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    Make revision materials as you go, take things you are interested in and pace yourself. Enjoy Sixth Form!
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    My advice would be from the very beginning make small and condensed revision notes and learn the mark points especially for biology and psychology since they are such huge subjects.
    Biology can easily be condensed and can learn the mark points of by heart.
    Psychology on the other hand is definitely a large subject which from my experience is so big that you'll finish the course just before the first. Due to this, my advice would be smart how you revise each exam for me I revised all papers together and a week before each exam (each exam was a week a part from each other) I revised the content for the next exam.
    Good luck future A level students I hope I helped!
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    Use more than one textbook for essay based A-levels.
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    Absorb information in classes - it's not just about passing the exams. For universities and apprenticeships, knowledge is key. You've chosen subjects that you're actually interested in and you're studying things you haven't learned about before, so enjoy exploring areas that capture your attention.
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    Don't get complacent- just because you could stroll GCSES/AS, the next step is not as easy as you think.
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    work hard, play hard
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    A levels are harder than uni. The trick is learning how to reference the crap out of your coursework properly
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    One thing I've had to learn the hard way is; it's okay if you suck at exams and you have to start again. You can put in your all and you can do as many extra sessions as you please, but sometimes it just doesn't go to plan. That's okay, there are always other options and don't beat yourself up about it, they're tough for a reason.
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    Make revision notes throughout the year!!
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    Try to understand the overall concept or process with subjects like economics and chemistry- you can always fill in the little details in your revision: if you want to answer the tough A/A* level questions you need to understand what is really going on without getting bogged down with the details.

    Maths is just practice- the more you do the better you get. Don't mistake this for just practising the topics you can already do; focus on what you can't do.
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    I'm starting college in september and this thread has been super helpful - obvs no personal experience yet, but my older brother's advice to me was: DO THE SUMMER READING/WORK AND FIND OUT WHAT YOU'VE MISSED IF YOU'RE ILL ONE DAY!!!
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    I haven't necessary done my A-levels (I've barely started them) but the biggest thing I've learnt so far is that you should just get on with them, instead of putting off studying for minor things and procrastinating. The more you can use your time and the more of your time you use, the better it will be in the long run and most of the time it is just starting the study process that is the trickiest, rather than the content itself
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    study hard, pay attention to deadlines! And most importantly, do it! Just do it! Dont let your dreams be dreams!
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    Aside all the other advice, you need to keep socialising. I stopped socialising around October to only focus on school work and when the exam stress in April set in being lonely didn't help. I'm now pretty awkward in social situations and learning so socialise again- go out!! Even if its just once a month, KEEP SOCIALISING
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    (Original post by brainzistheword)
    I haven't necessary done my A-levels (I've barely started them) but the biggest thing I've learnt so far is that you should just get on with them, instead of putting off studying for minor things and procrastinating. The more you can use your time and the more of your time you use, the better it will be in the long run and most of the time it is just starting the study process that is the trickiest, rather than the content itself
    Sorry, but I couldn't make any sense out of this post at all...

    "I've barely started them"...?
    "you should just get on with them"...?
    "The more you can use your time and the more of your time you use"...?
    "just starting the study process"...?

    I've had enough internet for today.
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    read ahead to the bones.
    take at least a 9-5 day per week. read around topics and self learn as you do a LOT of it for mathematical subjects and physics mainly.
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    (Original post by Scriptzer)
    Sorry, but I couldn't make any sense out of this post at all...

    "I've barely started them"...?
    "you should just get on with them"...?
    "The more you can use your time and the more of your time you use"...?
    "just starting the study process"...?

    I've had enough internet for today.
    Apologies it was one of those late night blabs that I probably should have left until the morning. I'll clarify your points:

    1) i'm self teaching so that's why I've only just started

    2) rather than get on with "them" I should have said get on with studying, I.e. Don't put it off or leave it until the last minute if you're revising

    3) in my case, I could use 10 minutes at lunch or stood in a queue etc, and that's what I meant by the more you can use you time; as in using the free bits you have here and there, whereas the second part I was referring to putting more time aside in larger chunks to dedicate to study or revision.

    4) I was referring to getting over the hurdle of sitting down and actually focusing (have you heard of the 5 minute rule?)
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    The harder you work now, the less work it'll be for you in your first year of your degree (if any).
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    DO. NOT. LEAVE. REVISION. TO. LAST. MINUTE. no matter how tempting it is.
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    Keep doing revision throughout the year, and not just towards the end. You'll feel incredibly overwhelmed and stressed if you leave all the revision until the easter holidays, so keep doing it throughout the year so that when you get to the holidays you can mainly do past papers and recall exercises.
 
 
 
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