I'm starting my a-levels tomorrow and it'll my first time in school for 5 years having been self taught and I was wondering if anyone could give me any basic tips. Things like what do I take to lessons and should I take notes? I'm taking maths, physics and biology and was also wondering which topics from gcse I'll need the most as I did my gcses in 5 months and I've already forgotten most things so I'd like to refresh the important things. Thanks!
Tips for A-level Watch
- Thread Starter
- 11-09-2016 22:19
- 11-09-2016 22:41
Ah good luck! Definitely take lined paper to lessons, preferably in a folder, but at least a pad of paper. Take a pencil case with stuff like a calculator (very important), a pen, pencils and a ruler. A protractor might be helpful too, and you may want highlighters if you use them. If you have textbooks, take them to your lessons.
You will need to take notes - don't fall into the trap of assuming you'll remember things later, like I did Detail is good, just make sure your hand doesn't fall off!
I can't help you with physics, but for maths I'd just make sure you're confident with algebra and indices. If you've done things like surds and coordinate geometry, maybe have a look over them too
Hard to know where to start with biology...you'll probably do cells first (depending on your syllabus), so maybe remind yourself of cell organelles and the differences between animal and plant cells, etc. We did microscopes pretty quickly too, but I don't know if you will.
Most importantly - don't stress about it! The teachers are there to help you, and even if they do give you a quick quiz, the results won't be important.
Good luck and enjoy!