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    (Original post by ScarletCelestia)
    As a young lady about to begin A-levels this September... these posts are not helping my mental state.
    Omg I'm reading through these thinking the exact same thing 😂
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    please just revise😭😭
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    Practice exam papers/questions and get your teachers to mark them, the earlier you start the better! You can revise all you like but if you haven't mastered answering the questions in the way the exam boards want you to, it isn't worth it!
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    Don't... Just don't start A-levels...
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    do. your. damn. coursework. when. you. are. expected. to. do. it. don't. start. writing. it. the. day. before. it's. due. you. idiot.
    also. it's. okay. if. you. don't. get. into. your. firm. or. insurance. unis. you're. not. a. failure. (the. unis. you. turn. down. while. picking. your. firm. and. insurance. unis. might. still. consider. you. during. clearing. even. if. you. didn't. get. the. grades. to. get. in.)
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    Word hard and don't give up as soon as something is tricky. A Levels are hard, ngl, but if you work hard and keep all your notes sorted, that does help.
    Get to know your subjects - do some reading around your subject if you can.
    Ask for help if you need it, and don't skip lessons.
    Don't focus your entire life on studying. It's okay to take time to do something fun, like watch something on TV or spend time with friends.
    If you're struggling, academically or personally, reach out for help. I wish I'd done that before A2 exams.
    Don't annoy the year 13s if you're a year 12. They are your ally and if you are friends with them, they can help you if they do the subjects.
    Don't waste time on people you dislike/make you feel bad. They provide nothing for you.
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    (Original post by electrahearts)
    Practice exam papers/questions and get your teachers to mark them, the earlier you start the better! You can revise all you like but if you haven't mastered answering the questions in the way the exam boards want you to, it isn't worth it!
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    (Original post by lauren9401)
    Omg I'm reading through these thinking the exact same thing 😂
    same, everyone seems to just be warning us about how hard it is........this is not comforting
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    My piece of advice:
    Focus on all of your subjects. Don't let one slide as getting it back up to a good grade is harder than keeping on top of it in the first place!
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    (Original post by CinnamonSmol)
    same, everyone seems to just be warning us about how hard it is........this is not comforting
    Don't worry! It's not that bad... After a few days A-level work will be as familiar as GCSE work was at the end of year 11.
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    Keep on top of all your subjects. Once you fall behind, it's close to impossible to become on top of it. Try as hard as you can for all your subjects as you never know which you will drop until the very last second. Try as hard as you can for both years, as you do get ucas points for all your grades, so there isn't any revision that is a waste of time.
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    Try to do all your work during your free lessons at school cos you'll still have a lot to do at home.
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    Continual hard work will pay off and start revising early for exams. I'd recommend starting revision by mid March. Also, don't shy away from the fun you can have with your friends and in your year group. If you think you can manage it, get a job.
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    Choose subjects that you know for certain you will enjoy and be good at, not the ones you think you "should" take or that you think will be better for you in the long run. A Levels/BTECs are simply a means to an end, and whatever you choose does not set your future in stone.
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    Dont just use revision materials you made earlier in the year to revise for the real exams.
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    expect the unexpected
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    If you want all A stars, say goodbye to all of your friends...

    In all seriousness, my ultimate piece of advice would be to make notes for every lesson you had that day after school.
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    Make sure you're doing something from day 1, or at least not a few days before exams! Or you'll end up being bogged down with work, just getting stressed!
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    Don't stress yourself out too much. Make sure you still enjoy yourself because my A Level years were my most fun even thought the work was harder.

    I didn't find A Levels as difficult as everyone says, and I did history, English literature and moving image arts. (I also did drama and theatre studies for AS Level but then dropped it before A2) And I came out with A*AB and a B at AS.

    Honestly I didn't put that much work in so if I can do it then anyone can.
 
 
 
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