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    What did you do wrong in your A-level year and what would you change about what you did? Is there anything really specific that you would recommend?
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    Hi! I've actually been on a gap year and will be starting university this September, but I thought I'd answer anyway.

    I wouldn't say I did anything 'wrong' necessarily when I did my A Levels, but there are a couple of things which I didn't do, that I really should've! The first thing is that I didn't take advantage of the homework/revision help sessions available (at least, I didn't until the very end of year 13). I really wished I had, because the few that I did go to were really useful, and helped a lot with understanding the wording of past questions and what to include in the answers.

    Another big mistake I made was leaving my revision very late (due to stress, and depression among other things). I severely underestimated how much content I had to cover, and ran out of time to complete my revision. I revised for 2 of my subjects with few problems, but I had no strategy for Geography as the ambiguity of the past papers and lack of available revision resources made it really difficult to revise for. Unsurprisingly, I got my lowest grade in Geography.

    The final thing which comes to mind is making a revision timetable. I can't recommend this enough! After leaving my revision until literally the week before my exams at A2, I finally decided to make a revision timetable. It helped me to stay focused on what I had to do, and I did manage to get a decent amount of revision done using it.

    TL;DR - make sure to take advantage of homework and revision help sessions, don't leave your revision too late, and use a revision timetable!
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    (Original post by Leviathan1741)
    Hi! I've actually been on a gap year and will be starting university this September, but I thought I'd answer anyway.

    I wouldn't say I did anything 'wrong' necessarily when I did my A Levels, but there are a couple of things which I didn't do, that I really should've! The first thing is that I didn't take advantage of the homework/revision help sessions available (at least, I didn't until the very end of year 13). I really wished I had, because the few that I did go to were really useful, and helped a lot with understanding the wording of past questions and what to include in the answers.

    Another big mistake I made was leaving my revision very late (due to stress, and depression among other things). I severely underestimated how much content I had to cover, and ran out of time to complete my revision. I revised for 2 of my subjects with few problems, but I had no strategy for Geography as the ambiguity of the past papers and lack of available revision resources made it really difficult to revise for. Unsurprisingly, I got my lowest grade in Geography.

    The final thing which comes to mind is making a revision timetable. I can't recommend this enough! After leaving my revision until literally the week before my exams at A2, I finally decided to make a revision timetable. It helped me to stay focused on what I had to do, and I did manage to get a decent amount of revision done using it.

    TL;DR - make sure to take advantage of homework and revision help sessions, don't leave your revision too late, and use a revision timetable!
    This is brilliant! Thank you! I'm going to make the most of my A2 year, I've printed off revision timetables that I hope to stick to!
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    This is brilliant! Thank you! I'm going to make the most of my A2 year, I've printed off revision timetables that I hope to stick to!
    You're welcome! That's a great attitude to have, best of luck!
 
 
 
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