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    Hi everyone,
    I'm thinking of doing a bit of revision over the summer otherwise I get bored and then when I start back in September I won't panic about how much revision I have to do.

    I'm just revising the most difficult parts of my courses then when I come to more intense revision closer to A2 exams, I will feel more confident.

    Is anyone else doing this?

    I'm just wondering whether anyone has any advice and also, any advice about the step up to year 13?

    Thank you,
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    wouldn't bother tbh. Just enjoy your summer as is not hard really as long as you work from september you will be fine. after that you have to worry about uni's and stuff next year so might as well just relax for a bit.
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    (Original post by Alicemidgetgem)
    Hi everyone,
    I'm thinking of doing a bit of revision over the summer otherwise I get bored and then when I start back in September I won't panic about how much revision I have to do.

    I'm just revising the most difficult parts of my courses then when I come to more intense revision closer to A2 exams, I will feel more confident.

    Is anyone else doing this?

    I'm just wondering whether anyone has any advice and also, any advice about the step up to year 13?

    Thank you,
    Alice
    You should just relax whilst you have the chance and not stress yourself. I'd suggest for you to start working on your personal statement for university, which would make it much easier for you when you return back to sixth form.

    I've found the step up to A2 more horrible than from GCSE to AS (mostly for Geogrpahy and Biology in which my teachers gave me mountains of papers to do every single week), and didn't put as much effort during the first term.
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    Stupid idea, enjoy your summer - you will never get this time back.
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    wouldn't bother tbh. Just enjoy your summer as is not hard really as long as you work from september you will be fine. after that you have to worry about uni's and stuff next year so might as well just relax for a bit.
    I agree with that. Enjoy these summers while you still can, because time flies! After a few years you won't have much of a choice if you decide to go to uni. Applications, interviews, preparation in general... Yeah

    BUT if you really want to prepare better, find your specifications and look through them. I used my specifications as a revision plan and timetable (you could try it out if you want to, too), I made sure I understood what the spec wants from me in the first place. Read through the textbooks if you have them. AS requires work and time managing is veeeeery important.

    Best of luck! There should always be balance, so don't overwork yourself
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    I'm doing it for A2, as for AS there's not too much you can do and you shoudl just enjoy your Summer.

    But if your idea if fun is prepping then go ahead!
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    Unless your doing 5-6 A2s then leave it. No point, you can startin April and still get a few A*s Although that will be cutting it fine.


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    Self learning maths A2 and doing reading for history.

    Might even do bio
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    research unis and start writing your personal statement if you wish to be productive this summer, however revising AS content is quite unnecessary
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    (Original post by Alicemidgetgem)
    Hi everyone,
    I'm thinking of doing a bit of revision over the summer otherwise I get bored and then when I start back in September I won't panic about how much revision I have to do.

    I'm just revising the most difficult parts of my courses then when I come to more intense revision closer to A2 exams, I will feel more confident.

    Is anyone else doing this?

    I'm just wondering whether anyone has any advice and also, any advice about the step up to year 13?

    Thank you,
    Alice
    If you feel you need to, do so. But if you treat it as a sacrifice then just ditch it and enjoy your summer. Personally I'm doing AS and A2 maths this summer so i can get myself ready to do further maths, just planning out a timetable has been pretty effective to help me organize everything. I try to get 8 hours of work done a day, reviewing the work i have done throughout the day, specifically listing the areas i have problems with. I usually finish earlier on Fridays, completing about 5 hours or 6 hours of work and take the rest of the day off. I work Saturday mornings finish at 12:00 pm and from then on till Sunday i rest and repeat it throughout the summer. I still get a lot of time to go out with friends watch a movie, play video games etc while getting the work i need done and a sufficient amount of sleep.
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    I don't think there is anything wrong with doing a bit revision. In fact, prepping before you start AS would give you a head start.
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    It amazes me that so many people are being narrow minded and saying it's a bad idea. There are loads of benefits to studying over summer. But first I want to address something in the original post. Alice mentioned revising. Revising suggests you've already learnt the content which I feel is unlikely to be the case. So from here on out I'll use the term studying and go on the assumption that you want to actually learn the content. Much of the same is true though if you are just revising.

