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    Hi,
    I am 7 weeks into my A levels and I am extremely behind...I am 2 chapters behind in biology, 4 (FOUR) chapters behind in chemistry, tons of homework behind and 1 or 2 practical work behind too. The only way to recover is by catching up in the holidays but that is actually impossible. This is A-levels, not GCSE, and the subjects I am doing require a lot of practical work and extra worksheets specific for the exam board. I am so lost, I don't even know what is required at A-level and don't even know anything about my subjects.

    Because A levels has changed and it is a straight 2 year course, I cannot retake the year as there is no such thing as A2 anymore. You are either entered for an AS exam, or an A-level exam (after 2 years), NOT A2.

    So I was wondering would it be best If I take a one year gap in my studies and do A-levels the next year all fresh or should I continue...even if I have 2 years left, you can't just start working hard or catch up with a click of a finger because this is A-level, a MUCH HARDER AND CHANGED A-LEVEL!

    NB: I am still 16 and I will turn 17 in June (days before my mock exams and couple of months before i move on to second year (year 13)
    They have removed retakes, and therefore the original A-level course in now a complete 2 year course.

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    (Original post by mnc61)
    Hi,
    I am 7 weeks into my A levels and I am extremely behind...I am 2 chapters behind in biology, 4 (FOUR) chapters behind in chemistry, tons of homework behind and 1 or 2 practical work behind too. The only way to recover is by catching up in the holidays but that is actually impossible. This is A-levels, not GCSE, and the subjects I am doing require a lot of practical work and extra worksheets specific for the exam board. I am so lost, I don't even know what is required at A-level and don't even know anything about my subjects.

    Because A levels has changed and it is a straight 2 year course, I cannot retake the year as there is no such thing as A2 anymore. You are either entered for an AS exam, or an A-level exam (after 2 years), NOT A2.

    So I was wondering would it be best If I take a one year gap in my studies and do A-levels the next year all fresh or should I continue...even if I have 2 years left, you can't just start working hard or catch up with a click of a finger because this is A-level, a MUCH HARDER AND CHANGED A-LEVEL!

    NB: I am still 16 and I will turn 17 in June (days before my mock exams and couple of months before i move on to second year (year 13)
    They have removed retakes, and therefore the original A-level course in now a complete 2 year course.

    Thanks
    You cant.
    From this year it is compulsory for everyone to stay in some sort of education until the age of 18.(so if you were born in 1998 sept-1999 august and later)
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    May I ask why you are so behind?
    Best option: catch up during free periods & weekends & holidays.
    it is not impossible to catch up ovbiously. Just relax and start doing the work you've missed. It's hard work but that's the best option.
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    You need to legally be in education until you are 18, so it would probably be better to just carry on and try hard to catch up this year. Try and identify why you are so behind, because if you don't, you'll carry on doing the same thing next time around anyway. Are you using your frees effectively? How much work are you doing outside of school? It will be hard to catch up, but not impossible.
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    (Original post by oswalds)
    It will be hard to catch up, but not impossible.
    LOL! By the time the end of year mocks arrive, I would have finished catching up on the things ive missed
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    (Original post by mnc61)
    LOL! By the time the end of year mocks arrive, I would have finished catching up on the things ive missed
    Not necessarily. You just need to be willing to put the extra work in, which is a part of doing well at A-Level anyway. It won't take you that long if you organize your time effectively.
 
 
 
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