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    At your time taking a levels what did you struggle with the most, and what do you think I need to be aware of before starting my a levels this September?
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    Don't underestimate the jump between GCSE and AS Level.
    I did the same amount of work for the first half of AS year as I did for GCSEs, and AS mocks slapped me in the face. I did fine in the real exams when I put the work in, but some people aren't as lucky and it may be too late.
    I don't think there's anything special you can do during summer, I think you should just enjoy the break, but be prepared to work once the term begins, that's all ^^
    If you already work hard, I'm sure you'll be fine, but I was quite lazy during GCSEs...
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    At your time taking a levels what did you struggle with the most, and what do you think I need to be aware of before starting my a levels this September?
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    At your time taking a levels what did you struggle with the most, and what do you think I need to be aware of before starting my a levels this September?
    There's definitely a jump between GCSEs and A-levels, no question about it. But, so long as you review your notes every night and revise in whatever time you have after finishing your set homework right from the start, you will be fine.
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    At your time taking a levels what did you struggle with the most, and what do you think I need to be aware of before starting my a levels this September?
    During college (and a lot of high school actually) I suffered from depression. Not especially severe depression (I don't wish to exaggerate), but it was enough to significantly alter my mood and energy levels, which meant that I lost a lot of my motivation and struggled to concentrate, especially when it came to revision. The lack of motivation started a cycle of not doing enough work/revision, getting stressed because of it, thinking that I was going to fail, becoming even less motivated thinking 'what's the point?' and so on.

    Depression and lack of motivation aside, I also struggled with both the course content, and the sheer amount of content, especially for A Level Geography. I had no problem with the physical side of the subject, however I struggled a lot with the human side! I found quite a lot of it hard to understand, and therefore found it incredibly boring, which obviously didn't make revision much easier! There was also a ridiculous amount of content to learn, and due to a distinct lack of revision resources for my exam board, I found Geography to be the most challenging of my subjects (my others were Geology and ICT).

    Like the others have said, there IS a jump between GCSE and A Level, even though it might not be obvious at first. You'll need to be prepared to work hard consistently throughout the year! I also suggest making revision notes as you cover each topic, that will make things easier when you eventually come to start revision, as you'll already have all your notes written/typed out!

    I apologise for the essay
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    There was too much sex so it was hard to manage y'know
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