    First benefit: Pretty obvious one, that start back in September doesn't feel so bad. Having 6-10 weeks of not doing any work makes getting back into the habit of studying difficult. Maintaining a schedule over summer makes the drop into education again that much easier. As an added bonus you set yourself up for independent study later in life, such as at university. It makes that jump much smaller as well.

    Second benefit: You get to try your course. Usually in September when you start your course you'll have a period of a few weeks to switch courses if you find it isn't for you. By trialing the content over summer you will know whether or not you like it. If not you can switch before even starting the course. If you do enjoy it you can focus on getting into it straight away.

    Third benefit: There's an expectation that you'll be doing extra work in your own time to supplement your course. By doing some of that work over summer there's less to do later on. Or alternatively you'll put in that bit more work than everyone else by starting early which will show later on.

    Fourth benefit: Reinforcement. When you're in the classroom and everyone else is seeing the material for the first time, you'll already have a brief idea what's being shown. It's proven that repetition aids memory and when everyone else is seeing something new you'll be seeing something you've seen before. It's more likely that you'll understand it later on. Furthermore...

    Fifth benefit: Finding what you struggle with. If you struggled with something over summer you can come back with questions. Normally the topic starts, you learn some stuff and find you have some questions after a lesson. You now need to contact a teacher for help, outside the normal lesson hours, or wait until the next lesson. By coming into that lesson with questions, or even just knowing you struggled with a topic before you set yourself up to overcome it far more easily. Excellent students know what they know and know what they need to work on.

    Little disclaimer to add in here (wasn't really sure where to throw this). Be extremely careful what you're teaching and how. If you learn something wrong you'll have a hell of a time undoing the damage. Seek help when necessary and don't try to muddle through it if you really don't understand. You'll end up with the wrong picture and the content will make even less sense.

    Now I could go on but I'll look at the biggest counter argument posted here. It's not worth it, AS isn't hard and you should enjoy your summer. That's partially right. I'll look at each individual point.

    Point 1: It's not worth it. This is rubbish. The entire notion that some form of education "isn't worth it" is ridiculous. Furthering your education is always a good idea and if you have the opportunity to do so then you should. Truly brilliant people never stop learning and never settle for good enough. If you decided that learning about something you're interested in isn't worth it and won't benefit you later then you should resign yourself to mediocrity now. Yes there are exceptions. An extreme example, paying £1000 for a course to teach you your 7 times tables isn't worth it. In this case the cost vastly outweighs the benefit. So the upshot here is that you need to decide whether the cost of furthering your education in this way is worth the benefits later on. And that depends on you as an individual and how much you value things. If your free time and summer holiday is more important to you than your education then you'll naturally decide it isn't worth it.

    Point 2: AS isn't hard. This is subjective. Some people will struggle and others will not. Studying early sets you up to have fewer problems later on. Something you might have later struggled with could be easy due to your early studying. Or maybe you can go straight in and pass it all without putting the effort in. That's great and in the short term maybe you didn't need to study your AS topics. But look at the long term. You'll have developed the self control to study by yourself, without anyone telling you to and that alone will help you massively at university. The tangible benefits in the short term may be small but in the long term you'll see results. Maybe studying this year means you learn your A2 next year which results in an A* instead of an A. Or you learn some of your uni content early and get a First instead of a 2:1. Maybe the fact you had the motivation to study and learn in your own time is what gets you into your first choice university over another candidate. Or maybe by asking questions about something you didn't understand you meet a group of people and develop new friendships. The possibilities and potential benefits here are endless.

    Point 3: You should enjoy your summer. Absolutely true. Go out and do as much as you can, while you can. Because assuming you spend 2 years at college and 3 at University you might only have 5 more summers to enjoy. At this age it's important to enjoy it, be social and do the things you love. In no way whatsoever does studying impact your ability to enjoy summer. Lets assume you have 6 weeks. That's 42 free days. Maybe you have 10 hours a day of what amounts to free time and say you dedicate 30 minutes a day, Monday to Friday studying. That's 15 hours of extra study. 15 hours of a potential 420 free hours. You still have over 400 hours to spare and do what you want. But an extra 15 hours of study may be the equivalent of 3/4 weeks extra teaching time at college (assuming your course is an average of 4/5 hours scheduled per week). And honestly you probably have more free time than 6 weeks at 10 hours a day. So studying does not in any way impact you having fun unless you allow it.

