was virtually nothing to revise. I only revised if we had an end of topic test or something. I made notes whilst doing this, and then used these notes to revise for the real exams in May/June
thank you very much, maybe my school is just overly strict
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You don't have to revise all that early. Just make sure to work hard throughout the year and ensure you're on track with and understanding everything. I did exactly the same AS combination last year by the way. I found that I had to revise a fair bit for History, but Maths was more about practising lots and doing tons of questions over the whole school year and Physics was similar. I would say I only revised in the traditional sense of the word with about 1-2 months left before my exam for History, and less for Physics; less still for English Lit. (For Maths I probably looked over stuff and did/redid past papers with a couple of days before exams). English Lit, especially if it is open book in your exam (if not, quotes are very important) is again about understanding; make notes throughout the year and you probably only need to intensify your work with a couple of weeks left for the exam.
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thank you very much, maybe my school is just overly strict
I'm at a really high achieving grammar school and this is what they've suggested we do (if anything, they think I do too much work) so I don't understand you being told to do 12 hours a day!! how is that even physically possible?!?!
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You don't have to revise all that early. Just make sure to work hard throughout the year and ensure you're on track with and understanding everything. I did exactly the same AS combination last year by the way. I found that I had to revise a fair bit for History, but Maths was more about practising lots and doing tons of questions over the whole school year and Physics was similar. I would say I only revised in the traditional sense of the word with about 1-2 months left before my exam for History, and less for Physics; less still for English Lit. (For Maths I probably looked over stuff and did/redid past papers with a couple of days before exams). English Lit, especially if it is open book in your exam (if not, quotes are very important) is again about understanding; make notes throughout the year and you probably only need to intensify your work with a couple of weeks left for the exam.
That's great, thankyou! especially from someone doing the same as me
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Now would be a good time?
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I got 4 A's at AS and this is what I did. At the start of the year (Sept-Dec) I was pretty chill. I worked 2 or 3 days a week doing homework and making notes. Only make notes for subjects you NEED to, and stay on top of your notes/finish them before exam season starts! I had January mocks so I started revising properly (recapping content/learning notes, practice questions) in December holidays and after my mocks I revised approx. 4 days a week but this time doing exam practice and adding to/learning notes. April onward, revision was pretty much daily until exams!!!
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It's lovely that you are starting now. That is the correct attitude.
I am virtually a year 12 repeat student who is trying to become a private candidate to finish my A levels next year. Please take this from me, be serious and dedicated from the get go. I have learnt from my mistakes but now I have to pay the consequences. There is a deception hitting many students that you can just scrap by A levels. Especially in schools where they are not taking the new AS levels exams next year as it's optional for a school to decide whether or not students will be taking them next year; instead doing the real exams for the a level qualifications first time round in the summer of 2017. Don't leave things or laze about, there's no more chances for that with the new A levels.

Before, though you should not laze about and avoid studying, you could kind of get away with it to some degree as students could resit modules to boost their overall grades. But you and the current year 12 students won't have this luxury any more. It's now like the PRE 1990 A level system! Not to scare you at all dear but if a person does not do well in their real exams, they would have to resit all of those exams again for that course as it is no longer modular but fully linear. I hate this because I know some one will eventually chill around, making the mistake of thinking it's all games with this new system until many would have to resit 14 exams again in a year (depending on the subject/subjects). This is will not be you in Jesus name, I am praying this happens to no one. It's awful what some of my friends and I are currently going through and some are just resitting 3-4 modules. Just work hard from the get go but do not burn yourself out. Work smartly and effectively focusing on quality than quantity. You will be fine, my best wishes to you and your friends.
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