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    A-levels are not going well for me AT ALL! And I just don't know what to do?!!
I'm failing all of my subjects (bio, Chem, econ & Spanish) and I feel like I do everything I can! I revise every single day. I do practice questions, I go to workshops, ask for help when I need it but the exams are terrible!!! I never never know what to write and I get so much anxiety (as I know most people do) and it's just disastrous!
    I really want 4A's at AS but that seems impossible at this rate.

    It's almost March and everything is piling up. I feel like I'm drowning in work all the time. I cry every single night because I can't figure out why I'm so stupid! I'm not sure what other options there are for me. I try but it never pays off...
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    Okay, the first thing you need to do is RELAX!

    I know that feeling, I did my AS last year and I found it horrible. I didn't cope too well under all the pressure. The exams are going to be difficult, especially now as you're undergoing the educational changes and everything. Although I didn't cope very well, I have a found a few things that helped me revise and stay calm:

    1) Chill out a bit! Make sure you're not putting yourself under too much stress because that way you won't be able to focus on revision and everything that you go through won't necessarily stick.
    2) Make revision a bit more fun; instead of revising on your own, go to a study group and that way you can help eachother. Also, try to use different methods of revision (for me, it was flashcards and mind maps). Colour code key points and that way you can specify certain topics under one colour, making it easier to revise AND remember.
    3) Do some exercise! Exercise is a well proven stress reliever, it allows you to reduce stress and anxiety levels. This way, you will also get some fresh air which is also good for the brain. If you play team sports, you can also socialise which will take your mind off of everything. Try exercising for at least 30 minutes every day (even walking helps!)
    4) Make a weekly timetable so that you know when you have slots to revise, slots to relax and time to hang out with your friends. This was the one thing that kept me going throughout my first year, it just allows you to be more organised and feel a lot better.

    There's no need to cry, that will just make you feel worse, keep your chin up and try your best! There's never going to be a perfect solution because everyone is different and it is impossible to make a generic plan for everyone to follow. I personally think it's important that you don't overload yourself with information. Set your revision out in the order that your exams so that it's easier for you to follow.

    I hope this helps you, even if it is a little bit.

    Best of luck!

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    What ^ said, the more you stress the worse it will be.

    Good luck! I had to write something
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    (Original post by 1295084)
    A-levels are not going well for me AT ALL! And I just don't know what to do?!!
I'm failing all of my subjects (bio, Chem, econ & Spanish) and I feel like I do everything I can! I revise every single day. I do practice questions, I go to workshops, ask for help when I need it but the exams are terrible!!! I never never know what to write and I get so much anxiety (as I know most people do) and it's just disastrous!
    I really want 4A's at AS but that seems impossible at this rate.

    It's almost March and everything is piling up. I feel like I'm drowning in work all the time. I cry every single night because I can't figure out why I'm so stupid! I'm not sure what other options there are for me. I try but it never pays off...
    Hey 129

    My name is Amy and I am a student ambassador for BU (Bournemouth Uni).

    As someone who suffers badly with exam stress I know exactly how bad it can get. BUT you also have time on your side (believe it or not ) I am going to offer a few tips for you now, and if you have any other questions feel free to ping me a message!


    FIRST:
    What sort of learner are you? Finding this out and working towards your strenghts is the best start to revising well. There are three types of learner (although you can be a mix).

    VISUAL LEARNERS: these people learn by seeing something. So they can just read and reread a page and they have learnt the topic. HOW TO REVISE IF YOU ARE A VISUAL LEARNER: read the books!highlight your notes (the key points). make posters and stick them everywhere so you can constantly read them


    AUDIO LEARNERS: these people learn by listening about the thing. I
    HOW TO REVISE IF YOU ARE AN AUDIO LEARNER: f you can record lessons, do. Then listen back to them as often as possible (OBVIOUSLY GET PERMISSION BEFORE YOU DO THIS!). If you cant record your notes yourself (or get someone else to do it), and then listen back


    KINESTHETIC (DOING) LEARNER: these people learn by doing the thing. Hands on is best here
    HOW TO REVISE IF YOU ARE A DOING LEARNER: make posters, draw things, teach the topic to other people.

    Mix and match to suit how you learn best. If you don't know what type of learner you are there are plently of online tests you can take (try and get a more offical one).



    SECOND: the stress
    it sucks. There is nothing you can do about that. If it is giving you tummy ache or other physical symptoms go talk to a doctor - they should be able to give you something for that.

    Exercise (as previously suggested) is a brilliant way to relieve stress

    The best way to handle the stress is to do the "eat an elephant method". If you try to tackle all of it at once (both eating an elephant and revising for four exams) you wont do it. It is to much. But do a little each day (5 pages at day for all four topics = 20 pages in total), and you will work your way through before you know it.

    IMPORTANT: once you have done your scheduled work for the day (the timetable plan already suggested) STOP. YOU ARE DONE. NOW GO HAVE SOME FUN FOR THE EVENING.

    you can do it, you have time and you are more capable than you know! Just trust yourself and put in the work now!


    Amy (student ambassador)
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    (Original post by KamilaMichalska)
    Okay, the first thing you need to do is RELAX!

    I know that feeling, I did my AS last year and I found it horrible. I didn't cope too well under all the pressure. The exams are going to be difficult, especially now as you're undergoing the educational changes and everything. Although I didn't cope very well, I have a found a few things that helped me revise and stay calm:

    1) Chill out a bit! Make sure you're not putting yourself under too much stress because that way you won't be able to focus on revision and everything that you go through won't necessarily stick.
    2) Make revision a bit more fun; instead of revising on your own, go to a study group and that way you can help eachother. Also, try to use different methods of revision (for me, it was flashcards and mind maps). Colour code key points and that way you can specify certain topics under one colour, making it easier to revise AND remember.
    3) Do some exercise! Exercise is a well proven stress reliever, it allows you to reduce stress and anxiety levels. This way, you will also get some fresh air which is also good for the brain. If you play team sports, you can also socialise which will take your mind off of everything. Try exercising for at least 30 minutes every day (even walking helps!)
    4) Make a weekly timetable so that you know when you have slots to revise, slots to relax and time to hang out with your friends. This was the one thing that kept me going throughout my first year, it just allows you to be more organised and feel a lot better.

    There's no need to cry, that will just make you feel worse, keep your chin up and try your best! There's never going to be a perfect solution because everyone is different and it is impossible to make a generic plan for everyone to follow. I personally think it's important that you don't overload yourself with information. Set your revision out in the order that your exams so that it's easier for you to follow.

    I hope this helps you, even if it is a little bit.

    Best of luck!

    Kamila
    Thank you so much for this! It really made my day
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    Thank you so much for this! It really made my day
    You're very welcome!
 
 
 
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