    I'm going to put this one into a different perspective. Lets say you can read at a rate of 1 page per minute. Therefore at 30 minutes per day you can read 30 pages per day. 60 pages an hour, over 15 hours is 900 pages. Or around 4 books (200ish pages average). How much better would you be if you read 4 good books, maybe self development books? How much would you change? Imagine reading 4 books that completely changed your outlook on life. That would absolutely be worth half an hour a day right? So turn that back into studying. How much better would you be if you studied for half an hour a day?

    And that's not even taking it seriously. Half an hour a day, 5 days a week is nothing. You could quite happily study an hour a day, 5-7 days a week and rack up 30-42 hours. That's 1800-2520 pages of reading. Or 9-12 books. Imagine how much you'd gain reading a dozen books over 6 weeks on your favourite topics. Or imagine how much you'd learn studying.

    At this point I'm on a slight tangent so lets stick with it. Forget AS studying. You've set yourself up to study whatever you want. Maybe you want to be better at drawing, or learn a new language, or play an instrument or whatever. So you spend an hour a day doing it. Once you get into it you'll develop the habit and all of a sudden you've developed the same sort of habits as truly brilliant people. Pick anything you want to do. Imagine yourself a year from now, having studied that thing for 1 hour a day. How much would you have improved? Using that reading example, 52 hours of reading a year amounts to 3120 pages. Lets say 15 books. Now fast forward 5 years. You've just finished university. How different do you think you'd be if you kept up that 1 hour a day of reading? 5 years and 15 books a year? 75 books read. Just how much of an impact do you think that will have? 52 hours over 5 years, 260 hours dedicated to something. How great will that something be? If that something is your education, what will that mean in the future for jobs?

    So to take this back to studying for AS levels, can you really say you're losing out on time? Even half an hour a day leaves you plenty of time to enjoy yourself. The benefits and especially what happens in the long run are amazing and it's the sort of behaviour that turns you into someone really spectacular. Of course if you're happy settling for mediocre then forget everything I just said.

    So to close off this excessively long rant (I apologise) what do you stand to lose? Maybe half an hour to an hour a day. You already mentioned this as a method to prevent you from being bored and as a result probably have the time to spare. Is that half an hour really going to go to good use? Maybe you spent an extra half hour with your friends that day, or an hour browsing social media. That's great if that's what you value. But what do you have to gain? If you keep it up and turn it into something more than just a bit of studying you stand to gain everything.

    But maybe that isn't for you. Not everyone wants that way of life and that too is fine. Go out, enjoy summer, study a little if you want and reap the benefits at college, even if you don't chose to take it further.

    If anyone wishes to discuss this further or in more detail I'm always available via PM. If you read this far and feel like anything I've said really resonates with you I'd love to know. And if the ideas I introduced excite you then please take the plunge and go for it.

    Yours sincerely
    An avid reader and someone aiming for success

    P.s. did I mention, I spent the whole of my summer holiday between AS and A2 learning my A2 subjects. Only spent maybe half an hour to an hour a day, on and off so not all that regularly. When I started A2 I'd covered all the content for one of my courses (Computing) and didn't need teaching for the year while another course (Psychology) was substantially easier (we had to learn 52 studies, it was a lot of content). So even minor amounts of studying can have huge benefits.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention the tons of other stuff you can focus on like Uni prep. But this post is nearly 2000 words and I doubt anyone wants it to get longer.

    Also if quoting, please quote specific parts of snip the post. Don't quote directly as the thread will end up with excessive amounts of scrolling. I've done enough damage without anyone quoting me fully...
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    I'm going to put this one into a different perspective. Lets say you can read at a rate of 1 page per minute. Therefore at 30 minutes per day you can read 30 pages per day. 60 pages an hour, over 15 hours is 900 pages. Or around 4 books (200ish pages average). How much better would you be if you read 4 good books, maybe self development books? How much would you change? Imagine reading 4 books that completely changed your outlook on life. That would absolutely be worth half an hour a day right? So turn that back into studying. How much better would you be if you studied for half an hour a day?
    Scratch what I said. THIS! When you actually think about it, even 15 minutes a day will do you good. And in fact, after those 15 minutes inertia may kick in and you won't want to stop. Your whole post gave my lazyass a kick, thank you for that, I really needed it haha!
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    (Original post by Alicemidgetgem)
    Hi everyone,
    I'm thinking of doing a bit of revision over the summer otherwise I get bored and then when I start back in September I won't panic about how much revision I have to do.

    I'm just revising the most difficult parts of my courses then when I come to more intense revision closer to A2 exams, I will feel more confident.

    Is anyone else doing this?

    I'm just wondering whether anyone has any advice and also, any advice about the step up to year 13?

    Thank you,
    Alice
    I just finished year 13. Neither I, nor any of my friends revised last summer or the summer before that. Honestly, I think you need a break if you want to avoid burning out later. If you have any set work for the holidays then do it, but other than that I strongly recommend that you just relax.

    As for the step up between AS and A2, there is a bit of a jump. However, it's not nearly so bad as the step up from GCSEs to AS; if you coped with that, you will cope with this. All you need to do is consistently revise every night from the first day of school. That's not hard core note making or doing past papers. All I mean is reading over your notes. It's not arduous once you get into the habit and it will make all the difference to the depth of your understanding once exam season comes.

    Oh, and do your homework on the night that it is set wherever possible or you will not keep up with the increase in work load.
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    (Original post by Alicemidgetgem)
    Hi everyone,
    I'm thinking of doing a bit of revision over the summer otherwise I get bored and then when I start back in September I won't panic about how much revision I have to do.

    I'm just revising the most difficult parts of my courses then when I come to more intense revision closer to A2 exams, I will feel more confident.

    Is anyone else doing this?

    I'm just wondering whether anyone has any advice and also, any advice about the step up to year 13?

    Thank you,
    Alice
    Just relax and enjoy your summer, there is no need.
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    It amazes me that so many people are being narrow minded and saying it's a bad idea. There are loads of benefits to studying over summer. But first I want to address something in the original post. Alice mentioned revising. Revising suggests you've already learnt the content which I feel is unlikely to be the case. So from here on out I'll use the term studying and go on the assumption that you want to actually learn the content. Much of the same is true though if you are just revising.

    First benefit: Pretty obvious one, that start back in September doesn't feel so bad. Having 6-10 weeks of not doing any work makes getting back into the habit of studying difficult. Maintaining a schedule over summer makes the drop into education again that much easier. As an added bonus you set yourself up for independent study later in life, such as at university. It makes that jump much smaller as well.

    Second benefit: You get to try your course. Usually in September when you start your course you'll have a period of a few weeks to switch courses if you find it isn't for you. By trialing the content over summer you will know whether or not you like it. If not you can switch before even starting the course. If you do enjoy it you can focus on getting into it straight away.

    Third benefit: There's an expectation that you'll be doing extra work in your own time to supplement your course. By doing some of that work over summer there's less to do later on. Or alternatively you'll put in that bit more work than everyone else by starting early which will show later on.

    Fourth benefit: Reinforcement. When you're in the classroom and everyone else is seeing the material for the first time, you'll already have a brief idea what's being shown. It's proven that repetition aids memory and when everyone else is seeing something new you'll be seeing something you've seen before. It's more likely that you'll understand it later on. Furthermore...

    Fifth benefit: Finding what you struggle with. If you struggled with something over summer you can come back with questions. Normally the topic starts, you learn some stuff and find you have some questions after a lesson. You now need to contact a teacher for help, outside the normal lesson hours, or wait until the next lesson. By coming into that lesson with questions, or even just knowing you struggled with a topic before you set yourself up to overcome it far more easily. Excellent students know what they know and know what they need to work on.

    Little disclaimer to add in here (wasn't really sure where to throw this). Be extremely careful what you're teaching and how. If you learn something wrong you'll have a hell of a time undoing the damage. Seek help when necessary and don't try to muddle through it if you really don't understand. You'll end up with the wrong picture and the content will make even less sense.

    Now I could go on but I'll look at the biggest counter argument posted here. It's not worth it, AS isn't hard and you should enjoy your summer. That's partially right. I'll look at each individual point.

    Point 1: It's not worth it. This is rubbish. The entire notion that some form of education "isn't worth it" is ridiculous. Furthering your education is always a good idea and if you have the opportunity to do so then you should. Truly brilliant people never stop learning and never settle for good enough. If you decided that learning about something you're interested in isn't worth it and won't benefit you later then you should resign yourself to mediocrity now. Yes there are exceptions. An extreme example, paying £1000 for a course to teach you your 7 times tables isn't worth it. In this case the cost vastly outweighs the benefit. So the upshot here is that you need to decide whether the cost of furthering your education in this way is worth the benefits later on. And that depends on you as an individual and how much you value things. If your free time and summer holiday is more important to you than your education then you'll naturally decide it isn't worth it.

    Point 2: AS isn't hard. This is subjective. Some people will struggle and others will not. Studying early sets you up to have fewer problems later on. Something you might have later struggled with could be easy due to your early studying. Or maybe you can go straight in and pass it all without putting the effort in. That's great and in the short term maybe you didn't need to study your AS topics. But look at the long term. You'll have developed the self control to study by yourself, without anyone telling you to and that alone will help you massively at university. The tangible benefits in the short term may be small but in the long term you'll see results. Maybe studying this year means you learn your A2 next year which results in an A* instead of an A. Or you learn some of your uni content early and get a First instead of a 2:1. Maybe the fact you had the motivation to study and learn in your own time is what gets you into your first choice university over another candidate. Or maybe by asking questions about something you didn't understand you meet a group of people and develop new friendships. The possibilities and potential benefits here are endless.

    Point 3: You should enjoy your summer. Absolutely true. Go out and do as much as you can, while you can. Because assuming you spend 2 years at college and 3 at University you might only have 5 more summers to enjoy. At this age it's important to enjoy it, be social and do the things you love. In no way whatsoever does studying impact your ability to enjoy summer. Lets assume you have 6 weeks. That's 42 free days. Maybe you have 10 hours a day of what amounts to free time and say you dedicate 30 minutes a day, Monday to Friday studying. That's 15 hours of extra study. 15 hours of a potential 420 free hours. You still have over 400 hours to spare and do what you want. But an extra 15 hours of study may be the equivalent of 3/4 weeks extra teaching time at college (assuming your course is an average of 4/5 hours scheduled per week). And honestly you probably have more free time than 6 weeks at 10 hours a day. So studying does not in any way impact you having fun unless you allow it.

    I'm going to put this one into a different perspective. Lets say you can read at a rate of 1 page per minute. Therefore at 30 minutes per day you can read 30 pages per day. 60 pages an hour, over 15 hours is 900 pages. Or around 4 books (200ish pages average). How much better would you be if you read 4 good books, maybe self development books? How much would you change? Imagine reading 4 books that completely changed your outlook on life. That would absolutely be worth half an hour a day right? So turn that back into studying. How much better would you be if you studied for half an hour a day?

    And that's not even taking it seriously. Half an hour a day, 5 days a week is nothing. You could quite happily study an hour a day, 5-7 days a week and rack up 30-42 hours. That's 1800-2520 pages of reading. Or 9-12 books. Imagine how much you'd gain reading a dozen books over 6 weeks on your favourite topics. Or imagine how much you'd learn studying.

    At this point I'm on a slight tangent so lets stick with it. Forget AS studying. You've set yourself up to study whatever you want. Maybe you want to be better at drawing, or learn a new language, or play an instrument or whatever. So you spend an hour a day doing it. Once you get into it you'll develop the habit and all of a sudden you've developed the same sort of habits as truly brilliant people. Pick anything you want to do. Imagine yourself a year from now, having studied that thing for 1 hour a day. How much would you have improved? Using that reading example, 52 hours of reading a year amounts to 3120 pages. Lets say 15 books. Now fast forward 5 years. You've just finished university. How different do you think you'd be if you kept up that 1 hour a day of reading? 5 years and 15 books a year? 75 books read. Just how much of an impact do you think that will have? 52 hours over 5 years, 260 hours dedicated to something. How great will that something be? If that something is your education, what will that mean in the future for jobs?

    So to take this back to studying for AS levels, can you really say you're losing out on time? Even half an hour a day leaves you plenty of time to enjoy yourself. The benefits and especially what happens in the long run are amazing and it's the sort of behaviour that turns you into someone really spectacular. Of course if you're happy settling for mediocre then forget everything I just said.

    So to close off this excessively long rant (I apologise) what do you stand to lose? Maybe half an hour to an hour a day. You already mentioned this as a method to prevent you from being bored and as a result probably have the time to spare. Is that half an hour really going to go to good use? Maybe you spent an extra half hour with your friends that day, or an hour browsing social media. That's great if that's what you value. But what do you have to gain? If you keep it up and turn it into something more than just a bit of studying you stand to gain everything.

    But maybe that isn't for you. Not everyone wants that way of life and that too is fine. Go out, enjoy summer, study a little if you want and reap the benefits at college, even if you don't chose to take it further.

    If anyone wishes to discuss this further or in more detail I'm always available via PM. If you read this far and feel like anything I've said really resonates with you I'd love to know. And if the ideas I introduced excite you then please take the plunge and go for it.

    Yours sincerely
    An avid reader and someone aiming for success

    P.s. did I mention, I spent the whole of my summer holiday between AS and A2 learning my A2 subjects. Only spent maybe half an hour to an hour a day, on and off so not all that regularly. When I started A2 I'd covered all the content for one of my courses (Computing) and didn't need teaching for the year while another course (Psychology) was substantially easier (we had to learn 52 studies, it was a lot of content). So even minor amounts of studying can have huge benefits.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention the tons of other stuff you can focus on like Uni prep. But this post is nearly 2000 words and I doubt anyone wants it to get longer.

    Also if quoting, please quote specific parts of snip the post. Don't quote directly as the thread will end up with excessive amounts of scrolling. I've done enough damage without anyone quoting me fully...
    You're right, doing a little revision over the summer probably would have benefits. But, in my opinion those benefits would likely be so negligible as to have little impact on your final grade. There is a long history of people who have come out of school with A*A*A* who did not spend the summer between years 12 and 13 revising and very few who came out with CCC who could have raised their grades by a boundary by doing revision over their holiday.
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    Scratch what I said. THIS! When you actually think about it, even 15 minutes a day will do you good. And in fact, after those 15 minutes inertia may kick in and you won't want to stop. Your whole post gave my lazyass a kick, thank you for that, I really needed it haha!
    Glad to know I've converted someone and thanks for the follow while I'm here. Your previous post was one of the few here I didn't outright disagree with.

    Even 15 minutes a day is something. Imagine 15 minutes of exercise daily, followed by 15 minutes of free reading, 15 minutes of studying and 15 minutes of practicing a hobby. You spend an hour a day but could in theory accomplish so much.

    And as you said, once you start you won't always want to stop. The biggest step you can take to get over procrastinating is to simply start something. Once you're far enough in you continue naturally.
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    (Original post by Platopus)
    You're right, doing a little revision over the summer probably would have benefits. But, in my opinion those benefits would likely be so negligible as to have little impact on your final grade. There is a long history of people who have come out of school with A*A*A* who did not spend the summer between years 12 and 13 revising and very few who came out with CCC who could have raised their grades by a boundary by doing revision over their holiday.
    You're not wrong but I also don't think you're entirely right either. I don't think any of us can say for sure if it would or would not have an impact, because we will never know the alternative outcome. Maybe something they learnt now, didn't understand and asked questions on in class comes up. As a result they get an extra point and thus wind up with a B instead of a C. Who knows.

    Those students capable of A* will get it with or without my input. And quite frankly there's a limit to just how much work you can put in. Some people will never be capable of getting an A*, no matter how much work they put in. To get these students up to an A* you need to tear down their way of thinking and memory and rebuild them from scratch. I got a lot of A*'s in subjects purely because I have a good memory. Not because of my ability but simply because I could remember what I needed to write. In other subjects I had natural ability and understood the subjects simply. Maybe that's down to how my mind works. In other subjects I had to really work for my grades, revising a lot of learning what I needed to know. Not one of those A* came about as a result of me putting in work over summer though. I was always going to get those grades, not because I put in work early but for 2 other reasons:

    I was willing to put in work at all
    I put in work where it mattered

    And sometimes that's where the C grade student might be lacking. They don't know what they don't know. Or they don't know how to know it. they don't know how to articulate it in an exam.

    Now to link this back to the OP, Alice wants to revise and learn. That's can be fairly unique, especially around the GCSE years and just after. But it demonstrates a desire to learn and that is certainly something to nurture and push forward. So maybe there's no tangible benefit to revising. There's no real downside either. Half an hour in the morning or evening won't upset your day. But what it does do is focus that desire to learn. And in my experience those that want to learn will naturally take it further by themselves. Sometimes they just need a little push to get started.

    But following on from that there's another little underlying message in my post. The whole chunk where I want on a tangent about just how much you can accomplish in such as short space of time with continuous dedication. The whole idea behind my post is to get people thinking. Those that are capable will follow through with the ideas I brought up. It's not at all about revising over summer to maybe get a few extra points on your exams. It's about someone being willing to put in the time and effort and what they accomplish with that. Some people might read what I wrote and simply put in a few minutes a day learning some content for college. And that's totally fine. Ignoring everything I wrote is totally fine too.

    But if just one person reads it and starts focusing on something for 10, 15 or even 30 minutes a day they'll see huge results. And if that one person is more successful having read my post then it was worth it. If Alice, or anyone else for that matter, takes their desire to do a little work and channels that into a little dedication each day for their one thing they really want then they will in fact achieve it.

    I suppose my real point is that the A* student isn't a product of revising 8 hours a day every day until their exam. Sometimes it's a product of half an hour dedicated each day where it's needed. And maybe that concept goes further. They dedicate more time and do the thing they want. That A* becomes turns into an Olympic Gold Athlete, or a multi millionaire entrepreneur. It evolves and turns into something more. But it all started because they wanted to put half an hour a day into revising. And revising turned into their one thing (making money, business, training for a sport, etc.). And the half hour turned into an hour. And before you know it success hits you.

    And at the end of the day, if you're bored and you've got half an hour, why waste it on Facebook? We're quite happy to waste our time on Facebook but not waste our summer holiday. Why not take that half hour on Facebook and use it to become great. Frankly I think anyone would be stupid not to.
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    You're not wrong but I also don't think you're entirely right either. I don't think any of us can say for sure if it would or would not have an impact, because we will never know the alternative outcome. Maybe something they learnt now, didn't understand and asked questions on in class comes up. As a result they get an extra point and thus wind up with a B instead of a C. Who knows.

    Those students capable of A* will get it with or without my input. And quite frankly there's a limit to just how much work you can put in. Some people will never be capable of getting an A*, no matter how much work they put in. To get these students up to an A* you need to tear down their way of thinking and memory and rebuild them from scratch. I got a lot of A*'s in subjects purely because I have a good memory. Not because of my ability but simply because I could remember what I needed to write. In other subjects I had natural ability and understood the subjects simply. Maybe that's down to how my mind works. In other subjects I had to really work for my grades, revising a lot of learning what I needed to know. Not one of those A* came about as a result of me putting in work over summer though. I was always going to get those grades, not because I put in work early but for 2 other reasons:

    I was willing to put in work at all
    I put in work where it mattered

    And sometimes that's where the C grade student might be lacking. They don't know what they don't know. Or they don't know how to know it. they don't know how to articulate it in an exam.

    Now to link this back to the OP, Alice wants to revise and learn. That's can be fairly unique, especially around the GCSE years and just after. But it demonstrates a desire to learn and that is certainly something to nurture and push forward. So maybe there's no tangible benefit to revising. There's no real downside either. Half an hour in the morning or evening won't upset your day. But what it does do is focus that desire to learn. And in my experience those that want to learn will naturally take it further by themselves. Sometimes they just need a little push to get started.

    But following on from that there's another little underlying message in my post. The whole chunk where I want on a tangent about just how much you can accomplish in such as short space of time with continuous dedication. The whole idea behind my post is to get people thinking. Those that are capable will follow through with the ideas I brought up. It's not at all about revising over summer to maybe get a few extra points on your exams. It's about someone being willing to put in the time and effort and what they accomplish with that. Some people might read what I wrote and simply put in a few minutes a day learning some content for college. And that's totally fine. Ignoring everything I wrote is totally fine too.

    But if just one person reads it and starts focusing on something for 10, 15 or even 30 minutes a day they'll see huge results. And if that one person is more successful having read my post then it was worth it. If Alice, or anyone else for that matter, takes their desire to do a little work and channels that into a little dedication each day for their one thing they really want then they will in fact achieve it.

    I suppose my real point is that the A* student isn't a product of revising 8 hours a day every day until their exam. Sometimes it's a product of half an hour dedicated each day where it's needed. And maybe that concept goes further. They dedicate more time and do the thing they want. That A* becomes turns into an Olympic Gold Athlete, or a multi millionaire entrepreneur. It evolves and turns into something more. But it all started because they wanted to put half an hour a day into revising. And revising turned into their one thing (making money, business, training for a sport, etc.). And the half hour turned into an hour. And before you know it success hits you.

    And at the end of the day, if you're bored and you've got half an hour, why waste it on Facebook? We're quite happy to waste our time on Facebook but not waste our summer holiday. Why not take that half hour on Facebook and use it to become great. Frankly I think anyone would be stupid not to.
    Hmm well ok. Good luck to you, but I honestly believe you can get those A*s without sacrificing any of your precious holiday. At the end if the day, I did not revise in the summer between A2 and AS. I am currently awaiting my A2 results and, while I do not believe I got A*s, I know that by the time it came to the exams I was so well revised that no amount of extra revision would have altered my performance. Not another day, not another 2 months. Hell, not another year.
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    (Original post by Acsel)
    You're not wrong but I also don't think you're entirely right either. I don't think any of us can say for sure if it would or would not have an impact, because we will never know the alternative outcome. Maybe something they learnt now, didn't understand and asked questions on in class comes up. As a result they get an extra point and thus wind up with a B instead of a C. Who knows.

    Those students capable of A* will get it with or without my input. And quite frankly there's a limit to just how much work you can put in. Some people will never be capable of getting an A*, no matter how much work they put in. To get these students up to an A* you need to tear down their way of thinking and memory and rebuild them from scratch. I got a lot of A*'s in subjects purely because I have a good memory. Not because of my ability but simply because I could remember what I needed to write. In other subjects I had natural ability and understood the subjects simply. Maybe that's down to how my mind works. In other subjects I had to really work for my grades, revising a lot of learning what I needed to know. Not one of those A* came about as a result of me putting in work over summer though. I was always going to get those grades, not because I put in work early but for 2 other reasons:

    I was willing to put in work at all
    I put in work where it mattered

    And sometimes that's where the C grade student might be lacking. They don't know what they don't know. Or they don't know how to know it. they don't know how to articulate it in an exam.

    Now to link this back to the OP, Alice wants to revise and learn. That's can be fairly unique, especially around the GCSE years and just after. But it demonstrates a desire to learn and that is certainly something to nurture and push forward. So maybe there's no tangible benefit to revising. There's no real downside either. Half an hour in the morning or evening won't upset your day. But what it does do is focus that desire to learn. And in my experience those that want to learn will naturally take it further by themselves. Sometimes they just need a little push to get started.

    But following on from that there's another little underlying message in my post. The whole chunk where I want on a tangent about just how much you can accomplish in such as short space of time with continuous dedication. The whole idea behind my post is to get people thinking. Those that are capable will follow through with the ideas I brought up. It's not at all about revising over summer to maybe get a few extra points on your exams. It's about someone being willing to put in the time and effort and what they accomplish with that. Some people might read what I wrote and simply put in a few minutes a day learning some content for college. And that's totally fine. Ignoring everything I wrote is totally fine too.

    But if just one person reads it and starts focusing on something for 10, 15 or even 30 minutes a day they'll see huge results. And if that one person is more successful having read my post then it was worth it. If Alice, or anyone else for that matter, takes their desire to do a little work and channels that into a little dedication each day for their one thing they really want then they will in fact achieve it.

    I suppose my real point is that the A* student isn't a product of revising 8 hours a day every day until their exam. Sometimes it's a product of half an hour dedicated each day where it's needed. And maybe that concept goes further. They dedicate more time and do the thing they want. That A* becomes turns into an Olympic Gold Athlete, or a multi millionaire entrepreneur. It evolves and turns into something more. But it all started because they wanted to put half an hour a day into revising. And revising turned into their one thing (making money, business, training for a sport, etc.). And the half hour turned into an hour. And before you know it success hits you.

    And at the end of the day, if you're bored and you've got half an hour, why waste it on Facebook? We're quite happy to waste our time on Facebook but not waste our summer holiday. Why not take that half hour on Facebook and use it to become great. Frankly I think anyone would be stupid not to.
    With the sort of attitude you have, you are probably going to achieve a lot in your life (probably already have lol). It's rare to see people who really care about this sort of stuff (especially self-help), but it can really have a huge impact on your life when you start taking it seriously. I know it's had a huge impact on mine over the past year.
 
 
 
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